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Over 30 years of expereience!


Skydive DeLand Rated 5 by: brickellkid on 2015-10-21

Pros: Where skydivers train to become champions!
Cons: NONE

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Skydive Deland is the capital of skydiving from the abundance of skydiving companies that have moved their operations to the city of DeLand just because they want to be located near this DZ; i.e. PD, Jumpshack, Mirage, Aerodyne, CPS, Aerotech, Merlin, LiquidSky, Chuting Star, Vigil, Alti2, Elemental, Blue Skies Magazine, Parachute Labs, TSO & UPT among others to world class coaches in all disciplines such as swooping with Flight-1 or Alter Ego, Angle Flying with Fly4Life or FlowFreeFly, free flying with Vuelo or Tribu, ratings with Skydive University, wing suiting with Flyteskool, 4-way with the National Skydiving League & frequent big ways as well as State Records...yes coaching with THE BEST will cost you AS IT SHOULD! Skydive DeLand has welcomed all levels of skydivers for over 30 years, their history is skydiving history and that is why NBC Sports chose this DZ for their reality show on our sport called SkyLife. The vibe is all about family, it's one of the few DZs that has a playground so yes you can land and keep an eye on your kids while they play. It has a full service restaurant and bar, no bottled water, they give out water for free. They are opened EVERYDAY, yes even on Thanksgiving, New Years and during Christmas and don't be surprised to be invited to a feast to celebrate those holidays with the staff and locals because the vibe is all about family & you're a part of that SKY FAMILY. Want to jump with the locals then join them for Locals Load every Wednesday or attend rad events such as Disappearing Island, have family that just want to watch they can hang out at the observation deck. Most of the packers are also riggers, every 25 minutes there is a load, they have their own planes and don't have to depend on bringing in planes from other DZs including the much loved SKY VAN, assigned landing areas to divide students from more experienced jumpers or swoopers to keep you safe, brand new UPT rigs for students, top notch rental rigs, showers & washing machines on the facility, team rooms & hangers for big groups, extremely professional tandem masters, their gearstore will beat or match any price and they are dealers for pretty much everyone & they are the only ones that offer the PAY AS YOU JUMP program for those skydivers that want to buy a new rig but can't pay it off all at once. No you will not be treated as a baby, you will have to spot for yourself and if you need the help doing so you will get it because even though your videographer or your AFF instructor are world champs you probably won't notice since there are no big ego's here. Just ask the many skydivers that have moved to DeLand just to jump here how the vibe is, if it was so terrible why do stay? Maybe it's the down to earth, hands on owner whom is the strongest supporter of setting a standard of professionalism for other DZs, leading by example which is why skydivers as far as from China have jumped at Skydive DeLand. Yeah, it rocks.
(Review ID:8942)


Big but unfriendly dropzone.


Skydive DeLand Rated 3 by: flyngrudy18 on 2015-10-19

Pros: Big dropzone, turbine aircrafts, fast turnaround, service, rastaurant, etc.
Cons: Unfriendly place, no freefly load organizers, only paid coaching.

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My first time there was this July, when at Skydive Sebastian, we have no plane ( the Caravan had an engine malfunction ) no problems with people on that load. The first impact at manifest I've noted some weird attitude from the girl attending me with waiver, I' thought I'm overthinking. The first complication: you cannot just drop your credit card and then pay, yoy have to buy the tickets first, if you using a debit is 24 dollar ( the cheapest ticket around ) if you are using a credit card than add 3.5 % more. Whenever you don't use the tickets they will reimburse you. Than, after have been briefed about the dz landing area and policies, I've asked for free-fly load organizers, and I' found out that only paid coaching was available, no L.O. for free-flyers. The local are famous to be unfriendly, so, whenever you plan to go there, make sure you are with some buddies, otherwise will make solo jumps ( boreness ). They all services, packing, rigging, gear shop, also a good dz restaurant, which does not sell bottled water......I'm not joking. If you are training with your team, Deland is the place for yu, you can pre-manifest the day before all 15 jumps/day and by 2pm you have done, and are not too many the dz's where you can do that, but if you want meet people, and jumps with new guys, do not go there. That's why my evaluation is low, for me skydiving is much more than coaching and training.

(Review ID:8939)


Clique pro dropzone with good coaching but no vibes


Skydive DeLand Rated 2 by: daenjel on 2014-10-27

Pros: Jump with the pros, DZ with historic spirit
Cons: You are nothing there if you are not a pro

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Jumped here for a couple of days during my tour through Florida. Lots of international pros hanging around. Lots of coaching possibilities as also many pros seem to be short in money... Apart from that no friendly or homey vibes or people to fun jump with. Purely commercial and manifest is rather unfriendly. You are nobody there below 1.000 jumps. Restaurant is good and seemed to be heavly frequented also by locals, but better go to the old airport bar down the street for famous cheesbrugers.
(Review ID:8672)


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.
(Review ID:8412)


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.
(Review ID:7198)


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.
(Review ID:6735)
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