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This is the center of gravity for the skydiving world.


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: SecondRound on 2014-04-09

Pros: Its all there, both people and equipment.
Cons: None that pertain to skydiving

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Deland does not seem to get a lot of love in the skydiving community. My experience was one of a place where I could improve my knowledge and skills by training with top notch professionals as well as met some of the people responsible for making the gear I depend on. Even with less than ideal weather-3 0f 6 days were jumpable, I found the trip to be a fantastic learning opportunity and I am already developing an agenda for my next trip. Thanks DeLand, Flight-1, and Skydive U.
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Great DZ


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: cstaylor71 on 2012-12-27

Pros: Friendly staff, Safety, AFF training
Cons: none

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I completed my AFF in Deland and fromthe ground school, through graduation, and beyond they were friendly and helpful. The staff is welcoming and they will help you with any questions or techniques. This is my only DZ so far but it definitely set a high standard. I would recommend them to everyone.
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Had great AFF training.


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: Darw1n on 2012-05-19

Pros: Great place to learn!
Cons: None

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Had three great instructors that helped me graduate AFF. They were vere safety conscious and didn't let me progress till I got it all down. Recommend this for anyone starting out.
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Skydive University @ Deland is EXCELLENT !


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: shorehambeach on 2012-05-09

Pros: SKYDIVE UNIVERSITY based at SKYDIVE DELAND - Superb for AFF Tunnel and Progression !
Cons: I live in the UK so its 5000 miles away !

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Here we go.

I knew (and still know) nothing about Skydiving but manages a tandem and thought about AFF.

I live in the UK so thought..."well, if I'm going to jump out of a plane, I'd like to be at the best place in the world to learn"

All road lead to Deland, but more importantly, Skydive University based at Skydive Deland.

I rang around several Dropzones asking about AFF - as a complete newbie scared out of his pants, it was important to get the initial vibe from the people who answered the phone.....

By far the best initial reponse was from Rob Laidlaw and the team @ Skydive University @ Deland.

They called me - spoke through the course. Answered my silly newbie questions without laughing at me :) ....

I was given a dedicated instructor who sent me a rough outline of the course....

I booked my flights and turned up.

They were waiting for me.

Its not easy to turn up at a DZ as a newbie - I arrived on the day of Shamrock Showndown - the DZ was full of international teams - but the vibe at Deland was welcoming, positive and pretty unique.

Robert Chrome (Chromy) was my dedicated instructor with Lindsay Widdall as well.

After the initial ground school my thought went from...

Skydiving is an unsafe sport done by adrenalin junkies as they love fear...

Wow..

This is 90% about safety.

Anyway - PM me if you want to know more about choosing Deland.

All I can say is that EVERY single instructor at both Skydive U and Skydive Deland went out of their way to chat to me as I made an effort with them..

Lindsay, Frasier, Nikki, Carl Robby to name just a few ...

The food is great at the restaurant..

The shop is friendly (if slightly confused with their accounting !)

I even managed to shower there before I left

I FEEL THIS IS MY HOME DZ EVEN THOUGH I AM 5000 MILES AWAY!

(Review ID:7164)


100 jumps is the magic number


Skydive DeLand Rated 2 by: parachutepilot7 on 2011-12-12

Pros: Great training facility for team work and aff
Cons: Not fun jumper friendly

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Skydive Deland in my opinion is by far one of the best in this sport but very fun jump unfriendly. I went through my AFF at Deland and got some of the best instruction imaginable, but after aff they expect you to do nothing but belly fly and they claim that after 100 jumps they don't care but truth is they still do, at this point I have 371 jumps and still get rude comments from instructors and staff on occasion after I have done a freefly jump with friends. I have a lot of tunnel time and a lot of freefly jumps, I have perfected my freefly and am very safe about it when I do it, but still get rude remarks from the guys at deland. If your not on a big team or trying bigway formations then deland shows little interest in you. They are a great drop zone and I will go back but just keep in mind that if you want fun jumps your probably better off going to Sebastian where they are very very fun jump friendly plus they drop ya with a great view over the coast.
~Blue Skys~

(Review ID:6952)


Good DZ, nice facilities


Skydive DeLand Rated 4 by: IslandJumper on 2011-12-11

Pros: Good Facilities
Cons: Lots of teams

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Good DZ, nice facilities
(Review ID:6948)


Great DZ


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: Divinfool on 2011-09-03

Pros: Lots of Great Instructors
Cons: none

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After doing a tandem at another Central Florida DZ, I decided to sign up for the AFF course. Decided on Deland and am glad I did. The atmosphere is awesome and they have lots of instructors available almost all of the time. After only 3 jumps I already feel like this is my "Home DZ". I am also very impressed with the prices in the shop. Most of them are as good or lower than online prices. I highly recommend Deland.
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Great DZ. Highly recommended.


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: Sandman1950 on 2011-06-22

Pros: Location, aircraft, restaurant, instructors
Cons: Age policy for AFF

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I wrote an earlier review which criticized the age policy at Skydive Deland. I was turned down for AFF training because I was 60 years old despite that I am in excellent physical shape and offered to pay to be evaluated for physical ability and mental awareness. I ended up earning my AFF in two days at another DZ in Florida and returned to Skydive Deland on the following day and was able to jump. I believe that their age policy is a bit discriminatory and that they should consider applicants based on their individual merits. Despite my initial disappointment,Deland is now my home DZ. Since then, I have been able to receive some excellent instruction from Bob Crossman and Carl Daugherty. The experience has been absolutely EXCELLENT!
Now that I know my way around, I have made some good friends and I am able to appreciate the whole skydiving experience. The facilities and equipment are really nice plus the food at the restaurant is excellent. If you are serious about skydiving, I strongly recommend Skydive Deland.

(Review ID:6516)


Love It. A Must Visit


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: rogera on 2011-05-23

Pros: aircraft, the staff,
Cons: i couldnt pack fast enough

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I was only there for a sat to jump..got a great tour of the building packing area, landing areas, and where I should land.. the local jumpers. And may they all forgive me for not remembering their names. And Rita was the only one that signed my log book and had to look to get that name..but anyway ..they all made me welcome and like family.. can not say thank you enough for the invites on every load.

The otter was fast to altitude, and the crew was very professional. this is one place I will come back to.

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Very good time


Skydive DeLand Rated 4 by: DMShailor on 2010-12-25

Pros: Very friendly crew, very large landing area
Cons: could have a better bunk house...lol

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These guys were great from the word go! Jim and I flew in from VA to get some jumps in and enjoy the warm weather. Everyone here had a great attitude and was very helpful and friendly. Lots of people with lots of jump experience just hanging around and willing to talk and give advice. Staff here was very friendly, and Pine was a great instructor. I am looking forward to flying back down and spending more time with them. Thanks for everything .
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