- Sport Skydiving
- About Us
Who can learn to skydive?
Anyone, as long as you are over 16 and under 95kgs. Anyone under the age of 18 will require a signature by a parent/guardian.
Do I need to do a tandem jump first?
No, many of our 1st time students have never made a skydive. However, if you are unsure we would suggest doing a tandem first to experience the sensation of freefall.
How much time should I allow for the 9 stage AFF program?
Skydiving is a weather dependant sport, however we are situated in Motueka, which is in NZs sunshine capital, so we often get the best weather in the country. How quickly you progress depends on your ability as well as the weather, so realistically we would suggest you allow 7-10 days. However we have had students complete the 9 stages in as little as 4 days!
After the 9 stage AFF, what's next?
Once you have completed the 9 stages you can work towards gaining your NZPIA A certificate, which is an internationally recognised skydiving qualification, allowing you to jump world-wide. More information about the A certificate and requirements can be found on the drop-down menu.
What about insurance?
While in NZ you are automatically covered by ACC (accident compensation), for any accidents you have while in the country. However this would not cover you for long-term care or transport home. Skydive Abel Tasman's liability insurance covers you for any damage you may cause to 3rd parties whilst participating in sport skydiving at our dropzone.
Is it safe?
Skydive Abel Tasman's skydiving instructors are amongst the most experience in the country, certified by the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association (NZPIA), which is NZs leading skydiving governing body. Unlike many dropzones, you will be trained on the latest student equipment with emergency systems comparable to that of experienced skydivers. This means that there will be no-need for re-training once you achieve the A certificate and transfer to 'non-student equipment'. All of our equipment is fitted with a 'Cypres' Automatic Activiation Device for maximum safety.
What do I need to wear/bring?
Comfortable clothing and closed shoes, thats it! We will provide you with all the skydiving equipment including jumpsuit, helmet, and goggles. It is important that the footwear you use has no open hooks, i.e hiking/walking boots.
Can I wear glasses or contact lenses?
Yes. If you wear glasses we can provide you with larger goggles to fit over the top. For contact lenses, please let your instructor know.
Where can I stay while learning to skydive?
There are many hostels located in Motueka, see our accommodation page for further information and contact details.