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First Time Skydivers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Here were have some first time skydivers at the dropzone today. All four were excited as well as nervous while watching others do their skydive and waiting for their turn. Karthik Nagaraj and Swetha Suryanarayan on the left are visiting New Zealand from India on their honeymoon and struck it lucky with the weather for their last few days in the country. Doctors Sharannya Venkatesan and Anand Pandyaraj on the right are also visiting New Zealand from India. 

~ Thanks for skydiving with us on such a beautiful day and we hope the nerves went away quickly and you enjoyed the views.

Does it Rain on the West Coast?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Does it rain on the West Coast?

Yes. Yes it does. BUT rain makes the West Coast the untamed natural wilderness that it is. We operate a little more than half the year, making for a pretty exclusive club of skydivers who either strike it lucky or are flexible enough to plan around the rainy days. Hey, if everyone was able to skydive every day at Franz Josef then it wouldn’t be so special and the ground would be dry and dusty instead of lush, vibrant green. Every skydiving day on the West Coast is precious and beautiful and inspires spontaneity.

Feel Alive

Friday, September 15, 2017

Oooh and we like that feeling 🤘🏔 And yes that's New Zealand's highest mountain in the background Aoraki/Mount Cook and Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere/Franz Josef Glacier

Back From Holiday

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Skydive Franz team are back from a holiday break and our aircraft has completed its scheduled maintenance upgrade. And what a stunning day to be back operating, sunshine, blue skies and there's fresh snow on the mountains and it's awesome to be back up skydiving. This photo was taken on the way to the dropzone today. Spring weather can bring some stunning days like this as well as more rainy periods so it pays to be flexible with your travel plans and be spontaneous when you strike a sunny day. 

Glacier Country Promo Video Ft. Skydive Franz

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Here's the new Glacier Country Tourism Group promotional video featuring Skydive Franz. Enjoy.

Winter Weather at its Best

Friday, August 04, 2017
We've got about a day's worth of wonderful sunny winter weather before stormy weather is upon us again, so if you're thinking about skydiving then don't hesitate, the blue sky isn't going to last long 👌 This photo was taken out the back porthole window of our skydive plane on a trip back from the other side of the Southern Alps - Lake Tasman is almost completely frozen over.

Skydive Franz Cool Photo of the Week

Friday, August 04, 2017
This is our favourite skydive pic of the week, the only problem we have is working out which way round the photo should be 🤘

Icy Fine Glaciers

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ohhh yeah Franz Josef Glacier, lookin' icy fine. It's a beautiful day on the West Coast - let's go skydiving🤘 

Top Things to See, Do and Experience in the South Island

Thursday, July 27, 2017

We love the South Island and have complied a list of the Top 50 Things to See, Do and Experience - check it out!

Click to view the list here

Skydive Franz Health and Safety Officer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You’d think being a health and safety officer would be at odds with a passion for jumping out of planes - but in fact safety is a prerequisite for having fun when it comes to skydiving.

Skydive Franz’s Health and Safety Officer is Jordan Topping and while every staff member has safety procedures to follow, Jordan’s additional responsibilities creates an overarching layer of protection for customers and staff.

“My main responsibility at Skydive Franz is risk management,” says Jordan. “My main goal is to eliminate the risk of incidents and accidents.”

Jordan says the whole Skydive Franz team collaborates and identifies possible risks or hazards in their own workplace as well as at other skydive companies. The team monitors international incident reports online and local reports through the Civil Aviation Authority.

“We then create possible solutions to remedy any issues raised, once remedied I monitor the action,” says Jordan. “Skydive Franz is extremely proactive with its health and safety systems, this results in swift identification and management of potential risks which means a safer skydiving experience for everyone.”

Jordan says that customers can expect the highest level of safety from Skydive Franz.

“We take pride in our operational procedures which ensure the customer’s safety and ours,” says Jordan. “Our gear is prepared and inspected regularly and we triple protect against human error in areas that have cause incidents overseas.”

The implementation of safety systems doesn’t automatically mean the Health and Safety Officer can assume everything will run to plan.

“The best advice I’ve received would be to 'never assume anything’,” says Jordan. “Assumption only increases risk, so as skydivers we check everything important ourselves and from a health and safety aspect we cannot assume a customer will always behave predictably.”

Although skydiving is an exhilarating and fast paced activity, it is also relatively straight forward.

“A statistic I love repeating is that you are more likely to be in an accident driving to your skydive than on the skydive itself,” says Jordan. “There are a few anomalies that can occur but our staff are fully trained and certified to deal with every one of them plus our operation procedure means the likelihood of anything occurring in the first place is greatly reduced. We do everything possible to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.”