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Skydive Headcorn

Average Rating: 2.91
2.91 out of 5 based on 47 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

Location:
Lashenden Headcorn (EKGH)
Lat: 51.156944
Lng: 0.650556

Address:
Headcorn Airfield
Headcorn, TN27 9HX
United Kingdom

Contact:
01622 891 670
01622 890 641 (fax)
janebuckle@btinternet.com
http://www.headcorn.com  (7203 Hits)

Last Updated: 2014-07-10
Aircraft:
Cessna Caravan, BN Islander

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Not Required

Rates:
AFF: 380 GBP
S/L: 220 GBP
Tandem: 250 GBP
Video: 140 GBP
Jump Ticket: 25 GBP to 12000 ft




Description:


Kent's only full time dropzone situated in Headcorn, Kent. Experienced skydivers, students and tandems always welcome. Weekday tandems boast a 30 discount (220 total price)

Facilities:

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

Upcoming Events:

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Most Recent Photos (See all 29 photos)

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Most Recent Video

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Ruined by owners arrogance and incredibly overpriced


Skydive Headcorn Rated 2 by: BigWoz on 2015-06-08

Pros: Some of the staff are awesome
Cons: Bad management, attitude from owner towards pretty much everyone, overpriced, stale and non-existent atmosphere, cafe, o

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Ok so the first time I rocked up I was greeted by a girl on reception who was to be honest fairly nice. I was happy until the owner walked it and somehow all the morale in the room (including the staffs) was immediately sucked out, this set the tone for pretty much every visit since. The owner is probably the most arrogant, rude, and miserable person I've ever met. I really cannot see why anyone would return, especially as the prices are so stupidly high...... I think people only return because some of the staff there do just enough to sometimes make up for the managements incompetence and complete lack of customer service. Honestly if the owner had talked to me like I over heard her with others she'd have had a shot across the bows immediately, and unfortunately this attitude seems to have caught on with a couple of her staff. The cafe is crazy overpriced and to be honest an embarrassment, it also seeing pretty much zero customer service and effort.

The aircraft aren't anything special, but honestly aren't bad either, no real variation but hey they work so can't complain too much.

The manifest system is different, writing your name in pen on a board and then waiting to be added to a computer system (not too bad for me, but surely it would be easier to just check in at a manifest window?). The system that displays the manifest is only up in the cafe, and has no indication as to when your lift will be, you sort of just sit around checking the screen every 5 mins until you're on call.

A few times I've overheard a member of staff (don't recall his name) briefing up jumpers like they were kids, not professional and if he'd done the same with me he'd have soon regretted it, but not my business and rather than cause waves, I bit my tongue on that one. Judging by the looks he got, a few people won't be jumping there again.

The opening hours are stated but in my experience they are often late

I could go on and on as I've seen some really terrible attitudes and bad service flying around there but I best just sum it up....... Expensive for what it is (much cheaper and better places available), customer service the worst I've seen (besides a few staff - sorry to you guys about this), Owner is obnoxious and arrogant (lowers the mood of the entire place), overpriced dz, overpriced cafe, no morale and flat atmosphere, not punctual and late to open

On the plus side though, the wings bar next door is really good, cheap, nice ale, and run with a friendly service

(Review ID:8791)


Nice Dropzone Very Professional


Skydive Headcorn Rated 4 by: MattyJam on 2014-11-10

Pros: Nice location, very scenic views, professional training
Cons: Lack of weather updates

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I came here a few months ago for a charity Tandem. It was great! The training was professional and well explained. There was a very bossy woman which others appeared to have mentioned she seemed quite rude. Only one aircraft which had a 30 minute turn around. I got my call to get ready, put on my jumpsuit, harness etc then got told the weather was bad and waited about 5 hours for us to go up. Though there was only 2 weather updates in this time and some of the time the weather cleared up but still apparently not good enough. There was a bit of a sense of "they're only tandems" type attitude. Nice cafe though! My instructor was Clem, funny guy with some unique jokes. Let me control the parachute for a while which was fun, I didn't know it was allowed! I'm thinking of doing AFF here, the students who were doing it who I spoke to said it was brilliant and I watched a few students getting trained. Overall pretty good experience though have nothing to compare it to!
(Review ID:8680)


Friendly relaxed DZ


Skydive Headcorn Rated 4 by: wodybode on 2014-06-10

Pros: Friendly, relaxed, good facilities.
Cons: Not the fastest turnaround of aircraft.

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I jumped here for two days whilst in the area as a low experience (135 jumps) jumper and found it a relaxed and friendly DZ. Paperwork checked and logged onto the manifest system followed by a DZ brief and kit check was done smoothly. A little bit of waiting around for slots but was made to feel welcome and was given help and advice when asked for. Bunkhouse facilities were good I thought and there are also plans to refurbish them. There is a large and easy PLA with an accuracy target and a swoop strip. Post jumping there is a pub on site too.
(Review ID:8511)


A professional drop zone appropriate for all skydivers


Skydive Headcorn Rated 5 by: Aarondouglass on 2014-05-26

Pros: Professional, safety driven staff with a fun and friendly attitude
Cons: Would like to see some different food on offer in the cafe!

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I just completed level 8 of the AFF course at headcorn. Woohoo! :) my brother also trained at headcorn and has now completed 270 jumps. He loved it at headcorn and it started him off on the career of a lifetime! I'd recommend it to anyone looking to train to skydive. There's a really good crowd of staff and fun jumpers. If you're going to headcorn to do a tandem skydive I have one thing to say. the guys are doing their best to get you up in the air, trust them to do their job and wait your turn. They want you to jump just as much as you do!! And... it is always, always worth the wait.
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Has parachutes, planes & gravity. win win win


Skydive Headcorn Rated 5 by: lukejordan on 2014-05-26

Pros: The instructors, airfield & general vibe, Proximity to Lions & Tigers.
Cons: no magical control over weather! costs money! Proximity to lions & Tigers!

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I've started the static line course at Headcorn, some jumps in now and loving it.
I was pretty nervous turning up for training, a group of people I didn't know and the imminent threat of being thrown out of a plane.
The training day was long, and a bit dull, and I left muttering "look,locate,cut-away,reserve,arch" but it was well organised and we had Clem as our instructor who made sure the cutaway drills had sunk in and we knew what to do when we were in the air.
Jump day had great weather, there was lots of waiting around still due to Heathrow, clouds, birds of some description etc.
Everyone was friendly and answered questions however you did get the impression that everyone there was very "cool" and all students/tandems were definitely not "cool", for anyone who has found the place to have bad customer service this is probably your problem. Be cooler. Apparently you are "Cool" once you've spent a minute having a six point 4 way with a midget.
Seriously though, as a way of getting into this sport Headcorn seems perfect, safety is clearly their main priority, kit always seems well packed and good condition and the reserve chutes work reassuringly well if needed!
I'm doing the static line course, I have to admit I will probably change to AFF course. Unless you are a secret skydiving ninja it will probably be the quickest cheapest route to A license.

(Review ID:8490)

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