Who can learn to skydive?

Skydiving is an extreme activity, so there are some age and weight restrictions if you wish to learn to skydive:
Age: The minimum age is 16 and if you are under the age of 18 we do require parent/guardian permission.
Weight: Due to equipment restrictions, you must weight less than 100kgs, be fit, flexible and be in good health.


How long will it take to complete the AFF learn to skydive programme?

Skydiving is a weather dependant sport and it is the one thing we have no control over! How quickly you progress through your learn to skydive programme depends on several factors such as your ability, your availability and particularly the weather. We have had students complete our AFF learn to skydive programme in only 3 days, but that is with perfect conditions. The months of December – April are usually most favourable for students.


How much does learning to skydive cost?

Skydive Auckland’s learn to skydive programme is very competitively priced, as we love skydiving and want everyone have the opportunity to experience what it is like to learn to skydive! All of the prices for the various course elements of our AFF learn to skydive programme, as well as further information on progression, can be found under prices.


Do I need to pay for the full AFF learn to skydive programme at the start?

At Skydive Auckland, our 8 level AFF learn to skydive programme is done on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. This means you only pay on the day, for the skydives that you do. The first cost you will be required to pay for is the initial AFF theory training course, after that you will be pay for each skydive that you complete. This makes Skydive Auckland’s learn to skydive programme easily affordable, as you don’t have to pay for the entire course up front. However, if you prefer to do that you can!



Can I learn to skydive with if I have glasses or contact lenses?

Yes you can, we provide suitable goggles so no matter if you wear glasses or have contact lenses, you can still learn to skydive with us.


What do I wear to learn to skydive?

You should wear comfortable snug-fitting clothes that are appropriate to the weather, in colder months we suggest you wear thermals. Footwear such as trainers/running shoes are ideal as they are comfortable, flexible and will allow you to point your toes. Climbing boots or any shoes with hooks are not allowed.


What is next after completing my AFF?

Once you have completed our 8 level AFF programme, you can then progress towards gaining your internationally recognised NZPIA A Certificate. This training programme includes 17 more skydives including solo skydives and coached skydives, further developing your skills in freefall and under canopy. Skydiving is an extremely varied sport, the learning and the fun never stops!


I want to complete the A Certificate course, how long will that take?

If you want to learn to skydive and complete the full NZPIA A Certificate, you will need to allow 12-14 days, with favourable conditions. If you want to learn to skydive during the months of May – November, this may take considerably longer due to less favourable weather conditions.


I want to complete AFF level 1 first, before I decide if I want to complete the full AFF programme, how much time should I allow?

The first step to learning to skydive is completing the AFF training theory course, which takes a full day, from 9am – 5.30pm. Following successful completion of this course, you can undertake AFF level 1 if the weather conditions are suitable and time allows.


If I start to learn to skydive at Skydive Auckland, but due to bad weather I can’t complete them all. Can I continue to learn to skydive elsewhere in New Zealand?

At Skydive Auckland we have a dedicated learn to skydive centre, so if you allocate enough time you should be able to complete the AFF programme and learn to skydive. Each skydive is logged in your own log book and we also provide HD footage of all of your skydives, so if for some reason you don’t complete your learn to skydive programme, you will be able to take this away with you.


I don’t live in New Zealand, will my skydives and/or skydiving qualifications be accepted elsewhere?

All parachute organisations have different requirements. The Skydive Auckland learn to skydive programme has been setup to include criteria that is required at parachute organisations across the world. That means the skills you acquire while learning to skydive here at Skydive Auckland will be transferable. When you achieve the NZPIA A Certificate, you can usually be cross-credited with an equivalent licence at another parachute organisation.


What is next after completing my AFF?

Once you have completed our 8 level AFF programme, you can then progress towards gaining your internationally recognised NZPIA A Certificate. This training programme includes 17 more skydives including solo skydives and coached skydives, further developing your skills in freefall and under canopy. Skydiving is an extremely varied sport, the learning and the fun never stops!


Is it safe to learn to skydive?

Skydiving is an extreme sport and with any sport there is always an element of risk. At Skydive Auckland, your safety when learning to skydive, is our number one priority. Our dedicated learn to skydive training centre is affiliated with the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association (NZPIA) which means all of our courses, instructors, equipment and procedures are sanctioned by New Zealand’s leading skydiving governing body.


Do I need to have insurance to learn to skydive?

In New Zealand you are automatically covered by ACC, an Accident Compensation Corporation but this does preclude any long-term care or transportation to a foreign country. Skydive Auckland also has third party liability insurance just in case you accidently cause damage to people or property while you are skydiving with us.


Do you offer any group discounts to learn to skydive?

At Skydive Auckland we love skydiving and we try to keep the costs as low as possible. We can offer discounts from the AFF training theory course for groups of 5 or more, so if you get a group of your friends together, please get in touch and we can give you more information.


Do you offer learn to skydive gift vouchers?

Skydive Auckland is able to provide you with a gift voucher for any element of the AFF learn to skydive programme, from just the AFF theory training course through to the individual levels or the entire thing. All of our prices can be found on our website. If you want a gift voucher, please email us with your specific requirements.

Accelerated Free Fall Program

Ground Training Course $199
AFF Level 1 $399
AFF Level 2 $399
AFF Level 3 $399
AFF Level 4 $299
AFF Level 5 $299
AFF Level 6 $299
AFF Level 7 $299
AFF Level 8 $299
Solo Skydive (after level 8) $95

All jumps include equipment hire, parachute packing and full instructor briefing and debriefing.

