HIGH­SO­CI­ETY

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Ac­cord­ing to Tony But­ler of the Bri­tish Para­chute As­so­ci­a­tion (BPA), 35,000 peo­ple each year make their first jump.

BPA lists clubs that teach sky-div­ing (0116 278 5271; www.bpa.org.uk).

Novices usu­ally start with a tan­dem jump (linked to an­other sky-diver), a static-line jump (your cord is pulled au­to­mat­i­cally), or a full solo course of around 20 jumps.

Risk? With tan­dem jumps, the odds of hurt­ing your­self are 1 in 750 (mostly a sprained an­kle). With solo jumps, it’s around 1 in 200. About two sky-divers, usu­ally highly ex­pe­ri­enced, die each year.

BPA sets 55 as the begin­ners’ age limit.

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