Australian Skydive Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions we get here at Australian Skydive.

Is skydiving safe?

Skydiving is a highly regulated sport. Over seventy thousand people go Tandem skydiving in Australia each year. Our operation runs in strict accordance with CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations.

What if the parachute doesn’t open?

There is a second ‘Reserve Chute’, which is used in the unlikely event of the main chute not operating properly. The ‘Reserve Chute’ is checked and repacked every 6 months by a specially certified Packer. There is also an ‘automatic computer activation device’ which will open the parachute if for some reason the instructor does not. A very unlikely situation.

What does free fall feel like?

Amazing! Surprisingly, you don’t actually feel like your falling so you won’t ‘lose your stomach’. It is more like floating on a jet of air. It is the closest thing to flying like a bird that is possible to man.

How long does it take?

From take off to landing takes about 30 minutes. Please allow 2-3 hours from arrival to complete your jump. We often experience weather delays and you may have to reschedule your jump for another day. We will only jump if conditions are favourable for skydiving.

What if I get up in the plane and decide I can’t jump?

Unfortunately no refund can be given, as all the costs involved are in getting you up there. It doesn’t cost anything to come down. But, our experienced instructors are very proficient in coaching people through their nervousness. you’ll be amazed how easy it is when you have someone experienced with you.

Is there an age limit?

The minimum age is 16 years and there is no maximum age. People over the age of 90 have been Tandem Skydiving! Anyone under 18 years old must have their legal guardian sign the indemnity form before jumping.

How fit do I have to be?

People of many different shapes and sizes can go skydiving. Tandem skydiving is not highly physically demanding, your instructor does a lot of the work. if you do have any concerns, please consult us or your doctor. There is a weight limit of 100kg, but all prospective jumpers are assessed on their fitness, safety first! Anyone over 80kg or of marginal fitness will be assessed as to their suitability to skydive.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing and runners, no big boots or high heels! We will supply some jump pants to wear. If it’s cool wear a jumper.

Should I eat before I jump?

Yes just eat what you would usually eat.

Can I take my own camera with me to skydive?

No, sorry for safety reasons you cannot take your own camera. Solo jumpers need a minimum of a C license in skydiving to carry a camera.

Will it affect my sinuses?

Most people find that their sinuses are blocked after the freefall, it is simple to equalise them by chewing, yawning or swallowing. Jumping with a cold or blocked sinus is not recommended.

What about the weather?

We are a weather oriented sport and will only jump when it is safe to do so. We are regularly delayed by inclement weather such as strong winds or cloud. We ask you to give us a call only on the day of your jump to confirm if your skydive will be going ahead.

Can my friends and family watch?

Yes! We have excellent facilities (including wheelchair access) for friends and family to watch your special event! Enjoy snacks and drinks while you are watching!

Can I go in the plane if i’m not jumping?

No, sorry for safety reasons only people skydiving can go in the plane.

Who is the Australian Parachute Federation (APF)?

The APF is the organisation that controls skydiving and parachuting at nearly all the civilian operations in Australia. With the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) it sets the standards of operation, conducts competitions, issues licenses and instructor ratings, conducts exams and publishes a magazine (ASM) and newsletter to keep its members informed of current events and safety standards.

Alcohol and smoking?

Alcohol and drugs are not to be consumed in skydiving operational areas. Eight hours must pass between your last drink and your first jump of the day. Smoking is strictly prohibited within 15m of aircraft, fuel, parachute equipment and in all buildings. Australian Skydive reserves the right to refuse a person’s jump if they are suspected to be under the influence of any substance.

How long does it take to complete the AFF Course?

It depends on the individual person, time restrictions and weather. All going to plan, some students can finish their AFF course over two weekends. Other students like to spread it out over a couple of months to fit in with their budget or work schedule.

What do I need to get my A Licence?

Approx. 15- 20 successful jumps (including approved accuracy landings), learning to pack a parachute plus the successful completion of a written exam. Check out our learn to skydive information below for more details on earning the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) A Licence.

What is involved in the AFF Course?

Check out what’s involved in the nine-stage AFF course above.

How many jumps per day can I expect to do when I am learning?

Most students average two jumps per day. It really depends on your personal progression and stamina!

What are the wind limits for AFF students?

Wind speed limit for AFF students is 15 knots.

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