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Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association)

Average Rating: 4.67
4.67 out of 5 based on 6 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

Location:
Moton Field (06A)
Lat: 32.4604717
Lng: -85.6800361

Address:
Moton Field, right off exit 38 on I-85 between Auburn and Montgomery
Tuskeegee, Alabama 36830
United States

Contact:
(334)728-8364 (wkend), (334)745-5529 dur
dzo@skydiveopelika.net
http://www.skydiveopelika.net  (5225 Hits)

Last Updated: 2007-09-06
Aircraft:
Two Cessna 182's, occasional guest aircraft

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

Rates:
AFF: 300 USD
S/L: 165 USD
Tandem: 165 USD
Video: 65 USD
Jump Ticket: 15 USD to 10500 ft




Description:


This is a small, family-and-friends run DZ convenient to Auburn, Montgomery, and Fort Benning. HUGE landing area. Nice Swoop canal(s)! VERY experienced staff who will assist you along, not take your money and spit you out. Tired of the rat race? Come on out!

Facilities:

  • Gear Rentals
  • Gear Sales
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Camping

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Low tempo, relaxed atmosphere most of the time. Great place to learn and relax!


Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association) Rated 5 by: marcantonio152 on 2010-05-10

Pros: "Family dropzone" - and they really mean it. Everyone that comes here becomes part of the family.
Cons: Only cessna 182s

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It doesn't matter who you are, where you came from, or what your experience level is, you'll be welcomed here and treated like you should be!
Plenty of gear rental available, and coaching/instruction is always at the ready. The guys who run this dropzone know so much you might say they invented skydiving, and you wouldn't be too far from the truth!
Buddy Blue, DZO, is D-597 and he invented the IAD method of instruction and he's a huge proponent of the static line method.

The most amazing thing about this dropzone that you can't find anywhere else is the atmosphere. If you show up to a commercial DZ, they'll see you as jump numbers and cash. Here, not a single person cares about those things. If you want to learn something new, just ask around and you'll find an experienced jumper who'll do his best to make sure that you learn what you need to.

Safety is extremely important here, so you can expect a full briefing on where to spot the plane and the landing pattern!

(Review ID:5693)


friendly dz


Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association) Rated 4 by: dreaming13000 on 2010-01-10

Pros: Friendly staff and jumpers
Cons: none I can think of

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This was my first jump away from my home dz (i know BEER!) I was able to do 2 jumps with some awesome friendly jumpers. These people love skydiving and it shows. Safety was number one and fun was number 2,3 and 4! I will be skydiving here anytime I visit my Alma mater auburn! war eagle!
(Review ID:5535)


FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!


Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association) Rated 5 by: sealing on 2009-02-27

Pros: The people, two 182's, extremely experienced and knowledgable staff
Cons: multiple 182's are available, but no large jump aircraft

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I recently had the opportunity to jump at Opelika over a two month period and I'm so glad I did. This DZ epitomizes what a DZ should be, and how it should operate. Many small DZ's talk about how they are in it for the sport, but their actions do not reflect their words. This DZ doesn't have to say anything. They ARE in it for the sport....as reflected in their AFF progression, prices, and personal attention given to students and up jumpers. Everyone on the DZ wants to get to know you....they all want to jump with you. No matter if you have 1,000 jumps or just coming off of AFF. They start the day flying one 182, but if the need arises they crank up the second aircraft.....nice.
My last jump of the last weekend I was going to be there, I rushed through a canopy change out and wasn't paying attention when I attached the three rings of the new canopy. Well, I loaded the canopy backwards.... (Embarrassed). I did a clear and pull at 3500 ft and had a great opening....all except that one important detail. I left the brakes stowed and asked myself, I said "Self....can I land this thing?" I did some rear riser turns.....180's and a couple of flares. I know there are people out there that will say that they would have landed it, but I made my choice.....no way was I prepared to land backwards. At about 2500 ft I made my decision and I initiated emergency procedures. After I landed under my reserve I noticed that a large portion of the DZ was already in the woods looking for my main. It took us two days, some lost car keys and with the help of the entire DZ I was back on schedule, with my entire rig in my possession, heading home to my wife and kids. They really took care of me.....thanks to all of the Alabama Gang for holding me together and revitalizing my love for this sport. You guys rock!

(Review ID:4989)


Nothing else like it, anywhere....


Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association) Rated 5 by: TFFTM on 2005-09-08

Pros: Safe, friendly ,family atmoshere.
Cons: Limited facilities

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Started jumping at this DZ and have continued there. To say that I care for these people like family is an understatement. From the 1st jump student to the most experienced it is the place for the low pressure skydiving experience. Laid back atmosphere with safety minded instructors who know their stuff.
2 Cessna 182s keep the jumpers in the air. Experienced jumpers can take you on everything from the most challenging skydive or simple 2-ways.
The motto of the DZ is to "Have fun and be safe" and that pretty much sums it up.

(Review ID:2567)


Diamond in the rough


Skydive Opelika (Opelika Skydiving Association) Rated 5 by: zx9rblue on 2005-06-24

Pros: Instills calming confidence
Cons: None

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Both me and the wife made our first S/L jump at Skydive Opelika. I have to say we were extremely impressed with the quality of instruction both from a practical and theoretical point of view. My wife had no plans of jumping prior to our arrival.........<Start wife> I felt so much more comfortable about jumping after the instruction. I don't know if I did everything right but came down and landed very smooth. Can't wait to do it again.<End wife>

Buddy, JP and their crew have it going on.
These folks are practical, down to earth, and have NO problem sharing their experience. I was at another DZ 3 weeks prior and went through 1.5 hrs of ground school and did not get to jump due to weather. We had a solid 4 hours at Opelika and it was worth every minute (obviously!)
As a newbie I cannot comment too much on the equipment and such, other than it functioned flawlessly for all students involved. I cannot say enough about the excellent student instruction from JP.
If you get the chance check these folks out.



(Review ID:2374)

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