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COVID-19 UPDATE: New Procedures for Skydive Toronto (Now Open!)

At Skydive Toronto we take our responsibility to our community very seriously; we have instituted new guidelines for how to do our part to keep our community safe and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

We have done our best to implement many new practical measures to help prevent the spread in our community while still getting to enjoy this thrill of a lifetime.
  1. We are asking any customers or team members to determine whether they live and/or work in the COVID-19 hotspots and to book for a later date so we can do our part to prevent potential spread.
  2. On arrival, everyone entering the drop zone is required to have a temperature check and fill out our COVID-19 symptom screening form. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.
  3. Due to social distancing requirements, the only people allowed in the hangar are those that will be skydiving and we ask that you limit the number of people accompanying you to watch your skydive to 1 person at this time. Those that are coming to watch are welcome to enjoy the beautiful weather outside in the spectator area while you finish your registration, we have lots of picnic tables set up and you will be able to see all of the skydiving happening throughout the visit! Please remain with your household group while at the picnic tables to allow social distancing.
  4. Masks are mandatory for everyone on-site.
  5. There is a COVID-19 surcharge that all tandem and solo students are required to pay when they sign in and complete their COVID-19 symptom screening at the front entrance. The is $20 and includes a re-useable skydiving buff. You are very welcome to wear a regular mask while on the ground or under your buff, but the buff must be worn in freefall. The masks will not stay on your face to provide additional protection during the high speeds of freefall.
  6. In order to provide more space during your registration, we have set up picnic tables for groups to watch the safety video on a tablet instead of being crammed into a video room together. Please bring your own pair of wired headphones that can be plugged into the tablet.
  7. Clothing: Normally, we would provide jumpsuits to every customer but as we cannot keep them sanitized between each customer, we are asking you to wear relatively close-fitted athletic clothing and running shoes. You might want to bring an extra pair of clothing in case you get dirty during your skydive.
  8. Our canteen will not be open this season. Please keep in mind to bring your own snacks and water for your time at the dropzone.
  9. In addition to more in-depth cleaning at the end of each day, we will be safely sanitizing all equipment and areas throughout the day and in between customers.

Thank you for being patient with us while we all figure out our way through these new processes!

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COVID-19 Update: New Opening Weekend & Procedures

Thank you for choosing Skydive Toronto as the destination for your skydiving adventure.

As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 virus has created some waves throughout Canada. Many safeguards have been put in place by our government, both nationally and provincially, to combat the spread of this disease. The most notable of these has been Social Distancing.

At Skydive Toronto we take our responsibility to our community very seriously. Our 2020 Skydiving Season was due to start on April 3rd, and so in the last two weeks, we have been watching the situation unfold. We have put extensive procedures in place to keep our customers, staff, and instructors safe during their time on the ground and in the air. Although we still have another 2 weeks to go before reaching this scheduled Opening Weekend; we have had to seriously consider that it may not be possible to be operations as planned. Social distancing or isolation seems to be the one weapon we have in fighting this pandemic.

It is for this reason that we have made the decision to delay our Opening Weekend to April 17th, 18th and 19th.  Due to the fluid nature of this situation, we will continue assessing the status daily. Should we need to extend that date again, we will do so, in line with government protocols.

When operations do begin, the following measures will be in place:

For the facility:

