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Skydiving FAQs

What is the highest skydive in Australia?

Currently, Australia’s highest skydive is 15,000ft. Check out this skydiving deal in Melbourne’s St Kilda, or Skydive Byron Bay with an epic discount on this experience. There’s even this 15,000ft Tandem Skydive Experience in Wollongong for those who are keen!


Which country is best for skydiving?

Many experienced skydivers say that New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world to go skydiving. From the North Island to the South Island, when you skydive in NZ you’ll be taken away by the country’s diverse beauty that awaits below. Plus, New Zealand is considered the adrenaline activity capital of the world for a reason!


What is the youngest age you can skydive?

In many countries, the youngest age you can skydive is 16.


How much does skydiving cost?

The cost of skydiving varies depending on location, operator and height from which you skydive. In Australia, prices tend to range from $60 for an Indoor Skydiving Experience to nearly $400 for this Gold Coast Tandem Skydive over the iconic Kirra Beach!


How long does skydiving last in the air?

The “freefall” portion of a skydiving experience generally lasts between 30 seconds and 90 seconds depending on the altitude of the dive. For example, skydiving from 9000ft generally lasts for 30 seconds, 14000ft approx 60 seconds and 18000ft approx 1 minute.


Is skydiving worth the money?

You can’t really put a price on an experience that you’ll remember forever. There’s a reason people opt to skydive more than once…and why others make a career out of it! The adrenaline rush during the freefall is unlike any other and with plenty of options to suit a variety of budgets, pretty much anyone can give skydiving a go!


What if your parachute fails while skydiving?

On the rare occasion the main parachute fails to deploy, the skydiving ‘rig’ (the ‘backpack’ containing the parachute) contains a ‘reserve’ parachute which is deployed instead.


Who should not skydive?

People with high blood pressure, heart problems, back and neck problems and pregnant women should not skydive.


How safe is skydiving?

Data shows that while skydiving has risks, it is as safe as it can be. There are simply so many precautions in place to reduce risk that the injuries/fatalities associated with the sport are few and far between.


What is the difference between parachuting and skydiving?

When skydiving, there is a period of freefall before the parachute is deployed whereas in parachuting, the parachute is deployed straight away.


What do I need to know before skydiving for the first time?

It’s important to listen to all safety directions and advice given by your instructor(s). These people are professionals and their goal is to give you the safest, most enjoyable experience possible…so listen to them!


What is tandem skydiving?

Tandem skydiving is where two people are strapped to one another during the entire descent. Check out some of our most popular tandem skydiving experiences including this Waikato Tandem Skydive and Airlie Beach Tandem Skydiving experience.


What is the best month to go skydiving?

The best month to go skydiving depends entirely upon where you want to skydive! However, with summer not only comes warmer temperatures…but also more hours in the day to skydive! 


Is there a weight limit for skydiving?

Generally speaking, around 94kg (or 207lbs) is towards the upper end of the weight limit for skydiving. That being said, some operators can accommodate heavier guests so long as they are notified in advance. 



First-time skydiving tips

So you’ve decided to take the dive - now what?


Skydiving for the first time is undeniably a daunting experience, however, during a tandem skydive you’ll literally have the support and guidance of your instructor with you every step (and jump) along the way!


Be sure to listen and adhere to all safety instructions and advice given prior to the jump, as this will ensure you remain as safe as possible (and may even settle your nerves a little!).


The pros also suggest eating a decent meal a few hours before skydiving and remaining extra hydrated - to prevent feeling nauseous or dizzy both on the flight up and during the dive itself! Oh…and avoid alcohol between 24 and 12 hours before the jump - we’d hate for you to feel woozy!


As for what to wear when you go skydiving, it’s best to check the weather first on the day of your dive, but generally speaking, choose well fitted clothing, including footwear. If you’re unsure about how cold you’ll be when up in the air, just see how you feel on the ground and expect to feel the same, or even colder, in the sky.


It is completely normal to be feeling nervous about your dive…especially if it’s your first time! But that’s what makes our skydiving suppliers so wonderful - they’re the best in the business for a reason and that’s because they’re experts in keeping you safe and ensuring you have a great time!


Part of keeping you safe means that unfortunately some people are unable to dive, including those with heart conditions, back and/or neck issues and pregnant women. There are also weight limitations in place so for those who exceed 94kg (or approx. 207lbs), please contact the supplier prior to booking to ensure you’re good to jump.


As for the jump itself - prepare for the adrenaline rush of your life! Your instructor will give you instructions as to exactly what to do and ensure you’re strapped in properly, but be sure to remember the following tips for your first skydive:


1. Be a banana

Arching your body like a banana during falling helps to improve the skydiving experience by ensuring your body is positioned correctly against your tandem skydive buddy!


2. Lift those legs

To help get you and your tandem partner to the ground as safely as possible: raise those legs! Your instructor needs to be the first to touch the ground, as they know exactly how to plant the stand, properly bear the weight and land without any hiccups. If you forget to raise your legs, your feet can get in your partner’s way which may cause injuries!


Aside from what to wear, what to do, when to go etc. there’s possibly the most important tip of all when it comes to skydiving for the first time…bring some support!


Although you can’t jump out of the plane at the exact same time as your friends…you can ride up on the plane together and encourage each other along the way!


Or, for those with friends less willing to participate, they can always wait down below in the drop-zone for you to land. Regardless, skydiving is a memorable experience for all involved and all the more reason to get booking!


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