I went to SDMB last October and had a horrible experience. Frankly, I promised myself I would never go back. Thanks to the reviews on this site and the beauty of the location, I decided to try it again. I'm glad I did. They are under new management and the employees are really friendly. They're upgrading their video equipment, have a new plane, and overall make sure you have a good experience. The jump masters in particular are all really funny and helpful - my jump master (Randy) was really encouraging and professional. The plane was amazing - you could feel the power of the turbines and it took like 3 minutes at most to get to 15k. Just enough to strap in, look around and jump off. Not like the older otter, which while fast, isn't as so. The location is easy to get to, and is quite near to Monterey, which has lots of after-jump activies to offer. I highly recommend this DZ for any inexperienced jumpers - the views afforded from free-fall are easily worth the extra cost. All my 12 brave friends had a blast.