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  1. zephyrzone

    Skydive Monterey Bay

    Given my experience, I want to rate this DZ a 0. However, I want to be completely objective in my review. 2 stars is an honest rating. The Good: The aircraft is fast and the tandem masters/camera flyers are very good. Of course there are many other DZs in northern California with the same attributes. The Bad: The DZ claims to accept experienced/fun jumpers, and technically they do. In reality THEY DO NOT. Let me be absolutely clear on this, if you are a licensed skydiver, this dz will not treat you well and doesn't want you there. In fact, this review will probably help them because it will keep fun jumpers away (which is what they want). I took my friend down to a tandem jump because of the high altitude, nice scenery and I got comped a jump ticket. His jump went well and he enjoyed it. I was 1 of 3 fun jumpers there all day on a Saturday. None of us were able to get on a load, even though we were manifested. As I was walking to the plane I was pulled from the line and told I couldn't board because of weight issues. This also happened to the one other fun jumper who actually volunteers at the DZ. Apparently our weight cost too much in gas (I'm 165lbs). My friend, who was on the plane, overheard the tandem instructors mocking me for coming to a "tandem only DZ" and that I "should know better". Awesome. I was offered an IOU to come back and jump again, instead of a refund. Of course I'm not going to do this since I'll never get up on a load. I asked for a real refund (very nicely) and was refused. Then I offered to return the hoodie that I had bought a few hours ago to at least recoup some money. Nope. I was told I wore it and "excreted fluids into it" so it was not returnable. Skydive Monterey Bay HATES fun jumpers and it shows. Why they even promote the DZ as a place where experienced jumpers are welcomed is a complete mystery. This DZ is an adequate tandem factory and nothing more. If you want to do a tandem skydive, this place is OK, but I wouldn't give them a single dime. The have no interest in customer service because they get more tandem jumpers than they can even handle as it is.
  2. zephyrzone

    Maytown Sport Parachute Club

    I started skydiving almost one year ago and got licensed at Skydive Delmarva (another fantastic DZ). Delmarva is 2.5 hours from where I live and I had no idea Maytown Sport Parachute Club (MSPC) existed until I looked on drop zone.com. MSPC is 60 minutes away. I had no idea what I was in for... Skydiving changed my life and the people at MSPC changed my life again. I have amazing new friends now and learn from World Champions. I feel so lucky and honored to be a part of the club. New jumpers will be shocked to learn that coaches teach for free and don't accept tips because this isn't a commercial establishment, it's truly a club, just a bunch of skydivers all having fun. Once you start jumping here, you'll become part of the family. Once the beer light is on you'll be downing Red Stripe with your jump pilot, the club president, a few world champions and among the most well known riggers in the country. You owe it to yourself to check out Maytown.
  3. zephyrzone

    Skydive Delmarva

    I've been to other drop zones for tandems and my first jump course, but chose Skydive Delmarva to complete my AFF because of the incredibly awesome people and atmosphere. This is THE spot if you live in the Baltimore/DC or surrounding areas. The instructors are incredible, the packing hangar is comfortable with plenty of places to crash and you'll feel right at home from Day 1. Dave, the DZO is friendly and professional. He always sounds happy to hear from you. "Shazam" in manifest is on the ball for every load. And to validate a previous post, "YES" Delmarva has the hottest packers I've ever seen. I mean, I guess that's not a good reason to come back...but it is a fact. Nearly a 3 hour drive and it's my home away from home! -Love you guys!- Cue Ball