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Parachute Center

Average Rating: 4.31
4.31 out of 5 based on 39 user reviews

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Location:
(1O3)
Lat: 38.2024167
Lng: -121.2684167

Address:
23597 North Highway 99/P.O. Box 423
Acampo, California 95220-0423
United States

Contact:
209-369-1128
209-366-0235 (fax)
paractr@softcom.net
http://www.parachutecenter.com  (17775 Hits)

Last Updated: 2004-06-14
Aircraft:
Super Otter, Beech 99, Cessna 182, DC-3

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Forbidden

USPA Membership: Not Required

Rates:
AFF: 1,000 USD
S/L: 500 USD
Tandem: 100 USD
Video: 35 USD
Jump Ticket: 15 USD to 13,000 ft




Description:


Great place to jump in the California Sun! Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am till sunset year round. Everything from the beginning Tandem Skydive to the AFF Course and Static Line Course to plenty of Fun Jumping and Team Training. Please come out and join us! New Hanger big enough for everyone!

Facilities:

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

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Well oled jump machine does not allow to make mistakes


Parachute Center Rated 1 by: vintozver on 2015-04-26

Pros: Cheap
Cons: Unfriendly

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Thanks, I was banned for downwind landing. And added a record in my logbook.

So, I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that it could be done more friendly way.

Even when I come today, my question "which is load now" was answered by nasty guy "it's not her department" even if the "department" is one foot on the left.

Thanks, it's just terrible and ugly.

(Review ID:8760)


Pay more, find somewhere better!


Parachute Center Rated 1 by: BlueSkies415 on 2015-01-22

Pros: Excellent for experienced jumpers to get numbers for the log book
Cons: Terrible facilities and not a place you want to start AFF

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I started AFF training in Chicago, got transferred for work to Phoenix, and carried it over there. Finally after all the travel I requested to come back home to the bay area. I restarted my AFF and had to make the choice between Monterey and Lodi....lets just say I wish I had picked Monterey. What a horrible experience here. I went in, registered for my aff, received the most beat up student hand book and videos that resembled the start of an 80s porn flick, three in total, only two that worked. I've jumped in Santa Cruz...Amazing. Las Vegas...Amazing. Chicago...Amazing. Phoenix...Amazing. Lodi, what a joke.

The best part about Lodi were two parts, 1. I had to do a tandem since it had been longer than 30 days and I got to jump with Blain AKA Xbox, super awesome, and fun guy. 2. Hanging out at the campfire at night enjoying cigarettes with a bunch of seasoned skilled skydivers from around the world who were more than happy to help with any questions you had. Super good time. I went every weekend, watched the skilled jumpers do their landings to help learn (four hours total drive time for me each time I chose to do this). Even if the weather was bad I would make my way hoping that it would clear, and at least I could learn and ask questions so it wasnt always a loss. Blain was not able to be my aff instructor as he was on vacation...I should have waited until he came back. But I have been so passionate and excited about this that I decided to give it a go the following weekend. I checked into ifly early sunday morning to get in some tunnel time, then headed to Lodi, the weather finally cleared and they were able to get about 8 loads up. I sat at the landing zone and paid close attention to everyones landings.

Monday morning comes along, I wake up at 7 am, hit the shower, do some more studying and wait for class at 9 am with my lunch as instructed. As soon as Bill sees me he says "You know, we only have maybe a ten percent chance of jumping today. I said, thats fine, I did not drive all this way for nothing so I will still finish ground school and if needed I will come back next weekend to complete the course. He tried talking me out of it three times. While waiting in the class room area, who comes to be my AFF instructor?....Bill, which now makes sense why he tried talking me out of it, he did not want to do it. He started playing the old cam corder dvd on the big screen and going through everything and I asked if I could grab my notepad and pen from the bunk house, just so I could write down any pertinent questions I may have during the video that I could address at the end of the videos without interrupting anything. He tells me if I cant remember it in my head it must not be important and no. I politely said okay. My phone which was faced upside down on top of my MRE for lunch was next to the handbook and he threw everything to the side, I was not even on my phone.

Regardless of training I am still a father to two children and operate my own businesses in downtown San Francisco. I did not quite appreciate that. He should probably read what he wrote in the book and refresh his own memory such as fifteen and ten feet in level II positions, book says one thing, he says another. Exiting air craft, left foot 18 inches from the door vs 12 inches with what is said in the book. After going back and forth a little and I was extremely respectful, he called me not studious and disgusting. For the record, I have a degree in hotel and restaurant management and operate high end nightclubs and restaurants in SF, LV, Chicago, and Miami. Although I know the two are completely different, customer and guest service should be some sort of priority. 2nd to safety with skydiving I feel.

I drove home that day and decided I think I will never again skydive and just forget about it and find something else I love, but then I slept on it and realized that I will not allow some miserable old man to take something away from me that I enjoy so much. I also hope he realizes getting into heaven isn't just how you treat dogs, its also how you treat your fellow man. I almost feel sorry for him. Again, for the experienced skydivers, you cant go wrong, the prices are perfect, and you can get a lot in for a great price, I get it completely. For us newbies in the sport, this is not the place for us, or maybe it just wasnt for me because I had a man with some form of a mental disorder as an instructor. I really should have held out for a week.

