Parys Skydiving claims to be South Africa’s premier skydiving center, citing its highly experienced instructors apply strict safety measures to protect you and their exemplary safety record. No matter your experience level, Skydive Parys has you covered from tandem jumps for first timers, a skydiving school for those dreaming of flying solo, anas well as fun jumps for experienced and qualified free fallers.
Skydive Parys owns Apollo T (turbine) aircraft. This is the main aircraft used and is equipped with fitted skydiver steps, cushioned floor mats, handles, and a flight door. While altitude is not a certainty, jumpers usually launch themselves out of the Apollo at 10,000ft Above Ground Level.
An Atlas Angel aircraft is used during exceptionally busy periods, or when extra lift capacity is needed.
Located in the small town of Parys, Skydiving Parys is peacefully quiet, yet accessible. Just an hour outside of Johannesburg, traveling from the city for a day of skydiving should not be a problem. Furthermore, the drive will prove well worth it. Parys is a charming town, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The town sits alongside the great Vaal River and the Vredefort Dome. The Vredefort Dome is a 10 km wide, 2023 million-year-old meteor crater that was recently named a world heritage site. Prepare to be blown away when you skydive on the Vaal, with beautiful scenic views as you plummet towards the Earth’s surface.
Tandem skydiving is suitable for first-time skydivers, without any previous experience. It is both the safest and quickest way for novices to skydive. Connected to an experienced instructor, you are in safe hands.
A tandem skydiving trip with Skydive Parys is preceded by a short fifteen-minute briefing. This teaches you everything you will need to know, from how the skydiving gear functions, to how to exit the aircraft, the correct body position when free-falling, and how to operate the parachute.
After the briefing, you should be ready to go. A twenty-five-minute flight will take you to your jump altitude – this is where the fun begins. You and your instructor will exit the aircraft and enjoy a freefall lasting between five and seven minutes.
Then, once at the right altitude, your instructor will open the parachute, abruptly bringing your rapid descent to a halt. From here you will have the opportunity to enjoy between five and seven minutes of gliding. With the spectacular Vaal River and Vredefort Dome below, you are guaranteed a scenic view.
All Skydive Pary’s tandem skydiving packages include an experienced tandem master, all basic equipment, and a certificate of achievement to commemorate this memorable achievement. More expensive options including video footage are available. A video tandem package includes footage filmed by your master, while the deluxe tandem package uses an outside cameraman.
Skydive Parys Tandem Pricing
- R2000pp – Tandem Skydiving
- R2500pp – Tandem Skydiving with photos and videos
- R2950pp – Deluxe Tandem Skydiving Package
Learn to Skydive Solo
Tandem skydiving is a thrill, but some dream of flying through the air solo, without an experienced master in control. To do this, you will need to go to skydiving school. Skydive Parys is the perfect place to learn, with highly experienced teachers ready to coach you.
The learning process is lengthy, requiring a great amount of concentration and determination. The course includes: Ground school, gear rental, a logbook, a spot in the aircraft, professional packing of your parachute, and a twelve-month membership to Parachute Association of South Africa.
The first course, which ends in a staticline skydiving jump, will cost R1800.
Fun Jumps For Experienced Skydivers
Qualified jumpers are encouraged to skydive with Skydive Parys throughout the week. Book early, as your spot is subject to lift capacity and aircraft availability. The gear room rents out equipment for those who do not have their own.
Fun Jump Pricing
- Per Sport jump
- 10 000 ft – 11 000 ft AGL
- Sport Jump Package
- 10 jumps valid for 30 days
- 10 000 ft – 11 000 ft AGL
Johannesburg Skydiving Club
This club is more than a place you can pay to skydive, creating a community of like-minded adrenaline junkies. From complete novices to some of the country’s most experienced jumpers, Johannesburg Skydiving Club caters to all skill levels.
The club offers sport skydiving for experienced and qualified jumpers, tandem skydiving for first-time jumpers, as well as an Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) course and static line skydiving for students working towards their qualification.
Besides building a skydiving community, the club is also a world-class skydiving center. Its skydiving facilities include: an enclosed and grass-covered drop zone; a fully equipped rigging room and packing hangar with lockers for your belongings; state of the art large instruction and debrief offices; secure parking; a braai area and swimming pool; accommodation in the form of campsites, wooden huts, or guesthouses; and shower facilities.
Perfect for someone without any skydiving experience. You jump with a Tandem Master who takes care of everything. Without the need for comprehensive ground school training, you can rock up just an hour before your jump.
Your Tandem Master will run through everything you need to know and help you feel comfortable with what you are about to do. And if you want a video to remember this exhilarating experience, consider the comprehensive packages.
Tandem Skydiving Prices
- R2250 – Tandem skydive without video
- R2650 – Tandem skydive with Handycam Video
- R3050 – Tandem skydive with video filmed on External Camera
- R3200 – Deluxe Tandem skydive with video filmed on a Handycam and External camera
Accelerated Freefall (AFF)
If you want to learn how to skydive as quickly as possible, then Accelerated FreeFall (AFF) training should be perfectly suited to you. It is the fastest route to a solo skydive, taking just 8 weeks to complete the course.