  1. Multiple hand sanitizing stations will be placed in various locations throughout the facility. The use of these stations will be mandatory.
  2. High traffic areas will be wiped down and sanitized regularly.
  3. A cleaning crew will do a full clean of the facility every night.
  4. The aircraft will be fully sanitized every night.
Visitor requirements:
  1. If you or anyone you live with has traveled within 14 days, please reschedule your appointment.
  2. We ask that anyone who has been feeling ill leading up to, or on the day of their skydive to please reschedule. This includes your family members and friends that will be accompanying you. If someone you live with has been ill, please also reschedule. It is possible to be a carrier of the virus without showing any symptoms.
  3. Every person entering the facility will have their temperature scanned. This includes all family and friends accompanying the person jumping. Children and infants will also be scanned.
  4. Customers and staff will be required to wear surgical masks during the entire experience. You will be required to wear your surgical mask during the airplane ride and when back on the ground.  If you have your own, please do bring it with you.
  5. Practice good personal hygiene by:
    1. Please visit the washrooms regularly to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. This is still the most effective way to keep your hands clean of the virus.
    2. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing by using your elbow or a tissue. Always wash your hands or use sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Use of the masks will help limit the chance of spreading the virus in this manner.
    4. Avoid handshakes, rather use the elbow bump method.
For the skydive:
  1. Usually, we supply jumpsuits to all our tandem passengers to protect their clothing during the skydive. However, these jumpsuits can increase the risk factor, therefore we ask customers to please bring a change of clothing, a jogging suit or coveralls to go over their clothes.
  2. Goggles are supplied by the dropzone for your use. We will, however, have extra goggles available for purchase should you wish to have your own pair.
  3. Disposable scrub caps will be supplied for use under the protective headwear. If you have a bandana, balaclava headscarf made from fabric that will prevent the transmission of sweat, please bring it with you. A disposable shower cap is another good alternative.
  4. Please bring your own gloves. We will provide surgical gloves, but if the weather is a little chilly, these will not be sufficient to keep your hands warm.

We will be sending out a follow-up communication a week before our planned opening. Please feel free to contact our offices at any time during this period. A lot of our staff are working from home, but we are able to pick up and return messages; and will do so as soon as we possibly can.

We wish you and your family well during this time and look forward to seeing you soon.

Kindest regards
The Skydive Toronto Team

 

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AmeriCup

Skydive Toronto was very honoured to be able to host the 4th leg of the AmeriCup Classic Accuracy Competition. 12 jumpers from all over the world took part in the event.

The heat was intense, and the competition was fierce but a great time was had by all

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July 23 – 24 2018

GROWING ON UP!!

Its been a busy week for us her at Skydive Toronto. This week we welcomed 5 new PFF students into our system: David Barthau, Jeremy St Pierre, Alex Ferrier, Kayla Westervelt, Brandon Lemesurier.

Welcome back to our PFF students: Father/Son combo of Bill & James Burns.

Congratulations to our Solo First Jump static line student, who made is first jump on Wednesday, Haofei Ma!

Another one of our awesome success stories! Kayla Westervelt who started as as part of our Admin Team last summer, moved to the packing mat where she did a great job at packing for our school and experience jumpers. She’s continued on with us this summer as one of our video editors. Last Wednesday she took our groundschool and made her first skydiver. 2 days later, on Friday, Kayla became solo certified!!!

Jake Lindsay achieved his A-Licence, and Nick Peddie reached the amazing level of C-Licence!! Thank you Alex Connelly for the pictures

 

 

iFLY

Last Thursday we were happy to host iFLY’s team bonding excursion; thank you to Cody Wright for organizing this event. Photos by: Lacey Williams

TGIF

3rd TGIF ran with great success of 11 caravan loads +++ C-182 loads. We drew the winner of 5 free skydives: yahoo! Amanda Wojtaszek

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY…

Due to weather forecast, on Thursday night along with the Vertical North team, we made the decision to cancel our first event of this season with Vertical North. It was rather disappointing, but also the correct decision made. Both Saturday & Sunday saw low clouds on both days. The only load that went up was a hop & pop load from 4500 feet.

Youssef El-Hajjar & Candice Stevenson made great use of their time by hosting a packing course to: Malery Tantone, Jessica Valela, Lucio Da Silva, Berk Delevi, Emre Bakirci, and Andrew. Kudos to both Malery and Emre for doing their ‘mess-test’ and getting their packing endorsement.

Friday evening J-Rodd hosted another successful Emergency Procedures review; attending were Kayla Westervelt, Nick Peddie and Brad Pickett.

Our promotional team had an excellent and exciting weekend at Toronto Pride.

 

 

 

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June 16-17, 2018

16 – 17 JUNE 2018

This weekend has us all feeling like Icarus, getting just a little too much heat. But it’s on the hottest summer days that we can truly appreciate the freedom you get from opening the door at 13000ft and feeling the cool freedom as the sky wraps her arms around you in welcome.