Will I ever go back? Never! Id rather pay double for an instructor with patience to deal with someone new to the sport. I guess in that little bit of area hes the king of his domain, outside of it, which Im sure he doesnt venture far from, he is nothing more than a grumpy old man, with some extremely odd excentricities. I look forward to getting back up again, this time, with some one who know that it is in fact 2015, things have changed a lot since the 80s you know? Thanks for taking the time to read this novel. Blue Skies everyone!

(Review ID:8714)


In a Changing World, there is something that never Changes..


Parachute Center Rated 5 by: AbiYah on 2013-08-03

Pros: A great place to jump
Cons: none

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I made my first jumps at a bandito drop zone and I was nearly killed. My friend insisted I go to Parachute Center in Lodi to see that this sport can be safe and fun. The year: 1981. My friend, Ron Ingram introduced me to Bill Dause and up I went in a Twin Beech. It was to be my first bomb out. He told me to sit in the door and face to the nose upon exit. Of course that blew me into a backward sommersault. I freaked out because I knew they were all watching me from the plane so I got stable real quick. It was an awesome experience and I landed right back at the hangar. That was my "initiation", and everyone welcomed me into the family. I have not jumped in 30 years. Life gets in the way, but I never lost my love for skydiving. This drop zone appears to have more services, but somethings are classic. Bill Dause, packing in the hangar, pitching a tent on the grass, getting 6 skydives a day if you want to. The biggest shock: Skydives are still 15 bucks!!! Bill was never about the money and you could always trust that he jumped in the planes he used so they were really well maintained and safe. Back then, he had a DC-3. So sad to hear it has gone to the big hangar in the sky. Over the years, I would ponder going back, wondering if I would still know anyone, would it be under different management, and can you ever go back and experience something without it being totally alien to you? Class and style never dies or gets old, and at Bill Dause's...he keeps doing what he does best. I still have two pre-paid tickets to altitude...I wonder if they will honor them for a real old friend and fan...
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A place to jump if you know what you do!


Parachute Center Rated 4 by: Joviea on 2013-06-20

Pros: Price, Jumps, For Advance only
Cons: Safety for newbies

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Amazing Dropzone for people with more then 50 dives and knowing what they do in the sky!!

15$ a jump? You are really a cheap ass if you prefer 5$ for 3 000 feets, but hey, you can log it as a jump so fair deal!

Basic rules of Lodi Parachute center:
- Be on Bill good side (the infamous owner (Inglorious if you are a Quentin fan))
- Check for your own safety
- Check people around you for their safety (no one love to see a diver do a pass by near you because you opened at 3000)
- Organize your own thing
- If you camp or stay at the DZ long enough that Bill reconize you, do what he say or go home

Nice weather, lots of loads, lots of jumpers, unbeatable price = If i'm around, I'll jump again!

(Review ID:7994)


Cheap and cheerful


Parachute Center Rated 5 by: justintime88 on 2013-04-19

Pros: Prices
Cons: No load organizers

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I stayed at the Parachute center for 3 weeks and I'll definitely be back,hopefully for longer next time.I didn't know what to expect of the place after hearing a lot of negative things about the safety and that the owner was crazy.The owner Bill Dause is crazy but in the best sense of the word.He was nothing but welcoming and nice to me but I did see him kick out or "fire" as they call it there a few people off the dz but it was because they either did something really stupid or they were trying to argue with Bill.He's a busy man and doesn't have time for skygods so he'll just tell you to leave if you don't like the way he's running things.Fair enough I suppose,his dz-his rules.I was satisfied with the level of safety but it definitely had some rules I'm not used to like you don't have to wear helmets or seat belts and I'm not convinced by the one instructor for every level of the AFF course including level 1!I think that's a bit sketchy and I wouldn't recommend this place for students but for an experienced jumper who wants to bang out a load of jumps in a short amount of time,it's a perfect dz.

The facilities are pretty good.There's 2 packing hangars,one of which is massive with a big screen tv and comfy couches,the others a bit smaller but you can stay in one of the many permanent tents pitched inside and if that's full you can pitch one in the field outside.There's also a bunkhouse with 10 private rooms,a kitchen and common area with wifi access.It's is a bit dark and dirty but cheap with good discounts if you're staying long term like a lot of the people do.The dz seems to draw in an international crowd and there's always a few beers to be had after the last load.There's also a cafe on the airport with decent feed.If you get bored of the dz you have so many options to escape to like San Francisco,Yosemite or Lake Tahoe but if you're lazy like me there's a few half decent bars in Lodi town too.

Bill has 3 twin otters,a c-182 and even a king air which wasn't operational while I was there but he'll always have the otter running during the week and usually 2 or even 3 of them running at the weekend.The dz officially is closed at 3 on weekdays and 6 on weekends but he'll keep it going on later as long as it's busy.I was able to do 8 jumps a day when I tried and that was finishing at 3.

I've been to a lot of stateside dropzones like Eloy and z-hills which are amazing but I think I've found a new favorite.It's half the price to jump here than the usual rates and it has some quality jumpers and planes.For only 13 dollars to 13,000ft and 5 dollars to 3,000ft you'd be mad not to give this place a chance on your next skydiving binge!!

(Review ID:7872)

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