On August 2nd, Russia celebrated 80 years since the creation of airborne troops! It is a celebration which marks the courage and bravery of the paratroopers who have participated in a number of wars, including fighting the Nazi invaders during the battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin. They are easily identified by wearing uniforms – blue berets and striped vests.
We celebrated with some of our Russian Tandem Masters on site on August 2nd. Alex and Oleg have returned to Skydive Toronto for the summer season, and filled us in on this cultural tradition! Thanks guys!
“Once a Paratrooper, Always a Paratrooper!”
Skydive Toronto has the Canadian National Parachute Team in Precision Skydiving on site all week! They are training for the World Parachute Championships, taking place late August in Montenegro.
The Team consists of 5, coached by Vic Borghese, who was a national champion and has coached world champions for many years. Team members include; John Davies, John Mcarthy, Scott Borghese, Joe Chow, Dana Sasarean and Lucas Hatvani.
They will be onsite jumping until Thursday, completing up to twelve jumps per day.
Good luck in Montenegro guys!!
We had a proposal on site today! Bruce and Melissa from Brampton came out to Skydive Toronto to complete Tandem Skydive’s, after which, Bruce proposed and Melissa accepted! The couple will be getting married next Sunday at the Old Mill in Toronto.
Congratulations guys! Check out that rock!
Scott, one of our awesome videographers, has just returned from a BASE jumping adventure in Norway! He was jumping at the Kjerag Fjord in Southern Norway, located approximately 400 km SW of Oslo, from July 19th to July 27th.
Kjerag is a mountain in Lysefjord that extends 1084m above the fjord, and is a popular destination attracting base jumpers from all over the world.
Scott completed 11 jumps while on his journey, with a highlight of a 34 second wingsuit flight off an exit point called “The Waterfall.” His jumps included acrobatic aerial manoeuvres and wingsuit proximity flying.
All Canadian participants returned home safely with no injuries, including Scotty!
Scott has made a video showing his experience, and will supply us with the link to this shortly!
Welcome home Scott!
The following conditions apply:
a. Saturdays and Sundays only.
b. Experienced Skydivers must manifest on the morning of the jump, and be ready to skydive, no later than 8:30am.
c. This rate only applies to jumps from 4500 ft. and below.
d. The airplane will be a Cessna 182.
e. The discount will apply even if the jump is delayed by weather or by aircraft/airfield issues, but it will not be honoured past the end of the jump day.
Join us!!! Whether you are a student or experienced skydiver, the tunnel is an excellent tool for you to improve freefall skills.
Based on June’s trip the price will be approx. $14/ minute. (coaching is an additional cost if requested).
Please contact Jennifer prior to Sunday, July 11th. Payment will be required prior to Friday, July 16th.
Lodging: There are several hotels in the area.
Econolodge 1981 Labelle Blvd, Laval
Windtunnel discount $100/night 450-681-6411
We will be hosting a Canadian Parachute Team Training Camp on the last week of July, from the 26th to the 30th (jumping Tuesday as well). Long time Canadian Champion Vic Borghese will be onsite to coach.
Anyone who is interested in learning how to do precision accuracy is welcome to join. For more information, please contact Joe directly or contact the office.
A plan is in the works to have a Canadian 100 way formation record.
In order to help familiarize Canadian Jumpers with big ways we are holding a series of training days at various Drop Zone’s in Ontario and Quebec.
STI TRAINING DATE:
Date: 11 July 2010 (Sunday)
- 1) 5 formation loads (Jumps)
- 2) Outside video on all jumps (Includes DVD for all jumpers)
- 3) Topics covered:
- a. Exits, (exit frame, Individual exit positions and consideration (floats, in the door, divers, late divers),
- b. Diving to a formation,
- c. Radials,
- d. Stadiums,
- e. Line of flight,
- f. Flying the formation,
- g. Orientation,
- h. No momentum docking,
- i. Break offs,
- j. Tracking racking techniques, tracking groups, tracking leader (responsibilities and considerations),
- k. Slow fall Rate (techniques if you get low),
- l. Canopy considerations / landings,
- m. Clothing and equipment considerations, and;
- n. General big way skills
- o. Debrief of jumps.
- 1) Must have a minimum B CoP
- 2) Must have an AAD (STI policy; All jumpers must have an AAD unless they have over 500 jumps).
Deposit: A $145 deposit is required prior to 7 July 10 with the remaining balance paid on the morning of the event. The deposit is required to ensure you are seriously committed as no-shows affect others in the group. Deposit can be sent by e-mail money transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 0800 Arrival / registration
- 0830 Briefing on Big way techniques / considerations
- 0915 Dirt dive
- 1000 First load
- 1100 De-Brief
- 1200 Second load
- 1300 De-Brief
- 1400 Third load
- 1500 De-Brief
- 1600 Fourth load
- 1700 De-Brief
- 1800 Fifth load
- 1900 De-Brief
For any further inquires, give the office a call at 1800 668 5867
“The door was open… so I jumped”
Check out our latest happy customer!
Kerri’s Blog Post
In May 2002, Derek Walton was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a motor neuron disease. This disease is a rapid, fatal neuromuscular disease that attacks the nerve cells and pathways in the brain and around the spinal cord. In Canada, approximately 3000 people are diagnosed wirh ALS – over one half million worldwide.
Derek developed the Walton Cure 4 ALS Fund, and has been working towards his goal of finding a cure for this disease. Since launching the fund in May 2008, they have raised over $100 000 for ALS research.
Last year, 2009, Derek held a fundraiser where he jumped from an airplane at 10 500′ to raise money for the cause, and he is doing it again this year! His event is set to take off on August 21st 2010 at Skydive Toronto. He is inviting anyone that would like to donate or to jump for this worthy cause!
If you would like to join the cause and jump for ALS, give our office a call.
For more information on Derek, please click here.