AFF Skydiving Course in Sydney
Get your Skydive Licence to jump solo
The AFF course (Accelerated freefall course) is your ticket to freedom in learning to skydive all by yourself. Sydney Skydivers is the closest dropzone to Sydney with some of the most experienced instructors in the industry to learn to skydive safely.
Starting at $495 - Complete the AFF course at your own pace
How does the AFF course in Sydney work?
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.
We kick off with one full day of ground training. You will learn the theory and skills to safely perform your first skydive, AFF stage 1. How the gear works, how to steer a parachute, emergency procedures…everything to get you ready for the first jump.
Prior to the ground course, you can have access to our online training platform. We recommend this first step so you can become familiar with all the topics covered in the course. This way the first day is not as overwhelming, especially if you have never experienced freefall with a tandem skydive before. If you don’t feel completely confident on AFF Stage 1 you can opt to do a tandem AFF that will count as AFF 1.
On your next day after the course 2 intructors will brief you again and do a recap of what you have learned prior to your first skydive. On AFF Stage 1 your instructors will assist you and keep you stable in freefall, but you will wear and fly your own parachute. After the jump you will have a debrief and start incorporating learnings and tips in your logbook.
After AFF 1 there are another 8 AFF levels, stages 2 to 9. In each stage you will learn new skills to give you more confidence and control, following the same process: brief, jump, debrief. All the way to AFF stage 9. This will be the first skydive completely on your own from the plane to landing on the ground, with no assistance in freefall or on the radio.
Skydive 'A' Licence Course
Once you complete the AFF course you are still a skydiving student, but no longer requiring instructor supervision in your skydive, just for gear checks and any help and tips you may need. You can do solo jumps to build your skills or start the B-rel table. These are a number of skydives with a coach to learn how to jump in groups of 2, 3 and 4 people.
To obtain your first skydive licence you will need to complete the A licence course. This is a half a day program with a short written exam at the end to demonstrate everything you have learned during your training. Once completed you will earn your first skydiving rating, ‘A’ licence, no longer being a student and officially becoming a licensed skydiver!
AFF Course Sydney Prices and Options
You can complete the AFF course at your own pace, or purchase an AFF package.
'B Rels' Package
APF student membership
Pre-course online training
Full day ground training
All 9 AFF Skydives
12 additional jumps with gear hire (8 of which can be B-rel coached)
‘A’ Licence course and exam
All gear and training materials
Sign up to the AFF course in Sydney
Submit your details and our team will get in touch to discuss your goals and get you signed up into one of our AFF courses. Alternatively you can call us on 1300 759 348
Download the AFF Guide
Get the full AFF Course guide
Everything you need to know about the AFF course, APF skydiving licences, gear, and more. Get the Free 18-page guide delivered straight to your email.
Australian Parachute Federation Licence
The Australian Parachute Federation (APF) regulates skydiving in Australia, ensuring consistent training and operational standards at all dropzones nationwide. With a skydiving license, you can enjoy fun jumps at most locations throughout the country. Your APF licence will be recognised if you want to jump overseas, but you might need to adhere to different regulations and require a visitor financial membership before you are allowed to jump.
Why choose Sydney Skydivers for your AFF course
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!
What's the minimum age to learn to skydive in Australia?
Under the Australian Parachute Federation, 16 years old is the legal minimum age to learn to skydive in Australia. At our 1300SKYDIVE locations we normally require skydiving students to be 18. If a minor over 16 is serious about doing the AFF course we can discuss it with parents or guardians.
How long does it take to complete the AFF course?
You can complete it in just a few days, or weeks. It is not recommended to leave more than 2 weeks between AFF stages.
Is learning to skydive safe?
We make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our instructors at 1300SKYDIVE are qualified under the Australian Parachute Federation and highly experienced, with thousands of skydives each. During your AFF training you will gained the necessary skills to safely skydive solo.
Do I have to pay for the full course upfront?
You can complete the AFF course and get your skydive licence at your own pace, there is no need to pay for the full course upfront. PAYG is a good option if you are not sure about it, but you can get a better value with an AFF package.
How many tandem skydives do I need to do before signing up for AFF?
What is the total cost to obtain the A licence?
You will need to complete AFF and a minimum of 10 witnessed landings achieving the A licence accuracy requirements. This typically takes between 15 and 25 jumps, about $3,199 to $4,000.
Do I need to buy my own gear after completing the AFF course?
You can buy jump tickets with gear hire while you put together your first set of gear. Your skydiving instructors will be able to guide you through the process.
Can I fly a wingsuit after AFF?
Under the current APF regulations you will need a minimum of 200 jumps, a D licence, and completing the wingsuit crest with a qualified coach. Some dropzones may have additional requirements, like a higher number of minimum jumps before you are allowed to fly a wingsuit.
Is the APF licence valid if I travel overseas?
Yes, your APF licence will be valid in other countries. Bear in mind that other federations like the USPA or BPA may have different requirements to the APF, and you will be required to purchase temporary or visitor memberships before you can jump.
Can I jump with other licensed skydivers after AFF?
Once you complete your B-rel table and get signed off by your Chief Instructor you will be allowed to do 4-ways with other licensed skydivers. The Star Crest will prepare you to safely jump with bigger groups.
Can I wear an action camera to film my skydives after AFF?
You will be required to have a minimum of 100 skydives and a C licence before you can be signed off to wear a snag-free helmetmounted camera, at the discretion of the CI/ DZSO.
What happens after the AFF course?
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!