Course fees for both domestic and international students are listed below.
Domestic Students International Students
Students eligible for NZ Fees Free Tertiary Education Scheme $0 not applicable
Unlicensed students who have no skydiving experience $11,690 $18,728
Licensed Students $9,165 $16,226
Plus Purchase of Equipment, see details below

The course fees are subject to change. 2024 tuition fees will be released August 2023.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or an Australian Citizen living in NZ for 3+ years, you may be eligible for funding for the Diploma in Commercial Skydiving:

– Tertiary education is Fees Free for eligible first time tertiary students. 

– Through the NZ Government you may be eligible for a StudyLink student loan which will help to pay for your course fees, study materials and living costs.

When you are accepted onto the Diploma in Commercial Skydiving, a deposit of $500 is required to secure your place on the course.

If you are paying for the course independently (without assistance via Fees Free or StudyLink) you must be able to pay the full course fees:
Domestic: 4 weeks prior to start date
International: 12 weeks prior to start date

Course Equipment Requirements

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

Equipment Costs

Skydiving equipment purchase is a requirement of the Diploma in Commercial Skydiving, and you must have the appropriate funds available to purchase the equipment below. We have a growing number of suppliers who offer special deals for students who attend our courses. The equipment cannot be covered by StudyLink, student loan or Fees Free. Our instructors will assist you with purchasing suitable equipment.

EQUIPMENT: Purchased brand new on orientation day Price
Downsizing equipment hire fee
Unlicensed student
Licensed student

Wrist altimeter (Sapphire) $355
Audible altimeter (Solo) $475
Full Face G4
Full Face G35
Open Face Fuel

Jumpsuit $600 - 800
Go Pro $600 - 800
Go Pro roller mount $160
EQUIPMENT: Purchased after week 6 Price
You are required to purchase a full parachute system:
- Container and reserve
- Main parachute

We encourage and support you to purchase second hand equipment. Costs do vary depending on condition, age and use.

These costs are a guideline and vary considerably depending on whether you buy new or second hand, and can change any time due to currency conversion rates and supplier price increases.

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 of your equipment in your application form. Your equipment must be checked for suitability prior to you being able to use it at the NZ Skydiving School.

Downsizing process and equipment hire fee

When purchasing equipment we assist you in sourcing a complete parachute system that will be suitable for you to jump once you have reached approximately 125 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 90-100 jumps it dramatically slows. This is why our instructors will advise you to buy a parachute system that is suitable for you from 125 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 Number Equipment Costs
1-125 $1250 (invoice on orientation day, paid in advance)
126+ $15 per skydive (paid at conclusion of each days jumping) until transitions onto own equipment
Licenced Students
Jump Number Equipment Costs
1-75 $750 (invoice on orientation day, paid in advance)
76+ $15 per skydive (paid at conclusion of each days jumping) until transitions onto own equipment

You are required to pay your equipment downsizing fee on orientation day.  If you transition onto your own equipment early, you will be refunded for unused equipment hire at $10 each per jump.

Ordering Equipment

We appreciate that ordering equipment is a big financial commitment, which is why our dedicated team will help you every step of the way. We will confirm you have the available funds for equipment purchases and discuss these with you during your interview. During the first week, as well as paying your downsizing equipment fee, you are required to order and pay for your ancillary equipment which costs approximately $3500.

Jumpsuits: There are custom made and there are many options available, all over the world, depending on your budget. We will discuss this with you during orientation day, but some options to look at are:




After we have discussed what type of suit is most suitable for you, you will order and pay for this directly with the jumpsuit supplier.

Altimeters: You are required to purchase a wrist and audible altimeter on orientation day. These can be bought onsite at NZSS.

Helmets: We recommend and supply Cookie Composite helmets. Once you decide on the style and colour, you will order these through NZSS on orientation day.

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