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Skydive Monterey Bay

Average Rating: 4.00
4.00 out of 5 based on 29 user reviews

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Marina Municipal Airport (KOAR)
Lat: 36.6818783
Lng: -121.7623475

3261 Imjin Road
Marina, California 93933
United States

1888-BAY-JUMP  (20499 Hits)

Last Updated: 2016-11-02
The fastest King Air

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required




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Great first time experience

Skydive Monterey Bay Rated 5 by: Nishu309 on 2018-09-05

Pros: Location, experienced instructor
Cons: Aircraft is small

Staff and Instructor are very knowledgeable and friendly. Loved the overall experience and the location for the dive is very scenic. The plane is a bit small but it's not a major hassle as you spend like 10 mins or less in the plane. You get to see the monterey bay during your dive. My instructor Eli was pretty cool and experienced. The jump and landing was very smooth and I didn't experienced any pain. A big thanks to Eli for creating this great first experience of skydiving
(Review ID:9551)

Time of our lives!

Skydive Monterey Bay Rated 5 by: Tarynbeth on 2018-09-01

Pros: Competent and professional staff! Amazing views
Cons: Nothing will ever measure up to this first jump

This was my first jump, my sonís second and we did 18,000 feet tandem. I was with Brent and did not have even a single apprehension. In fact, I felt zen and relaxed throughout the entire jump. From the front desk staff, to the pilot, to Cameron our videographer (loved him), to my instructor Brent it was one of the best experiences of my life. Wish I lived here Iíd learn to do it solo! Only bad thing about doing it here my first time is Iím afraid nothing will ever measure up! Thank you so much, Skydive Monterey Bay!
(Review ID:9549)

Skydive here!

Skydive Monterey Bay Rated 5 by: Lorainevm on 2018-08-12

Pros: Great Customer Service
Cons: Long wait to jump but understandable

Skydive Monterey Bay is the BEST tandem and solo skydiving company I have ever jumped with. My two jumps were the best experiences ever with this same company and the only I would ever consider. Eli and Raff are the best skydive masters to tandem with. Customer service is top of the line and the process from beginning to end was smooth. Thank you so much for the best experience ever.
(Review ID:9536)

Best experience

Skydive Monterey Bay Rated 5 by: nakshatra04 on 2018-07-01

Pros: Friendly staff and and you are in safe hands
Cons: No

The best part is the team, they will make you feel very comfortable will train you well and will make this a memorable experience.
I really liked the 18000 jump, the video editing is amazing.
Would Like to personally extend my thanks to "Mikhail", he is the BEST. Thank you again for making it a wonderful experience.

(Review ID:9516)

Horrible for experienced jumpers. STAY AWAY.

Skydive Monterey Bay Rated 2 by: zephyrzone on 2014-07-05

Pros: Fast Aircraft, Good Tandem Masters
Cons: AWFUL towards fun jumpers, TERRIBLE Manifest Manager

Given my experience, I want to rate this DZ a 0. However, I want to be completely objective in my review. 2 stars is an honest rating.

The Good: The aircraft is fast and the tandem masters/camera flyers are very good. Of course there are many other DZs in northern California with the same attributes.

The Bad: The DZ claims to accept experienced/fun jumpers, and technically they do. In reality THEY DO NOT. Let me be absolutely clear on this, if you are a licensed skydiver, this dz will not treat you well and doesn't want you there. In fact, this review will probably help them because it will keep fun jumpers away (which is what they want).

I took my friend down to a tandem jump because of the high altitude, nice scenery and I got comped a jump ticket. His jump went well and he enjoyed it. I was 1 of 3 fun jumpers there all day on a Saturday. None of us were able to get on a load, even though we were manifested. As I was walking to the plane I was pulled from the line and told I couldn't board because of weight issues. This also happened to the one other fun jumper who actually volunteers at the DZ. Apparently our weight cost too much in gas (I'm 165lbs). My friend, who was on the plane, overheard the tandem instructors mocking me for coming to a "tandem only DZ" and that I "should know better". Awesome.

I was offered an IOU to come back and jump again, instead of a refund. Of course I'm not going to do this since I'll never get up on a load. I asked for a real refund (very nicely) and was refused. Then I offered to return the hoodie that I had bought a few hours ago to at least recoup some money. Nope. I was told I wore it and "excreted fluids into it" so it was not returnable.

Skydive Monterey Bay HATES fun jumpers and it shows. Why they even promote the DZ as a place where experienced jumpers are welcomed is a complete mystery. This DZ is an adequate tandem factory and nothing more. If you want to do a tandem skydive, this place is OK, but I wouldn't give them a single dime. The have no interest in customer service because they get more tandem jumpers than they can even handle as it is.

(Review ID:8563)

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