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Skydive Taft

Average Rating: 4.77
4.77 out of 5 based on 26 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

Taft-Kern County Airport (L17)
Lat: 35.1410781
Lng: -119.4412294

500 Airport Road
Taft, California 93268
United States

661-763-1555 (fax)  (15672 Hits)

Last Updated: 2016-11-24
Turbo C-206

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

AFF: 299 USD
Tandem: 189 USD
Video: 79 USD
Jump Ticket: 26 USD to 12500 ft


Under new ownership as of November, 2013!

Skydive Taft has have been serving the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield, and Central Valley for over twenty years with a spotless safety record. We offer amazing views of the untouched California landscape, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Andreas Fault, and the San Joaquin Valley to the east. We also offer the most modern student gear and fewest weather delays for skydiving in California!

Our professional and highly experienced staff values safety above all else so our customers can focus on having the time of their lives while falling from the sky! As a comprehensive USPA Training Center, we also offer a complete student program that leads to becoming a licensed skydiver and beyond. We want everyone to experience the sport of skydiving, so come out and have a great time in the air or on the ground at California's friendliest dropzone!


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

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Super fun DZ

Skydive Taft Rated 5 by: Infidel1 on 2017-04-18

Pros: Fast plane, Skilled Instructors, Friendly staff
Cons: none

Taft is amazing. It is far out away from everything, which is a good thing sometimes. but still just a couple of hour drive from L.A.

The staff are all super friendly, and highly skilled. Lelo is an incredible skydiver, and he and all the instructors go out of their way to include you in any jumping they are doing, regardless if it a spur of the moment thing, or something that was planned, and they help you work on your skills without hesitation. I find a lot of DZ's are populated with big egos and cliques, but at Taft, they are really just all about the jumping!

Another plus is a big bunkhouse, and if you're jumping there is no charge. The prices are awesome too for 2017! $18 jumps all year!

I always have a blast whenever I get up to Taft. I highly recommend it to any skydiver.

(Review ID:9248)

Friendly place. Everyone always smiling. No traffic. Large open areas

Skydive Taft Rated 5 by: quresh on 2014-02-24

Pros: Friendly, always giving advice, being firm on safety
Cons: None

After research of several places to do my AFF, I chose Skydive Taft, due to friendliness of the folks running the show. In early stages of learning last thing you want to worry about if air traffic (people/machines) and this place does it for me. If coming with the family, bring picnic stuff and and it can become a whole days event here. Some can jump others can watch and others can...well...Eat ;-).
Skydive Taft, you are awesome.

(Review ID:8380)

Old school good vibes DZ, no snobs!

Skydive Taft Rated 5 by: BigMark on 2012-12-10

Pros: Friendliest Dropzone ever!
Cons: 206 Cessna (it does get up VERY quick)

Why would I drive twice as far and NOT jump a Skyvan? The people and facility's! The office is completely surrounded by shade cloth and you can pack or camp on different surfaces, they are also the only DZ around who will do AFF or recurrency training for big (fat) folks up to 270 pounds without a rig. No cliques or posers, just pure skydiving...Also when Elsinore or Perris are weathered out they might be jumping here.
No more bunkhouse but a couch is usually available.

(Review ID:7748)

this place is amazing

Skydive Taft Rated 5 by: Brookann on 2012-07-14

Pros: everyone is incredibly down to earth
Cons: none

My husband and I went for our first tandem on the anniversary of my moms death. It was really important for me to face my fear of heights and I was pretty nervous. Dave made me feel so comfortable, I forgot about my nerves and just had a blast! My husband and I are planning on completing their aff course soon!-- can't wait to go back, best experience ever!!
(Review ID:7439)

They WILL make it happen

Skydive Taft Rated 5 by: nickat14000 on 2011-01-02

Pros: The people, the aircraft, the rental canopy selection, the price, the bunkhouse, the location, the safety, the massive l
Cons: What cons?

This is a mid sized drop zone that has the facilities of a big drop zone and the feel and attitude of a small drop zone. I arrived on the first day of the largest rain storm in 50 years. I stayed in the full service bunkhouse for a few days until the weather cleared. It cleared up on the 24th of December, Christmas eve. The ENTIRE DZ showed up that day with the sole intent of getting my first aff jumps in. I did aff 1-4 in that day. Two days after Christmas we had great weather and they, with extreme patience, made sure I was competent enough to achieve my aff 7. The same day I was put in the last load and completed my first solo. In the subsequent week I got my logbook filled to 18 jumps including a hop and pop or two on some of the not so pretty day. Overall, it was the best time of my life and the whole dz made it so.
(Review ID:6162)

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