A tandem skydive is truly incredible. But plunging solo? Well that’s a whole new league of euphoria. Our AFF program lets you learn at your own pace with dedicated skydive instructors guiding you to your first independent freefall. This course not only equips you with a skillset most can’t fathom, but connects you with fellow freefallers—your very own wolf pack of the wild kind.
Many of our AFF students have gone on to become world class skydivers or instructors. Others just carry on jumping solo with a plane load of enthusiasm. Ready to join them? We're waiting for you.
A little over an hour from the city of Melbourne, our Great Ocean Road drop zone is an invitation to explore this dramatic part of coastal Victoria.
SKYDIVING STUDENTS HAVE SKILLED UP WITH US
Keeping our staff and customers safe and happy is our number one priority. We achieve this by equipping ourselves with the best skydiving equipment, planes and transport the industry has on offer. And of course, the best skydive instructors in the country. Here are some of the legendary people that will guide you through the stages of learning to skydive solo.
With 13 years in the sport, Thom has completed over 7,000 jumps!
With 12 years in the sport, Ryan has done over 9,000 jumps. Sweet potato wedges are also his favourite food!
With 14 years in the sport, Jez has done over 9,000 jumps,
Learn to skydive solo and experience the thrill of an independent freefall and deploying your own parachute. This internationally recognised AFF skydive course involves up to nine hours of comprehensive ground training before your first jump at Stage 1, where the first day is spent at iFly Melbourne with 15 minutes of wind tunnel training. Our highly qualified skydive instructors help you develop your skydive skills every step, at a pace that you feel comfortable with. If you’re eager, you’ll be flying solo quicker than you can say ‘jump’.
Once you’ve done the comprehensive ground training, you’ll exit the aircraft with two instructors holding on to you. On the way down you’ll perform some skydive tasks, deploy your parachute by 4500 feet, then descend through the sky to your landing area. By the time the course is finished you’ll be qualified to skydive on your own. You may even decide to turn this sport into more than a hobby.
You need to complete ten solo skydives - called ‘consolidation jumps’ in the course - to ensure you’re sufficiently skilled in everything we’ve taught you. Once you have satisfied all requirements of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for your A Licence from the Australian Parachute Federation. Yee-ha!!!
Get your solo skydive accreditation in a blissfully iconic setting.
Our highly qualified skydiving instructors come armed with state-of-the-art equipment and all the personality traits needed to encourage and develop your flying skills.
During Stage 1, you’ll do a linked exit from the plane with two instructors, with the aim to overcome sensory overload and focus on practicing your altitude awareness and deployment technique. You will deploy and steer the parachute communicating with your instructor to guide you in for a safe landing.
In Stage 2, you’ll do a linked exit with two instructors. Your aim here will be to tune up the arch position with a focus on leg and arm awareness. You will then steer your own parachute, communicating with an instructor on the ground until you are guided in safely for landing.
In Stage 3, you’ll do a linked exit with two instructors. We will be teaching head maintenance here. Depending on your performance, one of your skydiving instructors will let you go and fly in front of you. The independence begins!
Stage 4 is all about hover control. You’ll do a linked exit with one instructor (however the option to have two instructors is available), and once you have demonstrated your stability, your instructor will release their grip on you, coming around to fly in front of you.
During Stage 5, you’ll learn turns, forward movement and docking. After a linked exit with one instructor, you’ll learn how to turn your body 360 degrees. After practicing 'docking' techniques, you will deploy your parachute at 5000 feet for an unassisted landing back at the drop zone.
After a poised solo exit, Stage 6 focuses on turns, forward movement and docking. You’ll practice 360 degree turns, with a 180 degree turn before deployment. Your skills will be well and truly building by this point and your confidence will be gaining momentum!
During Stage 7, you’ll jump out of the plane all by yourself in a solo dive exit. Then, you’ll be focusing on instability recovery and tracking. We achieve instability recovery by doing a barrel roll. Following this, we’ll get into tracking.
Stage 8 will see you consolidating your solo skydive training with a solo dive exit followed by fall rate control to your instructor, followed by a track. If you don't know these terms yet, fear not! You very soon will.
The final stage in your AFF course , Stage 9, involves a jump exiting the plane from 5000ft to orientate you with jumping from lower altitudes and teach you how to get stable within 10 seconds. Following this, you officially graduate. Time to pop the champers!
We know that learning to skydive solo is a massive leap with lots of questions. If you don't find what you're looking for below, don't hesitate to get in touch.
It depends on the individual person, time restrictions and the weather. We like our students to commit to one week following their ground training to complete as many AFF stages as possible.
To qualify for your A License you need to do 20+ successful jumps (including approved accuracy landings), know how to pack a parachute and successfully complete two written exams. Check out our learn to skydive information below for more details on earning the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) A Licence. You need 10 jumps, 10 landings unassisted within 30m, have completed the freefall training table and canopy handling table.
Check out what’s involved in the nine-stage AFF course above.
You can do up to 3 jumps per day. It really depends on the weather, your personal progression, and stamina.
Wind speed limit for AFF students is 15 knots.
Your health and safety is our number one priority. Although we'd love to be flexible and accommodate everyone, these restrictions are taken seriously without compromise. If you still have unanswered questions, feel welcome to reach us here.
Maximum weight limit for participants is 100kg.
Participants must be 18 years old or over 16 years old with parental consent.
Students must be able to speak and write English.
You cannot have consumed any drugs or alcohol in the 8 hours preceding your skydive. Parachuting activities must not be conducted by any individual while deemed to be impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue. No scuba diving 24 hours before skydiving.
Any medical conditions should be discussed with us before booking and may require evaluation by a Medical Practitioner and/or our instructional staff. It is not advisable to skydive if you are pregnant, or have back, limb or joint injuries.
All skydivers are required to sign a health declaration and indemnity form prior to skydiving. Please be aware that even if you have made a reservation, we reserve the right to decline participation due to health and safety concerns.
Please note that any outstanding balance payments must be paid two weeks prior to your Stage 1 theory. Your deposit of $250 is non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the start of the course. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that could affect your ability to skydive, please ensure that you contact the drop zone prior to arrival to see if you require a medical certificate. Failure to do this could result in the drop zone cancelling your AFF course booking.