A Certificate

After the 8 level program, you must complete:
5 coaching jumps ($149 each), further developing your free fall and canopy skills. The price of each jump includes instructor, brief & debrief, equipment rental and parachute packing.
12 Consolidation jumps ($95 each) includes equipment rental and parachute packing
Parachute packing course ($69)


Currency Training

Refresh course $50 1-2 hours.
Evaluation skydive $149 plus equipment hire.


Sport Skydiving

Once you have achieved your A Certificate you are officially a sport skydiver and you can continue your skydive training and progression towards your B Certificate and beyond. Additional coaching is $149 + equipment hire ($35).

Learn to skydive with Skydive Auckland's Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) program and you can be skydiving solo in only 8 jumps!

Skydive Auckland is New Zealand's largest tandem skydive, sport skydive and learn to skydive center. Our  AFF skydive training program will teach you all the skills you require to be able to skydive solo, learning comprehensive skills for flying your body and piloting your parachute. Upon completion of our learn to skydive program you will be able to skydive on your own - what an achievement!


Take that first step

The first step towards learning to skydive is to complete one of our AFF Training Courses, which take place every month (dates below). This 1-day skydiving course teaches you everything you need to know including how to exit the plane, how to fly a specific body position, how to fly and land your parachute safely.  At the end of the day you are ready to throw yourself out of a plane and start your journey to skydiving solo.


Your first jump

Following successful completion of the AFF Training Course you are ready to skydive and you will take to the skies to do your Level 1 AFF jump (weather permitting). During your 45 seconds of free fall you will respond to hand signals to adjust your body position, keep altitude awareness and deploy your parachute before flying it down yourself.


Whats next?

Following successful completion of your AFF Level 1 skydive you will be debriefed by your instructor then how often you jump, is dependent on your availability.  You need to book in advance for your skydives, which can be done by contacting the reception team and all these details will be explained to you during the initial AFF Training Course. There are 8 levels to complete before you are ready to skydive solo. Each AFF Level is captured on camera in high definition, so your instructor can debrief each level and you can relive each moment again and again as well as share your achievements with family and friends.  


I haven't done this before, what do I need to know?

When it comes to learning to skydive, everyone has questions, so we've compiled a list of FAQs which should give you all the information you need. If you do have any further questions, please contact our Operations Manager.


I'm ready, when do I start?

If you are ready to take the first step in learning to skydive, you must first complete one of our AFF Training Courses.  These start at 8:45am and usually finish at approximately 5pm.

Once you book the AFF Training Course, you will receive an email that will include all of the details on how to make a reservation.  Currently our available course dates are:

  • September - Saturday 10 September
  • October - Saturday 8 October
  • November - Saturday 5 November
  • December - Saturday 10 December

Our learn to skydive courses are extremely popular, so book your course today!

To make a reservation contact our Operations Manager.

Once you complete your 8 level AFF program here at Skydive Auckland, the learning and fun doesn't stop there, you can now work toward achieving your first recognised skydiving licence, the NZPIA A Certificate.

During Skydive Auckland's A Certificate training program your learning curve will continue to be steep, as you are taken step by step through our unique progression system specifically designed to enable you to build on what you have already learned. You will discover a variety of ways to exit the aircraft, how to jump safely from low altitudes and learn more advanced body positions and skills. Learning to skydive has never been so much fun!

Once you have successfully completed all of the requirements and have a minimum of 25 skydives, you are able to sit an online examination to gain your NZPIA A Certificate.


Now you can skydive with some of the new friends you have made along the way.

The real fun has only just begun.


 If you have already started to learn to skydive somewhere else or you haven't done a skydive in a while, you can still continue to skydive and train with us here at Skydive Auckland. To ensure your safety and to abide by rules and regulations, there are a few requirements:

  • Logbook: you must bring this with you. We are unable to let anyone skydive without a valid logbook. If you have a licence from another country you should also bring this, but you must also have your logbook too.
  • Refresh Course: If you have learned to skydive somewhere else and if you don't hold a valid NZPIA Certificate or if you have not done a skydive in a while, we will require you to complete a refresh course. This must be booked in advance and costs $50 for 1-2 hours. The purpose of this course is to assess your knowledge, experience and ability and ensure it aligns with the rules and regulations of Skydive Auckland and also the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association who is our governing body.  
  • Evaluation Skydive: Depending on our assessment of your ability, knowledge and experience we may require you to complete an evaluation skydive with one of our qualified instructors. The cost of this is $149 and will be completed following a refresh course (weather depending).

Within NZ you are still considered a student until you qualify for the NZPIA A Certificate, this means you can only complete solo skydives, jump a maximum wingloading of 0.94 and cannot jump in winds exceeding 15 knots. If you have all the pre-requisites for the A Certificate and you wish to apply, this can be done at the DZ. You will need valid ID, a credit card for payment and this must be booked in advance with one of our Authorised Persons. If you don't qualify for an A Certificate, you can still skydive with us at Skydive Auckland and we can help you continue your training and progression.

It is essential that you contact us prior to your arrival at Skydive Auckland, so we can arrange a time for one of our instructors to be available to assist you. For more information, please contact our Operations Manager.