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Parachute Association of South Africa

PASA is a non-profit association of members with the mission statement: "To foster, develop and facilitate sport parachuting, in all its facets, within South Africa, in the safest and most progressive manner, on behalf of its members."

For many people the words parachuting and skydiving conjure up images of adrenalin junkies and daredevils with little regard for their own safety. One of the questions most frequently asked of sport parachutists is, "who in their right mind would want to willingly throw themselves out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft?"

In truth, sport parachuting is a disciplined sport that operates within rigidly defined and enforced safety parameters as set out in PASA’s Manual of Procedures. This Manual has been ratified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and is the basis upon which PASA has been approved as an Aviation Recreation Organisation. The safety and training standards contained in the manual are on a par or better than international standards and must be adhered to by all affiliated drop zones and members in South Africa.

National Safety Month
During March, all PASA drop zones will be organising activities to increase awareness of safety issues.

Look out for notices at your drop zone and ask your Chief Instructor how you can get involved.

Make it YOUR business to learn something new about the safety aspects of your sport.

  • Get a jumpmaster to assist you in the harness to practice your reserve drills 
  • Sit in on a first jump course

  • Watch a parachute technician pack a reserve... and ask questions

  • Inspect your gear with a rigger - closure loops, velcro, 3-rings, pilot chute

  • Refresh your knowledge of canopy flight and the landing patterns at your DZ