How to become a skydiver?
Training

How to become a skydiver?

You have the itch, and you want to jump again? It is time for you to register for the PFF program to become a solo skydiver. The training program is simple, easy, and fast. Who knows, maybe someday you will become one of our instructors?

Training

Progression levels

Become a skydiver
Become instructor or coach
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Tandem Jump

What is it?
The tandem jump is for people who are not skydivers. In this jump, you are attached to an experienced instructor who will help you to discover the thrill of freefall in total security.

What are the prerequisites ?

  • Minimum of 14 years of age.
  • Must weigh less than 115 kilos (250 pounds).

What can you do with it?:

  • This is a great introduction to skydiving in a safe environment.
  • You will have a unique and unforgettable experience!

How much does it cost ?

To see our price list, click here.

PFF Program

What is it?

The Progressive FreeFall (PFF) is the primary training step toward becoming a skydiver.

What are the prerequisites?

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Preferred that you have already completed one tandem jump.

What can you do with it?

At the end of your PFF training, you will obtain your Solo Certificate.

How much does it cost?

To see the price for the PFF training, click here. Note that you also need to pay a fee of $89 to become a member of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and $45 for the CSPA exam fee.

What does the training include?

The training takes place over 4 days (consecutive or split). First, you will receive 4 hours of theory training at Parachute Montreal. Next, you will spend 20 minutes in the freefall simulator, or wind tunnel, at SkyVenture Montreal. Finally, you are ready to perform the 9 training jumps (usually over two consecutive days) :

  • 1 jump with 2 instructors
  • 4 jumps with 1 instructor
  • 3 solo jumps
  • 1 jump filmed, including a compilation DVD and digital photos

Eight jumps are from 13, 500 feet and one hop from 5000 feet. All jumps are with radio assistance by a ground instructor.

Solo Certificate

What is it?

This is the first step of parachute certification.

What are the prerequisites?

Successfully complete the PFF training and the theory exam.

What can you do with it?

  • Jump alone without supervision from an instructor.
  • Jump with a Coach 2.
  • Jump in winds up to 18 mph.

How much does it cost?

An $89 fee must be paid to become a member of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and $45 fee must be paid for the administration of the exam.

Formation Skydiving Program

What is it?

The Formation Skydiving (FS) program is a course following the PFF training, which teaches you how to jump with groups of people.

What are the prerequisites?

Successfully pass the Solo Certificate.

What can you do with it?

The FS endorsement is required to obtain your A license.

How much does it cost?

To see rates for the FS program, click here. Please note that you will have to make 10 jumps during this training.

What does the training include?

The training usually takes place over 2 days. It is a program accredited by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) and developed within our school. You will perform 10 jumps, accompanied by a coach who will teach you how to fly with a group. There is no theoretical course to speak of; theoretical concepts will be discussed between jumps. All jumps occur at 13,500 feet, without radio.

A-CoP

What is it?

It is a certificate that allows you the privileges of the Solo Certificate, and it allows you to jump with another skydiver.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Completed the FS training.
  • Completed the parachute packing course.
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam for the A-CoP.
  • Have a minimum of 25 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Jump with someone holding an A-CoP or higher (2-way).
  • Participate in night and water jumps.
  • Sign logbooks for other skydivers.
  • Jump in winds up to 18 mph.

How much does it cost?

A fee of $90 must be paid for the certificate administration and the theory exam.

B-CoP

What is it?

This certificate allows more privileges than the A-CoP. Mainly it allows you to jump in a group, whether 4 or 100 skydivers determined by skill level and experience.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Completion of a manoeuvre series in freefall, required by the CSPA, in less than 16 seconds.
  • Complete a figure 8 jump on your back or sit position.
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam.
  • Have a minimum of 50 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Participate in group jumps (FS group).
  • Participate in night jumps.
  • Take the Coach 1 or Rigger A training courses.
  • Jump in winds up to 18 mph.

How much does it cost?

A fee of $90 must be paid for the certificate administration and the theory exam.

C-CoP

What is it?

This certificate allows more privileges than the B-CoP. It allows you to jump in stronger winds. The C-CoP is required for certain training courses.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Pass the CSPA theory exam.
  • Have a minimum of 200 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Take the Coach 2 course.
  • Take the Tandem Instructor course (with a minimum of 500 jumps).
  • Take the Instructor PFF course (with a minimum of 600 jumps).
  • Jump in winds up to 25 mph.

How much does it cost?

A fee of $90 must be paid for the certificate administration and the theory exam.

D-CoP

What is it?

This is the ultimate license in the skydiving industry.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Pass the CSPA theory exam .
  • Have a minimum of 500 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Choose to jump without a helmet.
  • Eligible to take the Learning Facilitator seminar.
  • Jump in winds of 25 mph.

How much does it cost?

A fee of $90 must be paid for the certificate administration and the theory exam.

JOB Program

What is it ?

This programme is the only one of its kind in North America. It allows you to become a competent and accomplished Drop Zone Professional and have a career in skydiving. You will perform 190 jumps in one season (from May to October).

At the end of your training, you will be able to work at any drop zone. The objective, for the following season, will be to develop your skills in freefall and canopy flying so that you can become a freefall coach or instructor.

