For adventurous people, skydiving is one of the well loved sports. Although, you may think it to be a new sport, but in reality, it has a very rich and colorful history. So, whether you are a skydiving fan or simply curious about it. Just continue reading this article.


It is believed that the sport happened during the 20th century, but its history actually goes back much further. About a thousand years ago, in China, parachuting got started. During this time, airplanes were not built so, people would find natural formations in which they can leap off and float safely towards the ground below. Moreover, history reveals that one of the designs by Da Vinci shows a wooden frame parachute that has a pyramid shape. In 1797, the first recorded instance of the successful parachute landing was made by Andre Jacques Farnerin, who courageously jumped out of a hot-air balloon and landed safely. Over the years, parachute was modified in the form of an adventurous hobby known as skydiving.

In the history of skydiving, women too have made a lot of contribution. Although, it wasn't until the end of 19th century when they actually started participating in the sport. Kathe Paulus is known to be one of the popular women in skydiving history. She is known to have parachuted in Germany and was well for this skill of hers.

Official Declaration

You will be surprised to know that skydiving wasn’t called skydiving before; rather it was called as parachuting by many. The term actually was only developed in the mid-1950’s and used for Raymond Young. This was the first time when it was actually declared as skydiving.

Recognized as a Sport

Skydiving was initially treated as a hobby than a sport. However, after the World War II, skydiving became an actual sport that a lot of people could engage in. This transition was basically due to the fact that both skydiving and parachuting was considered as a tactical move by many countries during the the war.

In fact, during World War I, pilots were told to crash their planes into enemy territory rather than bailing out. They were just given parachutes for survival. However, with the 1st successful bailout in 1922, parachuting became one of the popular methods of bailing out for pilots.
Hence, after the Second World War, got over it became a mainstream hobby for many. The soldiers who came back from the war enjoyed this activity and had the courage to do a freefall. It was only in 1957, when the first skydiving schools was built and up until now, more people are coming up to participate and learn this extreme sport.