Tandem Skydive Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you jump?

Skydive Capricorn operates from both Emu Park and Yeppoon with awesome beach landings in both locations. We'll send you a map and further information with confirmation of your booking.

Hedlow Airport
221 Old Byfield Road
Mulara QLD 4703

We land on Farnborough Beach, beach access F11

Get directions to Hedlow Airfield
Get directions to Farnborough Beach access F11

Emu Park Airstrip
Brown St
Emu Park QLD 4710

We land on Kinka Beach, beach access KB7

Get directions to Emu Park Airstrip
Get directions to Kinka Beach access KB7

What type of skydives do you offer?

We offer Tandem Skydiving and a number of different learn to Skydive packages, experienced Skydivers are welcome at both our Hedlow and Beach jump locations with the appropriate licenses and experience levels.

When can we jump?

We are a locally owned and operated business with jump dates available every week of the year. Contact us to arrange a time for your skydive! Regular dates are always available for online bookings, if these don’t suit your needs please contact us and we will do our best to make your preferred dates available.

What training is involved?

You will first need to complete the required paperwork. We will then give you a briefing and allow you to practice what you need to do for the jump, this is not difficult, relax and have fun.

How long does it take?

Generally speaking allow 2 hours from Start to finish however please be aware weather and other factors outside our control can affect our schedule.

How long is the parachute ride?

About 5 minutes, you can take control and have some fun if you want to.

Why do I need to pay a deposit?

Anything that involves airplanes is insanely expensive!

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes but not many! If you are between 12 and 18 years of age you will need a guardian who can sign your required paperwork before your jump. If you are over 70 it would be wise to discuss any concerns with us prior to booking your Skydive, the oldest we know of is 102 and we have taken up to 85 a number of times so don’t be too shy..!

Is there a weight limit?

Accurate weights are important for your safety. Weights above 95Kg are based on an assessment by our staff before your jump.

Generally speaking a tall male will be ok up to about 105Kg, females will be limited to 95Kg. By accepting your booking you agree to the conditions that your weight is 95Kg or less and that you have no medical conditions that could affect your jump unless these have been discussed prior to your booking.

If on the day of your jump you are in excess of 95Kg or have medical conditions that preclude you from jumping and we have not been advised prior you may forfeit your booking deposit.

Some weather conditions may limit the acceptable weight on any given day. If we have stated a weight in excess of 95Kg to be acceptable and your jump is subsequently cancelled due weather conditions a full refund will apply.

What should I wear?

If it’s hot then shorts and t-shirt is fine.
In winter a pair of long pants and a light jumper or long sleeve T will do.
Runners or sports sandals are ideal. Please no boots.
You will be having way too much fun to notice the temperature.

What if I can’t jump due to weather?

If we can not complete your jump due to weather on the day scheduled we will rebook your Skydive for a day that suits at no charge. If you can not be available on any other day then we will refund your deposit in full.

What if I refuse to jump?

This is extremely rare, however unfortunately the cost of your jump cannot be refunded.

Are there any other costs?

The only additional cost is if you choose to take out personal accident insurance provided by the Australian Parachute Federation, this is optional and the cost is $30. We will provide details at the time of booking.

Lean to Skydive (AFF) FAQs

Where are my AFF jumps completed?

Your AFF jumps will be all be completed at our Hedlow Airfield location.

What is taught during the 9 stage course?

Stage 1

Climb out on the wing of the plane with two instructors on either side of you as you launch into freefall. This is an orientation skydive to gain a general awareness in freefall and to open your parachute at a predetermined altitude.

Your instructors are also in radio contact with you during your parachute flight to guide you in for landing.

The following stages of the course require short briefings before each skydive with one on one freefall instruction.

Stage 2

Focus on body position and basic principles of turning in free-fall. Your parachute flight will consolidate your flight plan that will get you accurately to the ground.

Stage 3

With the right body position you’ll be flying solo on this jump your instructors will be flying right next to you for support.

Under parachute your target assistant will be giving you minor adjustments to assist with landing yourself.

Stage 4

Just one instructor jumps with you on this stage as you fine tune the art of falling straight down! You should be landing the parachute with minimal or no assistance by now!

Stage 5

Now you have a grasp of the basic body position, you’ll be doing 360 degree turns in free-fall. Fine tune your parachute circuit and landing.

Stage 6

Your first solo exit – your instructor leaves the plane with you but they’re not holding on this time! More 360 degree turns and forward movement. You should be feeling more confident under your parachute and landing without assistance.

Stage 7

The world turns upside down as you do a back-loop in this stage. Maneuver your body across the ground as you learn the basics of tracking! Continue to work on your accuracy for landing.

Stage 8

Learn precision in relative body flight as you try to fall faster and slower than your instructor. Then get your track on and motor across the sky! Keep landing near the target – you need 10 landings within 30m for your A license.

Stage 9

The world looks much closer now as you launch into the air from 5000 feet and open your parachute within seconds of leaving the plane. One more circuit and landing and yahoo!, you’ve completed your AFF components!

Can I split up the AFF course?

Yes but it is best to aim to compete the course as soon as possible.

The 9 (AFF) stages in learning to skydive are designed to be trained consecutively and each stage relates to the stage prior.

The ground training provided aims at constructing the foundation of knowledge and safety procedures which are an integral part of every skydive you will ever do, this learning curve is can be quite steep.

We recommend that you plan to have at most a week or two between the stages of your AFF course, it is critical for your safety and will reduce the likeliness of your need to repeat stages.

If you really have to leave your course earlier than expected or are unable to jump due to bad weather your training skydives will be held in credit for up to 12 months.

Why is the weather more of an issue for learn to skydive solo courses?

Weather is always a primary factor for skydiving, fortunately Central Queensland is blessed with good weather most of the year.

When learning to Skydive the weather limitations and in particular wind speed are carefully monitored so you have the best possible conditions to complete your Skydive successfully and safely.

It can be a bit painful watching your new found friends with more experience jumping all day when you are stuck on the ground but just remember… everyone has been there..!

During bad weather days we often use the time to cover other training aspects of your course. You can also take the opportunity to see some of the local area, you might even meet some of the local wildlife.

There is lots of natural beauty very close to the drop zone including; freshwater streams, seasonal whale watching, secluded pristine beaches, forest walks, amazing Islands and much more.

With both Yeppoon and Rockhampton within 15 minutes of Hedlow there is also ample shopping, Cafes and Restaurants to fill in the occasional break from Jumping.

What if I do the freefall course and I dont feel ready to do my first Skydive solo?

Whether its your Instructor or you that feels you are not quite up to that first solo jump we can always complete the 1st and even the second stage of your freefall course as a Tandem Skydive.

This is a perfectly normal way to begin your Skydive course and in many places may even be required.

This will not have any impact on your skills development or ability to pass the full course.

What is the difference with the A License package?

Once you have an A License you have not only completed your AFF training table but you now have your first internationally recognized license..!

Ok so your not quite Bear Grills yet, but you are on the way.. you can now skydive solo ..!

You can also get out there and skydive with a skydiving coach as you learn more skills.

This really is the door being opened to that big world out there in freefall.!

What are the A licence requirements?

  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‐License’ Package is designed to include all you need to obtain your license, with discounted gear hire included so you can smash out a few jumps by yourself and consolidate all those AFF skills you have just learnt.

What accommodation is available?

We have comfortable air-conditioned rooms and camping with shower and toilet facilities available on site for minimal cost.

There is a great range of accommodation in both Yeppoon and Rockhampton if you prefer to get some private time or a nice range of restaurants as you wind down and reflect on the days achievements.

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