NOTE: The views expressed in these articles are not necessarily endorsed by the APF.

Online Articles

Fifty years of South Australian skydiving history in photos and stories, collected and edited by Steve Swann. A series of photo galleries is being developed to capture our history while we can.

Skydiving and Pregnancy by Leanne Critchley. Becoming a skydiver is a life changing event and a wonderful experience. So is having a baby! Although the two are not mutually exclusive, the decision to have a baby creates the need for some complex decision making for the skydiving parents-to-be. So here are some of the facts, some of the things to think about, some experiences of other women. Then it's up to each individual to make decisions according to what is right for her, her partner and her baby.

Baby on Board Article first published in Australian Skydiver Magazine Issue 33, Vol 5 2006. Includes feedback from first hand experience by a number of Aussie skydiving Mums.

Airspeed Skills Camp Notebook This program is the culmination of many years of work, originally started by the founding members of Arizona Airspeed. When this began, Jack Jefferies, Mark Kirkby, Kirk Verner, Dan BC originally wanted to pass on their vast knowledge of skydiving to improve the skydiving community as a whole. Many of the systems they have in place are from the work that that these 4 guys initiated. Then, just as now, the primary focus of the camp is PERSONAL BEST AND TEAM BEST.

Safety Checklist: Skydivers can benefit from more frequent and thorough equipment checks, emergency procedures practice, and enhanced canopy control awareness. This checklist was produced by the USPA as a result of one of their national Safety Days and is reproduced here with their permission. It has been modified by the APF Technical Officer to suit Australian Specifications.

Choosing a parachute: Once members have completed their student training one of their first questions is "What sort of parachute should I buy?"

Assessing your glide angle - the Accuracy Trick: Or "Can I make it back to the drop zone?"

Canopy collisions by Fiona McEachern: How to avoid them and what to do if you have one...

Human Factors Systems Safety - Australian Skydiving by Mike Flanagan, section Head Human Factors Systems Safety - CASA. (2006) This report is in response to a request received from the Sports & recreation section to consider Human Factors (HF) issues associated with recent accidents. To investigate whether HF principles can make a contribution to increasing the safety of the sport.


A History of Parachuting: From the 12th century ...

A History of Australian Parachuting since 1958 by Frank Mines (PDF)

"United We Fall" Early jump stories

A Short History Of Sport Parachuting and the Australian Parachute Federation

How High Can One Safely Parachute from?

Article from New Scientist 20 July 2006

Contribution to article by APF member Roger Clifton

The Long, Lonely Leap – The story of Joe Kittinger's jump from 102,800 ft

PIA Symposium 2007 Speakers Notes

Member Theses

Below is a selection of Theses written by experienced Instructors as part of their Senior Instructor Application. It is important to note that although relevant at the time, some of these publications are over 20 years old, hence should be used as additional information and not be relied on solely for educational purposes.




Personal Responsibility - by Terry Wahlen Jan 2013

Wingsuit Flight Procedures (A Document for the APF and Australian Wingsuit Flyers by Neil Fergie)

The Red Zone Specific Risks in Sport Parachuting by Dave Wilkie

This document is comprised of a number of brief outlines of specific risks associated with sports parachuting. The scenarios outlined here have caused serious and often fatal injuries to skydivers either here in Australia or elsewhere in the world. These scenarios are presented here with the intention of increasing awareness of these specific risks, promoting discussion and hopefully reducing the incidence of adverse outcomes.

Canopy Control

Canopy Collision Avoidance (by Jules McConnel) May 2011

Canopy collisions how to avoid them and what to do if you have one (by Fiona McEachern)

Elliptical Parachutes and Canopy Control (By John LeBlanc of Performance Designs)

Wing Loading & It's Effects A seminar by Performance Designs, Inc. Speaker: John LeBlanc

Fly or Fry by Rob McMillan. Student Handbook: This student manual contains 'food for thought' and practical ideas regarding how to better spend your time flying your wing. The notes will teach some basics about canopy flight. Though before attempting anything new or different, don't hesitate to as a canopy flight tutor to help plan the flight.
Tutor Handbook: This booklet contains information for the Canopy Tutor to help prepare for and run a canopy control course for the novice and intermediate skydiving pilot.

Team Canopy Training Exercises: by Tim Bates (VPC State Coach Aug 03 - Nov 05) Drop Zone landing areas are like the busiest airports in the country! We survive (busy) DZ landing areas using a combination of skill, communication and luck - which two would you rather rely upon? Some tips for teams to make the most out of their jumps by briefing canopy exercises into the jump from the start.

Fiona McEachern Sport Development Funding

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The APF Sport Development Fund is named in honour of the late Fiona McEachern. We lost Fi in 2010, but she’ll always be remembered as one of the APF’s most talented and passionate ambassadors for skydiving. Fiona's career spanned 27 years and more than 7,500 jumps, including 13 years as APF Director of Competitions.

