HOW DO YOU LEARN TO SKYDIVE? 📚
FIRST STEPS TO BECOMING A LICENSED SKYDIVER
The AFF course consists of a one day of ground theory course and nine freefall jumps/stages. Once you complete AFF Stage 1 you can do stages 2 to 9 at your own pace, with no upfront payment for the whole course required.
1. INTERACTIVE ONLINE TRAINING
Complete our interactive online training to get you prepared for the practical ground course. It’s a great first step to become familiar with the different aspects of AFF so your ground course is not overwhelming, especially if you have never experienced freefall with a Tandem Skydiving before
2. AFF GROUND COURSE
A full day of practical training with one of our instructors to get you ready to jump out of a plane. You will learn the basics around gear, freefall, parachute steering and emergency procedures. Everything you need to know to safely perform AFF stage 1, and get a solid theoretical foundation for the rest of the course.
3. AFF STAGE 1 SKYDIVE
It’s time to jump! On the following day 2 highly experienced instructors will brief you again and run through the drills to do AFF stage 1 of the accelerated freefall course. You will wear and fly your own parachute back to the ground!
OVERVIEW OF AFF STAGES 1 to 9 🏆
THE JOURNEY TO COMPLETING YOUR AFF COURSE
As you make progress through the course new drills and skills are explored in each new stage: turns, freefall rate, tracking…all the way to stage 9 when you will be ready to skydive by yourself without the supervision of your instructors in freefall!
AFF STAGE 1
Basic orientation and first solo skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors holding onto you. Deploy and fly your own parachute.
AFF STAGE 2
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors. Fly forwards, demonstrate turns, deploy your parachute and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 3
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors. fly solo and demonstrate heading and hover control, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 4
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading and hover control, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 5
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading, hover and 360 turns, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 6
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading, hover and 360 turns, 180 wave off and deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 7
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. Back flips and high speed tracking ! Deploy your parachute and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 8
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. dive exit, turns, tracking, fall rate control its all happening on stage 8 !
AFF STAGE 9
A solo skydive with no instructor, dive exit from the aircraft at a lower altitude. Its graduation Day !
LEARN TO SKYDIVE WITH SYDNEY SKYDIVERS ✈️
THE HEART OF AUSTRALIAN SKYDIVING
From legendary jumpers to world-champions, we have trained thousands of skydivers over the last few decades, building world class safety standards and extensive know-how.
You will be trained by some of the best instructors in the country with thousands of jumps under their belt and a real passion to teach new jumpers.
There are no buses or transfers involved. Check-in, gear-up, take-off and landing happening on the premises, with large grass areas to hang out.
We have a large open paddock free of obstacles or hazards that is perfect to learn how to land your parachute.
We are located in Picton, just 45 min by car from Sydney and 30 min from Wollongong, with several train stations nearby.
Plenty of great people who you can jump and share experiences with once you get your license
You are not required to pay for the full course upfront, and can pay stage by stage at your own pace, with Zip Pay available. Skydive now, pay later!
Is there a minimum age to do the AFF course?
In Australia the legal minimum age is 16. At Sydney Skydivers we normally require students to be 18 years of age, However we are always happy to chat with parents and guardians should an under 18 student be serious about learning to skydive.
Is learning to skydive safe?
Sydney Skydivers will make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our APF certified team of instructors are among the most experienced in Australia, with thousands of jumps under their belt. All of our student parachutes are regularly maintained and equipped with an automatic activation device of a reserve parachute, our training will also run you through every emergency situation and ensure you can be safe skydiving.
How long does it take to learn to skydive?
With Sydney Skydivers you can learn to skydive in as little as one week. If you cannot take days off you can complete your stages over the weekend and have your license in under a month. You can do the course at your own pace but ideally you shouldn’t leave more than 2 weeks between jumps. Muscle memory and being current with emergency procedures are key when you are starting out in the sport.
Do you have online training to learn to skydive?
Yes we have exclusive online theory for your stage 1 AFF ground training and stage 1 skydive. Once you feel comfortable and ready you can book in your ground training. Your course instructor will go over and cover what you have learnt during your online theory.
What equipment do I need for the AFF course?
None ! Sydney Skydivers will provide all equipment and instruction.Once you complete your AFF we have hire equipment you can hire and then once a student gets an A licence they will normally start to look around for their first set of skydiving equipment, a rig.
BECOMING A LICENSED SKYDIVER 🚀
COME FOR THE CHALLENGE, STAY FOR THE FUN
After finishing your AFF course the next step is to complete 8 B-Rel jumps, a standard set by the Australian Parachute Federation. This is focused on learning the required skills to safely skydive with others. This is also where the fun really starts! Once you reach 25 jumps and complete a written assessment you will be awarded your A license, officially exiting your student status.
From then on,
the sky the ground is the limit! You will be part of an amazing community and able to explore a wide range of disciplines like 4-way formations, freeflying, canopy piloting or wingsuiting. Get ready for a wild ride because this could be the start of a whole new obsession!