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Skydive San Marcos

Average Rating: 3.95
3.95 out of 5 based on 61 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

Location:
Fentress Airpark (XS90)
Lat: 29.7682803
Lng: -97.7752789

Address:
Fentress AirPark hwy 80 south
San Marcos / Austin/ San Antonio, Texas 78622
United States

Contact:
512-488-2214
512-488-2457 (fax)
jumpinfo@skydivesanmarcos.com
http://www.skydivesanmarcos.com  (13211 Hits)

Last Updated: 2013-07-02
Aircraft:
Twin Otter ( The Old Maid ), Grand Caravan

Training: AFF, Tandem

AAD: Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

Rates:
AFF: 305 USD
Tandem: 209 USD
Video: 99 USD
Jump Ticket: 24 USD to 13500 ft




Description:


Jumping Thursday through Monday, office open every day but Wednesday. $22.00 fun jumps Monday - Friday, $24.00 Saturday and Sunday. We are the only DZ in Central Texas that has a turbine aircraft, come out and jump!

Facilities:

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

Upcoming Events:

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A license! AFF 5 Pass Port .jpeg Sunset Head Down Coach jump

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My home away from home. I feel safe here.


Skydive San Marcos Rated 5 by: CanopyConductor on 2013-07-24

Pros: PEOPLE, great pilot, new gear, extraordinarily safety oriented
Cons: I can't be there every day?

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I started AFF here and, at first, I didn't think I was cut out for skydiving. I didn't realize how difficult it could be to fall... I just couldn't get stable. The instructors gave me great advice that has never failed me, I finally got the hang of things, and finished AFF without a scratch ;). I must say that Hank(Henry Prewitt) is an amazing person. He really went out of his way to make sure I felt comfortable and safe from the moment I arrived. No matter what stupid shit I pulled out of ignorance, he and/or the other instructors helped me through it without tearing my head off or making me feel like an idiot. The staff really goes the extra mile to ensure customers are having a friggin' great time. The world would be a better place if there were more people like these guys. I only have 31 jumps and I learn something new or actually grasp a concept I had previously been taught every time I go out there. Not to mention, whether you're doing AFF or Tandem, you'll feel surprisingly safe because the vast plethora of knowledge & sheer amount of experience these guys(&gals) have is astonishing and they'll readily share it with you. I'm out there almost every weekend & I've never seen a Tandem/AFF student that wasn't smiling ear to ear after their jump. Aside from all the fun, jokes, and drinking(after hours of course), SAFETY is put first and everybody looks out for one another. Oh, and if you're a fun jumper, the packers & pilot are awesome. I haven't been to any other DZ, but I've heard numerous stories from fun jumpers that this is the place to be because the atmosphere, packers, and people are their favorites. I've been going out there for ~4 months & I've never been maltreated or given bad information. I guess you could say I've become a bit obsessed with going out to SSM and skydiving :P
(Review ID:8062)


Just a great DZ!


Skydive San Marcos Rated 5 by: puppystomper on 2013-06-30

Pros: Staff, Facilities, Cost, Gear
Cons: None

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The first day I was here for ground school/AFF 1 training, I was a bit apprehensive. That lasted about eight minutes. I spent over a month researching different DZs in the area before deciding on SSM and am so glad I did. The training was great, the staff a great mix of fun and professional, the location beautiful and my first square canopy jump was incredible. I stayed in the bunkhouse for ten dollars(!) a night, but before I could settle in after operations were over for the day a staff member put a beer in my hand and made me feel like I'd known these folks for years. They had no problems taking in a newbie and answering all my questions, even though I know they'd answered the same ones hundred of times before. After grilling, beers, stories, mini lessons, jokes and swimming I knew I'd made the right decision in choosing SSM.
The next few days were much the same. I already knew I was hooked and the riggers there were great in checking out a rig I was looking at, explained why it was wrong for me and then proceeding to find gear more appropriate to my needs for less money than I was ready to spend! Professionalism at it's finest.
Fast forward two weeks and I'm one jump away from my A license (damn rain) and I now have a new family. I brought a friend out for his first jump and he ended up staying for three days and echos my thoughts exactly. Tandem jumpers leave smiling, fun jumpers the same. I totally understand now what they said to me the first day of AFF... "We don't train skydivers here. We train instructors".

(Review ID:8013)


Amazing DZ, good people, plenty of lift power


Skydive San Marcos Rated 5 by: JimmyO on 2013-04-29

Pros: Peeps
Cons: Its hot already

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I visited San Marcos while in Austin on a business trip. Not knowing anyone at the time, several sport jumpers introduced me around. The loads are split, with the tandems getting out on the first pass at 10,500 which makes canopy traffic no problem at all, in either aircraft. The view is amazing, lots of outs and good people. I suggest stopping for a visit.
(Review ID:7885)


Girlfriend and I went for first time tandems


Skydive San Marcos Rated 5 by: BigRageDave on 2012-08-08

Pros: Awesome instructors, very friendly and welcoming
Cons: Receptionists

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Girlfriend and I got the itch and chose to go to this DZ to scratch it. The entire staff is extremely friendly and seemed very knowledgeable excluding one set of exceptions. I signed up for my AFF Ground school the same day and my girlfriend for her second Tandem. The women working behind the counter were the only downside. Very negative and blah seeming. One exception behind the counter was an older lady who was very friendly and helpful. (To avoid the bad ones, I'll only say stay away from pockmarks or glasses behind the counter). Overall I'm thoroughly satisfied with the experience, after all I was more worried about the Instructors being on-point than the receptionists. lol
(Review ID:7535)


Vacation Jumping


Skydive San Marcos Rated 5 by: townewahl on 2012-01-15

Pros: Open year round, wide open packing areas, friendly and professional staff.
Cons: Limited winter hours.

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I was on vacation in San Antonio and wanted to jump. I was told about Skydive San Marcos so I checked them out. The staff was friendly and worked with me. Their winter hours were not posted on their website. I went on a thursday during winter hours and found out they don't fly Tues thru Thurs during the winter. Although they weren't flying they did give me a tour of the facilities and the DZ. Showed up Friday to jump on a very tight schedule (only two hours to jump) had to do an emergency review class (took an hour to start the class) which took 30 minutes to complete and then asked to get on the next lift due to my tight schedule. They made sure I was on the next lift and had a coach but I ran out of time. Asked for a refund and was told that they will give jump credit. I came back on Saturday and jumped all day. I started to pack after my second jump and was asked who needed the water portion for their B license. Finished my B license with their staff. Thank you I will be back again.
(Review ID:6990)

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