The crew at Skydive Bay of Islands is what makes this an awesome place to go skydiving! From the check-in crew to the pilot, each and every one of our crew make sure you have the best possible experience! One of the most memorable aspects of your jump will be the person who gets you safely back on the ground – your tandem instructor! Our tandem instructors have over twenty thousand jumps and twenty years of experience between them and are trained to the highest level. Our friendly ground staff will look after you before and after your jump, and they’ll be there to help you take it all in when your feet finally touch down again.

Meet the crew!

 

 
General Manager/Tandem Master

Andrew has been a tandem master for 22 years, with 7 of those working at Skydive Bay of Islands. He completed his first jump 30 years ago in South Africa, and since then he has done more than 17,000 jumps!

Andrew’s favourite part about being a Tandem Master is that he gets to meet so many different people and be part of their first skydiving experiences.

His favourite memories of being a Tandem Master were when he was able to take his 2 kids for their first skydives.

DropZone Dog/Support Crew

Jamie is a 10-year-old Staffy and loves nothing more than spending her days at the Dropzone with her friends! Jamie can often be found following Andrew around or tricking our customers into giving her attention and cuddles. Jamie plays a key role in helping our customers feel calm, at ease, and part of the family!

Tandem Master

Before becoming a Tandem Master Maurice worked as a hotel manager back in Ireland. He did his first jump as a tandem customer in Cairns, Australia in 2006. Since then Maurice has completed over 10,000 jumps and been a Tandem Master for the past 10 years.

Maurice loves spending his days helping his customers to experience their first skydive and seeing the joy that it brings them.

His favourite memory was when he took his mum for a skydive!

Tandem Master

Before he was a Tandem Master Prashant served in the Indian Army. After serving for 20 years he took early retirement in the rank of Colonel and migrated to New Zealand to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time Tandem Master!

Prashant’s favorite part about his job is being able to make his customers experience skydiving fun, and ensuring they leave with memories they will be able to cherish forever.

Every customer comes with a different energy level and comes with their own personality and story. One of Prashant’s most memorable customers was a 9-year-old girl who told Prashant that she didn’t want to lose her pink Ugg Boots during the jump, and warned him that he would have to go find it if one were to fall off.

Manifest & Ground Crew

Lucie completed her first 20,000ft tandem jump here at Skydive Bay of Islands, and instantly was hooked, she’s an adventure adrenaline junkie! A ground staff/manifest crew role popped up and in a matter of 3 weeks, she had moved down to Kerikeri and started her crew role here and loves it!

After doing bungee jumps, swings and slingshots, she enjoyed skydiving the best. She has completed  her AFF course and is now able to skydive solo!

Lucie is not only a full time student completing her NCEA level 3 with Te Kura, but she also attends a Business of Tourism Academy with ITC, as well as working here which SBOI really accommodates for.

Lucie favourite part about working at Skydive Bay of Islands is being able to give people an amazing experience and seeing their grins ear to ear after they completed their jump, it’s heartwarming and an awesome thing to experience. She see lots of different people walk through the doors here at SBOI, some from different countries and even different continents. It’s amazing to be able to chat with them and learn about their experiences and stories!

Ground Crew/Camera Flyer

After Dylan completed his first skydive in 2020 he knew he wanted to make his way into the industry, after a couple more years of working as an electrician he decided it was time to change jobs. He joined the team here at Skydive Bay of Islands in September of 2022 where Dylan started off as ground crew and has now worked his way up to being a camera flyer.

Dylan enjoys seeing the stages of excitement, fear and joy that come with doing your first skydive. As people come in and seem calm at first and then look nervous in the plane to being able to jump out with them and see the smile light up on their faces as they realise how freeing the feeling of jumping out of a plane is, truly indescribable.

The best part of working here for Dylan is being able to film and capture such a special memory for people as they can look back on their first skydive for years to come.

 

Pilot

Stefan went on his first flight when he was 14 and was hooked from that point forward. Combining his love of aviation and adrenaline led him to work here at Skydive Bay of Islands.

Stefan began flight school back in 2020 in Hamilton. He then continued his commercial and instructor training down in Nelson. Outside of flying he enjoys keeping active, and is always out seeking his next adventure.

