Skydiving Melbourne FAQs
Frequent questions about skydiving in Torquay
Skydiving can prove to be quite a daunting adventure, particularly for those embarking on it for the first time. Many newcomers often wonder about the safety of skydiving, the minimum age requirement, and appropriate attire for the activity. We’ve put together responses to the frequently asked questions about skydiving. If this is your first time and you have any other concerns don’t hesitate to contact us.
General skydiving questions
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 15,000 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?
At 1300SKYDIVE skydiving safety is our top priority. 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 manoeuvres 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.
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Tandem skydiving questions
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?
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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. 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 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 with you. They can hang out and see you board the plane and land under a parachute just a few meters away from the action.
Learning to skydive questions
What's the minimum age to learn to skydive in Melbourne?
Under the Australian Parachute Federation regulation skydiving students must be at least 16 years old. At 1300SKYDIVE, the minimum age is 18, but could accommodate minors over 16 after discussing it with parents or guardians.
What's the AFF course duration?
AFF Stage 1 consists of one full day of ground theory and the first skydive on a second/different day. The 9 stages of the AFF course can take between 2 or 3 days up to several weeks, but it’s not recommended to leave more than a fortnight between jumps to keep building muscle memory.
How dangerous is learning to skydive?
During the AFF course you will learn the necessary skills to safely skydive solo. Safety is our top priority, with world-class operational procedures after decades teaching AFF and the guidance of qualified instructors with thousands of skydives.
AFF Learn to Skydive course payments
You can complete the AFF course and obtain your skydive licence at your own pace, without paying the full fee upfront. Pay as you go is a good option to get started, but an AFF package will offer better value if you are serious about completing the course.
What experience is required before learning to skydive?
A tandem skydive may be beneficial to know what to expect and avoid extreme sensory overload on your first jump, but you don’t require previous skydiving experience to enrol in the AFF course.
Skydiving licence cost
The total cost will depend on your proficiency to pass the different stages, and whether or not you need to repeat some of them. The cost of the first skydiving licence (‘A’ licence) is typically between $3,199 and $4,000, as it takes between 15 and 25 jumps to complete the skills checklist, including a minimum of 10 witnessed accuracy landings.
Do I need to buy my own gear after learning to skydive?
You can purchase skydive tickets with gear hire included while you put together your first set of gear. Our skydiving instructors will guide you through the process and make recommendations based on your weight, height and skills.
Can I do wingsuit flying after the AFF course?
Under current APF regulations skydiving with a wingsuit requires a minimum of 200 jumps, a ‘D’ licence, and successful completion of the Wingsuit endorsement by a qualified coach.
Is the Australian Skydive licence valid overseas?
Your Australian skydive licence will be recognised in other countries, but you may need to pay temporary/visitor membership fees depending on the country’s federation and requirements.
Can I skydive with friends after I complete the AFF course?
After the AFF course you will need to complete the B-rel table (8 skydives) with a coach, to learn the necessary skills to free fall in groups.
Can I wear a GoPro skydiving?
Under the current APF regulation skydiving with a camera requires a minimum of 100 skydives and a ‘C’ licence, at the discretion of the Chief Instructor/DZSO.
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