Skydive Zion has had over 10,000 skydives completed since opening in 2000. There have been no fatalities and no serious/permanent injuries. An injury or accident can happen on any skydive, and we are proud to point out that if you search for 'skydive zion accidents' or such you won't find any information.
There have been 6 injuries, often a sprained or even broken ankle. 5 of the 6 injuries have been to females who were over 185 lbs, over 58 yrs of age and not very active. While we have jumped safely with dozens of females who 'fall' into this category, this seems to be the group with a higher risk when handling an awkward landing.
The US Parachute Association states there are more than 350,000 people making around 3.3 million jumps a year and an annual average over the past decade of 20 fatalities per year, that translates into one fatality per 165,000 jumps (currently averaging 18 per year - see www.uspa.org for more info). It is noteworthy that while the number of fatalities has remained fairly constant the number of jumps made annually over the past decade has doubled. Very few fatal accidents involve student skydivers even though students comprise the bulk of participants in the sport. This is due largely to the quality of instruction, most of which is conducted or supervised by USPA-rated instructors.
Owner/Instructor – Rick Eddy
Skydiving for over 26 years, near 8000 total skydives, including 5000+ tandem skydives
USPA # 38425; Tandem Instructor, AFF Solo Instructors
Previously owned Skydive Colorado and Skydive St Louis
Skydiving is my life. I love skydiving and bringing people into the sport!
Pilot – Gene Porter
Has been flying airplanes since he was 16
has been our primary pilot for several years
flew for the US Navy, and then for Delta Airlines
Other Pilots – all with extensive aviation backgrounds ...