Stefan loves being a part of the team at Skydive Bay of Islands – every day is different and he enjoys being able to deliver a unique and exciting experience to our customers. The most enjoyable parts for him are the amazing views from his sky office, and getting to see the customers on such a buzz after their jumps.

Ground Crew

Meet Emma, a 14-year-old ground crew member at Skydive Bay of Islands. Growing up on the dropzone where her dad works, she developed a passion for skydiving from an early age.

Despite her youth, Emma has completed three tandem jumps, fueling her love for the sport.

Emma’s infectious enthusiasm and warm personality create an inviting atmosphere for visitors and experienced skydivers.

Packer/Camera Flyer

From the moment Claire did her first tandem jump in 2014 she knew that she wanted to work in the skydiving industry!

Claire moved to New Zealand and enrolled in Skydiving School in January 2016. During her training, Claire came to work at Skydive Bay of Islands as a student and has now been part of our family for the past 7 years.

Claire’s most memorable jump was when she filmed outside camera for her twin sister back in 2016. One of her favourite parts of her jump is being able to jump into the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – this was such a privilege and the views are absolutely breathtaking!

Sales & Marketing Manager

After completing her first skydive at age 14, Paige knew she had found a new love for all things adrenaline. However, only after a year of studying law and criminology at Auckland University in 2017, did Paige realise her passion laid out of the ordinary.

In returning back to her hometown of the Bay of Islands in 2018, Paige soon began working for Skydive Bay of Islands, starting first as a manifest/ground crew member. Presently, she has expanded her role in also becoming Skydive Bay of Island’s marketing maestro.

Paige loves the many people she gets to meet every day at work. Her most favourite part about working in a manifest/ground crew role is seeing people’s expressions change from fear before jumping to jubilation and excitement after completing it. In her marketing role, she most enjoys meeting with friendly people, visiting some spectacular locations, and hearing amazing stories from other people in the tourism industry.

At present, Paige has completed five tandem jumps. Her second, which came as a surprise from the SBOI staff members when she first started, made her realise that she had walked into a strong family culture here at SBOI.

Ground Crew/Packer

Gavin did his first jump with his dad back in 2007 when he was just 6 years old! Gavin knew from a young age that he wanted to learn how to skydive. He grew up around skydiving and spent a lot of time at Dropzones, so over the next 10 years, he did 5 more tandems, and then started his AFF course to learn how to skydive solo when he was 16 years old.

Although Gavin loves all his solo jumps, his fondest memory was of his second tandem jump. Gavin jumped as a tandem customer with his dad onto a beach in South Africa, with his 2 uncles also jumping as camera flyers and filming outside camera of the jump!

Gavin has worked at Skydive Bay of Islands every summer since turning 16. He loves the fun, vibrant, and stimulating working environment. Whether he’s on the packing mat or helping gear up customers for their jump, Gavin constantly feels happy to be doing the job he’s doing.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 
 

 
  • star rating  A must do - A fabulous experience, loved every moment. Prashant was my TM and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Everything was so well organised, was so much fun. Will definitely do... read more

    robinsI824NN
    6 January 2023

    star rating  Absolutely amazing. I would 100% do it again but higher up. My instructor (Prashant) was fab and super encouraging. If you get an opportunity do it go for it.

    Adrenalinejunkie22
    30 April 2022

    star rating  Amazing experience today with Prashant! Felt so safe and had so much fun!! 1000% recommend doing the 20,000ft skydive!

    lydiahC132HS
    11 November 2022
  • star rating  I went there for my 21st birthday and It was such an amazing experience! I was even the first one to jump out of the plane. I'd happily do it... read more

    Wanderer802503
    27 September 2022

    star rating  Exhilarating experience with Prashant, would totally recommend to anyone! Amazing views and a feeling of freedom that's hard to find.

    Goswimswam
    22 April 2022

    star rating  Such an amazing experience! I went up with the lovely Prashant who pointed out all of the sites and took some great footage for me. He calmed my nerves and... read more

    avatar thumb JBritt10
    30 January 2023
  • star rating  An amazing experience, never thought I would try it but so glad I did. Excellent staff both at the desk and especially the instructor. So supportive and gave great step... read more

    688mareew
    28 May 2022

    star rating  Anna & I throughly enjoyed our time with your team, would recommend. The instructors were both very good and made our experience very good

    Liam S
    1 January 2022

    star rating  Awesome experience Instructor (Prashanti) made the whole experience fun and memorable. Definitely will be back to go higher. Recommend to all!

