The Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) have members across the world with 27 National organisations. The first POPS was founded in 1966 in the USA, with its World identity begin to be shaped at first World POPS Championships in Australia in 1989. The POPS global community that was further strengthened by the election of Mike Allum as the first World TopPOP at the third WPC in Spain in 1995.


The UK National organisation was started in 1978. POPS UK currently has membership numbers of about 1170. POPS membership is available to all UK parachutists /skydivers over the age of 40, POPS is a life time membership and enables you to join all the events, record attempts and whether still jumping or retired from jumping be forever part of the POPS community, all for the sum of £20.


The UK POPS is a non-profit organization; its membership and events are administrated and arranged by volunteers.  The UK TopPOP is responsible for managing our membership, coordinating events and lead delegate at the Worlds POPS. They our also the UK voice when our members want to suggest changes to POPS Completion rules or propose additional events or record attempts.  Your UK Top-POPs have been:


  • John Cooke   #1  1978-1983
  • ‘Lofty’ Thomas      #2 1983-1992
  • Graham StClair #3 1992-1994
  • Michael Allum #4 1994-1997  (World TopPOP #1995-1997)
  • John Crowhusrt #5 1997-2000
  • Sue Hill  #6 2000-2002
  • Pete Shew  #7 2002-2003
  • Niels Hansen  #8 2003-2006
  • Dick Barton  #9 2006-2010
  • Jeff Chandler  #10 2010-2016


Your current Top-POP


Polly Chandler #11 2016-


The World POPS Championship and Meet takes place every two to three years and is an opportunity to share new techniques, share experiences, renew old friendships, make new ones and take part in friendly competition against POPS members from all over the world. It is the responsibility of the current World Top-POP to organise.


The POPS World Championship and Meet consists of: procession accuracy, sports accuracy, four-way scrambles, four-way nationals, speed-star (size depending on aircraft time) and ‘Hit and Rock’. The POPS community is a very important element of these events, with trips arranged for family and members, social gatherings with food and a few wines and beers.


 There are also a number of other formal and informal events across the world. These take many forms from competitions and record attempts.