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Parachute Center

Average Rating: 4.49
4.49 out of 5 based on 37 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

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  (15334 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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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...
(Review ID:8083)


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)


Great vibe


Parachute Center Rated 5 by: myatt28 on 2012-09-26

Pros: Cheap, great weather, experienced jumpers
Cons: nada

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Just finished visit to this DZ. Gotta love the prices. There is a lot of experienced jumpers and a bunch of very friendly people. Bill was great and when he found out I was new offered to find some people for me to jump with. I've been to the big DZs like Eloy and Z Hills which may be a little better organized and a lot cleaner but they don't have the personality of this place and certainly not the killer prices that Bill offers. No question about it I will be returning.
(Review ID:7637)


never again


Parachute Center Rated 2 by: Sonicfreefly on 2011-09-30

Pros: jump ticket prices
Cons: rude staff

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Did find a couple of visiting jumpers to hang out with for the short time I was there. For the most part, these seem to be the only people I could find with any decent social skills. Staff are very rude and abrupt. "Big fish in a small pond" attitude.
The jump tickets are dirt cheap and if you can ignore the rude staff the loads turn quickly. I guess you get what you pay for.


(Review ID:6811)

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