This 32 week course includes 200 skydives and boasts a 95% employment rate!

The New Zealand Skydiving School, based at Skydive Auckland, is the longest established skydiving institution within NZ.  We are the first and only training establishment to offer a formal skydiving qualification, which aims to teach students all the skills required to make them highly employable in the international skydiving industry.

The 32 week full-time Diploma in Commercial Skydiving includes 200 skydives, teaches our students the latest skydiving techniques, and covers a vast range of subjects to give students the best start in the industry.

The qualification is New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved and also recognised by both of the governing skydiving organisations (NZPIA & NZPO) and their operators across the country.

The course is divided into 5 modules, (see below) which include a 12 week organised work placement within a commercial drop zone, here in New Zealand or overseas. As a result of valuable industry experience to date 95% of graduates have been offered employment upon completion of the course.

Diploma Course Modules

The one year (32 week), full-time course consists of 200 skydives and the following five modules:

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Internationally recognised 'A Certificate' which includes a minimum of 25 skydives, incorporating five formation skydiving coaching jumps designed to build upon your freefall skills.

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This is a highly specialised field for which there had previously been no formal training available. This module will provide a good understanding towards coordinating drop zone activities and includes customer services, manifesting, rule familiarisation, first aid, sales techniques as well as office skills. People skilled in these areas of operations are sought after, all over the world.

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This module offers in-depth training in skydiving with an emphasis on the commercial tourist industry. In addition to the practical skydiving this module includes specialist sections on freefall camera and video, spotting, accuracy, meteorology, relative work training, workforce promotion and self-management. On successful completion of this module you will receive the 'B Certificate' which is the minimum requirement for a freefall camera person within New Zealand.

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This module includes more specialist areas of skydiving. Students will learn all methods of parachute packing and maintenance, video editing, giving radio assistance to student parachutists, extraordinary parachute descents and emergency situation action plans.

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Students experience an organised 12 week work placement at a commercial dropzone, within New Zealand or overseas.  This provides a unique opprotunity to consolidate their overall learning so far and apply all the skills and knowledge learned throughout the course. This invaluable experience has resulted in 95% of graduates being offered related employment upon completion of the course.

NB: Students who already have an FAI recognised A license or above will complete 175 skydives, rather than the 200 required for the full course. Licensed students also finish the course 4 weeks earlier unless they pay the full cost of the course and wish to stay to receive the full 200 jumps.

Course Fees

Due to Ministry of Education approval the Diploma in Commercial Skydiving is partly Government funded for New Zealand and in some cases Australian students. Furthermore student Loans and Allowances are available through StudyLink for New Zealand students wishing to complete this course.

Information relating to course fees varies for domestic and international students.