It’s time again for the Indoor Skydiving National Championships! We here at Paraclete XP are pleased to once again serve as the host of this incredible event, and we’re looking forward to a weekend of competition and camaraderie. Unsure of what the Indoor Skydiving Nationals entail? Here’s what you need to know!
Broadly speaking, the Indoor Skydiving Nationals are an indoor skydiving competition that is held to determine the US National Indoor Skydiving Champions and to select the teams that will compete at the FAI Indoor World Meet from April 21 through 23 in Slovakia.
The Indoor Skydiving Nationals also serve as an early-season competition that helps teams assess their current level of performance and allows competitors to gauge the amount of training they may need in order to close the gap before the outdoor skydiving nationals.
Although there are high stakes for teams competing in the Open class, for amateur teams, the competition is a great introduction to the competitive world of indoor skydiving. While most participants of the Indoor Skydiving Nationals are also licensed and active skydivers, there are competitors who exclusively fly in the tunnel, and the competition is open to both.
The Indoor Skydiving Nationals will bring together world champions, weekend warriors, and novice tunnel flyers all under one roof! The competition is open to teams competing in 4 and 8-way Formation Skydiving (FS) and 2 and 4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS).
In each Formation Skydiving round, teams will complete a different sequence of moves pulled from a sanctioned dive pool. Teams are scored within an allotted amount of time while flying in a belly-to-earth orientation. Similarly, Vertical Formation Skydiving competitors will complete a sequence of moves each round; however, they will be flying on the vertical axis in an orientation that is either head-down or head-up.
A few notable teams who will likely be making an appearance at this competition are as follows:
In the Open division, the heavy hitters of skydiving will battle it out. Arizona Airspeed, the current World Champions in outdoor skydiving and the winners of last year’s Indoor Skydiving Nationals, will likely seek to maintain their position. Another contender for the podium is Rhythm XP. After undergoing a rebuild, Rhythm XP will be competing for the first time with their current lineup. Additionally, the current US Women’s National Skydiving Champions, XPG4, will also be competing at the Indoor Nationals.
Local team and World Champions, XP8, who have added three new members to their lineup, will be at this year’s Indoor Skydiving Nationals. The 8-way FS competition will also include a series of “pickup” teams who have been placed together after participating in “Hell Week” — a 6-day event preceding the competition where participants fly an exhausting hour and 15 minutes a day for a cumulative 8 hours of training!!
Four-time World Champions SDC Core are also anticipated to compete in this year’s Indoor Skydiving Nationals. This team has held the Gold Medal at the Indoor Skydiving Nationals since 2016!
This year’s Indoor Skydiving Nationals will be held February 17 through 19 at Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. The dive pool draw will be released to competitors and the public Friday, February 17 at 10 pm.
The 4-way FS competition will begin on Saturday at 7:30 am, with 8-way FS and VFS competition beginning later in the day around 12:30/12:45 pm. Seven rounds will be completed during Saturday’s competition. The remainder of the rounds, including any tiebreakers, if needed, will be completed on Sunday. A breakdown of the event schedule can be found here.
Registration is currently open. Competitors can register for the Indoor Skydiving Nationals here.
4-way FS: $650
8-way FS: $750
2-way VFS: $550
4-way VFS: $650
Convenient, local accommodation can be found at Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites located at 2501 Two Bale Lane, Fayetteville, NC, 28304, US. Paraclete XP has a special rate at this hotel with the booking code ITH98.
Spectators are Welcome!
The Indoor Skydiving Nationals are open to spectators. You don’t have to be a competitor to enjoy watching the incredible flying of the world’s top teams! Want to see what it’s all about? Join us!
Everyone was extremely friendly,fun and helpful! We were from out of town drove three hours and were running late from bad weather we had a group of 10 and they called us to tell us to be careful in the weather and to take our time on arriving. Our instructor was amazing we had 3 three yr olds and he did an amazing job with all of them!