Airlie Beach Skydiving FAQs
Frequent questions about skydiving
Skydiving can be an intimidating experience, especially for first-timers. Is skydiving safe? How old do I have to be to skydive in Australia? What should I wear skydiving?… We get asked these types of questions very often.
Below we have compiled answers to the most common questions about skydiving in Australia. If this is your first time and you have any other concerns don’t hesitate to contact us. Having fun is high on our list, but the safety of our customers is ourt top priority.
Airlie Beach Skydiving
How old do you have to be to skydive?
16 years old is the minimum age to skydive in Australia. All minors require written permission by their parents or guardians to be able to skydive. There is no maximum age to skydive, but we assess all customers based on age and general health condition. Contact us with any questions you may have.
What's the weight limit to skydive in Australia?
110 kg is the maximum weight allowed to skydive in Australia. We weigh each customer at check-in, over 95kg charges apply:
Over 95kg: +$25
Over 100kg: +$50
Can I wear jeans skydiving?
- The best option is comfortable casual clothes.
- Dress for the weather on the day, but take into account that it will be a bit cooler at 14,000 feet.
- Secure footwear is compulsory. Enclosed shoes such as runners are the best option.
Are there any physical requirements to skydive?
Almost any healthy person over 16 years of age can do a tandem skydive, there are no specific requirements, besides being able to lift your legs when landing. We get customers from 16 years old all the way to the 70s and 80s. For the safety of our customers and staff, we assess age, weight and health before accepting a skydiving customer.
How dangerous is skydiving?
Like in any other extreme sport, there are risks involved in skydiving. However, it has become much safer over the last few decades, with advancements in technology, regulations and training. All our skydiving rigs are fitted with an automatic activation device (AAD). In the unlikely event that an instructor is unable to manually deploy the parachute, the AAD will trigger the reserve parachute automatically based on altitude and speed. Most skydiving accidents these days involve experienced skydivers making poor choices or performing risky maneuvers close to the ground.
Can you breathe when you skydive?
Yes, you can breathe skydiving. If you feel like you can’t breathe, stop holding your breath and look at the horizon.
How long does a skydive last?
It usually takes around 15 or 20 minutes to fly to altitude with the plane. Then the best part, exhilarating freefall for about 60 seconds, followed by a parachute ride that normally takes around 5 to 7 minutes.
How much does it cost to skydive?
Can I cancel a skydiving booking?
Bookings can be canceled up to 48 hours before your skydive without extra fees. You can also make changes to the date and time, up to 24 hours before your skydive.
If we cannot jump due to bad weather or any other circumstances you can change the date of your skydive at no extra cost.
Can I change the date or time of my skydiving booking?
Do you have skydiving gift vouchers?
Can I wear my action camera skydiving?
Under the Australian Parachute Federation regulation, only licensed skydivers with more than 100 jumps are allowed to use a camera. This is for safety reasons, as there are risks involved in manipulating extra gear while skydiving with the appropriate training. At Airlie Beach Skydivers we have photos and video extras that you can add to your skydive when you book online or on the day of your jump.
How many people can go skydiving at the same time?
It depends on the aircraft we operate on the day. If you want to jump with your group all together on the same flight please let our staff know when you check-in. When possible we do accommodate all customers in the same group together, but this is not always possible, especially if it is a large group.
Can you get photos and videos while skydiving?
Can I go skydiving and land on the beach?
Yes. Weather permitting, all our skydives include beach landing at no extra cost.
Can I bring friends and family if they are not skydiving?
Of course! We want you to have a very special day. Bring your family and friends to Airlie Beach Skydivers. They can hang out and see you board the plane and land under a parachute just a few meters away from the action.
How old do you have to be to get your skydive licence?
In Australia the legal minimum age to learn to skydive is 16 years old. At Airlie Beach Skydivers we normally require students to be 18, but we can discuss it with parents or guardians if a minor is serious about joining a course to learn to skydive.
What are the requirements to get a skydive licence?
You must complete your AFF course to get your skydive licence to jump solo. In Australia the AFF course consists of 9 stages or levels where students learn the necessary skills to jump unsupervised once the training is completed. You can find more information about how to get your skydiving licence on our learn to skydive page.
Is learning to skydive dangerous?
At Airlie Beach Skydivers we make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our AFF program includes one full day of ground training, where students need to demonstrate their comprehension and skills prior to being cleared to skydive. All AFF jumps are performed with skydiving instructors assisting students in freefall. Our skydiving instructors at Airlie Beach Skydivers are qualified under the Australian Parachute Federation with thousands of skydives each. All aircraft and gear are regularly maintained to maximise the safety of our operations.
How long does it take to get a skydive licence?
At Airlie Beach Skydivers you can choose to learn at your own pace or our all-inclusive holiday package.
If you decide to learn at your own pace it all starts with the ground course and AFF Stage 1. After that you can continue the rest of stages when you have time, but you shouldn’t leave more than 2 weeks between jumps. There is no need to pay upfront for the whole course.
Our all-inclusive package includes the AFF jumps and 6 additional solo skydives. All gear and training materials are included, as well as accommodation.
Visit our AFF course page to learn more.
We are open all year round.