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Skydive Palatka

Average Rating: 5.00
5.00 out of 5 based on 23 user reviews

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Kay Larkin Municipal Airport (28J)
Lat: 29.6605721211037
Lng: -81.6823625564575

Kay Larkin Airport
Palatka, Florida 32178
United States

(386) 328-0606  (10889 Hits)

Last Updated: 2008-09-04
C-182 x2, Cessna Grand Caravan

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

Video: 60 USD
Jump Ticket: 24 USD to 13500 ft



  • Gear Rentals
  • Gear Sales
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Team Rooms
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Shop
  • Camping
  • Showers

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exit sunset sitfly Wingsuiting over Palatka last jump on AFF status

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Great DZ for all kinds of skydivers

Skydive Palatka Rated 5 by: rohicks on 2013-03-14

Pros: Knowledgeable staff, very experienced, safety oriented
Cons: I wish it was closer to Jax, but other than that nothing yet.

I was referred here by a friend that had done her AFF at this DZ. She was right about this DZ they are very friendly, professional, serious about safety, priced reasonably, and are always having fun! If you're in the area this is the place to be for skydiving. They are open Saturday and Sundays, and then open during the week by appointment only and sometimes open up on holidays during the week.

I started my AFF here the weekend of Jan. 19-20, and I was able to get through 2 levels. Looking forward to jumping more and making some good friends here. Their tandems (at this time) are 185, and that's a pretty good price when comparing it to other DZs. If you ever wanted to jump don't hesitate and don't psych yourself out about it; head to Skydive Palatka and take the plunge!

(Review ID:7828)

most welcoming community of skydivers around

Skydive Palatka Rated 5 by: fallinggator on 2011-10-13

Pros: Though I have no complaints, the crowd at Palatka is what stands out most
Cons: none!

I just started jumping a few months ago an recently got my A license. From start to current, this DZ has been given me the most incredible experience. Though it is a smaller DZ, the people here are incredible. From tandem to student to fun jumper or swooper - everyone is welcomed with open arms. I was made to feel a part of the family since back when I started AFF, and I have only become closer to the people here since then. Art is the DZO and is one of the coolest and most genuine guys around. His love for the sport is obvious, and overrides all other worries. If you are having fun, then he is too. I am grateful to have such an amazing home away from home on the weekends during the rest of my time at UF. The loads go quick, the facilities are minimal but have everything you could need, and the view is gorgeous. So if you are ever in town, please come visit our Skydive Palatka family!
(Review ID:6845)

Old timer back

Skydive Palatka Rated 5 by: tuffjump on 2011-05-29

Pros: Too many to list
Cons: Zero, ziltch

I'm an old (64) jumper that has been out of the sport since 1995 that wanted to make a jump on my 65th birthday. I drove over to Palatka nervous that I would be shunned because of my age and lack of jumping. I couldn't have been more mistaken. I found that I was almost a youngster there.I ran across jumpers that I was jumping with in the 70s. Pop Poppenhager D-47 77 years old was there plus several others. Three days later I was in the hospital having two stents being put in. Returning to the dz to get my aff course money back figuring that was the end everybody rallied around me offering suggestions and encouragement about returning. I was GIVEN a rig by an old jumper Jack LaLonde D-4865 72 yo (thanks Jack) and was offered by many to teach me the new ways of packing. All of my previous fears of being shunned by the jumpers dissappeared. It was awesome, it was like a return to family. Young dudes and dudettes came up encouraging me and offering support.I'm now trying to find a doctor to give me a pass to continue jumping ( say skydiving to a doctor and watch a freakout)and everyone is behind me.Even if I can't jump again ( that ain't going to happen) I will continue going to the dz because of the people and the awesome atmosphere. I HIGHLY recommend the dz to experenced jumpers and those wanting to make their first.....I'll be there when you do!
(Review ID:6438)

Great DZ in the north Florida area

Skydive Palatka Rated 5 by: Tseng on 2011-03-27

Pros: Friendly Staff, Awesome DZO, Great Vibe
Cons: After hours entry, smaller packing area

I dropped by Palatka a while back for the Falling Gators Collegiate boogie. If you are arriving at this DZ after dark, call before hand and let them know you're coming! There is a gate at the airport that closes after dark.

Had an awesome weekend hanging out with a bunch of the UF Falling Gators and Art, the DZO is one of the most down to earth people I've met. It's nice to see a DZO actively involved in all aspects of his DZ. During the weekend I saw him rig, pack when needed and take tandems.

They had the Skyvan from Deland for the weekend, so I didn't get a chance to jump the Caravan, but from takeoff to exit it seemed pretty fast from the ground. The main landing area is somewhat tight for newer jumpers, but they do have a very large open alternate landing area with pickup.

Overall an awesome experience and will definitely be back to this DZ whenever I am in FL.

(Review ID:6290)

best dz in florida

Skydive Palatka Rated 5 by: jdm133 on 2010-12-07

Pros: very nice people, great plane, very friendly
Cons: non

the people at palatka make the dropzone. we were only down there for the weekend and from the first time we met them they all remembered are names, 8 of us. the DZO art is the nicest guy ever, on are second day we wanted to get in one more jump but no one but us wanted on it at first so he was about to send the caravan with just 5 of us but by the time the load left there was 17 of us on board and it was a great jump. even on are last day he did 2 8-ways with us. the airplane there is also great it only took 14 min to get a full load to 13.500 and its really nice looking to. to me palatka is the best and most friendly drop zone i have been to yet.
(Review ID:6136)

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