frequently asked questions
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Why Skydive in Perth WA?
We offer amazing skydiving packages for skydiving over Rottnest Island near Perth. Located just 19kms off the coast of Fremantle, Rottnest Island has been described as Perth’s island paradise. Enjoy stunning views of the entire island on your flight up to jump altitude and as you experience the rush of a lifetime check out amazing views of Perth city and the coastline. You’ll land on the pristine beaches of Salmon, Thompson or Bickley Bays to top off the experience.
Why should I tandem skydive?
You will never forget a tandem skydive with Skydive Geronimo! Nothing compares to the thrill of jumping from a perfectly good airplane.
By choosing to tandem skydive, you can experience the ultimate rush of free fall, without the same level of training and responsibility that comes with having to learn to jump solo.
So many of our customers tell us that skydiving is the best thing they have ever done in their lives. For some it’s the overwhelming sense of achievement of doing something outside of their comfort zone, and for others it’s the huge adrenaline rush of plummeting toward the earth at 200km/hour.
Give it a go! You will be on a natural high for weeks afterwards!
Do I need to have any experience?
No experience is needed, so you can just let your qualified tandem instructor take care of everything. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!
What do I need to wear?
It is important that you wear appropriate footwear when skydiving. This means wearing enclosed shoes with a flat sole (sneakers are perfect!)
Your clothing should be comfortable and warm. In summer it is OK to jump in shorts and a t-shirt.
To find our more, read our blog about this topic.
How high should I go?
There is no doubt that your free fall will be the most thrilling part of your skydive experience. A 10,000ft skydive gives you 30 seconds of free fall, a 14,000ft skydive gives you 60 seconds of free fall, and a 15,000ft skydive gives you a whopping 66 seconds of free fall time. 15,000ft is the highest legal altitude to tandem skydive from in Australia.
It is no more scary or exciting to skydive from a higher or lower altitude (you are jumping out of a plane after all!) The main difference is that the higher options give you a longer opportunity to recover from any sensory overload that you might experience in the first few seconds. For this reason, our 14,000ft Tandem Skydive is our most popular option and the one we recommend to all first-time jumpers.
Are you still unsure how high you want to jump from? The good news is that you can discuss your options with our team and make your final decision on jump day.
Is there a weight limit?
For your safety, we have a weight limit of 95kgs for all tandem skydiving passengers.
Do you weigh more than 95kgs? In some cases, we may be able to take passengers heavier than this limit (110kgs max,) so please call 1300 449 669 or contact us so we can assess your suitability for jumping. All passengers who weight heavier that 95kgs must have pre-approval to jump.
Is there an age limit?
Currently the minimum legal age for skydiving in Australia is 16 years old. Passengers under the age of 18 years will need parent or guardian consent. This means that the jumper’s legal guardian must be present on jump day to sign the paperwork. If the legal guardian cannot be present, please call 1300 449 669 or contact us to make arrangements for this before jump day.
There is no upper age limit! So long as you are mobile, fit and healthy, you can jump. We have taken skydiving passengers in their 80’s! If you are unsure, or if you have a medical condition, please call 1300 449 669 or contact us to discuss your specific case, before jump day.
Can I bring my own camera?
It is against skydiving regulations in Australia for tandem skydive passengers to wear a camera during the jump. For this reason, it’s not possible to film your own skydive experience.
Don’t worry! The Skydive Geronimo Team have got you covered…
You can add a Handcam Video and Photos package to your skydive booking on jump day (there is no need to pre-book this.)
Of course, you and your family are welcome to use your own cameras to capture photos of the skydive preparation, airplane take-off and parachute landings.
Can I jump solo on Rottnest Island?
Skydive Geronimo only offer Tandem Skydive experiences on Rottnest Island, so it is not possible to skydive solo in this location.
Our beach landing areas are approved for use by tandem skydive parachutes and Skydive Geronimo staff parachutes only.
Where are you located?
We are located at the Rottnest Island Airport, Brand Way, Rottnest Island, Western Australia. This is our meeting place for all of our skydive experiences, with the exception of our special ‘Skydive and Fly Transfer packages’, which depart from a different location.
When are you open?
We are open for skydive bookings all year round, 7 days per week. We do not close for winter, however all skydives are weather dependent.
We recommend booking in advance, as we often sell-out.
