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Nice friendly place to jump, I definitely recommend


Red Rock Skydiving Rated 4 by: Thedivingdog on 2011-03-28

Pros: Nice friendly atmosphere, good packing area, safety conscious
Cons: Smallish landing area, slow to get planes up if not busy, expensive

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Red Rock is a small DZ located in cottonwood. It's in the middle of nowhere, but aren't most DZ's?

They checked all my gear, repack date, log book, etc. AAD's are not mandatory, but safety is very important. I received a good briefing and was taken up to the landing area to have a look around.

The vibe is very relaxed, which is both good and bad. The good is that there is no pressure, no cliques, everyone is very welcoming. The bad is that if it isn't too busy, it can take a while between loads. I was on a 5 minute call for at least 20 minutes.

The aircraft is a Turbo Cessna 206. Small, but pretty fast to altitude. The pilot put us out right on target, and the landing area is easy to see. Not many outs, but honestly you shouldn't have a problem getting where you need to go.
The price is a bit steep for 10,500 agl, but this is a small local DZ and understandable.

Landing at 3,500 MSL is noticeably faster, but not that bad. I fumbled my first landing a bit, but by the second one you should be used to it.
Overall RR is a small friendly place where everyone knows you. I enjoyed jumping there and recommend it to everyone.

(Review ID:6292)


Awesome place for a skydiving weekend


Skydive Arizona Rated 5 by: Thedivingdog on 2011-02-15

Pros: aircraft, vibe, people
Cons: Bathrooms not connected to the bunkhouse. It gets cold at night!

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I recently spent a weekend at skydive AZ and had a blast. The office folks there are very friendly and got me set up right away.

I rent my gear, and the ladies of square 2 were helpful and professional.

I was able to find a number of people to jump with, some with much more experience than I, and they were all cool and friendly, giving me some helpful tips as well.

Tons of aircraft, so when one had mechanical issues they just cranked up the next one.
The bunkhouse is adequate and very reasonable, I just wish they had an attached bathroom as it gets a bit chilly at night!

The packers are cool and quick, and got me on the next load a number of times.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and will be back as soon as possible.

(Review ID:6235)


Great if you know what you're doing


Parachute Center Rated 4 by: Thedivingdog on 2011-01-17

Pros: Cheap as hell
Cons: Safety third

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Recently jumped here after about a year away from the sport, and brought my girlfriend along to do her first tandem. I'm new, about 30 jumps, so when I was told a recurrency jump would put me back $100, compared to $280 at other dz's, you can see why I chose to come here. Girlfriend's tandem was $100, cheapest anywhere.
I was expecting at least a half hour long ground school prior to my jump going over emergency procedures, safety, etc. But my coach, who was short with me but not unfriendly, was content with just going over a few quick things. In no time we were in the plane, and I had to ask all of the questions I had on the way up. I did fine and he signed off on my jump, but I must admit I thought the "ground school" was lacking. If you are not a confident skydiver I would not recommend coming here after much time away from the sport.
As for the tandem, my girlfriend enjoyed it. Her instructor did not explain much prior to the jump like at other dz's, but he answered all her questions and made her feel relaxed on the way up.
Safety here is very different than at other dropzones. Helmets are not required, nor seat belts on the way up. Bill the dzo was friendly enough, and answered all of my questions. If you are cool with him, he's cool with you. They also let you borrow a helmet, goggles and altimeter free of charge, which is nice. There is a $5 charge on all credit card purchases though which is super annoying. Other people there were friendly enough, I didn't have any problems. It's not the cleanest or prettiest place, but they are fast, efficient and know how to get the job done. Overall a positive experience, although I would not recommend it for new skydivers. If you want to jump here, you better know what you're doing.

(Review ID:6191)


If you don't have your own rig, don't bother


SkyKef Rated 1 by: Thedivingdog on 2010-01-04

Pros: Some helpful employees, Otter
Cons: Far from the center, DZO is a hard ass

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I called Skykef to see if it would be possible to fun jump with them. I spoke to an instructor named Nir, who said that they don't rent out rigs (even though their DropZone.com profile says that they do), but to show up early and if it was at all possible they would help me out. I get there Saturday morning and speak to a number of people. A couple staff members , including Nir and Tomer, really tried to help me. But when they talked to the DZO Roy it was like talking to a brick wall. Roy was absolutely against letting me jump for some reason. I noticed a 210 rig just hanging there, and asked him about it, but he wasn't even willing to look into it. So after driving over an hour and waiting another hour, I went home. Thanks go to Nir, Tomer and a few others who really did try to help me. But until Roy decides to let people that didn't do AFF with them rent out rigs, I can't recommend Skykef.
(Review ID:5529)


Don't even bother


Paradive Rated 1 by: Thedivingdog on 2009-12-23

Pros: None that I know of
Cons: Too many to mention

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I recently got my A license, and happened to be in Israel shortly after. Looking forward to jumping in the holy land, I called up paradive to ask them some questions. I was put in touch with Einav, the head instructor. After explaining that I would be in the country for a few weeks and was excited to jump, Einav had two things to tell me. First off was that everybody who jumps at paradive has to be a member of the Israeli parachute association, even though I am a member of the uspa. And secondly, and I quote, "It would be better if you didn't come, as you would only get in the way." Needless to say, I was pretty shocked by these comments. Einav explained that I wasn't welcome, as I would only be around for a few weeks and not a regular. Now I may not have much experience, but suffice it to say I have never been treated like this by any dropzone. My guess is that because I was only a fun jumper and wouldn't bring in much money, I wasn't worth the bother. Unfortunately it's attitude like this that is keeping the sport from flourishing in Israel. Don't bother calling, you're business is not wanted.
(Review ID:5517)


Excellent place to skydive


Skydive The Farm Rated 5 by: Thedivingdog on 2009-12-23

Pros: Great vibe, professional staff
Cons: 10 minute drive from the airport

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I did my aff at skydive the farm, and I am very happy I chose to do it with them. Every one was very friendly and professional, and made me feel comfortable from the beginning. Shout out to Hans the dzo, and to my instructors Jack, Jesse, Micky and Andy for being amazing, answering all my questions and helping me achieve my A license. Safety is number 1, and the facilities are top notch. In short, I highly recommend checking out STF.
(Review ID:5516)