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Kapowsin Air Sports

Average Rating: 4.62
4.62 out of 5 based on 21 user reviews

Dropzone Summary | Reviews

Sanderson Field Airport (KSHN)
Lat: 47.2335556
Lng: -123.1475556

141 West Airview Way
Shelton, Washington 98584
United States

1 (800) Skydive or (360) 432-8000
360-426-8786 (fax)  (15492 Hits)

Last Updated: 2016-11-17
Super Twin Otter, Grand Caravan

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

AFF: 275 USD
S/L: 185 USD
Tandem: 185 USD
Video: 100 USD
Jump Ticket: 24 USD to 14000 ft


Kapowsin has moved to the new location in Shelton, WA. The landing area is enormous and the new hanger is very large. This is a fresh dropzone location only, Skydive Kapowsin has 30 years in the skydive business in the great northwest. The climb to altitude has a great view of Mt. St Helens, The Olympic Mountain Range, Mt. Rainier and The South Sound. The staff is very friendly and experienced. They have world champion skydivers on staff and bring in other professionals to organize and coach occasionally. This dropzone is perfect for anyone interested in skydiving, experienced skydivers or just passing through and want to make a jump.


  • 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

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I scored all 5 as it is the best in each category. The best DZ in America.

Kapowsin Air Sports Rated 5 by: Ranger4275 on 2018-08-29

Pros: Friendly, common sense, professional, helpful, beautiful, soft and big DZ.
Cons: None

I hope I filled the score out right- I put all 5 meaning it is the every best. Kapowsin the is the best drop zone I have jumped at anywhere. The staff is very friendly, helpful, humble, happy, knowledgeable, skillful, professional, safe and can do , make it happen people. They are world class. The prices are very good. The planes are excellent and pilots too, the drop zone very big, soft and beautiful! This is in my opinion the best run drop zone in the United States and tied with Proszjov , Czech Republic for best in the world. But if you add beauty - the Puget Sound and Olympics and Cascades all around you as you jump- then it is the winner. Thank you Kapowsin family, God bless you, Dave, family and the Free Burma Rangers
(Review ID:9546)

THE dropzone to go to in the Seattle area

Kapowsin Air Sports Rated 5 by: agaace on 2015-06-29

Pros: Friendly vibe, chill, world class jumpers, wingsuit friendly
Cons: Could be closer to Seattle

This is THE DZ most Seattle area jumpers choose, for a few reasons:
+ good balance between tandems & sport jumpers
+ the best fleet in area (caravan + otter + 182)
+ huge LZ, so you can land a bit further if you don't like the traffic or you're not comfortable cross wind landing
+ nice indoor packing area
+ very inclusive, all disciplines welcome, including wingsuits
+ no canopy size restrictions
+ some of the best skydivers/ws pilots in the sport
+ chill atmosphere, no unnecessary, overly-restrictive rules
+ jumpers of all levels welcome
+ excellent AFF program
+ lots of real talent there (majority of the experienced Seattle jumpers jump there)
+ friendly to novice jumpers - regular belly coaching/load organizing for those fresh off AFF (big kudos for that!)
+ excellent canopy classes with some of the world's best skydivers
+ annual boogie (or two)
+ nice big screen for video debrief of your jumps
+ food onsite
+ nice gear store with everything you need

(Review ID:8806)

A top class DZ.

Kapowsin Air Sports Rated 5 by: DrRead on 2015-06-07

Pros: Aircraft, Organization, Possibilities.
Cons: Weather and a bit of a drive from Seattle.

I came here on vacation and did 4 jumps. I didn't stay long enough to get to know many people but everyone seemed very nice. I can see potential to progress should one utilize this facility as their home DZ. Lots of wingsuiters which was good to see. World class talent here also. Well organized so lots of loads in a day is possible as long as the weather holds up. A bit of a drive from Seattle but worth it!
(Review ID:8789)

Awesome place. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. The view!!! Wow.

Kapowsin Air Sports Rated 5 by: rheacock on 2012-11-26

Pros: VERY experienced staff. Family run business, very cool place.
Cons: They could move closer to my home!

I have nothing to compare them to, this is the only DZ I've been to, but here is our experience:

My wife has MS and spends the day in a power chair, but when she was able, she was a bit of a daredevil. For her birthday, I called Kapowsin and asked if they could take her on a tandem. I explained her abilities and requirements, they said "No Problem! We'll take care of her!" They did just that. She went with one of the Red Bull Seattle Skydiver's! Since then, my son and I have been working on our AFF. We attended their recent Halloween party, quite the shindig! Now it's wet Washington winter, but whenever it's clear, we make the trek to Shelton!

(Review ID:7732)

Very lax atmosphere, good peeps, highly recommend

Kapowsin Air Sports Rated 4 by: airathanas on 2012-05-14

Pros: Turbine aircraft, spectacular views, big packing area, big landing area, great vibe, onsite food
Cons: No mainfest calls, no 2 min, hardly any outs, slow pace

I jumped at Skydive Kapowsin while in on a business trip. The people are super friendly and the vibe is great overall. People were helpful from my arrival and I immediately got on some 10 ways. The views from up top are beautiful and scenic! They are based out of a huge hanger. Lots of packing space and a huge landing area. There is an onsite ATM and a snack bar (cash only). Cheeto was organizing and I was welcomed to jump on some 10 ways. They have a huge, fully stocked beer fridge. I was a little surprised at how lax they were though. No calls for the loads, no 2 min warning. Manifesting was signing up on a piece of paper on a clipboard. No red light; just cut and go without checking the spot. Still, I would jump there again in heart beat and I really recommend it.
(Review ID:7186)

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