This program has several different training courses:

  • Video editing.
  • Coach tandem and first jump students.
  • Sales and marketing (telephone, information desk, transport clients).
  • Packing student equipment.
  • Radio Operator/Instructor.
  • Coach 1 / Ground Control Instructor.
  • Formation Skydiving (FS).
  • Formation Skydiving for 4-way and group.
  • Camera flyer for tandem.
  • Training for Skydiving School Instructor.
  • Canopy control.
  • Tunnel flying (40 minutes).

What are the prerequisites ?

  • Age of majority (18 years).
  • Obtain the Solo Certificate.
  • Do not have any medical conditions.
  • Are available from 15th May to the 15th October.

What does it allow you to do? :

  • Become competent to work at a drop zone.
  • Make 190 jumps in one season.
  • Obtain your C-CoP.
  • Follow through different training courses.
  • Become a Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor, a cameraman and packer.

How much does it cost ?

$13,025 including all training classes, stages, 190 jumps (equipment rental) and 40 minutes of wind tunnel time.

Coach 1

What is it?

It is the gateway to all training courses for the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA). A Coach 1 accompanies novice skydivers during their progression, advises and assists.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a B-CoP.
  • Perform a series of 6 freefall manoeuvres according to the CSPA.
  • Age of majority.

What can you do with it?

Take the following courses : Coach 2, Jump Master, Ground Control Instructor, Skydiving School Instructor and Tandem Master.

How much does it cost?

For Coach 1 training rates, click here.

Coach 2

What is it?

A Coach 2 administers the training for Formation Skydiving (FS) program. He helps novices and experienced jumpers to acquire more advanced skills in freefall and under canopy.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a C-CoP.
  • Coach 1 certified.

What can you do with it?

  • Give Formation Skydiving (FS) training.
  • Sign different endorsements in the logbook (sport canopy, packing endorsement, etc.).

How much does it cost?

For Coach 2 training rates, click here.

Ground Control Instructor

What is it?

This instructor provides radio commands from the ground to a student under canopy during their PFF course progression.

What are the prerequisites?

Coach 1 certified.

What can you do with it?

Guide and supervise students during canopy flight.

How much does it cost?

This course is offered gratis at the same time as Coach 1, Coach 2, or Skydiving School Instructor courses. A certification fee of $45 is charged by the CSPA upon completion of this certification.

Skydiving School Instructor

What is it?

The course provides the training needed to educate students in the first jump course for skydiving. This instructor provides the entire theoretical portion of the PFF program.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Coach 1 certified.
  • Have a minimum of 200 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Give the theory course for the PFF program.
  • Sign the following endorsements : emergency procedures, emergency procedures, review for the Solo and A-CoP, and give the packing endorsement.
  • Administer the Solo Certificate exam.

How much does it cost?

For the Skydiving School Instructor training rates, click here.

Jump Master

What is it?

The Jump Master is responsible for dispatching student skydivers. This technique is no longer used at Parachute Montreal.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a B-CoP.
  • Coach 1 certified.
  • Have a minimum of 125 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Take charge of students who are pursuing their Solo Certificate.
  • Dispatch students for their first jump via Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD).
  • Further training courses : Ground Control Instructor, PFF Instructor and Skydiving School Examiner.

Cameraman

What is it?

The role of the cameraman is to film and photograph the tandem jump.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a B-CoP.
  • Coach 1 certified.
  • Have sufficient experience in freefall.
  • Have completed the Parachute Montreal training.

What can you do with it?

Film and photograph a tandem jump.

How much does it cost?

One must have sufficient practice skydives, and follow the training course from Parachute Montreal. One must also purchase their own equipment, camera helmet, still and video camera, etc.

Tandem Master

What is it?

The Tandem Master takes care of and jumps with tandem students who are making their first tandem jump.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a C-CoP.
  • Coach 1 certified.
  • Have a minimum of 500 jumps and sufficient experience.

What can you do with it?

Jump with non-skydivers in tandem.

How much does it cost?

For Tandem Master training rates, click here.

PFF Instructor

What is it?

The PFF Instructor will jump with students during the practical portion of their PFF progression.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a C-CoP.
  • Coach 2 certified, and either Skydiving School Instructor or Jump Master trained.
  • Have exceptional flying skills.
  • Have a minimum of 600 jumps.

What can you do with it?

  • Give the PFF training course.
  • Accompany students during their PFF training jumps.

How much does it cost?

For the PFF Instructor training rates, click here.

Skydiving School Examiner

What is it?

The Skydiving School Examiner supervises the validity of the training given on the drop zones.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Hold a C-CoP.
  • Skydiving School Instructor certified.
  • Hold 2 out of 3 of the following : Jump Master, Ground Control Instructor or Coach 2.

What can you do with it?

  • Supervise training provided throughout the drop zone.
  • Qualify for the Learning Facilitator seminar.

How much does it cost?

There is no class to become an Skydiving School Examiner. Rather, it is through mentorship on the drop zone. A certification fee of $45 is charged by the CSPA upon completion of this certification.

Learning Facilitator

What is it?

