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AFF Course to get your skydive licence

Learn to skydive solo

Learn to skydive with 1300SKYDIVE and get your skydiving licence to jump solo. Regulated under the Australian Parachute Federation, the first step to become a skydiver is to complete the AFF course. We have been training skydivers for over 30 years and our skydiving instructors in the AFF courses are some of the most experienced in Australia.

First step to become a skydiver

How the AFF course works

The AFF skydiving course is designed to teach you the basics to safely perform a skydive. Regulated under the Australian Parachute Federation, it consists of 9 AFF stages or levels. This is the very first step to obtain your skydiving licence in Australia, with no previous experience required.

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Skydiving licence cost in Australia

Our AFF Stage 1 starts at $430, and our full AFF courses from $1,895, depending on the location and package you choose. Skydiving may seem very expensive at first, but once you complete your training and have your own gear, skydive tickets in Australia are usually priced between $40 to $50. With 1300SKYDIVE you can choose to learn at your own pace, with no upfront payment of all AFF stages required.

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AFF skydiving ground course

AFF starts with a full day of ground training. You will learn all the technical theory and skills required to safely perform your AFF skydives: how the gear works, freefall tips, how to steer a parachute, emergency procedures, etc… With 1300SKYDIVE you can have access to an online portal with all the theory covered in the course. This way the first day is not as overwhelming, especially if you have never done a skydive before.

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AFF stage 1, your first skydive

On the day following your ground course you will be doing your first AFF skydive! Two of our instructors will go through the drills again with you and do a recap of all the theory and emergency procedures learnt during the ground course. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing and flying your own parachute you can choose to do a tandem AFF. You will need to demonstrate altitude awareness and it will count as AFF 1

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AFF skydives, stages 2 to 9

Throughout the next 8 AFF stages you will keep building your confidence and improving your skydiving skills: aircraft exit, freefall body position, turns, etc… All the way to AFF stage 9, your first skydive with no assistance from your instructors, from exit to landing your parachute. After successfully completing your A licence test you will obtain your first rating, A licence, officially becoming a skydiver!

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AFF Course Stages

AFF Stages 1 to 9 Explained

With every AFF skydive you will learn new skills to improve your awareness and control in freefall: turning, moving backwards and forwards, changing your fall rate… The last level is AFF Stage 9, a low altitude skydive or “hop and pop” by yourself, without the supervision of your skydiving instructors in freefall or under the parachute.

  • STAGE 1

    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.

  • STAGE 2

    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.

  • STAGE 3

    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.

  • STAGE 4

    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.

  • STAGE 5

    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.

  • STAGE 6

    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.

  • STAGE 7

    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.

  • STAGE 8

    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 !

  • STAGE 9

    AFF STAGE 9

    A solo skydive with no instructor, dive exit from the aircraft at a lower altitude. Its graduation Day !

Learn to skydive with the experts

Why choose 1300SKYDIVE for your skydive licence

We have trained thousands of skydivers over the last few decades, building world class safety standards and extensive know-how.

Experienced instructors

We are the most experienced skydiving company in Australia. All our instructors are qualified under the Australian Parachute Federation, with thousands of jumps each.

Student-friendly dropzones

All our dropzones have student facilities for training and large landing areas to make your learning experience as safe as possible.

Multiple skydiving disciplines

Once you complete your AFF skydiving course you will be able to get coaching across multiple disciplines and flying styles.

Sydney, Airlie Beach and Cairns

You can start, continue and finish your skydiving qualifications across any of our current dropzones in Australia.

Great skydiving community

Learning to skydive can be intimidating. All our instructors are friendly and supportive, and you will find a great community of fun jumpers to skydive with.

Flexible payment

You can complete all AFF stages of the course at your own pace.There is no commitment to pay for the full course upfront.

AFF Skydiving Course Locations

Our AFF Locations

Book your AFF course with 1300SKYDIVE. We currently run training in 3 of our dropzones. Select your preferred one to know more about prices and availability in each location, or call us with any questions.

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Learn to skydive in Cairns at our beautiful tropical dropzone in Innisfail. You will be jumping inland with great ocean views over the Great Barrier Reef.

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Get your skydive licence with Airlie Beach skydivers in Bloomsbury. We offer a Whitsundays holiday package including all training and accommodation.

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We run AFF skydiving courses in Sydney every Saturday. You can choose to complete it at your own pace or book the full AFF course package.

Need help or have questions? Call our friendly staff

AFF Skydiving Course Prices

Book your AFF Stage 1 or AFF Full Course

Boarding call! Choose one of our dropzones to jump out of a perfectly good plane. 1300SKYDIVE is a member of the Australian Parachute Federation. All our instructors are highly experienced with thousands of skydives each.

Cairns

Get your skydive licence in Cairns with our learn to skydive course. Start with AFF Stage 1 in Cairns from $495. Complete the course at your own pace, we don’t require payment for the full program upfront.

Book your AFF Stage 1 today or visit our Cairns Skydivers website to know more

    • Office: 96 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870
    • Dropzone: 30 Wilson Rd, Mundoo QLD 4860
    • Telephone: 07 4015 2466
    • Website: cairnsskydivers.com.au

Airlie Beach

Learn to skydive in the Whitsundays region with Airlie Beach skydivers. We have a full AFF course package available or the option to complete AFF at your own pace, stage by stage.

Book your AFF course below or visit our Airlie Beach Skydivers website to know more.

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    • Office: 273 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
    • Dropzone: 61 Whitsunday Drive, Bloomsbury QLD 4799
    • Telephone: 07 4838 4040
    • Website: airliebeachskydivers.com.au

Sydney

Our AFF skydiving course in Sydney is the most popular option. We run ground courses every saturday.

Book your AFF course today or visit our Sydney Skydivers AFF page to know more.

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Skydive licence frequent questions

Frequent questions about the AFF course

If you have any other questions or you are unsure whether the AFF course is for you call 1300 759 348 for an individual assessment with no commitment.

What's the minimum age to learn to skydive in Australia?

Under the Australian Parachute Federation, 16 years old is the legal minimum age to learn to skydive in Australia. At our 1300SKYDIVE locations we normally require skydiving students to be 18. If a minor over 16 is serious about doing the AFF course we can discuss it with parents or guardians.

How much does the skydive licence cost in Australia?

With 1300SKYDIVE you can do AFF stage 1 from $430 and the full AFF course from $1,895.

Is learning to skydive safe?

We make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our instructors at 1300SKYDIVE are qualified under the Australian Parachute Federation and highly experienced, with thousands of skydives each.

How long does it take to get a skydiving licence?

With our full AFF course packages you can complete all training in just a few days. You can also choose to do it at your own pace, with no upfront payment for the full course required.

What experience do you need to get a skydive licence?

You can sign up for the AFF skydiving course with no previous experience, or you can choose to do a tandem skydive first.

Got more questions?

Contact us to discuss any questions or concerns. Our team evaluate student applications on a case by case basis.