Skydive Toronto

Being able to share that experience with our tandem customers, and new skydivers is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Similarly its exciting to see our regular jumpers grow in the sport. Skills camps are an essential part of that process, and this weekend we were spoiled with 2 skills camps – Sebastien Plourde doing the load organising for Freeflying, and Michelle Gilbert on Belly flying. Thank you both. Your hard work and dedication is invaluable. Of our 6 bell flyers, 5 of them were able to complete the prerequisite jumps for their C COP licence!

Skydive Toronto

Our achievements this season have been incredible:

B COP

Jill Haidasz

Mike Wessels

Matt Scmitt

Brandon Goddard

 

A COP

Kevin Goudie

Wojo

 

Solo Certified

Jessica Farah

Brad Pickette

Zu Daya

Emre Bakirci

Andrew S

Jumping right from early morning on Saturday, not even the afternoon clouds could chase away our desire for air, and we were right back up again as soon as mother nature gave us her permission.

A special thanks to the amazing team that make this all possible. The dedication of our instructors and camera flyers who take those special memories in their very capable hands. The operations people that keep the planes fueled, the loads manifested and everything and everyone exactly where it needs to be.

As we move into the full swing of summer, we hope to see you all there with us!

Posted in Events

2013 PALS Jump

On August 17th, 2013, Skydive Toronto hosted the 5th annual Jump for PALS (People with ALS).

In 2009, Barrie resident Derek Walton and his wife, Diane, were determined to find an original way to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. After thinking outside the box, Jumping 4 “PALS”. an annual skydiving fundraiser event, was born.

Derek, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2002, participated in the inaugural event by completing a tandem jump and raising pledges. The first Jumping 4 “PALS” event raised an incredible $100,000.

Now entering its fifth year, this exceptional event has raised almost $300,000 to date. Sadly, Derek is no longer able to skydive, but he invites you to take part in this unforgettable event to help raise funds for ALS Canada and The Walton Cure 4 ALS Fund to help find a cure for ALS.

For more information on how to participate in the 2014 6th annual Jump for ALS, please see the following website; http://www.alsjumping4pals.ca/ or like their Facebook page for regular updates; https://www.facebook.com/skydive4als?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite

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Shania Twain jumping at Skydive Toronto Inc!

People choose to jump with Skydive Toronto for many reasons – for the thrill – for the unmatched excitement – for a once in the life time experience – to change their lives – to go beyond – to rebuild – to draw a line in the sand, turn things around and come charging back at 120 miles per hour!

Shania choose to jump with Skydive Toronto for these reasons!  What a pleasure to have her jump with us!

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Evolution Coming to Organize Loads!

Skydive Toronto and Evolution!

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4 Way, FS, VFS & Freefly Camp!

4-WAY FS, VFS & FREEFLY CAMP

MARCH 17TH – 20TH, 2011

This is a terrific opportunity for skydivers of all levels and disciplines!!! There is something fun for everyone!!!

Flyers who enjoy 4-way FS; come learn the basics or improve your block techniques with world class athletes, Team Evolution. Freeflyers, from junior to advanced levels, are invited and will be coached by well known VFS/freeflyer Philippe Thibodeau.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN BY FEBRUARY 21ST

For novices, time slots will be available for you on the Saturday and Sunday. Coaching will be provided by PFF & SR Instructor – J-rodd Cole. (Please contact  Jennifer@skydivetoronto.com)

Requests to be in by March 1st 2011.  Please email jennifer@skydivetoronto.com to confirm your place.

THIS IS the biggest camp to date that we’ve assisted in organizing. It is sponsored by: CSPA/Sport Canada/Skydive Toronto/Parachute Montreal.

Tunnel Camp

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Oh, baby, it’s a lonnngggggg way down

Last summer, we got the opportunity to take Jayme Poisson, a Toronto Star reporter, on a Tandem Skydive!

Jayme is a prominent STAR reporter who has recently written her observations in North Africa on the Arab Spring Movement.

Check out Jayme’s experience and video!

Toronto Star

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