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kswensen89

Sep 17, 2012, 11:20 AM
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I am just getting into skydiving but I love it. I'm looking to get away from my same old boring job and maybe one day do something related to skydiving. I saw that there is a school in NZ that you can teach you all aspects of skydiving. I know its more expensive for US citizens but is it still worth it? Also where do you live while going to school there and about how much would living there cost? I'm just trying to make an informed decision and would appreciate any info from current or former student. Thanks


theonlyski  (D License)

Sep 17, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I am just getting into skydiving but I love it. I'm looking to get away from my same old boring job and maybe one day do something related to skydiving. I saw that there is a school in NZ that you can teach you all aspects of skydiving. I know its more expensive for US citizens but is it still worth it? Also where do you live while going to school there and about how much would living there cost? I'm just trying to make an informed decision and would appreciate any info from current or former student. Thanks

Guy that took me on my first tandem went to that school... He said if he had the option to do it over, he wouldn't go there again.

He DID say that it was beautiful out there though.


davelepka  (D 21448)

Sep 17, 2012, 11:51 AM
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FYI, employment opportunities will be limited once you get though that school. Most of them are in NZ, and even then I'm not sure what your citizenship (US?) will have to do with your ability to work there.

If you brought that 'diploma' to the US, it wouldn't do you much good. What you need to do is start jumping, get gear, get a license, and get some experience together. The majority of working skydivers get their start at a 'home' DZ. Once you been there for a year or two as a fun jumper, you can see about getting on the staff as a part-timer. You can get a coach rating or start shooting video, or if you have enough jumps, you could look into a tandem rating.

In any case, it will be the management at your 'home' DZ, where they know you, that will give you your first shot at making money in the air. Put in a season or two there, and now you have 'work experience' and a much better chance of finding work elsewhere.

Despite what the school in NZ would have you believe it takes time and jumps to be ready to work in this sport. Look at it this way, if this was something you could learn in a couple months at a 'shcool', wouldn't there be at least one in the US? Or at least one other school anywhere else in the world?

Spend your money on getting a license, gear, and then jumps. Spend time in the sport, and the opportunites will come your way.


talon2

Sep 18, 2012, 12:21 AM
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its been done to death on this site..do a search



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