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Illinois Skydiving Center

Average Rating: 4.46
4.46 out of 5 based on 13 user reviews

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Paxton Municipal Airport (1C1)
Lat: 40.2408813247736
Lng: -88.0862331390381

1650 W Ottawa Rd
Paxton, Illinois 60957
United States

(217) 841-8881  (10203 Hits)

Last Updated: 2017-04-26

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Forbidden

USPA Membership: Required

AFF: 205 USD
S/L: 179 USD
Tandem: 195 USD
Video: 75 USD
Jump Ticket: 24 USD to 10000 ft


Illinois Skydiving Center is conveniently located only 30 miles away from Champaign / Urbana and the University of Illinois

If you live in the Champaign - Urbana area, when you look out your window and see the blue sky, you can be pretty sure that the weather is perfect for jumping at Illinois Skydiving Center.

Why drive several hours to do your first skydive at a large "tandem factory" skydiving facility? At Illinois Skydiving Center you'll get the personal attention you deserve. All our instructors are expert skydivers, and USPA certified. Our safety record, friendly atmosphere, and customer service reputation set us apart from every other skydiving center.


  • 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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Small dropzone but one big family

Illinois Skydiving Center Rated 5 by: Dywyn on 2016-10-10

Pros: Friendly staff who make you feel at home
Cons: Only one plane

I came from a much larger dropzone where often cliques and pro jumpers made those without experience feel out of place. This dropzone doesn't have any of that. From the moment I arrived, I was welcomed and felt at home. I even felt comfortable bringing my girlfriend to come try a tandem and they made sure she had a great and safe time. Large packing area and comfy couches. The only frustrating thing is that there is only one C182 so you often have to wait for a tandem load before you get to do any funjumping.
(Review ID:9185)

Horrible Customer Service

Illinois Skydiving Center Rated 2 by: HelloJuliana on 2015-10-22

Pros: Person I jumped with was great
Cons: Horrible Customer Service

I went skydiving on September 13th and paid for a video since it was my first time. A few days to a week after, I called in & left a voicemail to check-in to see when I would get the video and I was told it would take 3 weeks after the skydive date. No problem; I just wanted to double-check and to make sure I didn't miss the e-mail.

Three weeks after September 13th, I still did not receive my skydiving video, so I left a voicemail; they called me back and I was told, "Hmm, you should have received it; let me give our video editors your phone number and an alternate e-mail address." I didn't get a call from the video editor the following day, so I left another voicemail to the skydiving center. There was no response, so I called back a 2nd time the next day and left another voicemail. Again, no response; my next resort is e-mailing the company; I e-mailed the skydiving place on the 3rd day, October 12th...a month later. I still never got a response. At this point, I was frustrated because the skydiving company is now ignoring customers; when a customer pays for a product that is not received and the company starts to *ignore* the customer and does not respond to two voicemails and an e-mail; I cannot help but to think that the company does not care about its customers and only cares about making money or in this case, stealing money since no product was received and no refund was planned.

I had to then contact my friends that lived in the area and they got information of what was going on; the skydiving center hires a separate company to edit for them and the editor was behind (Jodi Adams Photography at (A) The skydiving center could have simply let me know that the editor was a little behind and I would have completely understood, because life happens. (B) If the skydiving center did give my contact info. to Jodi (like they said they would), I would have appreciated a call from Jodi, but I understand that the skydiving center itself is ultimately responsible for the customers' concerns. After all, I didn't even know who the editor was until I got the e-mail of my video from her by Oct. 18th; otherwise, I would have contacted her myself as a last resort to check-in in regards to what was going on after being ignored multiple times from the skydiving center.

2 stars because the jumping experience was great (the guy I jumped with was actually from a different skydiving center & was helping them out since they were short-staffed); aside from that, this place has horrific customer service and I would not recommend them even if you don't plan on getting a video, because who knows, they may ignore you and not answer your questions and/or concerns.

(Review ID:8944)

Had a good time, but contacting the facility was an issue.

Illinois Skydiving Center Rated 3 by: Bltoaster2004 on 2012-09-30

Pros: Friendly staff. Awesome experience.
Cons: Lack of good communication. Lack of organization.

My girlfriend bought my a groupon in December 2011 and I was excited to go jump. The groupon was supposed to be used between march and May 2012. I kept calling and emailing, but had no response. They finally posted on their website that the instructor had been in a car accident and they may be slow to respond. I still did not hear anything and my groupon was going to expire. I finally heard back and they did extend my expiration date until October, which I appreciated. Then when I kept calling to schedule, they would not respond again. It took 2 months of leaving messages to hear back. I scheduled my jump for the end of September. I was told I would receive an email the week before my jump to give me information and directions, but never received an email. We got a hotel, because I live 4 hours away and the day before the jump I left another message. I got a call later that night saying that they didn't even have me down to jump the next day. Luckily they let me jump anyway. I had a great time and I'm glad I got to jump, but I was not impressed with the lack of communication and organization this company showed me. If I jump again I'm going somewhere else.
(Review ID:7648)

Amazing jump!

Illinois Skydiving Center Rated 4 by: jenn.18914 on 2012-06-01

Pros: Friendly people.
Cons: Not the place to go if you want a video of your jump.

It was our first tandem jump and it was amazing. The people were great and made me feel comfortable and safe. We were glad we jumped at Illinois Skydiving Center, but after 9 months we have yet to receive the videos we had purchased. They have stopped responding to emails. If you want to have a great skydiving experience I would definitely recommend this facility, but only if you aren't interested in getting it on video.
(Review ID:7264)

Great DZ

Illinois Skydiving Center Rated 5 by: danpapuga on 2011-01-04

Pros: Very friendly and knowledgable staff, cheap prices
Cons: None as of yet.

ISC is my home DZ, I went through their AFF class for my first skydive. Throughout the classes the instructors were very helpful and really gave me the one on one attention that helped me to stay confident. All the fun jumpers are very welcoming and made me feel like a part of the group. Nice big packing area and plenty of comfy couches to just hang out. Prices are very very reasonable, $16 to 10.5K. I am so happy that I have such a great DZ only 15 minutes away. I hope I will be jumping here for a long time.
(Review ID:6172)

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