Get your skydive licence with Airlie Beach Skydivers
AFF skydiving course
Learn to skydive and get your licence to skydive solo. With the AFF course you will learn all the theory and skills required under the Australian Parachute Federation to become a skydiver. You can choose to complete the AFF course at your own pace or choose our all-inclusive holidays package and get your skydiving licence in just a few days.
Starting at $495 for AFF1 - Complete the course at your own pace
Skydive licence in Australia
How do you learn to skydive?
The AFF skydiving course consists of one full day of theory on the ground and 9 jumps or AFF stages. At Airlie Beach Skydivers you can choose to complete the course at your own pace or an all-inclusive course with accommodation.
1. AFF ground course
We start with one day of ground training. Students learn the basics around skydiving gear, freefall and manouvres to safely land a parachute. All the theory and skills required to safely complete AFF stage 1.
We have an online platform with theory, that students can access before the course. This is a good first step to become familiar with the program. That way you won’t find the first day as overwhelming, especially if you have never experienced freefall with Tandem Skydiving before.
2. AFF Stages 1 to 9
After the ground course you will be ready for the first skydive. Two instructors will brief you and run through the drills for AFF Stage 1. They will assist you in freefall holding onto you until deployment. You will wear your own equipment and parachute. If you don’t feel confident the first skydive can be done with a tandem instructor.
Then there are another 8 levels from AFF stage 2 to 9. In each level you will learn new skills to improve your control and awareness in freefall…all the way to stage 9 when you do your first skydive completely by yourself with no instructors.
3. 'A licence' course
Once you complete AFF Stage 9 you no longer require assistance from instructors, but you are still considered a student. You can do solo jumps or start the “B-rels”, a number of jumps with a coach to teach you how to jump with groups of 2, 3 and 4 skydivers.
When you reach 25 skydives you can complete your A licence exam to obtain your very first rating. With the skydiving ‘A’ licence you leave the “student” status, officially becoming a skydiver. Time to celebrate!
AFF Skydiving course options
AFF Learn to skydive packages
With Airlie Beach Skydivers you can complete the AFF course at your own pace, start by booking your AFF Stage 1, and take it from there. If you want to complete the course in a few days you can book the all-inclusive package.
All-Inclusive AFF Package
Come for a holiday in the Whitsundays and get your skydiving licence
APF student membership
Pre-course online training
Full day ground training
AFF Skydives 1 to 9
Videos of all AFF Skydives
6 additional Solo Skydives
Full gear hire
A Licence exam and certification
Laguna Quays accommodation
Learn to skydive course stages
AFF stages 1-9 explained
In every AFF level you will learn new skills and drills to gain confidence in the sky. How to exit the plane, changing your freefall rate, moving and rotating…all the way to AFF Stage 9. This is a low altitude “hop and pop” by yourself without instructors assisting you in freefall or giving you directions from the ground.
AFF STAGE 1
Basic orientation and first solo skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors holding onto you. Deploy and fly your own parachute.
AFF STAGE 2
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors. Fly forwards, demonstrate turns, deploy your parachute and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 3
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with two instructors. fly solo and demonstrate heading and hover control, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 4
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading and hover control, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 5
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading, hover and 360 turns, deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 6
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. fly solo and demonstrate heading, hover and 360 turns, 180 wave off and deploy your parachute solo and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 7
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. Back flips and high speed tracking ! Deploy your parachute and fly back to the landing area.
AFF STAGE 8
Skydive from up to 14,000ft with one instructor. dive exit, turns, tracking, fall rate control its all happening on stage 8 !
AFF STAGE 9
A solo skydive with no instructor, dive exit from the aircraft at a lower altitude. Its graduation Day !
Why choose Airlie Beach Skydivers to get your skydive licence
Learn to skydive in paradise
We have trained thousands of skydivers over the last few decades, building world class safety standards and extensive know-how.
Our skydiving instructors have thousands of jumps and are qualified under the Australian Parachute Federation. Skydiving can be intimidating but they will help you overcome your fears.
We have great weather all year, with stunning views of the ocean. Everything you need to learn to skydive while having a great time.
Our skydiving school is conveniently located between Airlie Beach and Mackay, very close to the coast and Midge Point.
If you choose to complete the course at your own pace there is no requirement to pay upfront for the full AFF course.
Skydive Licence FAQs
Frequent questions about learning to skydive
If you have any other questions or you are unsure whether the AFF course is for you contact us for an individual assessment with no commitment.
What's the minimum age to learn to skydive?
By law the minimum age to learn to skydive in Australia is 16 years old. At Airlie Beach Skydivers we normally require students to be 18 years of age. If an under 18 student is serious about doing the AFF skydiving course we are always happy to discuss it with parents or guardians.
Skydive licence cost in Australia
AFF Stage 1 is $495, it includes a full day ground course and the first skydive with 2 instructors. Every other AFF stage (2-9) is priced at $195 each. With Airlie Beach Skydivers you can choose to complete the AFF course at your own pace or an all-inclusive package. Our holiday package is $2,900, and includes all training and gear hire, AFF Stages 1 to 9 and an additional 6 solo skydives, as well as the A licence exam and certification costs.
Is learning to skydive dangerous?
At Airlie Beach Skydivers we make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our skydiving instructors are highly experienced with thousands of skydives each. All of our aircraft and student gear is regularly maintained. Our student rigs are equipped with an AAD (Automatic Activation Device). In the unlikely event that you found yourself in freefall unable to deploy your parachute, the AAD will automatically trigger the reserve canopy. During the ground training we teach students all the theory and skills required to perform AFF skydives safely. Everyone in the course is required to proficiently perform and demonstrate these skills on the ground before being cleared to jump. During the training we run through most common emergency situations, teaching our students how to solve each problem and make their skydive as safe as possible.
How long does it take to get your skydiving licence?
You can complete the AFF course and learn to skydive in as little as one week. After that you will need to perform some solo skydives before you get enough jumps to do your ‘A’ licence exam and officially become a skydiver. The time required will depend on your availability to jump, but you can become fully qualified in just a few weeks.
What's next after your skydiving licence
The real fun starts after your AFF course
Once you complete your AFF course the real fun starts! You will learn how to safely skydive with others, improving your freefall and canopy skills. Once you are proficient in the belly-to-earth freefall there are a number of disciplines you can get into, like freeflying or wingsuit flying.
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