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SKYDIVING IN SYDNEY FAQs
What's the minimum age to skydive in Australia?
12 years old is the minimum age to skydive in Australia. Any person under 18 years of age needs their parent or guardian’s written permission. There is no maximum age to skydive, however, we reserve the right to refuse a skydive based on our assessment based on age, weight and health to ensure everyone’s safety. If you have any questions, concerns or anything you need to discuss with us please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to avoid disappointment on the day.
Are there any weight restrictions for skydiving?
Due to safety reasons, the maximum weight to skydive is 110 kg. We weigh each person at check-in. Over 95kg charges apply: $25 over 95kg, $50 over 100kg, $100 for max. weight of 110kg
What should I wear to go skydiving?
Comfortable casual clothes. Dress for the weather on the day, it can be a little cooler at 14,000ft. We will provide you with a jumpsuit to wear over your clothes as well as skydiving goggles. If you wear glasses that’s fine, we have special over glasses goggles. Secure footwear that’s not going to fall off is a must. No flip flops or thongs. Enclosed shoes such as runners are required. Remember to empty your pockets!
What are the physical requirements for skydiving ?
Almost anyone with good health can do a Tandem skydive, even seniors over 80 years old. For the safety of our staff and customers, we reserve the right to refuse a skydive after our assessment based on age, weight and health. If you have any questions, concerns, or anything you need to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to avoid disappointment on the day.
Is skydiving safe?
Like in any other extreme sport, there are risks involved in skydiving. Thanks to the advancements in technology, regulation and training, however, the sport has become much safer over the last few decades. Safety devices like AADs, installed in all our rigs, ensure that even in the unlikely event that a skydiver is unable to manually deploy their main parachute, the device will trigger the deployment of the reserve parachute automatically. Most accidents nowadays involve experienced skydivers making poor choices or performing risky landing maneuvers close to the ground.
Can you breath skydiving?
Yes, you can breathe skydiving, and we actively recommend that you do! The freefall part of a skydive usually lasts anywhere between 40 and 60 seconds, therefore it is a long time to be holding your breath. If you panic during your skydive and cannot breathe try looking at the horizon instead of looking down and try to breathe normally.
How long does a skydive last?
A skydive from 14,000 feet usually lasts 50-60 seconds. The main factor that influences a skydive duration is your body position and therefore the surface exposed in friction with the air. Experienced skydivers in a head-down position may experience speeds of up to 450 km/h and a shorter freefall duration. Skydives in a “belly to earth” position, like tandem skydives, usually last up to 60 seconds, due to larger areas exposed to the relative air in freefall and relatively lower speeds, still up to 200km/h!
How much is Skydiving in Sydney?
Our prices to skydive in Sydney range between $279 and $548, depending on the day of your skydive and the video/photo package chosen. The price for AFF Stage 1 to learn to skydive in Sydney is $430. You can see all the options on our skydiving bookings page. We offer the best prices in the closest skydiving location to Sydney.
Can I cancel a booking?
Our bookings are flexible. If you provide more than 48 hours notice, there is no extra cost for changes in booking dates or times. If we cannot jump due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances you can reschedule your skydive at no extra cost, credit and vouchers are valid for 3 years. For any other questions or concerns please check FAQs or contact us.
Can I change the date or time of a booking?
Yes, if you cannot make it on the day or time of your skydive we can re-schedule at no extra cost to a more convenient time. Please be mindful and let us know with more than 24h in advance so we can make the necessary re-arrangements in our schedule.
Can I book a skydive for someone else?
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How much does it cost to go Skydiving in Australia?
Our prices to skydive in Australia range from $245 to $548, depending on the location and the skydiving package you choose. We have skydiving locations on the east coast of Australia, in Cairns, Airlie Beach, the Sunshine Coast and Sydney. To know more about our skydiving prices and options visit 1300 SKYDIVE
Can I bring my gopro skydiving?
