Australian Skydive Licenses Explained

Getting into skydiving can be fairly daunting, however at some point in time you’ve come to the decision that it’s an excellent idea to get into an aircraft and then jump out of it. Now there’s the rules and regulations. To help you out, we’ve created a rough summary of the licences available and their order of progression. We’ve included the basics of what you need to achieve these licences and what you are then permitted to do once qualified.

What you are licensed to do with an A licence:
Skydive solo or skydive with a skydiving coach. (Exit the aircraft and free fall by yourself or with a coach)

The Australian APF ‘A’ Licenses are also internationally recognised – therefore most sport skydiving drop zones will accept A-license skydivers.

1. Successfully Completed your AFF stages.
2. Have completed and passed the written assessment
3. Land within 30m of the designated target in landing area 10x times, unassisted.

Our ‘A’-Licence Package is designed to included all you need to obtain your licence, with accommodation and food inclusive with some of the packages.

B-Rels and ‘B’ Licence coached jumps

What you are licensed to do with an ‘A’ Licence + Completed ‘B’:

Licence coached jumps:
You’ve got the basics down pat, now it’s time to skydive with up to 3 others (Exit the aircraft and free-fall with up to 3 other skydivers)

The requirements:

1. To have obtained your ‘A’ Licence.
2. Successfully Completed your B-Rels
Want an insight into the B-Rel Training? Download this APF guide.

What you are licensed to do with a B license:
Skydive with others (Exit the aircraft and freefall with others – MAX. 10 ways).
Commence Free-Fly training.
At Skydive Oz you’re required to wear a flotation device until you have your B license.

1. ‘A’ Licence
2. Successfully Completed your B-Rels.
3. 7x nominated landings within 25m of the target.

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What you are licensed to do with a B licence + Star Crest:
Skydive with a group of more than 10 other skydivers.

1. Get your Certificate Class B.
2. Three separate, successful eight – ten-way formations (You need to join the formation fifth or later).

NB: Once you have achieved your A & B licences – we recommend you do at least 20 skydives practicing 4-6 way formations to hone in your skills in preparation for the larger formations.
Want to prepare yourself for larger formations? Download and read through the APF Starcrest and Bigway guide.

C Licence

What you are licensed to do with a C Licence:
Skydive at night (training required)
Skydive with a camera / Go-Pro (DZSO approval required)
It is not mandatory to wear a helmet.
Freefall/film others doing a Tandem Skydive
Skydive above 15,000ft with Oxygen.
Skydive in up to 25knts winds.

The Requirements:
1. B Licence
2. Achieved 100 Freefalls
3. 20x landings within 10M of the target
4. 5x consecutively nominated landings within 20m of the target

D-LicenceD Licence

What are you licensed to do with a D license:
Attend a ‘first flight’ wingsuit course.
Train to become a B-Rel coach.

The Requirements:
1. C Licence
2. Achieved 200 Free falls
3. 20x landings within 5M of the target


What you are licensed to do with an E license:
You’ve come so far, you should now be ready to train to become a Tandem Skydive Instructor, an AFF Skydive Instructor and to Train to become a wingsuit coach.

The Requirements:
1. D Licence.
2. To have achieved 500 Free falls
3. 20x landings within 1M of the target.

The details in this article are only a rough guide on skydiving licenses in Australia, which is governed by the Australian Parachute Federation (APF). Therefore, for the latest rules and regulations please visit OP REGS & REG SCHEDULE or contact the APF.

**Food for thought**
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most”

Hope to see you in the skies, Emma Jane Warrender


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