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your safety

your safety is our priority

Skydiving is fun, it’s so much fun! But it’s only fun when it’s safe. We take safety very seriously and it’s always priority number one.

We’ve been teaching skydiving since 1989, with an impeccable safety record. That’s a lot of skydives and a lot of experience.

So, how safe is skydiving?

If you’re a numbers person, then statistically, driving to your skydive is by far the most dangerous part! 

Skydiving is an extreme activity with inherent risks – that’s part of why we do it! Our priority is to identify and mitigate those risks.

On this page, learn more about how we prioritise safety and mitigate risks.

staff training

We train our staff to a very high standard – we care about both them and you!

Did you know a skydiver needs a minimum 500 skydives before they can become a Tandem Instructor. We believe not many are ready by  500, so our Instructors usually have 1000 or more skydives before becoming Tandem Instructors

All training is regulated by the Australian Parachute Federation, ensuring consistency and standard around Australia.

Not only do we ensure all instructors meet and exceed these outlined training standards, but we also deliver Instructor Courses, creating new instructors and providing career pathways from Skydive number 1 right through to becoming a Tandem Instructor.

Areas of training include:

  • Instructional Techniques
  • Weather Analysis
  • Risk identification and mitigation
  • Advanced Freefall Control
  • Advanced Canopy Control
  • Water landing procedures
  • Emergency Procedures


Tandem Instructors have a vested interest in your safety – what happens to you, happens to them. 

We welcome you to ask questions, learn and understand what helps keep us safe and have the most incredible skydive.


A lot of research and development has gone into skydiving equipment over the last 3o years. 

We use top of the range equipment – here are some technologies that are designed to reduce risk when skydiving. 

  1. UPT Vector Tandem Rigs

These Tandem Rigs are designed and produced in America, with the most advanced design and safety features on the market.  All our staff undergo specific training just on this equipment and receive an endorsement from the manufacturer, approved to use their equipment. No matter where you are skydiving, make sure to ensure that your Tandem Instructor is endorsed on the equipment they are using.

2. JYRO main parachutes

JYRO is a parachute manufacturer based in Auckland, New Zealand and we consider them to be the best parachutes in the World. 

All our Tandem and Student parachutes are JYRO canopies, as well as the vast majority of our staff personal canopies. 

3. Automatic Activation Devices (AAD)

Every single skydiving rig used at SA Skydiving is fitted with an AAD. These amazing little devices track our altitude and our speed and will deploy a reserve parachute if the operator is unable to do so.

We use 2 brands – Cypres and Vigil.

4. L&B Altimeters

We carry altimeters to track our altitude both in freefall and under canopy. We use 2 types of Altimeters, wrist mounted and dytters, little devices we keep in our helmets that beep at certain pre-determined heights. Our altimeter manufacturer of choice is Lars & Brusgard (L&B). 

5. Cookie Helmets

Proudly Australian made, Cookie are the leading skydiving helmet manufacturer in the World. 

6. Life Jackets

When skydiving close to a water hazard, like the Ocean, we carry personal flotation devices (PFDs) for every skydiver. These are serviced and tested once a year to ensure they are always ready to keep us afloat in the very rare case of a water landing.  We also train our staff in water landing procedures once a year.

drop zone safety officer (DZSO)

Each day of operation we have an assigned Dropzon Safety Officer. This designated person has an APF rating of DZSO, empowering them to make decisions around the days operations.

Dropzone Safety Officers:

  • have been instructors for at least 12 months
  • undergo a dedicated training course (we also deliver this course)
  • are rated to oversee the types of skydives being conducted – tandem or solo – we do it all!


Dropzone Safety Officers work in a team culture, encouraging every skydiver on the dropzone to be a collaborative set of eyes and ears, with the whole purpose to be to identify any risks and stop any incidents happening before they occur.

Dropzone safety officers make decisions regarding many things, some of which include

  • weather conditions
  • equipment
  • skydivers suitability
  • training and education