Frequenty Asked Questions

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How long will it take to complete the full International ‘A’ License course?
In favourable weather conditions usually 7-14 days.

Do I need to pay in full for the course before starting?
No, you only pay per level or stage that you have done on the day.

If I do not complete all the jumps with you in time or due to bad weather, can I complete them elsewhere in New Zealand?
Yes, provided that the Drop Zone offers a student skydiver program. We will advise you exactly where to go!

Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes, you need to weigh no more than 100kg when lightly dressed with appropriate training shoes!

Are there any age limitations?
Yes, minimum age is 16 years old.  There is no maximum but you need to be fit, flexible and in good health.

Do you accept credit cards?
All major credit cards are accepted.

Are there any major health problems that may prevent me from learning to skydive?
Yes. Common limiting conditions include epilepsy, obesity and sinus problems. Other conditions may include a history of dislocated shoulders, back injury, as well as being in recovery from certain injuries. If you have any concerns just email us. We may ask you to have a letter of approval from your GP.

Do I need to make a reservation?
Yes. We only run the basic ground based training by appointment, usually Saturdays.

Do I need to have insurance?
You will be covered by New Zealand ACC (Accident Compensation) but this does preclude long-term care or transportation to a foreign country. We also have third party liability insurance just in case you accidentally do damage to people or property whilst skydiving with us.

What do I need to wear?
Snug-fitting upper and lower body wear and a good pair of trainers. No heavy footwear/boots. Hiking footwear OK, but ‘hook type’ lace eyes need to be taped up. You should have good ankle flexibility and be able to point your toes.

I have contact lenses/spectacles…
Contact lenses are OK as you will be wearing eye protecting goggles, and we do have larger ‘over the eyeglasses’ goggles if need be.

I am from Europe/United States/Australia/International… Will my qualification/experience be accepted when I return home?
All parachute organisations have different requirements. Our program has been intentionally set up to include those criteria thus making the qualification transferable to your home country. If you have achieved the NZPIA ‘A’ Certificate, you will usually be cross-credited with the equivalent licence when you return home. If you leave during the 8 Level AFF phase, you will usually have to be assessed on the knowledge you have gained before continuing with where you left off.

I would like to do the first jump of the program, how much time should I allocate?
At least a day and a half. This is the most time consuming part of the training, and a part which we all need to be really, really sure of. Some schools advertise the training time as being 4-6 hours, where in effect this should take a lot longer given the amount of information you need to absorb. A whole day of training can be fatiguing, so for most students doing the jump the following day when you are fresh is recommended.

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, absolutely!