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  1. CJB
    CJB at |

    Same old, same old. This type of list has been done to death. Why doesn’t somebody mention you’re more likely to die driving a car and not skydiving or scuba diving?

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    1. ParusMajor
      ParusMajor at |

      I suppose nobody wants to be reminded of that fact. Most people drive a car, only some people skydive or scuba dive. I’m probably one of the few people who doesn’t drive (I cannot because of my bad eyesight) but I do skydive and scuba dive.

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    2. Midget
      Midget at |

      Because Driving isnt a hobby? der! dude, if you’re gonna be a smartass troll, at least come prepared

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      1. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        Well… driving CAN be a hobby… I suppose you’re right, though, it’s not a hobby for most people. And btw, I’m happy to be a smartass troll. 😀

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  2. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Nice list… my hobbies over the years have included Ju-jutsu, Taekwondo, Karate, Han Moo Do, Capoeira, Aikido, Taido and Krav Maga. I’m still alive, though! 😀

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    1. Dr.Awkward
      Dr.Awkward at |

      I would kick your candy ass in two seconds flat. I’ve got a black belt in my bathrobe. I also know some Muay Thai.

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      1. fenda, esq.
        fenda, esq. at |

        Children, please calm down. Neither of you wouldn’t have a chance against a guy who is proficient in BJJ and knows how to play a Gibson Les Paul guitar. (That would be me).

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        1. ParusMajor
          ParusMajor at |

          Yo, wait, dudes.Is this gonna be a steel cage match? I’m game. Let’s do it, guys! I feel like Fight Club now… 😀

        2. Sheamus
          Sheamus at |

          Hi fellas! I love to fight, so where and when do I have the chance to kick your guys’ asses? 😀

        3. MarkLoMonaco
          MarkLoMonaco at |

          Do you know who I am???

  3. 5minutes
    5minutes at |

    You think those are dangerous? Try telling your girlfriend you think her sister is hot.

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    1. ParusMajor
      ParusMajor at |

      After having sex with the said little sister. Been there, done that, and had my nose broken. 😀

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  4. Rite
    Rite at |

    You forgot wingsuit flying, a more dangerous version of base jumping, as it requires a minimum of 300 base jump…

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    1. Courtney
      Courtney at |

      Do you mean proximity flying, where you wear a wingsuit and fly down the side of a mountain, staying close to the ground/trees/whatever?

      Because wingsuiting isn’t the same thing as that. People jump out of planes wearing wingsuits all the time, it’s not all that different from a regular skydive.

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  5. Fordperfect
    Fordperfect at |

    What about Freediving?

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  6. merl
    merl at |

    It sounds like they’re not really all that dangerous. Odds of 1 in 160,000 sounds safe to me. I think those odds are better than driving down 405 in the rain.

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    1. ParusMajor
      ParusMajor at |

      “Driving down 405 in the rain”? That sounds like a country song, may I use that? 😀 I’ll write a song and offer it to Kenny rogers or Garth Brooks. 😀

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  7. Paul. A
    Paul. A at |

    You deleted my comment. Can’t you take a joke ????

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    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      I can take a joke, but some of my advertisers are concerned about adult language and themes. Sorry.

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      1. ParusMajor
        ParusMajor at |

        You are mostly OK, though, Shell. You rarely remove my comments, even if I cuss or whatevah. 😀

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        1. merl
          merl at |

          don’t use the common nickname for Richard, apparently that’s a dirty word or something.

        2. ParusMajor
          ParusMajor at |

          Well, kick and dunt. And flannel xes. 😀

  8. dennis
    dennis at |

    this list seems to have been composed by someone who sits behind a desk all day, every day. i jumped for a few years and dove as well before taking up hanggliding almost 40 years ago. surprise surprise, i’m still ALIVE, which is probably more than most peeps standing on the sidelines of life…

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  9. eric lee
    eric lee at |

    The hanggliding numbers are about 30 years old. In other words, complete garbage.

    Hang gliding was dangerous back then, but the sport doesnt remotely resemble that time anymore.

    Hang gliding is far safer than most things on this list now. We have zero fatalities a year quite frequently without thousands of pilots in the USA

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  10. Davis Straub
    Davis Straub at |

    Having watched whatever goes for the statistics on the death rate in hang gliding for the last twenty years I can only say that your number appears to be made up out of thin air. The actual rate would be between 1 in 10,000/year and 1 in 1,000/year.

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    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      Article has been amended.

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      1. Peter
        Peter at |

        The statistics are not an apples to apples comparison. It would be helpful if you gave more detailed info about the statistics. They hould be based on something common such as number of dives, jumps or flights. Some of the statistics are just plain wrong. You state for hang gliding that the statistic is per glider. The statistic per glider is 1 in 100,000 the stat you quote is per year per rated pilot ! A total different number and certainly can not be compared to the base jumping statistic. I am certain that your order is incorrect, perhaps you have some bias ?

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        1. Shell Harris
          Shell Harris at |

          No bias. We hire writers to research and write content. We do our best to present factual information. Sometimes we are off, but not intentionally. We errors are pointed out we do our best to correct them. It seems there is a passionate audience for these hobbies. If anyone is interested in writing a top 10 list about any of them, we are always looking for interesting content to post and we pay for it. Email [email protected] if you wish to write about your sport.

