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Dropzone: Europe: Spain: The Freefall University

The Freefall University

Average Rating: 4.73
4.73 out of 5 based on 62 user reviews

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Ocana South Madrid (Ocan)

Ocana South Madrid
Soutern Madrid,

+35619257023  (18804 Hits)

Last Updated: 2016-11-04
Porter- 13K in 9 mins

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Required

Hook Turns: Forbidden

USPA Membership: Not Required

AFF: 800 EUR
Tandem: 105 EUR


Chilled out dropzone in Southern Madrid next to large tourist city. We have an AFF, Formation skydiving, Freefly , Base and Birdman school onsite


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  • Creeping Area
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  • Video Rooms
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  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Bar
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  • Showers
  • Pool

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An extremely well run and resourced drop zone, perfect place to begin and develop as a skydiver

The Freefall University Rated 5 by: imjohnyoung on 2016-09-17

Pros: Friendly, open, welcoming, experienced staff with good resources and excellent instruction
Cons: I don't live there

Having found FFU online, I did a bit of research and decided this was the place for me to go for my first jumps and AFF course. I decided shortly after arrival that I had made the right choice, and will continue to return whenever possible for as long as it's there.

The staff are extremely friendly and provide a relaxed atmosphere which helps put students (who are naturally nervous) at ease and ensures a good learning environment. Their level of professionalism inspires confidence and the approachable nature makes sure students are happy to ask questions where needed, so that they never go wanting, or feel ill informed about the task at hand.

A well resourced drop zone, with staff and equipment in plentiful supply, and being blessed with excellent jumping weather most of the year round, this is the ideal place to go and learn how to jump out of planes.

After an informative ground school, covering both the theory and practical elements of skydiving, students are quickly able to get up in the sky, and can progress through the AFF levels in a few short days, and with consolidation jumps, it's possible to achieve an A licence in a week or so. This quick turnaround allows students to grow in confidence and experience very fast, but they are still kept under the watchful eyes of the instructors who will give hints and advice over coffees and chats while hanging out in the sunshine.

Once the initial training is complete, there is a clear progression laid out by the school, with students able to attend packing courses, canopy handling courses, jump master and formation skydiving courses. All designed to give a constructive progression for students heading towards their B licence. They are also able to do fun jumps in this time, if they want to practice their skills on their own, or just go for a giggle.

For experienced fliers, there is further progression into free fly, wings it and tracking courses, so you can continue to learn and develop under the same instructors.

The drop zone itself, as previously mentioned, provides a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. With people coming and going at different times, and at different stages in their skydiving journey, you very quickly make alot of new friends. Many of these will be there on return trips, and you will meet them at other drop zones, so it welcomes you not only to Ocaña, but opens the door to the skydiving community as a whole.

I've been there a couple of times now. My first week long trip, turned into just over a month... And having just come back from my second, I am planning my third.

Ocaña is a wonderful place. I look forward to spending alot of time there in the future.

(Review ID:9164)

Fun, inclusive and beyond professional, best place to learn to skydive

The Freefall University Rated 5 by: alilscott on 2016-06-29

Pros: Too many to list in a small box
Cons: The afternoon winds can restrict the AFF students from jumping

I'd done 13 static line RAPS jumps years before and found it very hard and terrifying so was very nervous coming to this.

Phil instructs the ground school with an amazing amount of enthusiasm and energy and covers all the required prep very well.

The instructors in the AAF jumps (Adi, Bryn, Mike and more) couldn't have done more to help me relax; their experience, calm demeanours and professionalism were essential to helping anyone with more than a few nerves remain composed, put their best foot forward and really enjoy the experience!

By the end of 7 days of jumping we'd not only got our AAF license but also our formation licenses - with instructors going to such lengths as cancelling their Friday night plans to drive us to the wind tunnel in Madrid and stay with us till 11.30pm and then jumping repeatedly without breaks knowing we were on a deadline to ensure we got them all in - thank you Adi and Lewis!

Between jumps the cafe/bar provides tasty food of good value and the manifest plays some ground songs to relax to. Huge credit should also be given to the packers and pilots who ensure the smooth running operation that allows you to get so many jumps in.