    Rylee Windelborn
    1 April 2022
  • star rating  I was booked in for the 9000ft and upgraded for only $30 to the 12000ft. Was my first jump and I was nervous! I absolutely loved the experience! Every member... read more

    LexChapman
    4 April 2022

    star rating  Amazing experience I would recommend to everyone! The team were super lovely, Prashant my instructor, was really great and made the experience so much fun. Loved every minute of it.... read more

    Shevaughan
    1 March 2022

    star rating  Amazing experience I would recommend to everyone! The team were super lovely, Prashant my instructor, was really great and made the experience so much fun. Loved every minute of it.... read more

    shevaughanwa
    19 March 2022
  • star rating  Awesome experience Instructor (Prashanti) made the whole experience fun and memorable. Definitely will be back to go higher.
    Recommend to all!

    rylee_windelborn
    7 April 2022

    star rating  First time jumping and the whole experience was awesome.Was anxious and excited,just wanted to get up in the air and jump.
    Can’t explain the feeling,a fast paced rush during the... read more

    N6806GZphilr
    20 January 2021

    star rating  A fantastic and amazing experience.
    Thanks tons to Rhys Brady who made me comfortable and fun to do this. He was awesome to fly with and I will cherish this... read more

    avatar thumb sudhay17
    9 February 2023
  • star rating  Completed my AFF learning course here, been jumping here every opportunity I can get. The instructors and other skydivers are always happy to share their wealth of knowledge and experience... read more

    Dylan le Roux
    1 August 2021

    star rating  I liked all of it. I did this for my birthday, on my birthday making it an awesome way to celebrate and remember the date. My favourite was when the... read more

    Lisa E
    8 October 2022

    star rating  Terrifying exhilarating fantastic fun. Maurice Healy
    has amazing people skills!
    Hope he’s still there in a months time when I do my second jump!!
    Thanks to all the... read more

    angelanz2015
    19 October 2022
  • star rating  This is a MUST for any visit to Kerikeri!!! Absolutely breath taking! My Instructor, Maurice Healy, was the best - total professional and really fun to jump with. DO IT,... read more

    arthurgK8575LG
    15 November 2022

    star rating  Great experience and great instructor, loved his energy. If you get Prashant you’re in for a good time, till next time.

    Harry Stanley-Scott
    1 January 2022

    star rating  Prashant was super cool, Jump was awesome. Defo do this - best experience with a great crew to look after you.

    Jeremy A
    1 January 2022
  • star rating  Awesome experience, loved the way Maurice Healy guided me with each step to make it a wonderful dive

    singhavneet16
    30 January 2022

    star rating  Cannot wait to do it again, easily the highlight of my summer, and the most fun I have had strapped to a man; I'd recommend it. Felt very safe in... read more

    125kylien
    17 February 2022

    star rating  I am 13 years old and did a Tandem 12000 ft Skydive with Prashant, he was brilliant and I loved

    Dean S
    1 January 2022
  • star rating  First time and its not scary at all.. - Amazing and wonderful experience... it was my first time and believeme it was not SCARY, its not like a roller-coaster feeling, I didn't even feel like falling more like... read more

    yakimmikay
    24 November 2022

    star rating  Right from when I was being kitted out, to landing back at base, Prashant made the whole experience fun and exciting. Thoroughly recomm

    N S
    1 October 2021

    star rating  Such an amazing experience! Super fun and funny crew who made the whole experience great! Will be back for more adrenaline rushes!

    Tamara W
    1 March 2022
  • star rating  Best 21st experience possible had the best day, couldn’t have asked for better staff managed to help us all do it even when a couple of our group had never... read more

    Chase944
    8 August 2022

    star rating  Awesome experience - Prashant was a great guide making the whole skydive memorable and enjoyable. Would definitely r

    Jono L
    1 November 2021

    star rating  Wow,just wow! Amazing experience made more memorable by the amazing tandem Master Prashant. He makes you feel so at ease, relaxed and he makes a good experience into an unforgettable... read more

    Rocio S
    1 February 2022

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