In the recent months many web sites have appeared selling gift certificates for skydiving, supposedly representing a skydiving center in your local area. They make wild claims that they have hundreds of skydiving schools across the country and you are dealing with the reservation center for all of them.
The truth is, there has never been a nationally-owned chain of skydiving schools. This so-called "network" is nothing more than an Internet and telemarketing company adding additional markup and confusion to a fairly straight-forward process.
An alert consumer will notice that these “businesses” have multiple websites that look very similar, they are very general in their information. They all steer you to a call center in a Southern state. They will not tell you their location, but will say; “Yes, we have a skydiving center near you.” The names of the websites sound like they should be skydiving schools close to a major city or state. However, they look very much like several hundred other websites with similar sounding names.
Please don't fall for this online marketing scam. Skydive Iowa does not honor gift certificates from these services. People who buy these on-line certificates usually have to drive surprisingly long distances, because there are so few skydiving centers accepting them. When a customer finds out that he can not use his certificate at one of the major centers, and then tries to get a refund, he will find that no refunds, compromises, renewals, or transfers are available. There is no local office staff or real skydiving instructors with whom to speak, and all communications are with telemarketers in a far-away state.
We don't want you to get scammed! Please use the list of questions below to identify which skydiving centers are legitimate, and which are actually a call center in another state.
THINGS TO ASK FOR:
- Business Address -- Skydive Iowa is located at 1922 US Hwy 6, Brooklyn, IA. We will gladly give you complete driving directions, and welcome you to stop by and check us out before you make a reservation. The online certificate sellers will not give you a location until you have made a purchase.
- Instructors -- Ask for specific information about the skydiving center's instructors. Skydive Iowa employees some of the most experienced instructors that the skydiving industry has to offer, and we will gladly tell you each of our instructor's names and number of jumps they have.
- Aircraft and Facilities -- Ask for specific information about aircraft and facilities. We will provide you with specific information about each of our aircraft, including tail numbers and lift capacity.
- Additional Fees -- Look for "additional fees" when you are purchasing a gift certificate. The online resellers have a price that appears to be lower than the major skydiving centers, but after they have your credit card number they will tell you about the additional fees which make it more expensive. There are no hidden or additional fees with Skydive Iowa.
If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, you can do so here! However, please note that you do not need a certificate to make a jump. You can simply call us to make a reservation.
If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to call. Our telephone number is (515) 282-1788.