  11. Kruno
    Kruno at |

    Hang gliding #1 ???
    This site and this research is a joke !

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  12. iba
    iba at |

    As far as I recall, the experience of German insurance companies is that paragliding is 7 to 8 times more dangerous than hang gliding. Base jumping twice as safe as hang gliding? That would really surprise me…
    Here are some other candidates: motorboat racing, wing walking, free diving, fireworks, shooting

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  13. Haha
    Haha at |

    The author has serious problems with statistics. The numbers for BASE are 1 in 2340 JUMPS. Hanggliding is 1 in 1000 pilots/year and probably those numbers are way over blown. A pilot will fly tens or hundreds of flights every year making hang gliding safer than many things most people do and certainly a whole lot safer than BASE. Get it fixed.

    http://basejumpinghq.com/sample-page-2/base-jumping-information/base-jumping-statistics/

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  14. Dogpilot
    Dogpilot at |

    More people die on their couch with a channel changer in hand; lost from their dreams.

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  15. Juan Carlos
    Juan Carlos at |

    You are not wrong, you are VERY WRONG!!!!!
    Per the US HG Association, there is one death per 4850 pilots in Hang Gliding.per year.
    And this has been consistent for 20 years.
    This numbers have increased since incorporating PARAGLIGING in our Association.
    PG fatality rate is about 10 times more, but where is it?
    Paragliders are also called Hang Gliders, so your statistics may be right, technically, but then the picture should be of a Paraglider.
    Another ERROR is the way you count… When considering HOURS of practice per participant, your the numbers would be very different and a lot more accurate.
    Hope you are made responsible for your actions.
    Going flying!

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    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      Enjoy your flight. Send pictures and we will post.

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  16. CWVV
    CWVV at |

    1 in 1000 hang glider pilots will perish…mostly from old age.

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  17. merl
    merl at |

    Can I write a post called Top 10 Not Really all that Dangerous Hobbies and cut and paste this one? I’ll take half what the writer of this one was paid.

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  18. Mj
    Mj at |

    Rock fishing.. Statistically deadliest hobby

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  19. Really?
    Really? at |

    What about some hobbies that actually are dangerous, like urban surfing or some more obscure ones with high fatalities?

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  20. Flyin Brian
    Flyin Brian at |

    Oh my GOD. My cord broke. I’m going to impact with deadly force. Oh no. I’m having so much fun I’m going to black out. AHHHHHH! Forget the fact that I have a reserve or an aad. I must be in the idiot category for being a full time skydiver. How do I survive day after day? I must be the luckiest man alive. I feel luckier to make it home after sharing the road with all of the real idiots out there who can’t drive. I’ve been closer to death in my car far more often than in the sky. Wait. In fact, I’ve never been close to death in the sky.

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    1. Andre C
      Andre C at |

      My point was that if you are jumping and your chute fails and you have NO TIME for your reserve to kick in.

      Check the net for news… it happens more than you would think.

      So people wait too late to pull their main and then have zero time for the reserve to slow them down if the main fails.

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      1. Awesomest Pat
        Awesomest Pat at |

        Just to clarify a point, depending on your licence, you’re required to pull at a certain altitude. Less skilled skydivers are required to pull higher to give them more time to deal with a malfunction. Also, reserves are designed to open much quicker than the main parachute.

        What isn’t in the news as often are the many car accident related deaths. That’s because they’re far more common than skydiving-related deaths, and therefore not as newsworthy.

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  21. Andre C
    Andre C at |

    I looked at “Write for us” at the top of the website and is states that you want something to back up the facts.

    I see nothing in this that states where the data has come from and how old it is.

    I’ve never jumped out of a plane, but I am a PADI Dive Master (Scuba) and I find it hard to believe that Scuba is so much more dangerous than jumping out of a plane. If I get low on air, I can surface or use my dive buddies extra air line, but if my parachute is messed up and I’m too low to the ground, it’s all over. A friend of mine is a jumper and since knowing her I have seen a lot more articles of people dying from jumping than I have of Scuba deaths.

    Please let me/everyone know where and when these numbers came from.

    -AC

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    1. Shell Harris
      Shell Harris at |

      The writer had sources but I think they are mistaken. I verified the SCUBA diving and have adjusted its ranking and applied the linked source to the stats.

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  22. a
    a at |

    I believe you should reconsider accepting any writing from William O’dell again. I would point out all the inaccuracies in this artical but I’d run out of characters. Bungee jumping and hang gliding should not even be on this list, BASE jumping and Cliff diving are two very different sports with VERY different sets of statistics. I realise this is a “for fun” piece but some people have worked very hard to dispel myths and made up stats within their respective sports, must you undo that by publishing rubbish disguised as fact?

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  23. Chezza.AU
    Chezza.AU at |

    Some of the replies had me entertained for a while ….. thanks for the laugh 🙁

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  24. Air Thug
    Air Thug at |

    You have no farggin idea what the hell you are talking about. I bet you are a 300 lb. virgin dude, living in your parents basement, eating Doritos, and drinking Mountain Dews. You obviously know nothing about Hang Gliding! I promise you, with proper training, you are more at risk getting into your car than you are flying a glider!

    Everyone dies, but not everyone lives!

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  25. Christopher Dunne
    Christopher Dunne at |

    *Roughly 1,000/1,000 motorbike racers will die – we’re all human 😉

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