"You don't quit skydiving because you get old,
you get old because you quit skydiving!" - Bill Wood
The Parachutists Over Phorty Society or POPS is a club for skydivers,
who have reached the age of forty. The first POPS was founded in 1966
in the USA and POPs are now to be found in many countries around the world.
For more information on National POPS, go to the National Organizations
link. National POPS hold regular competitions in their own countries.
Every two or three years a World POPS Championships takes place under
the direction of the World TopPOP (see World TopPOP link). For more information on
past World POPs Championships go to the World Championships link.
The POPS membership requirements are very straightforward. All that is required
is that a person has made a freefall parachute jump, a static line parachute jump
or a tandem skydive and is at least forty years of age.
Smaller groups within POPS are SOS - Skydivers Over Sixty, JOS - Jumpers Over Seventy and
there are even some members of JOES - Jumpers Over Eighty Society and
JONS - Jumpers Over Ninety Society.