You won’t regret choosing Skydive Wanaka for your New Zealand tandem skydive… with us it’s all about YOUR skydiving experience.
Innovative and progressive, we’re dedicated to delivering a unique tandem skydive experience, with high standards of safety, comfort and personal service.
Our highly qualified and friendly tandem skydive team just love to skydive in one of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand. They live to share the freefall experience with people like you. And have fun doing it.
A little Tandem Skydive History
Skydive Lake Wanaka was started up by Dave & Jools Hall in 1995 when all they had was a van, a patch of grass with a couple of deck chairs on it, and a borrowed plane.
Together they built the company up to a multi award-winning operation that has seen more than 90,000 people take the plunge and feel the rush of a 200kph freefall, safe in the knowledge that we have one of the best safety records in the country.
Now officially Skydive Wanaka Ltd, the company remains a small, family-run business in the hands of the Fergusons, pictured, who took over the reins in August 2013.
Lloyd & Julie Ferguson, who moved to Wanaka with their family in 1999, entrust the daily running of the company to Managing Director Blake Mason, who also happens to be married to their daughter Alice, now in charge of marketing.
With a strong background in adventure tourism and great passion for aviation, Lloyd, Julie, Blake and Alice are proud to be part of such a fun, exciting, world-class operation and love sharing such a uniquely thrilling experience with people from all over the world.
We take dropping out of the sky seriously. But we’re also serious about people having fun while they challenge themselves to a tandem skydive. Laughter is a big part of a Skydive Wanaka experience – how big is your smile?
Skydive Wanaka is certified under Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand Part 115.
Our Beautiful Strangers!
Blake – Managing Director
A builder by trade, Blake is a commercial helicopter pilot with an appetite for adventure and all things adrenalin fueled. Blake is extremely passionate about the skydiving and aviation industries and loves nothing more than watching the reactions of customers as they return from their freefall adventure. A hands-on manager, you may see Blake floating round the dropzone harnessing, driving the van or showing off his new son Riley, who has a smile to rival any ecstatic customer.
Evan Pearce – CEO
Evan Pearce joined the Skydive Wanaka team as our QA before he became our CEO this year. Prior to this, he flew ski planes in the Southern Alps for 5 years between 1985 and 1990 before entering the Airline Industry with Mount Cook Airline. He has been flying internationally on the Boeing 737NG, and also owns and operates an Aviation Safety Management Company (QAOSH), which focuses on Safety Management and Accident Investigation and contracts throughout NZ and the South Pacific.
Eugen ‘Eugenius’ – Chief Instructor and Wacuum Cleaner Driver !! Chief Safety Officer / Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam / Packing Technician (22,000+ skydives)
Our Mr Fix it comes from Hungary and has worked at Skydive Wanaka for over 9 years. He is the fastest vacuum cleaner driver in the South – legends are made from this man! On his days off he is known as “The Captain” of Wanaka Parasailing .. check them out at www.wanakaparasailing.co.nz
Lisa – Sales Manager (850+ skydives)
Lisa, the all-round sales superstar, joined the Skydive team in October 2013 and is LOVING spreading the orange love in Wanaka and beyond 🙂 She is loud, bubbly and loves skydiving, hiking and the outdoors. She’s also great at buying everyone coffee, and we love her for it!!
Kirsty – Dropzone Operations Co-ordinator / Frontline Sales / Manifest / Blogger / Social Media
The baby of our skydive family, our bubbly English Rose loves all things sweet and social. A sun worshipper who loooovvvess traveling and exploring new places, listening to music and going to the beach (or lake, as is the case in Wanaka!) Give her chocolate, sushi or lollies & she’ll love you forever!!
Elisa – Frontline Sales / Manifest / Editor
When Elisa walked into the DZ asking for a job, we knew she’d be a keeper! Our Austrian superstar speaks 4 languages (English, Spanish, German & French), loves creating delicious homemade food, doing yoga, exploring the great outdoors & playing games with friends.
Ben – Driver / Harnesser / Frontline Sales
Ben is our favourite (only) Aussie member of staff, all the way from the west coast of Straya. After travelling all over the world (Africa, Canada, UK, Sweden, Iceland, Croatia, Mexico, to name a few!) he decided to just pop over the ditch & give little ol’ NZ a go. He has a delightful Australia accent, sure to make all our female customers go weak at the knees…!!
Alex Pereira – Tandem Master/ Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (9,000 + skydives)
Mhaya’s father. Loves Freefly, Swooping, Jiu-Jitsu, Pink Floyd, Mac Computers, Parachute Rigging and and of corse Brazilian BBQ. When doing camera jumps no Tandem fly too fast for him. Always keen for a fun jump. Bit loud, but only because he always have his ear plugs on. Passionate for everything he does. His favorite expression: “Bring it on!
Barni – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (3,000+ skydives)
Barni (just like Fred’s mate from the Flintstones!) comes to us as our 2nd addition to team Hungary! He is originally from Transylvania & may be a direct descendant of Dracula…. Loves Skydiving & he’s sure he has the best job in the world.
