The Army Parachute Association was founded in 1962 and operates at Skydive Netheravon on Salisbury Plain. The airfield was originally used prior to WWI to operate balloons but was later taken over by the RAF in WWII and the Army in over recent decades. It is the most continuously used airfield in the world and has a very large drop zone for skydivers.
We are a not for profit organisation that supports parachuting as a sport for military personnel. However, we welcome civilian members and value their input. We are open throughout the year and operate various courses in order to teach people to skydive, using some of the best military instructors in the country where safety is paramount and excellence is a must! Here at Netheravon you can parachute for fun or charity, or learn the intricate techniques which will take you through to your C licence and ultimately encourage a variety of flying from two and four-way jumping to wingsuiting.
Tandem Skydiving: Receive training from our extremely experienced military instructors while you jump from a distance of 13,500ft in a completely secure way. Your family and friends can come and watch, getting closer to the action than in any other drop zone. Use one of our experienced skydiving photographers to record your jump and receive your video and stills on a You-Tube ready USB to show your friends and family for years to come. Make it a day to remember for all the right reasons.
AFF Course: The Accelerated Free Fall course is an intensive course that will last a minimum of 4 days in which you will have to escalate 8 levels. You will jump from a distance of 13,500ft and level one can be done as a one-time jump. If you go through the whole 18 categories this enables you to obtain your a licence which therefore enables you to jump solo anywhere in the world. From here you can progress to your B licence and onwards from there.
Static Line (First Jump Course): This is a 2-day course based on 6 hours ground training and culminating with a static line parachute jump from a distance of 3,500ft. This course can be done as a one-time experience or you could continue, allowing you to enter into the category system and get your skydiving A licence!
Wingsuting: for those students who have jumped over 200 times, there is the extreme sport of Wingsuting. Jumping from an aircraft using a specially made wingsuit, enjoying a wonderful feeling of exhilaration and sense of adventure. Skydiving is a sport that has it all!