meet our skydive team

The Skydive Toronto team includes many instructors who have years and years of experience. Get to know them below:

JEROD COLE

Nickname – J-Rodd

Ratings – TI, Videographer, PFFI, JM, C1, C2, GCI, SSE, SSI, Rigger, TE

Why you skydive – why not… beats a desk job

Number of jumps – 7000+

Years in the sport – 11 years

Knuckle tattoo – STICKMEN

Favourite skydiving memory – flying beside a retail hawk

Other hobbies – sailing

How you spend the off season – skydiving not in Canada

Something interesting about yourself – “I’m pretty boring”

What inspires you – sunshine

What is on the other side of fear – my life

Social media – N/A

DAN STEINKE

Nickname – Bodhi

Ratings – TI, Videographer, C1, JM, GCI ,c2

Why you skydive – I love getting radical

Number of jumps – 2000+

Years in the sport – 5 years

Knuckle tattoo – SHRD GNAR

Favourite skydiving memory – first wing suit jump

Other hobbies – saving animals, surfing , kiteboarding, freediving

How you spend the off season – in Mexico skydiving, surfing, and shark diving

Something interesting about yourself – love to dive with sharks

What inspires you – the stoke inspires me

Records – multi plane, single engine belly formation

What is on the other side of fear – the rest of your life

Social media – instagram -dansteinke (dan BODHI steinke)

PIOTR “JONNY” KUZAWINSKI

Nickname – Jonny

Ratings – TI, Videographer, C1, C2, PFFI, JM, GCI

Why you skydive – everything else just fades away, to live in the moment

Number of jumps – 3500+

Years in the sport – 7 years

Words to live by – if you can dream it you can live it

Favourite skydiving memory – epic cloud surfing under canopy with Rob

Other hobbies – skateboarding, downhill biking, and climbing

How you spend the off season – traveling and skydiving

Something interesting about yourself – terrified of heights

What inspires you – the sport, pushing myself to be as good as possibly can be

What is on the other side of fear – euphoria

Social media – instagram (@jonnyfws)

ROB WAUGH

Nickname – Warchild

Ratings – TI, Videographer, JM, PFFI, C1, C2

Why you skydive – It’s kind of like a drug… once you start it’s kind of hard to stop.

Number of jumps – 3000+

Years in the sport – 7 years

Knuckle tattoo – WARCHILD

Favourite skydiving memory – Jumping in New Zealand over the mountains and glaciers.

Other hobbies – skateboarding, snowboarding, slacklining

How you spend the off season – skydiving where it’s warm

Something interesting about yourself – don’t like airplanes or heights

Records – multi plane, single engine belly formation

What is on the other side of fear – there is true freedom

Social media – instagram (@gingers_can_fly)

NICHOLAS HELFRICH

Nickname – Helfishy

Ratings – TI, Videographer

Why do you skydive? – “Other guys snort for it, jab a vein for it. All you gotta do is jump.” Patrick Swayze, Point Break

Number of jumps – 5200

Years in the sport – 16 years

Knuckle tattoo (life motto) – Better to ask for forgiveness then permission

Favourite skydiving memory – My first synchronised swoop

Other hobbies – Fast bikes, fast cars and sailing

How you spend the off season? – Whats an “off season?”

Something interesting about yourself – Published poet

What inspires you? – Always be better tomorrow then I am today

Records – South African Big Way 2017

International Competition – Canopy Piloting World Championship 2008, Canopy Piloting World Cup 2009

What is on the other side of fear? – Acceptance

Social media – Instagram (@n1ch0las77)

CASPAR WHITE

Nickname – CMan, Amadeus, Oi!!

Ratings – Tandem, Camera, Coach, PFF

Why do you skydive? – I tried to do other stuff but I just keep getting sucked back into weird nomadic cycle of existence, the people aren’t bad either.

Number of jumps – 7000

Years in the sport – 12 years

Knuckle tattoo (life motto) – Avoid Suburbia, in all aspects of life.

Favourite skydiving memory – Jumping Into Carnival in Salvador, Brazil, So much.. Love.

Other hobbies – Scuba, Paragliding, Snowboarding, Bouncing around the Globe.

How you spend the off season? – Backpacking around Asia or Snowboarding somewhere dope!

Something interesting about yourself – My favourite animal is a tortoise, as when I’m doing tandem jumps I feel like one.

What inspires you? – Awesome, Chilled out people.

Records – Shaggy “It wasn’t me”

International Competition –Ya need to turn up to one where I’m not working.

Favourite pictures (one skydiving, one on land)

What is on the other side of fear? – Suburbia?

Social media – Ergh

 

BEN BURNSTEIN

Nickname – Lord Burnstein

Ratings – c1, c2, tandem, jumpmaster, videographer

Why do you skydive? – watched too many youtube videos as a kid

Number of jumps – 500

Years in the sport – 5

Knuckle tattoo (life motto) – Have Fun

Favourite skydiving memory – first jump

Other hobbies – motorcycling, hockey, skiing, fun stuff!

How you spend the off season? – either jumping or skiing

Something interesting about yourself – I once packed 78 parachutes in a day

What inspires you? – youtube… haha

Records – naaa

International Competition – naaa

Favourite pictures (one skydiving, one on land)

What is on the other side of fear? – a big smile

Social media – facebook?