I am a licensed skydiver and came her for the Christmas-New Years Boogie in 2010. What an amazing dropzone. Such a great, homey feel to it, and the staff is super friendly. Awesome facilities, great aircraft, and plenty of people to jump with. If you're able to visit for the New Years Boogie, bring your party pants - ZHills knows how to put together a great event. Thanks, Zhills, for being my first skydiving experience away from home! :)
Regardless of whether you're a first time flyer or an experienced skydiver looking to work on your freefall skills, the team at SVCO is top notch. It was great to buy a 30 minute block and be able to split it up into three 10-minute sessions. Great way to work on some skills, debrief, take a breather, then get back into it.
Highly recommend working with Kiwi - one of the best tunnel instructors around!
Love, love, love Skydive Temple.
I made my first jump in 2005 but it was at Skydive Temple in 2010 when my love was reignited. Primarily a Cessna dropzone, but they lease awesome planes like CSC's PAC 750XL and a Grand Caravan. I was in town for SXSW and as soon as I got back home to Chicago, I went to a DZ in the area and got my license.
This year, I brought out a group of people to make their first jump at Temple while we were in town for SXSW. And they LOVED it.
Mark and his staff are totally professional, super friendly and made me realize why I loved this sport so much. Great little family vibe. If I had stayed in Austin longer, I would have called Skydive Temple my home DZ.
I'd definitely recommend Skydive Temple to any experienced jumpers passing through the Austin area.
I have nothing but love for Spaceland, an I only jumped there once.
I came out in November. New container, new canopy, and I hadn't jumped in a few weeks. I was nervous.
The gal at manifest was actually from Skydive Chicago (I'm from CSC) and we knew a lot of people in common, which immediately put me at ease.
I got an amazing tour of the DZ, a great debrief on the landing area and was introduced to several people that would be on my load.
Pros: huge landing area, friendly staff, nice funjumpers.
Cons: I lived in Austin at the time and that DZ was the best one around, but it was three hours away. Now I'm back in Chicago, and even further away.
Looking forward to visiting Spaceland for more than one jump once it gets cold up here and CSC closes down for the season.
Note: I am an experienced skydiver. I'm sure this place is just dandy for tandem students but for experienced jumpers, not so much.
Not a fan. When I decided to move Austin, I was super pumped about having not one but TWO dropzones within 45 minutes of my new apartment. I was coming from a turbine dropzone and was pumped to hear about Skydive San Marcos and check it out.
When you first pull up, a big sign that says no dogs. Okay. Fine.
Then, after stalking someone to give me a tour of the DZ and a briefing on DZ procedures, one of the first things that was said to me was "well, our DZO is kind of a jerk, but you'll never see him so it doesn't really matter."
Way to sell the place.
Then the person giving the tour said "what I like about Skydive San Marcos is we keep the tandem students over here (pointing towards a separate space) and the experienced jumpers over here (pointing towards a lounge with "USPA MEMBERS ONLY" on the door)."
Now, where I come from, we interact with tandem students, talk to them about skydiving, answer their questions, and encourage them to come back and get licensed and join us for some fun in the sky. Not so much the vibe here.
"You don't even have to talk to them."
Personally, talking to tandem students is one of my favorite things about the sport. Seeing people after their first jump reminds me why I do this.
And despite the reviews here about it being a tandem factory, I didn't really see that, but I was also jumping in what I would imagine is a slower part of the year... but they did hold up the plane for that last instructor that is running with his student... not exactly the safest way to board the aircraft...
I recently visited iFLY Seattle for a training camp with my skydiving team. I have only incredible things to say about this facility and it's staff. I've had the pleasure of flying in wind tunnels all over the country, and Seattle is on the top of my list.
When you're an experienced skydiver, you tend to get treated as a bit of an inconvenience at some of the other wind tunnels around the country, but not at iFLY Seattle. First time flyers are the majority of the business and they pay way more per minute than experienced flyers. I was beyond impressed with the staff at iFLY Seattle. We were rotating with first time flyers and before we started our flight time, the instructors told the first timers that we would be rotating in with them, explained what we were working on, and generally made us sound like total rockstars. It was so refreshing to hear this kind of positive energy toward a team, so tremendous kudos to all of the instructors who we had the privilege of flying with.
They are spotless. And well-maintained. And absolutely gorgeous. And the wind is lovely, not patchy, and no dead spots that we were able to find while we did our training camp.
Thank you, iFLY Seattle, for what I hope to be the first of many amazing experiences. I seriously can't get over how amazing, energetic, and positive the instructors are. Keep up the good work!
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