Fi was a founding committee member and driving force behind the Sport Development Fund. She was a mentor and motivator, who believed that a structured APF funding program should support worthwhile skydiving initiatives.

About the Fiona McEachern Sport Development Funding Scheme

The APF wants you to be the best you can!

Click Here for ESSENTIAL reading before lodging your application

(If your application is inappropriate, or non specific about the portion of your event that you're seeking funding for, it may be rejected. It's important that you understand and respect our guidelines)

In addition to its funding arrangements for National teams, the APF makes “Fi Fund” sponsorship available for a broad range of other skydiving events, projects and individuals. We’re especially keen to support grass roots members running grass roots events.

Please source other forms of support before seeking any of these grants and provide evidence of this support in your application.

  • Your State Coach / Area Council. Most councils have money set aside for encouraging local level development of the sport, either through special allocations or through the State Coach.
  • Your home Drop Zone. Most DZs can contribute by offering any of the following:
    • Accommodation and/or food for coaches
    • Discount or free coach / Load Organiser slots
    • Discount or free camera slots
    • Travel assistance for coaches or camera flyers
  • Participant registration. Members should expect to contribute and generally see more value in education that they pay for.

The APF may attach conditions to grants. In some cases, the funding may be paid after the event/project to ensure all conditions are met.

Essential Criteria for all levels of funding:

  • Applicants must be financial members of the APF, owing no debt to the Federation.
  • Applicants must supply proof of their funding request to their State Coach / Area Council and details of the response.
  • Applicants must identify how their event/project will assist the APF’s safety objectives and strategic goals.
  • Applications will ONLY be accepted if completed on the APF online form.
  • Funding will not be granted for Nationals, State Championships or normal DZ activities.
  • Funding will not be granted for events that conflict with advertised dates for a Nationals competition  or State Championships. (For rare exceptions, see our funding information page.)
  • Funding will not be granted for base jumping, tunnel events, proximity flying, ground launching etc.
  • Applicants for all levels of funding must sign a Code of Conduct agreement.
  • Applications are open from August 1 for events/projects in the following calendar year.
    The availability of funding depends on budgetary limits, which vary from year to year.
  • Applications for L1 and L2 remain open until the funding for that year has been exhausted.

Applications are now CLOSED for Level 1 & 2 2021 events


Level 1 Funding

APF Members may apply for grants of up to $1,500 to support skydiving events/projects that BENEFIT the skydiving community, while supporting the APF's safety objectives and strategic goals. Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the event/project. They will be assessed and decided by the National Development Officer and the National Coach.

Applications received less than 21 days prior to the date of the event will not be assessed.

All Fi Funded events must be publicised on the APF Calendar of Events Please forward your event details to for inclusion on the calendar.

Level 2 Funding

APF Members may apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support skydiving events/projects that have an identifiable NATIONAL BENEFIT for the skydiving community, while supporting the APF’s safety objectives and strategic goals. Where budgetary limits allow, the intention is to provide grants at a dollar for dollar rate to match support from State Councils. Applications must be received at least 7 weeks before the event/project. They will be assessed by the APF Funding Committee for determination by the National Coach and Management Committee.  

All Fi Funded events must be publicised on the APF Calendar of Events Please forward your event details to for inclusion on the calendar.

Level 3 Funding 

APF Members may apply for grants with no specified limit for skydiving events/projects with an identifiable NATIONAL BENEFIT to the skydiving community, good prospects of POSITIVE PUBLICITY and likely INTERNATIONAL INTEREST, while also supporting the APF’s safety objectives and strategic goals.  These are the highest grants available via the Fiona McEachern Sport Development Fund and they are designed to support the elite level of our sport or the highest level of participation. 

In addition to the criteria listed for all FMSDF funding, the applicants must:

  • Provide proof of their State Council’s financial support for the event/project.
  • Provide proof of efforts to secure funding from other sources, such as government grants, host DZ, and commercial sponsors.
  • Detail a media plan for the event/project to maximize publicity.
  • Detail other appropriate plans for the event/project. (eg Safety plan, training seminars or workshops.)

Applications must be received by the APF Office at least 7 weeks before a scheduled APF Board Meeting. (Find dates here) They will be assessed by the APF Funding Committee, which will make a recommendation to the APF Board.  The APF Board will consider an allocation as a special item for budget consideration.

All Fi Funded events must be publicised on the APF Calendar of Events Please forward your event details to for inclusion on the calendar.

Fill out an online application form

Note: You cannot save as you go with our online process. You’ll probably find it easier to type out your application as a ‘Word’ document, and then transfer your answers across to the online application. This way, you’ll have everything ready to go, and you won’t lose your information if you have to start again. PLEASE CONTACT THE SPORT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE.