Learn to skydive with Skydive Auckland's AFF program and you can be skydiving solo in only 8 jumps!

Skydive Auckland is New Zealand's largest tandem skydive, sport skydive and learn to skydive center. Our  AFF skydive training program will teach you all the skills you require to be able to skydive solo, learning comprehensive skills for flying your body and piloting your parachute. Upon completion of our learn to skydive program you will be able to skydive on your own - what an achievement!

Accelerated Free Fall Program (AFF)

Ground Training Course $229
AFF Level 1 $399
AFF Level 2 $399
AFF Level 3 $399
AFF Level 4 $399
AFF Level 5 $299
AFF Level 6 $299
AFF Level 7 $299
AFF Level 8 $299
Solo Skydive (after level 8) $95
Refresh Course (if required) $50

Ground Training Course

The first step towards learning to skydive is to complete one of our AFF Ground Training Courses, which take place every month (see our event calendar). This 1-day skydiving course lasts 6-8 hours and teaches you everything you need to know including how to exit the plane, how to fly a specific body position, how to fly and land your parachute safely. At the end of the day you are ready to throw yourself out of a plane and start your journey to skydiving solo.

Following completion of the Ground Training Course you can choose to take to the skies to do your Level AFF 1 jump on the same day, weather permitting.

The total price of the full AFF course, assuming you do not need to repeat any AFF jumps or do a refresh course, would cost from $2,991 NZD. 

Learning to Skydive solo at Skydive Auckland with our 8 level AFF program is on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. This means you only pay on the day, for the skydives that you do. All jumps include equipment hire, parachute packing and full instructor briefing and debriefing.

How quickly you progress through the AFF programme depends on several factors such as your ability, availability and the weather. We have had students complete the AFF programme in 3 days with perfect weather conditions. You need to do at least 1 jump every 30 days to meet NZPIA requirements otherwise a theory refresh course would be required.

AFF Level 1


This is a tandem jump, consolidating everything you have learned during your AFF training courses. You’re in charge on when/how you exit the aircraft and during your 45 seconds of freefall, you will respond to hand signals to adjust your body position, keep altitude awareness and deploy your parachute before flying it down and landing yourself.

AFF Level 2

2 Jumpmasters

With a jumpmaster on either side and your own parachute, you will be required to demonstrate a relaxed body position, responding to signals and some practice deployment touches, before deploying the parachute yourself. Altitude awareness is always a priority, throughout freefall and during your safe solo parachute flight and landing.

AFF Level 3

2 Jumpmasters

Building from Level 2, your body position is predictable and controlled. You must achieve solid, smooth practice touches and be consistent throughout the skydive, keeping a solid position throughout.

AFF Level 4

2 Jumpmasters

A strong and controlled exit is paramount on this level. We want to see you fly! With minimal input from your jumpmasters this level is all about maintaining a heading and solo flight.

AFF Level 5

1 Jumpmaster

With only one jumpmaster, the focus is heading control. You will demonstrate that you can fly solo, as well as changing your direction smoothly, accomplishing turns in both directions. Your deployment must be strong and your radio control during parachute flight minimum.

AFF Level 6

1 Jumpmaster

Demonstrating leg awareness, that you can move forward on command and giving you the ability to consolidate your turns. We want to see 360 turns and to move to the next level, a solo deployment of your parachute.

AFF Level 7

1 Jumpmaster

One of the most fun levels, you’re going to forward roll out of the plane, tumble and show us you can regain stability quickly. Your jumpmaster will be giving you minimal signals.

AFF Level 8

1 Jumpmaster

Your independence jump, you will consolidate everything you have learned so far, demonstrating all your skills, with little / no input from your jumpmaster. This is your evaluation skydive, and when you pass, you’re ready to go SOLO!

I haven't done this before, what do I need to know?

When it comes to learning to skydive, everyone has questions, so we've compiled a list of FAQs which should give you all the information you need. If you do have any further questions, please contact our Operations Manager.


A Certificate

Once you complete your 8 level AFF program here at Skydive Auckland, the learning and fun doesn't stop there, you can now work toward achieving your first recognised skydiving licence, the NZPIA A Certificate.

During Skydive Auckland's A Certificate training program your learning curve will continue to be steep, as you are taken step by step through our unique progression system specifically designed to enable you to build on what you have already learned. You will discover a variety of ways to exit the aircraft, how to jump safely from low altitudes and learn more advanced body positions and skills. Learning to skydive has never been so much fun!

After the 8 Level AFF Program has been completed, to gain your A-Certificate, an internationally recognized licence, you must complete:
5 coaching jumps ($149 each), further developing your free fall and canopy skills. The price of each jump includes instructor, brief & debrief, equipment rental and parachute packing.
12 Consolidation jumps ($95 each) includes equipment rental and parachute packing
Parachute packing course ($69)


The full cost of the AFF Programme AND A Certificate, assuming you do not need to repeat any AFF or coach jumps, to get all your jumps and be eligible for your NZPIA A Certificate,  it would cost $4945 NZD. 

Once you have completed all of these requirements, you must complete an online NZPIA A Certificate exam at an additional cost.



"I wanted to give you some feedback on my journey through the AFF course.

It's been amazing, one of the best dropzones I've been to to get it done. Third time's a charm right.
You, the instructors and staff have been great.
From the communication in getting booked in and making sure that I would get to jump, rather than make the journey out to Parakai and find it wasn't suitable weather. To the instructors working through each level, taking the time to answer questions and make me feel relaxed and never rushed to get on the plane and seen as just a number.

I have been made to feel very welcome and comfortable by all.

Looking forward to completing my console jumps with you guys soon."