The Learning Facilitator is the instructor of instructors and coaches.

What are the prerequisites?

There are a number of prerequisites to become a Learning Facilitator : have a minimum of 1000 jumps, be recommended by another facilitator, have competition experience, etc. For a complete list, please consult the CSPA website.

What can you do with it?

  • Give classes to skydivers who wish to become a coach or instructor.
  • Qualify to become a Master Learning Facilitator.
  • Recommend candidates to become a Learning Facilitator.

Master Learning Facilitator

There is currently one Master Learning Facilitator in Canada: Mario Prevost, a board member of Parachute Montreal.

What is it?

The Master Learning Facilitator is the key person in skydiving in the country. This person trains the new learning facilitators. In other words, the master facilitator trains the facilitators who train new coaches and instructors.

What can you do with it?

  • Preside over and manage all Canadian Learning Facilitators.
  • Create and oversee the coach and instructor training programs.
  • Coach and train CSPA Learning Facilitators.
  • Develop new Learning Facilitators.
Military training
Training

Military training

Strategically located, Parachute Montreal is less than 30 minutes away from the SkyVenture Montreal wind tunnel, to combine training at the wind tunnel and the drop zone.

Parachute Montreal has worked in collaboration for several years with the Canadian Armed Forces to provide parachute training to various military groups.

Highly specialized personnel

Each year, our team of instructors, coaches and riggers put their knowledge to work in order to meet, or exceed, the standards established by the Canadian government.

Our instructors are responsible for the programs that require military expertise in several areas, and understand the needs of the different groups. Certain instructors have had a military career while others have acquired ground experience in the last few years.

  • Instructors, coaches and riggers are accredited by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA).
  • Expertise on military equipment.

Military training

Our military training programs are designed and developed in cooperation with different units of the Canadian Army in order to meet the particular needs of each elite group. Our programs include:

  • Up-to-date information.
  • Consolidation of skills using the wind tunnel.
  • Freefall techniques (including BOC conversion).
  • Canopy control.
  • Training on tactical flying.
  • Freefall training, with or without combat equipment, day and night.
  • Canopy control, solo, or group tactical approach, night jump.
  • Wind tunnel training, with or without combat equipment, including advanced stabilisation techniques.

State-of-the-art facilities

Parachute Montreal possesses the infrastructure and equipment necessary to satisfy all of the requirements for the Government of Canada. We offer :

  • A private airport accredited by Transport Canada.
  • A training site in Florida.
  • Radio frequencies from Industry Canada for operation on the drop zone.
  • Indoor classrooms.
  • Debriefing rooms with all the necessary training equipment.
  • A separate landing area for students.
  • Equipment containing skyhooks, and with flight characteristics similar to 9-cell CPS MS 2890.

Our drop zone has more than 200 acres, surrounded by cultivated agricultural land, to provide safe landings for all activities, including those requiring off-drop zone landing.

Our fleet of aircraft can support the Canadian Armed Forces at our drop zone, or also at various military locations. We have available:

  • two Twin Otter.
  • a Short Skyvan.
  • a Casa 212.
  • a Sherpa.
  • a Twin Beech.

During winter, classes are giving at our affiliated centre in Florida, where our team of instructors relocate all the equipment necessary to provide training.

Wingsuit school
Training

Wingsuit school

Parachute Montréal is a Wingsuit School and we have at your disposal experienced instructors, certified by Phoenix Fly, to teach you this increasingly coveted discipline. Whether you want to start training, or advance your current progress, we have a program adapted to your needs.

To register for the training, you require a B-CoP and a minimum of 200 jumps. You will receive 2 hours of theory training, where you will learn the different flying techniques and important security measures. You will then perform some training jumps with an instructor. We also have several wingsuits available to rent, in all sizes.

For the wingsuit training rates, click here. When jumping with a training coach, please note : it is the student’s responsibility to cover the cost of the instructor’s jump slot, the same as one would with a Coach 2.

Training

F.A.Q.

Am I required to make a tandem jump before taking the PFF training?

It is preferred that you have performed a tandem jump. This will significantly reduce your stress. If you do not want to make the tandem jump, then you will be required to make more jumps with 2 instructors during the PFF training, which involves additional fees.

Can I take the PFF training if I am a minor?

Yes, you can take the class if you are over 16 years old. For anyone who is below the age of majority (18), you must have a parental signature on the two parental consent forms. One is for Parachute Montreal and the other is for the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA).

Can I pay my PFF training in installments?

The PFF formation is paid in two installments. You must pay half of the total amount during your reservation and the other half during your theoretical course or during your jumps.

How long is the PFF training?

If the weather conditions are good, the training usually lasts 4 days (not always consecutive). The theory course normally runs Monday nights, wind tunnel training is done usually on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, and you choose two days to come in to complete your 9 PFF jumps.

Where does the PFF training take place?

The theory course and jumps are made directly at Parachute Montreal. The training in the wind tunnel is performed in Laval, at SkyVenture Montreal. The address for SkyVenture is 2700 Avenue du Cosmodôme, Laval, H7T 2X1.

How much does the PFF training cost?

For PFF course training rates, click here.