Adventure Center Skydiving

★★★☆☆
  • 60 Airport Dr

    Hollister, CA 95023

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  • 831-636-0117

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I did a tandem jump at Skydive Hollister (aka Adventure Center Skydiving) a while back. Would never go here again. Admittedly the jump itself was a blast--what a rush! But this operation is one to avoid.

Despite assurances on the Groupon site by the company owner (Mako) they didn't truly honor the Groupon purchase. Sure, we got "credit" for it, but we were forced to upgrade (for a fee) to the 15,000 foot jump even though we had been assured that we could jump the 10,000 Groupon on weekends. The owner & another staff member promised that the 10,000 foot jumps would be available on weekends then refused to honor that promise.

We shelled out an additional $100 for the video & stills, which honestly were crap. I could have had just as good results if I had strapped a camera to my own hand. It seems to really be hit & miss with the video people - some do great work, others are crap. But they charge the same amount & you have no choice in which video person you get.

Our reservation was at 10am. Numerous times we were told we'd be on the "next load" but that also turned out to be a lie. We were bumped out of the lineup several times by walk-in solo jumpers. By the time we actually got to jump, it was close to 5pm! A 7 HOUR WAIT TIME! Should be noted that Joe G (office manager) swore up & down on the Groupon discussion that 4 hour wait times were rare & 5 hours "never happen." One look at these Yelp reviews reveals that to be another lie.

After being repeatedly told how "safe" Skydive Hollister is, about a week after our skydive we were made aware that they are currently being sued over a fatal accident there. According to the lawsuit, they actively lied about their safety record and actually had some other previous fatalities that they claimed never happened. The lawsuit also alledges that employees are known to drink alcohol & use drugs while doing their jobs. About a month ago they had another fatality. The girl who died was an employee of Skydive Hollister, filming a tandem jump, and apparently had less than 1/3 the required # of jumps to be doing that. Iow, Skydive Hollister had someone doing a job she was grossly underqualified for & she ended up dying!

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★☆☆☆☆

I did a tandem jump at Skydive Hollister (aka Adventure Center Skydiving) a while back. Would never go here again. Admittedly the jump itself was a blast--what a rush! But this operation is one to avoid.

Despite assurances on the Groupon site by the company owner (Mako) they didn't truly honor the Groupon purchase. Sure, we got "credit" for it, but we were forced to upgrade (for a fee) to the 15,000 foot jump even though we had been assured that we could jump the 10,000 Groupon on weekends. The owner & another staff member promised that the 10,000 foot jumps would be available on weekends then refused to honor that promise.

We shelled out an additional $100 for the video & stills, which honestly were crap. I could have had just as good results if I had strapped a camera to my own hand. It seems to really be hit & miss with the video people - some do great work, others are crap. But they charge the same amount & you have no choice in which video person you get.

Our reservation was at 10am. Numerous times we were told we'd be on the "next load" but that also turned out to be a lie. We were bumped out of the lineup several times by walk-in solo jumpers. By the time we actually got to jump, it was close to 5pm! A 7 HOUR WAIT TIME! Should be noted that Joe G (office manager) swore up & down on the Groupon discussion that 4 hour wait times were rare & 5 hours "never happen." One look at these Yelp reviews reveals that to be another lie.

After being repeatedly told how "safe" Skydive Hollister is, about a week after our skydive we were made aware that they are currently being sued over a fatal accident there. According to the lawsuit, they actively lied about their safety record and actually had some other previous fatalities that they claimed never happened. The lawsuit also alledges that employees are known to drink alcohol & use drugs while doing their jobs. About a month ago they had another fatality. The girl who died was an employee of Skydive Hollister, filming a tandem jump, and apparently had less than 1/3 the required # of jumps to be doing that. Iow, Skydive Hollister had someone doing a job she was grossly underqualified for & she ended up dying!

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I took my friend down for the highest tandem jump. Their instructions and safety are always first. It was so cool to watch him jump and have it video taped.

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I took my friend down for the highest tandem jump. Their instructions and safety are always first. It was so cool to watch him jump and have it video taped.

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