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  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  Insane views, unlike anything I have ever done before. Very friendly staff who put me at ease immediately. Prashant my instructor was amazing, explaining every step and made me feel... read more

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    6 December 2022

    star rating  From the time I stepped foot in the premises the crew were professional, a well oiled machine that worked without fault. My instructor Prashant Kapoor was fantastic, I can’t recommend... read more

    MultiTeish99
    16 April 2022
  • star rating  After a few failed attempts to get to Taupo (lockdowns) to skydive with friends, and after the death of one of my groups mother, we decided while we were all... read more

    travellingtillmans
    1 March 2022

    star rating  Amazing experience! First time, didn’t think I would like it and was so scared. The crew were amazing and the free fall was a major buzz. Would do it again!... read more

    Kimmoor123456
    28 September 2022

    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  Amazing View and Excellent tandem master Maurice Healy! Will definitely be back! Big Thanks to the team for calming m

    Bailey H
    1 January 2022

    star rating  Andrew was fantastic explaining how things were going work and I was so relaxed and will highly recommend him to everyone.

    Viccy T
    1 March 2022

    star rating  Just wow - the feeling of cold air - walked away with the biggest smile - amazing - would 110% do it again and again

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    29 November 2022
  • star rating  The most amazing experience!! Totally professional and at no point did I feel I couldn't do it. Prasanth and the rest of the team were incredible - everything was so... read more

    Nikki M
    1 February 2022

    star rating  Prashant, my instructor took my skydive experience to another level. Too great pictures and had a good chat from the start until the very end. The briefing was perfect and... read more

    Zarina
    1 December 2021

    star rating  Well organised and I felt totally safe to do a tandem sky dive. My only complaint would be that due to numbers, I was on the fourth flight up,... read more

    salsakarl
    1 October 2021
  • star rating  My journey with SBOI started with a 20000ft tandem in April. The minute my feet touched the ground I knew I had to learn to skydive solo. Subsequently I have... read more

    Neil
    1 August 2021

    star rating  It’s been on my bucket list for years and finally got around to it. Couldn’t have chosen a better company to do it with.

    Managed to drag the... read more

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    5 February 2023

    star rating  Being scared of heights this was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done but just amazing, so glad I did it. Easy to book, pick up from our hotel was... read more

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    24 November 2022
  • star rating  I was nervous but Prashant was hilarious which helped me relax. The dive itself was amazing! Would 100% recommend and would definitely do it again. I live in Auckland but... read more

    DougM1880
    25 March 2022

    star rating  Booked jump for my son’s 15th birthday who was very nervous and team was very helpful specially his instructor Prashant very professional and fun loving person who made him laugh... read more

    SandyM1818
    29 April 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  Such an amazing experience! Super fun and funny crew who made the whole experience great! Will be back for more adrenaline rushes!

    Tamarajwa
    19 March 2022

    star rating  The whole crew were amazing and made the experience out of this world. Especially Prashant my instructor who made me feel relaxed and able to enjoy the dive to its

    Max L
    1 December 2021

    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  Awesome experience, loved the way Maurice Healy guided me with each step to make it a wonderful dive

    singhavneet16
    30 January 2022

    star rating  Maurice was awesome. We forward rolled out and we cloud walked. Plus we stuck the landing. My second time.

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    29 January 2023

    star rating  We’ll run and safety was always first. Prashant Kapooron was incredibly friendly as were all the staff. I would highly recommend doing this. I’ll be back up in 2023... read more

    Lesleyeaton
    22 July 2022
  • star rating  It was so fun even though I was terrified! I jumped with RHYS BRADY and he was brilliant it was an enjoyable experience and I would definitely try it... read more

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    28 December 2022

    star rating  All of it. From ground to ground. Waiting for 30,000 feet then edge of space. I'm in for all of it. If I could afford to go solo I would

    Houlthama1
    22 February 2022

    star rating  This was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Would recommend to anyone and everyone. It was amazing!!

    381freyas
    30 October 2022
  • star rating  The whole team makes you feel that you are capable. I did a lot of extreme sports in my life but I can say with certainty that Prashant is... read more

    Fenese
    3 October 2022

    star rating  I am 16 years old and did my first jump with Prashant. He was absolutely fantastic and he made me feel comfortable and made lots of funny jokes. ... read more

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    6 January 2023

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

    Jono L
    1 November 2021

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