Due to safety reasons, under the Australian Parachute Federation regulation only licensed skydivers with more than 100 skydives are allowed to wear a camera while skydiving. You can purchase photos and video extras with our skydiving packages and have your tandem instructor wear a wrist-mounted camera or even a second cameraman jumping with you to film as an outside camera. If you opt for the base skydiving package with no photos or video, your companions can still film you boarding the plane and landing under parachute, something you can only do at our dropzone in Sydney, being the only self-contained airport with no shuttles or transfers required to board the plane or return from your skydive.
How many people can go up in the same plane to skydive?
That will depend on how many people are in your group. We operate large turbine aircrafts which are perfect for groups, however exact numbers on aircraft are affected by weights, how many want outside cameras and other operational factors. The number of your group on the aircraft can vary from 2-3 people up to 5-6 people on average. We can advise you on the day who and how many will be on each plane load and we will do our best to accommodate group requests. If you have any special needs please let us know at check-in.
What time will we be jumping?
We will often have you checked in and jumped within 2-3 hours, however it is safer to plan for a 1/2 day activity as there may be weather or unforeseen circumstances out of our control.
The time you are booked for is your check-in time. When you arrive at the dropzone you will need to complete some paperwork and then you are assigned to a load. The safety briefing from your instructor and gear up will take 10 min, followed by a 20 min flight to altitude.
Please ensure you check-in on time. If you have any special time constraints or needs please ensure you notify us beforehand. We do our best to keep the day running smoothly but sometimes we are held up due to unforeseen circumstances. At Sydney Skydivers we use the best safety and risk management system and we have real time flight departure boards at the dropzone to keep you informed of your flight. Staff will also keep you updated in regard to timings or any delays. Safety is of the utmost importance to us and if we have to wait on the ground or put jumping on hold to ensure your safety, then we will. We endeavour to complete an individual’s jump in a timely manner.
Are skydiving photos or video included?
Photos and video packages can be purchased as extras, either at time of booking or when you arrive at the dropzone for your check-in. Check out our bookings page for up to date options and prices.
Sydney Skydivers is the only self-contained dropzone in Sydney. No buses or transfers are required from the lounge to the plane. This means your friends and family can watch you board the plane and land under parachute from just a few meters away, and take as many photos and videos as they want!
CAN I BRING FRIENDS OR FAMILY SKYDIVING?
Absolutely! We operate a self-contained dropzone, which means that you and your friends or family can hang out before and after your skydive. You can enjoy a picnic on our extensive grass areas while you watch planes take off and skydivers land. Pets are also welcome in our dropzone, but for safety reasons, you must keep them from entering into aircraft or landing restricted areas.
LEARN TO SKYDIVE SOLO
Is there a minimum age to learn to skydive?
In Australia, the legal minimum age to learn to skydive solo is 16. At Sydney Skydivers we normally require students to be 18 years of age, however, we are always happy to discuss it with parents and guardians should an under 18 student be serious about learning to skydive.
What are the requirements to Skydive Solo?
You must complete your AFF training before you can skydive solo. The AFF course consists of 9 stages where students learn the necessary skills to skydive safely. In stages 1 to 8 students are accompanied by instructors, and AFF stage 9 is the first solo jump.
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.
Can you learn to skydive online?
We have an exclusive online course to get you ready for your learn to skydive ground course and AFF Stage 1. Once you feel comfortable and ready you can book your ground training. Your skydiving instructor will cover the topics learned with the online theory with practical exercises and drills on the ground, prior to your very first skydive.
What equipment do I need to learn to skydive?
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.
What is the skydiving licence cost?
Our current prices for AFF training are $430 for AFF Stage 1 and $195 for each of the stages 2 to 9. Prices include ground training and all the necessary equipment. We don’t require upfront payments for the full course, and you can complete it at your own pace, but ideally, you shouldn’t leave more than one or two weeks between jumps.
We are here to help you, before, during, and after your skydiving experience. Check our FAQs below and if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find more information about the different Skydiving in Sydney options in the Tandem Skydiving, Learn to Skydive and Licensed Skydivers sections of our website. Sydney Skydivers in Picton is the most experienced Skydiving Operator in Australia, we have been jumping out of planes for over 50 years, and know a thing or two about falling out of the sky!
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