Jerry – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (4,500+ skydives)
Jerry is possibly the only vegan skydiver in New Zealand and can jump all day long, running mostly on bananas. Skydiving since 2002 and still loving it, Jerry actually holds two degrees, but prefers this job where he can make people smile – every day!
Rory – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (5,000+ skydives)
Rory was born down south, and grew up in Cromwell. He is your typical kiwi lad – he loves watching cricket, having a few beers with his mates and going out wearing socks and jandals…! Before joining Skydive Wanaka, he worked over in Australia.
Chris – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (3,000+ skydives)
Chris has been hooked on skydiving and NZ right from his very first exit! Holidaying from the UK he tried his first skydive here in NZ – and his life has never been so much fun since !! Becoming an instructor and shifting to NZ he really is living the dream that many of our customers contemplate after their first incredible skydive !! Loves Italian food, mixed martial arts, football and all things NZ.
Robbie – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (9,000+ skydives)
Originally from Serbia, Robbie is a family man who loves spending time with his three children and has been skydiving here in NZ for over 13 years. He also loves getting out on the lake and going windsurfing, making things out of carbon fibre and in a past life he worked as a tattoo artist !!
Anthony – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (8,000+ skydives)
Coming to us from Namibia, Anthony became a skydiver totally by chance back in May 1995 when his friend booked him in for a static line jump without him knowing – and he hasn’t stopped smiling, or jumping, since !! With a love of sun, good company, live music, and good red wine – Wanaka is shaping up to be one of his favourite places !!
Boris – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (5,000+ skydives)
Boris left us after nearly two years, but missed us SO much, he decided to come back and jump with us again YAY!! He likes relaxing (when he gets a chance to) and has a strange, but quite endearing, obsession with sniffing people’s hair..! Apparently he is also a semi-professional bodybuilder??
Pip – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (3,000+ skydives)
Pip is a bit of a quirky character, but then again, aren’t most skydivers?! Before moving to New Zealand a few months ago, Pip travelled extensively in Australia, South East Asia, America and Canada. He also once spent three months sailing across the Atlantic from Cape Town to West Mexico.
Malachi – Chief Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (7,000+ skydives)
When we heard Malachi was coming back from Norway to re-join our team of beautiful strangers, we were so excited. Always smiling & never one to complain, he is definitely the tandem master with the best hair – check out his ‘fro!! He loves surfing & flying, and is also one of our few token Kiwi skydivers 🙂
Si – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam (1,300+ skydives)
Si, born and bred in Dunedin, learnt to jump at the skydive school in Methven. He loves yoga, skiing, base jumping & mountain biking. He previously worked over in Oz at Mission Beach, but has returned to his roots & is has now got his tandem rating so he can work for us forever & ever in wonderful Wanaka!!!
Jack – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam
Ever since he learnt to skydive in Methven & started working in skydiving, Jack told us all he wanted to do was to work at Skydive Wanaka, so we thought we better take him on and make his dreams come true! He is a cheeky English chappy, who loves the lifestyle NZ has to offer – hunting being his number one hobby (after skydiving, of course!)
Jason – Tandem Master / Camera Flyer / Tandem Handi Cam
Jason is our one & only Chiwi – a Chinese Kiwi!!! He was born and bred in south Auckland, but has now swapped the streets of Onehunga for little ol’ Wanaka. He is another skydive school student, and worked overseas in Australia before going travelling and ending up here in Wanaka. He loves playing pool, having a few beers with the boys, and riding his mountain bike.
Hamish – Pilot (9,000+ Flying hours)
“I have the BEST office in the world – 14 years at Skydive Wanaka, 20,000+ trips to altitude and I have still not had enough of those views!”
Ivan – Pilot (4,400+ Flying hours – 2,000 of which have been upside down!!!)
Ivan was practically born in as plane, and hasn’t stopped flying since! He gained his private pilot licence aged 19, and started flying aerobatics in his Midget Mustang when he was 20 years old. He is now a commercial aerobatic pilot (and 2x national aerobatic champion) with his own flight school, also based at Wanaka airport. He’s promised us he will fly ROK the right way up, every time!!!!
Jeremy – Chief Parachute Packer and Compliance Encyclopedia (32,000+ pack jobs)
Jeremy has OFFICIALLY done TWICE as many parachute packs than he has had hot dinners !! – so that has to be a good sign. Probably the MOST experienced parachute packer in New Zealand he has NEVER had a bad day ( phewf ) even though he spends a lot of time wearing out his knees!
Dylan – Driver / Harnesser / Packer
Dylan is our smiliest (and tallest!!) member of our ground crew for summer. From the North Island, he came to us on work placement after completing his skydiving diploma in Auckland. He proved his worth, and now spends his days gearing up the customers and getting them excited for their jumps!
New Zealand Parachute Industry Association
Skydive Lake Wanaka is affiliated to the New Zealand Parachute Industry Association and uses state-of-the-art skydiving systems. We operate from Wanaka Airport, with a purpose-built hangar, a New Zealand built X-Stol aircraft and inbuilt sense of fun and adventure. Come join the fun!