What are the odds of dying while tandem skydiving? Of the 3.3 million total skydives recorded in 2019 by USPA-member dropzones, 15 resulted in a fatality – making the skydiving death rate 1 in 220,301. When considering the tandem-related skydiving fatality rate, the number is 1 in 500,000 jumps. More common are minor and non-fatal injuries.
What is the death rate from skydiving? In 2021, USPA recorded 10 fatal skydiving accidents—the lowest year on record—a rate of 0.28 fatalities per 100,000 jumps. This is comparable to 2020, where participants made fewer jumps—2.8 million—and USPA recorded 11 fatalities, a rate of 0.39 per 100,000.
Can skydiving cause health problems? One of the body’s responses to the increase in adrenaline is an increased heart rate and, likewise, an increase in blood flow. For someone already diagnosed with hypertension, diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, or with an irregular heartbeat, skydiving can put undue stress on the heart.
Is skydiving worth the risk? Tandem skydiving – where you’re attached to an experienced skydiving instructor for your jump – has an even better safety rate, with 0.002 fatalities per 1,000 jumps on average over the past 10 years. Statistically, you’re more likely to die being struck by lightning or stung by a bee.