We couldn't have been better trained, felt more looked after or had more fun, honestly, and I've already booked a week in September to go back and jump more, so if you want to go somewhere to learn to skydive, do more advanced courses or just jump for fun, this is definitely the place to do it

(Review ID:9084)

Great place Great people

The Freefall University Rated 5 by: timg on 2016-06-20

Pros: Very professional
Cons: Having to go back to work

Clocked up a lot of jumps but never got my licence , went over to spain just to get my A licence , 5 days later went home with said A licence and about 5 jumps left to do to get my B licence .The weather tried it's best to stop the fun so we just got up earlier . havent told the boss yet but i am going back out in august to get that B licence ( sorry Boss ! ) cant recomend these guys enough !
(Review ID:9076)

Intense, exciting way to learn how to skydive in a fun, supportive environment

The Freefall University Rated 5 by: HeatherMac on 2016-06-17

Pros: Professional, friendly, informative, encouraging, weather, views
Cons: can get windy by mid afternoon which stops AFF students jumping

I rang David at the FFU and booked the AFF course, Ocana, Spain to learn how to skydive. I'd tried the static line course and it just wasn't for me. I knew one of the instructors, Bryn, from my own DZ in England and decided this was where I wanted to learn. David also arranged for 3 tandems for my daughter and her friends who were based in Madrid with Uni.
Being a woman of 50+ I was both nervous and not sure I was up to the challenge. With encouragement, non judgmental attitudes and a professional team, I enjoyed every minute.
We (3 of us) arranged transport, prior to travelling, from the airport and were met by George, who took us to and from the DZ daily. Nothing was too much trouble for him. We spent the whole first day in ground school. Phil was enthusiastic, energetic, friendly and full of information which kept our interest and got us ready for jumping. We were introduced to our instructors, me with Bryn and my two friends with Mike. I found the levels safe, exciting and mentally challenging, but so rewarding. The support and instruction I received from Bryn was superb and the help and encouragement from Phil, Andres, Addy and other AFF students and experienced jumpers was so positive and fun and helped make the whole experience fulfilling. I passed level 1-7 in 3 days and did my hop and pop and 6 consolidation jumps within the 7 days we were there.
Antonia and the team were very efficient on Manifest. And not forgetting how hard the pilots and packers work!
I loved the the Porter, KGD, what a great looking plane!
There was a variety of food and drinks at the DZ, reasonably priced.
We stayed in the Hostal Real in Aranjuez. A basic, clean, comfortable hotel with air conditioning.
I can't recommend learning here enough and can't wait to go back and jump again in such a positive, friendly environment.

(Review ID:9066)

Time of my life!

The Freefall University Rated 5 by: Davido_M on 2016-06-13

Pros: Cool vibe, friendliness, professionalism
Cons: Nil

So being ex-Military I've done quite a few static line jumps and now, being out of the Army for a couple of years, have been meaning to do an AFF course for quite a while now. Step in the search for an overseas course, hence the weather.

What brought me to FFU was the reviews that I read in which the instructors where one-on-one and you weren't going to be hanging around to wait for an instructor. Plus the weather in land was less windy and a little more reliable than on the coast.

FFU did not let me down!

From the ground school on day one, was met by a really enthusiastic instructor which really sets the tone for the whole trip, and at the end of the day I volunteered for this, expecting fun, and this helped a great deal.

The fact I had been recommended to take up on the wind tunnel in Madrid before I went also went a long way in knowing what to expect in your first jumps.

After ground school had finished I was sitting in the bar area having a coffee when the Chief Instructor 'Mike' came up to me and asked if anyone was my instructor. Shook hands and said 'Right, lets do some jumping.'

From there it was a roller coaster. 3 jumps on my first day, at the end of which I remember getting a delayed adrenaline rush at 2100 at night and trying to calm myself down lol!

Mike and the instructors were always giving advice and tips not only after you had just landed on the DZ but straight after the jump replaying the videos. The course was very progressive.

I put a little too much pressure on myself for the last qualifying jump so had to retake but again the instruction was top notch into what to do right.

Then the real fun came, consolidation jumps! On the last day I managed 6 jumps! You have to manifest yourself onto the plane in order to go up again. This was easy enough and the manifest staff helped a lot and even bumped you up the list should the plane be free one space.

On site is all you need. Bar at the end of the day a couple of beers, which sells food also, huge DZ to land on, training cockpit frames to practise on, plenty of parachutes, great turnaround on parachute packing - treat these guys with respect, they work their arses off!! Which at the end of the day makes your trip better.

At the end of the day, if you have any form of outgoing personality you'll do well here. I turned up on my own out of the blue and came away with some great friends who I still keep in touch with and intend to do so!

Blue Skies,


(Review ID:9062)

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