How long does it take to learn to skydive
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge, the ultimate long leap of faith, skydiving. Jumping out of a perfectly serviceable plane solo is one of the best things you will ever do and will transform your life! Be prepared to walk with your head pointed skyward as you long for good times up in big blue. Jumping from a plane is not something you can learn overnight however most can do it in a week if the weather cooperates. The following information is based on our averages. Weather sometimes can delay course progression, therefore even though it’s possible to complete your entire course components in 3 or 4 days, our A licence package includes 10 days accommodation to reduce any unnecessary pressure.
Practice Practice Practice
Day 1: The first day is all about the theory and technical side of skydiving. How do I put on a parachute? Where do I sit in the plane? What does free fall feel like? All these questions are answered on the first day as the instructor covers the details of your first jump. Day 1 is definitely the slowest of the week, but also the most important. The day finishes with a quiz of what you’ve learned before you head to bed for a good night’s sleep.
The Big Step
Day 2: This is it. Today’s the day. You’ve psyched yourself up and now it’s time to jump. The nerves start as you put your rig on and only increase as the plane climbs. Red light, time to get ready. Orange light, am I ready for this? What have I got myself into? Green light, WOOOHOOOOO!! Before you know it, you’ve completed your skydive and only one thing is on your mind, ‘when can I go again?’. Before you gear up to go again, your instructor will debrief with you on your skydive and also help you prepare for the next jump. Congratulations, you’re now a bonafide skydiver!
A big part of skydiving is the after hours fun. From recounting the day’s events to basketball with new mates from around the world. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of your first week as a skydiver. Jumping from planes is the attraction but it’s the good times with mates that will keep you in the sport.
Rinse & Repeat
Days 3 – 5: With the most challenging part not long behind you, it’s time to focus on the fun and developing your skills. Over the next few days, you’ll jump out of a plane from up to 15,000ft until you’ve completed the first 8 jumps of the AFF course and arrive at the final hurdle. The 5,000ft low-level jump (not quite BASE jump height but you get the idea). At this point, you’re so close and can taste victory! Once you exit the plane and see that canopy inflate above you, you breathe a sigh of relief. You’ve done it. The first week of your new life is over and a whole new world of possibilities has opened up for you. You’re now part of the sky family!
To Infinity and Beyond!
Days 6 – 10: From here on in, the AFF course is all yours. To meet the APF A licence regulations you will need to land from your skydive within 30m of designated target in landing area 10x times, unassisted. You can choose to do a couple more skydives and head home to tell the tale of your epic week or you can stay on longer, with your new mates and hone your skills. Why not smash through some B-Rels? Whatever your choice, you’re now a qualified skydiver and no one can take that from you.