Course Components

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Course Components

Ground Training Theory

Your initial training requires about 6-8 hours, depending on group size and how many questions you ask! You will be introduced to key information covering both the freefall and parachute descent. Ground training concludes with a written exam to help your instructors identify improvement areas. If all goes well and the weather cooperates, you will finish the day with your Level 1 orientation jump!

Levels 2 and 3

Falling ‘down the tube’ in a neutral yet stable relaxed body position, you will learn the most basic skills of skydiving. Skills acquired in Level 2 include monitoring your altitude and deploying the parachute. The next focus will be on controlling your canopy during flight and landing. You are overseen through this process by the use of a radio receiver attached to your helmet, followed by comprehensive canopy flight briefings. By Level 3 you will be able to perform these tasks without the assistance of your instructors, which means you may progress to the next phase of the course…where you will have only one instructor!

Levels 4 to 6

Your next challenge is mastering the ‘control of heading’ (direction). This is achieved by learning how to start and stop directional turns, perform 360 degree turns, and even how to move forward in the air toward your instructor! You will also further explore your parachute’s flight characteristics as part of a specific ‘Canopy Flight Program’.

Levels 7 and 8

Imagine doing loops and rolls in freefall! Insane! Welcome to the finishing touches. In addition to loops and rolls, you will learn how to recover from instability and perform the super-fast, forward-moving delta track. By now your instructor should be merely an observer/videographer, but is always close enough to help and coach if necessary. You have completed the AFF course and your next jump is SOLO!

Working Toward the NZPIA International ‘A’ Certificate

Over the next 16 jumps your learning curve will be kept steep through our unique CST (Complete Skydive Training) Programme. You will build on what you have already learned with the addition of more practical skills and theory. You will be taught different aircraft exits and how to jump safely from lower altitudes (hop n’ pop). We’ll introduce you to a modified (newer) freefall body position and you will learn how to use your legs as the primary propulsion unit for turns. Sound cool? There’s more! You will also learn flat (super) tracking and parachute packing, which will award you your packing licence.

Two important components of the International ‘A’ Certificate (License) are the Canopy Flight Program, where you are taught canopy flight techniques, and the Formation Skydiving Program. You will receive your ‘A’ License once you have successfully completed the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association (NZPIA) online ‘Parachutist Certificate’ exam.

By now you will have made a whole bunch of new friends, and seeing them in freefall with you during group skydiving is unbelievable! The real fun has only just started…


Geoff Mundy
+64 27 280 5105
+64 7 377 0428 (Drop Zone)