Course Equipment Requirements

The following equipment is compulsory for students to complete the Diploma in Commercial Skydiving and are also required by a free fall photographer to work within the industry:

  • Complete parachute system
  • Altimeter & audible altimeter
  • Automatic Activation Device (AAD)
  • Jumpsuit
  • Helmet
  • Go-Pro (or equivalent)

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Equipment Costs

Equipment costs vary considerably depending on the current exchange rates and whether you buy new or second hand. We have a growing number of suppliers who offer special deals for students who attend our courses. The table below is a guideline of the cost in NZ$ & USD$ to purchase your own equipment.


However some domestic students can get an allowance of $1000.00 for course related costs from StudyLink which can be used to buy part of your skydiving equipment. Whether you decide to purchase brand new or second hand equipment, it is required that you have the appropriate funds available to purchase ALL of the below equipment.


New (price excludes shipping)Second Hand (approximate & excludes shipping)
Talon harness container & reserve parachute$5,600.00 NZD$5-8,000NZD dependant on availability
Vigil 2 Automatic Activation Device (AAD)$1995.00 NZD
Icarus Sapphire 2 main parachute (New Zealand Aerosports)$3,350.00 NZD
Altimeter (Sapphire)$220 NZDPurchase brand new on orientation
Audible Altimeter (Solo)$370 NZDPurchase brand new on orientation
Goggles$25 NZDPurchase brand new on orientation
Jumpsuit (Kurupee)$299 USD Purchase brand new on orientation
Helmet (two types to choose from) Cookie Fuel Helmet$450 NZDPurchase brand new on orientation
Cookie G3 Helmet$665 NZDPurchase brand new on orientation
Cookie’s Go-Pro mount$160 NZD-
Go-Pro Digital Video Camera$200-$550.00 NZD$200-$400 NZD
Downsizing equipment hire fee $1,000NZDDownsizing equipment hire fee
Downsizing equipment hire fee $1,000NZD1 October 2016


UNLICENSED STUDENTS: We insist that you wait until you arrive at the school before you purchase your complete parachute system, whether it is new or second hand. Our instructors will offer advice in sourcing appropriate equipment once the course has started.

LICENSED STUDENTS: If you already have your own complete parachute system, please ensure that you provide specific details in your application form as we must check for its suitability before you join us.

THE DOWNSIZING PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT HIRE FEE: When purchasing equipment we aim to source a complete parachute system that will be suitable for you to jump once you have reached approximately 95 skydives. As your skills develop and change, so does your parachute system and the size of parachute you jump is directly linked to your suspended weight under that parachute combined with your skill level. As you get more experienced, generally the size of your parachute decreases, we call this the downsizing process.

In the early stages the downsizing process is quite regular, however once you reach 95 jumps it dramatically slows. This is why our instructors will advise you to buy a parachute system that is suitable for you from 95 jumps. If you purchase anything before this time it is likely you will have to sell it within a short time frame, as before long you will be requiring a system for a more experienced skydiver, therefore it is a waste of money.

In order to facilitate the downsizing process we have invested thousands of dollars in parachute systems, which we make available to you for jumping whilst you are progressing through the downsizing process. The payment system for equipment hire is outlined below for both un-licenced and licenced students.

Un-licenced Students

Jump NumberEquipment Costs
1-25Included in the tuition fees
26-95$1000 (invoice on orientation day, paid in advance)
96+$15 per skydive (paid at conclusion of each days jumping) until transitions onto own equipment

Licenced Students

Jump NumberEquipment Costs
1-70$1000 (invoice on orientation day, paid in advance)
71+$15 per skydive (paid at conclusion of each days jumping) until transitions onto own equipment

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In the unlikely event you transition onto your own equipment early and you do not use up all allocated jumps in respect to equipment hire, you will be refunded for the unused equipment hire at $15 each per jump.


Ordering Your Ancillary Equipment:

Jumpsuit: It is crucial that you DO NOT order this item before you arrive at school as it is a custom fit item and must be ordered correctly via school staff. However, before you arrive at the school you can follow the below steps to prepare for ordering your jumpsuit.

1. Visit:  & create an account.
2. Select the option: 1 piece freely suit.
3. Select any design you like (this has no bearing on the flying ability of the suit, purely your style).
4. Select the colour or colours you wish your suit to be made up of (these are specific to you as an individual) and save your choices.

When you arrive at school you will be measured and advised of any further options you need to add based on your body type. Once you have ordered your suit, it should arrive within three weeks. You will have the use of our school jumpsuits until a time when yours arrives.

Altimeters, helmets, Go-Pro and goggles: Altimeters, helmets, Go-pro’s and goggles are available to purchase through the school. Orders will be taken, and you can pay for these items once you arrive at the school. If not purchased before hand, altimeters and goggles must be purchased on orientation day.