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If you’ve been waiting for the right push (ahem) to try out skydiving,
you’re in luck – here’s a list of local operators who will guide you
through the basics before you make the leap.
This adventure sport – combining
a parachute and sometimes an
engine – is not for the faint of
heart or the queasy of stomach.
Because we don’t have many high hills and the wind is
almost too strong, paragliding can be difficult in Perth,
but there are some great sites in the Perth Hills (such
as Mt Bakewell) and down south. For a full list of
locations, visit paraglidewesternaustralia.com.au
Before you fly
Keen to go solo? Before you head off by yourself, learn the
basics at the West Australian Paragliding Academy, one of the
oldest paragliding schools in Australia, which runs its licensed
course from Albany. The course cost includes accommodation
and equipment hire, and runs for nine days. West Australian
Paragliding Academy, 93 Princess Avenue, Torndirrup.
The wind in your face, a 360-degree
view... a flight on a microlight will
give you a whole new perspective
“A microlight is essentially a hang glider with undercarriage,”
explains Gordon Marshall, chief flying instructor at Sky Sports
Flying School. “It can carry one or two people and travel at
speeds as slow as 40km/hour and up to 180km/hour.” Safer
and more affordable than traditional means of flying, it’s an
activity gaining traction with Perth thrill-seekers. With intuitive
controls, microlight piloting is easy to pick up – gaining
a licence can take you as little as 20 hours, and will allow you
to fly unsupervised. There are two flight-training facilities in
WA, which must meet stringent training requirements, so you
know you’re in safe hands when you’re in the air.
SKY SPORTS FLYING SCHOOL
Offering training in every aspect of microlight flying – from
radio communication to manning a solo flight – this school
will get you from novice to high-flyer. It’s recommended
that you do a minimum of 20 hours flying within a three- to
four-day block (accommodation is available at the school), or,
if you’re not so sure, there’s a hands-on trial flight option as
well. 680 Cameron Road, York.
This school steps you through all the theory, tests and
information you need to know to be able to fly. Providing
instruction for beginners about the microlight’s unique
features (weight-controlled flight), this school also offers an
introductory flight option before you commit to a full course
of classes. 2 Powell Court, Withers.
Australia’s largest skydiving
centre offers jumps from
Perth, Rockingham, and
York (the York base was
formerly known as Skydive
Express). Winter’s the best
time for a York jump – the
views of the lush Avon
Valley are incredible.
WA Skydiving Academy
Feeling charitable? You can jump here for free
by registering your fundraising campaign, and
raising a minimum of $500. Raise the stakes with
a 450m jump – the highest drop in WA. Hangar 1,
2 Mustang Road, Jandakot.
Southern Skydivers finish their jumps on Busselton
Beach, so this is your best chance for a soft landing.
Even better, to help you find your feet once
you’re back on flat earth, they’ll shout you a drink
at beachside cafe The Goose. Hangar 6,
Airport Drive, Busselton.
Conquer your fear
Got a fear of flying? Flight Experience in
Northbridge offers a six-hour course complete
with a psychological consultation, an interactive
lesson with a pilot, and a session in the flight
simulator. Unfortunately, the course doesn’t
address fear of airline food. For details, visit
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