Our phone lines are always open so please call us anytime on 1300 449 669.
What if the weather isn’t suitable for skydiving?
All skydiving is weather dependent, so it is important that you call us on the morning of the skydive to reconfirm your booking. If you are making a day-trip to the island, we require that you call us one hour before your ferry departure time on 1300 449 669 to check the weather for the jump.
The weather on Rottnest Island is usually great for skydiving! Check out our blog post on this topic. In the unfortunate case of adverse weather, you will have the opportunity to reschedule the booking to a different day or receive a refund of your deposit. If you decide to travel to the island and use your ferry tickets, these are non-refundable (in the case that Skydive Geronimo booked the ferry tickets on your behalf.)
Please familiarise yourself with our complete Terms and Conditions of Service.
How long does it take?
Please allow 2 hours from start-to finish for your skydive experience. This includes your preparation time on the ground, ride in the airplane, skydive experience and bus ride back to the airport. This does not include travel time to-and-from the island.
In some cases we may experience unavoidable delays caused by air traffic or weather. If this is the case, we will work closely with you to move the booking to another mutually convenient time slot on the same day. For this reason, we recommend having a flexible itinerary planned for your day on Rottnest Island and booking a late afternoon ferry home.
How many people can jump in the same plane?
Our current capacity at Rottnest Island is five tandem skydives per flight. This means five skydive passengers, three skydive instructors and one pilot.
Do you have a group larger than five people? We can accommodate your group by dividing all participants evenly across consecutive back-to-back flights (subject to availability.) Check out our Special Offers page for group discount information.
What about my personal belongings and phone?
For safety reasons, you won’t be able to take any of your personal belongings (including your phone) with you in the airplane. You can choose to either leave your belongings in a safe place with our team at the Rottnest Island Airport, or leave them with your friends and family. There are bike racks available at the Airport, where you can lock up your bike.
If you have something special that you wish to have waiting for you in the landing area (your phone, an engagement ring, asthma inhaler etc.) please chat with our friendly team on arrival and we can help to accommodate your request.
Where do the parachutes land?
On the day of your skydive, our Drop Zone Safety Officer will assess the wind direction and strength and choose a suitable landing area for the day. This landing area is subject to change throughout the day, as the weather conditions change. For this reason, we recommend that all spectators come to the Rottnest Island Airport, together with the skydive participants on the day of the jump to find out where the landing area will be.
Spectators will then be transported to the landing area, to watch the parachute landings (subject to availability). If our transfer vehicle is at full capacity (say in the case of a large group of spectators), there will be ample time for the group to make their own way to the landing location by foot, bike or shuttle bus.
These are our parachute landing locations, listed in order of frequency of use:
1. Bickley Bay Beach
Accessed by a 100m beach track, located at the end of Hospital Lane, Kingstown Barracks Area, Rottnest Island.
2. Thomson Bay, Army Jetty Beach
Located to the East of Army Jetty, at the end of Army Jetty Road, Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island.
3. Fairbridge Bluff (Salmon Bay Beach)
Located at the far end of Salmon Bay Beach, Parker Point Road (Bus Stop 7,) Rottnest Island.
How can I make payment?
A secure credit/debit card deposit is taken at the time of your booking, to reserve your place in the airplane. The final balance is due on the day of the jump, just before take-off! This can be paid by cash, credit/debit card or EFTPOS.
Full payment by credit/debit card is required in advance, when purchasing a gift voucher online.
Is it safe to skydive?
Skydiving is a highly regulated sport, governed by the Australian Parachute Federation. There are more than 70,000 safe tandem skydive descents in Australia every year.
Skydive Geronimo Rottnest prioritises the safety of all our customers and staff and pride ourselves in our 100% safety record. We achieve this through adhering to strict safety guidelines, maintaining our aircraft and equipment to the highest standards and using the latest technology in skydive equipment available.
Although the risk of a serious accident while tandem skydiving is incredibly low (you are more likely to die being struck by lightning), skydiving is not a risk free activity. On the day of the jump, you will be asked to sign a waiver form, which outlines the potential risks.
Personal Accident Insurance is automatically included in your Australian Parachute Federation membership, which is mandatory for all skydive participants in Australia and included in the cost of your skydive package. For information about insurance and a full PDS, visit the Australian Parachute Federation website.