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We get it, skydiving does sound and look intimidating, especially if it is your first time. Is skydiving safe? What if the parachute doesn’t open? Will I feel sick skydiving? Can my grandpa do it?… 

If you are thinking of skydiving below are some of the most common topics we get asked about. If you have any other questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us. Fun is very high on our list, but the safety and peace of mind of our customers are our top priorities.

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Is there a minimum age to skydive in Australia?

The minimum age to skydive in Australia is 16 years old. All minors under 18 years of age need their parent or guardian’s written permission to skydive. There is no maximum age, but we reserve the right to refuse a skydive based on age, weight and health to ensure everyone’s safety. Contact us to discuss your particular situation if you are unsure.

What's the weight limit to skydive in Australia?

For safety reasons, the weight limit to skydive in Australia is 110 kg. We weigh each person at check-in, over 95kg charges apply:

Over 95kg: +$25
Over 100kg: +$50
110kg: +$100

What to wear skydiving

  • Dress for the weather on the day and location, but take into account that it can be a little cooler at 14,000 feet.
  • Comfortable casual clothes are the best option.
  • Secure footwear, no flip-flops or thongs. Enclosed shoes such as runners are required.
  • Remember to empty your pockets!

Are there any physical requirements to skydive in Australia?

Almost any healthy person over 16 years of age can do a Tandem skydive, even seniors over 80. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to refuse a skydive based on our assessment of age, weight and health. If unsure please contact us to discuss your case with our team at Cairns Skydivers.

How dangerous is skydiving?

There are risks involved in skydiving but thanks to the advancements in technology, regulation and training, the sport has become much safer over the last few decades. All our skydiving rigs have AADs (Automatic Activation Devices), even in the unlikely event that a skydiving instructor is unable to manually deploy the main parachute, the AAD will trigger the reserve parachute automatically based on limit height and speed. Most accidents in modern skydiving involve experienced skydivers making poor choices or performing risky maneuvers close to the ground.

Is it hard to breathe skydiving?

You most certainly can breathe while skydiving, and we recommend that you do! The freefall usually lasts between 45 and 60 seconds, it’s not fun to hold your breath for that long. We often tell customers, if you feel like you can’t breathe, stop holding your breath.

How long is a skydive?

A tandem skydive usually lasts between 45 and 60 seconds. The orientation of your body makes quite a difference. Experienced skydivers, in a head-down freefall, may experience speeds of up to 450 km/h and a shorter skydive. Skydives in a “belly to earth” position, like tandem skydives, usually last up to 60 seconds, due to larger areas exposed to the relative air in freefall and relatively lower speeds, still reaching up to 200km/h!

The ride isn’t over once the parachute opens! You now have 5 – 7 minutes to take in the views while enjoying a serene parachute ride. You could even ask your instructor to have a go at controlling the parachute.

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Skydiving Cairns prices

Skydive in Cairns from $349.

Depending on the date and the skydive package our prices range from $349 to $538. We have skydiving gift cards from $100 and skydiving gift vouchers from $349. The price for AFF Stage 1 to learn to skydive in Cairns is $495. You can see all our Cairns skydiving options and prices on our skydiving bookings page. We have the best prices to go skydiving in Cairns.

Can I cancel a skydiving booking?

Bookings can be cancelled up to 48 hours before your skydive without incurring fees. You can also make changes to the date and time, up to 24 hours before your skydive.

If we decide that we cannot complete your jump, due to bad weather or other circumstances out of our control, your jump can be rescheduled at no extra cost.

All our skydiving credit and vouchers are valid for 3 years. If you have any questions please check our  terms and conditions  or contact us.

Can I change the date or time of my skydiving booking?

You can make changes up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled skydive. Last minute changes are difficult to accommodate and do incur change fees. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

How can I gift a skydive in Cairns?

You can gift a surprise skydive for someone else at a certain date and time, or buy a skydiving gift voucher that can be used in the future. Our Cairns Skydivers vouchers are valid for 3 years.

Do you have skydiving vouchers or skydiving gift cards?

Yes, and they make the ultimate gift to skydive in Cairns! You can make a booking if you have a specific date in mind and want to take someone by surprise. Otherwise you can purchase a skydiving gift voucher that can be used in the future. Our vouchers are valid for 3 years and bookings can be rescheduled at no extra cost with 24h notice minimum.

How much does it cost to skydive in Australia?

Between $349 to $638, depending on the location and the skydiving package you choose. We have the best prices to skydive in Australia, and locations to Skydive in Cairns, Skydive in Airlie Beach, Skydive in the Sunshine Coast and Skydive in Sydney. To know more about our Cairns skydiving prices and options visit our bookings page

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Can I take my own camera skydiving?