Students are required to attend class at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club every Saturday at 8 am. Through these classes, students will learn all the necessary theory and master the techniques taught at ground school training. As students progress, they will work their way through the programme’s 10 levels, which must be completed to pass the course.
Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Prices
- R3175 – AFF Level 1 – Course and the first jump
- R2080 – AFF Level 1 – Static line conversion
Static Line Jumps
The static line allows you to jump solo after just 1 day’s worth of training but prevents a true freefall. The static line automatically deploys your parachute when you exit the plane, making it safe for divers with just one day’s experience to jump solo.
Static line skydiving is part of the Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course, but can also be booked in isolation. Jumpers exit the aircraft at 3500ft AGL, where their parachute opens automatically. They will then be required to perform the safety checks and controls covered, as well as fly the parachute. This is all covered in training.
Be aware that one day’s worth of training does not guarantee you will be allowed to experience a static line jump. You will be required to demonstrate proficiency during the training before jumping alone.
Static Line Pricing
- R1500 – Static line course and first static line jump
- R420 – Static line jumps after completing the course
Qualified and experienced skydivers may be interested in sport skydiving. Persons interested in sport skydiving must have passed all the required courses and must be comfortable skydiving without any supervision or assistance.
Sport Skydiving Prices
- R240 – Own Gear (Hop n Pop 3000ft)
- R280 – Own Gear (Hop n Pop 6000ft)
- R300 – Own Gear (11000ft)
- R400 – Club Gear + Pack (6000ft)
- R420 – Club Gear + Pack (11000ft)
- R80 – Daily Membership
- R140 – Weekend Membership
- R600 – Annual Membership
- R250 – Foreign Jumper / Temp PASA Card
Skydive Tandem Johannesburg
This company specialises in jumps with an instructor, for people without any skydiving experience. With minimal training, you can freefall from 11 000 feet. Enjoy a beautiful view on the way up before doing the unthinkable and jumping out of an airplane.
With your instructor taking care of everything, you are free to soak up this thrilling experience. You will freefall for well over half a minute, traveling at up to 200 km/h, before the parachute is opened.
Have your skydive filmed if you want to share your experience with your friends and family. You can have the jump filmed by your instructor, or by an additional jumper.
Skydive Tandem Johannesburg Prices
- R1800 – Tandem skydive
- R400 – Instructor filmed video and photography
- R700 – Externally filmed video and photography
- R900 – Deluxe video and photography package (filmed by instructor and 3rd party)
- R2500 – Tandem skydiving
- Including deluxe video and photography package
- Minimum 4 jumpers to confirm booking
Icarus is a skydiving company offering training, tandem jumps and demonstrations. Owned and run by a 15 time South African Skydiving Champion, Manuel Cordeiro, the company is up to date with the latest gear and procedures.
Run by some of the most experienced hands in the business, Icarus’s skydiving school runs three courses – Ground School, the Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Training Program, and Static Line Training.
This covers all the theory needed to skydive. Classes take place on weekdays during the evening and take students through 8 of the 10 levels needed to experience their first solo freefall. The classes are held at Icarus, in Edenvale.
After the theory, students will be required to pass a practical evaluation that takes place on the weekend at the drop zone
Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Training Program
This course covers the same material as the Ground School, just in a much shorter space of time. It is the quickest way to experience a solo freefall but is challenging and therefore requires a steely determination. To qualify for this program you must be over 16 years old and weigh no more than 100 kg.
Static line training
This short course consists of two classes – an evening of theory in the Icarus classroom, and a day of practical testing at the airstrip. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to experience your first jump.
Although static line jumps do not involve a freefall, you will be required to perform the necessary safety checks, and fly the parachute to safety.
Icarus offers a tandem skydiving package, allowing jumpers without any experience to free fall. No need for any serious training, as your instructor will take care of almost everything. All that is left to do is take in the absolutely thrilling experience of free falling at around 200 km/h for almost 45 seconds.
After the parachute has opened you will have the chance to fly it, before the reins are taken back for your landing. With the choice between three locations, and an option to have your jump filmed, all your skydiving needs should be taken care of.
Tandem skydiving pricing
- R2200 – Tandem Skydiving (Weekend Rate)
- R2900 – Tandem Skydiving (Weekday Rate)
Demonstration Jumps are an effective way to build up an atmosphere and attract attention. We have a great deal of experience with such jumps, from sports events such as the 1995 Rugby World Cup, to school fundraisers, fetes, and other major events.
They are able to land pretty much anywhere, and can tow banners advertising your brand, making Icarus an exciting way to gain exposure for your business. Prices vary depending on the jump.
An hour and a quarter out of Johannesburg, Skydive Pretoria offers skydivers another option. They offer the full range of services which include tandem skydiving, accelerated freefall training courses, and a fun jump for qualified and experienced skydivers.
The skydiving in Pretoria takes place at the Wonderboom Airport in Onderstepoort, where Skydive Pretoria and the Pretoria Skydiving Club are located. Here the company runs normal operations, as well as a specialized course in freeflying, wingsuiting, formation skydiving, canopy piloting, and freestyle.
Skydiving Pretoria Prices
Tandem Skydiving Prices
R2170 – Standard package
R2950 – Tandem Jump with video and photography
Accelerated Freefall (AFF) Training Prices
R14430 – Full course (Level 1 -10)