Fast and intense! Just two of the watchwords commonly associated with the practice of skydiving. Add "free" and "fun" and you have the basic ingredients of a sport that tends to reflect the way of life of those practicing it. Skydiving can be a lifestyle sport, but at the highest level of international competition, to the few aiming for true excellence, skydiving is an athletic challenge. One that depends on physical conditioning and mental training, on hard work and stern discipline, and on imagination.
The FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC) conducts FAI's parachuting activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.