Only licensed skydivers with more than 100 skydives are allowed to wear a camera while skydiving. This is a safety requirement by the Australian Parachute Federation. When you go skydiving in Cairns or any other of our locations you can purchase photos and video extras with our skydiving packages. Your tandem master will wear a wrist-mounted camera. You can also choose the ultimate video package and have an outside camera in freefall. Your family and friends can still film you getting on the plane and landing under parachute.

How many people go skydiving in the same plane?

That will vary depending on weights, how many people have requested a package with outside camera, and other operational factors. We understand that friends like to jump together, and we always try to make sure this happens. Please let us know when you check in at Cairns Skydivers, our team is there to help.

How long does it take to go skydiving?

We ask that you set aside half a day for skydiving. Your jump will usually be completed within 2 – 3 hours. However, weather, air traffic control, or other factors beyond our control might cause delays. If you have time constraints, please let us know well in advance.

Please note that your booking time is your check-in time. We will need to check your registration details before going skydiving. You will receive a safety briefing from your instructor, then you will get geared up 10 min before your turn to hop on the plane. The ride to exit altitude takes Then there is a 20-minute flight to altitude.

Please make sure you arrive on time. If you have any issues let us know beforehand. We do our best to do all skydives on time, but we may encounter delays due to weather holds or other circumstances. Our team will keep you informed along the way.

How do you get skydiving photos or video packages?

You can choose photos and video as an extra when you make your booking, or buy a skydiving voucher with video and photos. Check our bookings page for skydiving options and prices in Cairns. You can also choose to buy video and photos on the day when you check in.

Can I go skydiving in Cairns and land on the beach?

When you book with Cairns Skydivers you can choose our exclusive beach landing on Kurrimine Beach for just $30 extra. We have the closest beach landing skydive to Cairns.

Can I bring friends and family skydiving in Cairns?

Of course! We want you to have a very special day. Bring your family and friends to skydive in Cairns. They can stay on the ground and see you board the plane and land under a parachute just a few metres away from the action! If you are using our free shuttle service, please call us to check that space is available for your companions.

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Is there a minimum age to get your skydive licence in Australia?

The legal minimum age to get your skydive licence in Australia is 16. At Cairns Skydivers we normally require students to be 18, but we are happy to discuss it with parents or guardians if someone under 18 is serious about getting a skydiving licence.

What are the skydive licence requirements in Australia?

You must complete your AFF course to get your skydive licence to jump solo. The AFF skydiving course in Australia consists of 9 levels or stages where skydiving students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to skydive safely. You can find more information about the skydiving licence in Cairns in our AFF course page.

Is learning to skydive dangerous?

At Cairns Skydivers we make learning to skydive as safe as possible. Our team are among the most experienced skydiving instructors in Australia, certified by the Australian Parachute Federation, with thousands of jumps under their belt, both tandem skydiving and teaching students in freefall. Our student skydiving gear is regularly maintained and equipped with the latest safety features.

How long does it take to get a skydive licence?

It can take as little as 1 week to obtain your skydive licence in Australia. You can choose to do your AFF course at your own pace, but ideally you should not leave more than 2 weeks between skydives. Being current with emergency procedures and muscle memory are very important when you are learning to skydive.

Can you get your skydive licence online?

At Cairns Skydivers we have online theory to get you prepared for our AFF course. However, in order to obtain your skydiving licence in Australia you must successfuly complete the AFF course. The online program is good to get familiar with the terminology and concepts so your first ground course is not as overwhelming with a lot of new information. Contact us if you want to know more about how to get your skydive licence in Australia.

What equipment do I need to get a skydiving licence?

At Cairns Skydivers we provide you with all the training materials and gear to complete your AFF course and get your skydiving licence. Once you complete your AFF course you can hire gear to make solo skydives until you buy your own skydiving equipment.

Skydive licence cost in Australia

Our AFF Stage 1 starts at $495 and full AFF course at $2,399

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Check our Skydiving Cairns FAQs above and if you have any other questions contact us. We are here to help you, before, during, and after your skydive. You can find more information about the different options to Skydive over the Great Barrier Reef in the Skydive Cairns, Learn to Skydive and Licensed Skydivers pages of our website. Cairns Skydivers, also known as Tandem Cairns, is part of 1300SKYDIVE, the most experienced skydiving company in Australia, we have been jumping out of planes for over 50 years, and know a thing or two about falling out of the sky!



Contact our customer service team from 8am to 8pm or book online. We have skydiving gift vouchers available.

07 4015 2466


30 Wilson Rd, Mundoo QLD 4860


We are open all year round.