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Skydive Franz FAQ


Q. Will I be safe?

A. We have a 100% safety record here at Skydive Franz. We are proud of this, and intend to maintain it. Our staff are dedicated professionals and our equipment is the best available.

Q. How high do we jump?

A. At Skydive Franz Josef we jump from 12,000 feet, 15,000 feet and 18,000 feet above ground level! Aoraki/Mt. Cook the highest mountain in New Zealand is slightly over 12,000 feet high and only a few kilometres away from your jump.

Q. How long does it last?

A. The whole trip from Franz Josef Glacier township and back is around 2 -3 hours. We provide transport from the Franz Josef Glacier village for the short 5 minute drive to the airport. Upon arrival you will be briefed and geared up. The plane ride up takes 15-20 minutes, the free fall lasts for between 45 and 90 seconds depending on the height you choose. Once the parachute opens at 5000 feet you'll fly around for around 4 - 7 minutes depending on how adventurous you are with turns and spirals.

Q. What do I have to do?

A. We will teach you the basic body position for the free-fall, and we will give you the controls of the parachute to try (if you wish to). There is not too much to learn and you don't have to do it perfectly. You are there to enjoy yourself.

Q. Do you have a weight limit?

A. Many drop zones in New Zealand will not take over 100kgs, at Skydive Franz Josef our modern equipment allows us to take up to 125kg sometimes a little more but that depends on the fitness of the participant and assessment from the Tandem Master. Our harnesses are designed specifically for comfort and allow more/easier mobility for heavier people than any other type. There is a maximum weight limit on the equipment, and as long as this is not exceeded, there is no problem.

Q. What if I have a medical condition?

A. We suggest that all people that wish to participate that have a health concern, consult their doctor or specialist first to see if it is O.K. Especially heart conditions, sinus and ear problems and anyone that has had problems with consciousness.

Q. What do I wear?

A. All you need to wear is warm lightweight clothes and shoes, we supply jumpsuits, hats, goggles and gloves so just wear comfortable clothing. It is not uncommon to have sub zero temperatures at or above 12,000 feet even in summer so do bring something warm.

Q. I'm unsure about the Photography, is it worth it?

A. We highly recommend at least one option for your first jump, you only ever do one first jump and the scenery around here is spectacular. The nature of skydiving can leave some with a surreal and vague memory of the freefall afterwards, the photography really helps your recollection of the experience.

Q. Will I feel sick?

A. Not usually, though some people do suffer from motion sickness.  if you are one that suffers from motion sickness you only need to inform your Tandem Master and they will reduce the G's and spirals during the parachute ride. The free fall and plane ride are never usually a problem.


If you have an enquiries that are not present here, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you.

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