Rigging Zone
Experienced skydivers

Rigging Zone

Our mission

The Rigging Zone is more than a physical place or loft where our team of professional riggers work. It also acts as an educational platform that provides an environment where skydivers (from beginners to experts) can consult us for advice related to purchasing and selling gear as well as the maintenance, inspection and repair of their equipment. Of course, our riggers can make most types of repairs, but they are also trained to offer answers and to help anyone who needs assistance with their equipment. Their goal is to promote and share knowledge related to skydiving equipment and safety.

In the last year, we have enriched our team of professional riggers, which enables us to make our vision for the Rigging Zone a reality. We recently trained two FAA Senior Riggers who have been working full-time since October 2018, as well as two CSPA Riggers A and A1. They are now an integral part of our team of talented riggers, some of whom have been with us for many years.

To make sure we offer the best services possible, we also purchased top of the line sewing equipment and planned for a complete rigging loft at each of our drop zones. Finally, we work in collaboration with Mobility Lab, a renowned industry leader in the field of military equipment, and have the support of an additional FAA Senior Rigger and an FAA Master Rigger who show extensive experience with all types of equipment.

The Rigging Zone services are offered at our three skydiving centres:

  • Parachute Montreal North Shore, Saint-Esprit, Quebec
  • Parachute Montreal South Shore, Farnham, Quebec
  • Parachute Ottawa, Arnprior, Ontario

Launch promo

Get your reserve parachute repacked by our riggers before April 16, 2019, and get a free jump (13 500') at Parachute Montreal South or North Shore.

To book your repack for the 2019 season or to know when and where you can hand over your equipment to us, contact the Rigging Zone by email or by phone (espacegreage@parachutemontreal.ca / 1 877-727-2685).

  • To get your free jump, we must have your equipment in hand before April 16, 2019.
  • For experienced skydivers who own their equipment only.
  • One free jump per customer.
  • Valid in 2019.

Opportunities to hand over your equipment to one of our riggers:

  • On April 6th, during the 2019 beginning of season party, at the Lebeau Sugar Shack, in Farnham.
  • Directly at Parachute Montreal South Shore, Farnham.
  • At SkyVenture Montreal, Laval, on Friday, March 29th, and Friday, April 12th, from 8pm.
  • At Highway 10’s exit 55 (Ange-Gardien), on Saturday, March 30th, and Saturday, April 13th, at noon.

Please tell us in advance where you would like to meet up to hand us your equipment, or if you are no longer able to do so. We will only show up if people confirm their presence!

Services & prices

Our basic rates

  • Rigging Zone hourly rate | $50 per hour
  • Minimum charge | $20

Our services & prices

  • Reserve repack + reserve and container inspection | $69.58
    Optional: main parachute inspection and repack +$15
  • Main canopy reline (lines not included) | $200
  • Complete assembly of new equipment + main pack job | $125
  • Collapsible slider modification | $60
  • BOC pouch replacement | $55
  • Break-line replacement on main canopy | $50
  • Canopy patches (main and reserve) | $50 per hour
  • Equipment cleaning | $40
  • Main canopy inspection | $20
  • Soft link installation on risers (soft links non included) | $20
  • Pilot-chute kill line replacement | $20

Taxes are not included in the Rigging Zone prices.

If you need a repair or a service not listed above, contact us! Our riggers are experienced and flexible: they can accommodate most types of requests or can refer you to the right resource if necessary. For any service not listed above, the minimum charge or hourly rate will apply.

Purchase of equipment

If you wish to order your jump suit and/or your parachute with us, we can assist you in taking the right measurements.

Flexible service

Parachute Montreal can take care of bringing your equipment to a rigger of your choice if you request it. This means you could leave your equipment on the North Shore for a rigger working on the South Shore! If your usual rigger is not available and you want a quick service, we will simply assign the work to one of our other riggers who has the required experience and who is available at the time of your request.

Need rigging services?

Email us at espacegreage@parachutemontreal.ca or call us at 1 (877) 727-2685.

Our riggers

We have always worked with highly specialized and experienced coaches and instructors in order to offer the best, safest and most professional experience to all of our customers, whether they are first jumpers or experienced skydivers. It’s one of the main reasons why people choose to jump with us!

Our vision and objectives are the same when it comes to our rigging services. We understand the necessity of having well-trained riggers, and that is why we have concentrated our resources to build a strong, versatile and flexible rigging team for both our Parachute Montreal locations (Farnham and Saint-Esprit) and for Parachute Ottawa.

Our riggers are always available to repair, inspect and maintain your equipment. They can also give advice and answer any questions you may have about your skydiving equipment.

Our team

Gabrielle Prévost
FAA Senior Rigger
Parachute Montreal North Shore

Mathieu Fournier
FAA Senior Rigger
Parachute Montreal South Shore

Francis Desrosiers
CSPA Rigger A1
Parachute Montreal South Shore

Simon Bouchard
CSPA Rigger A1
Parachute Montreal South Shore

Corentin Bernaudin
CSPA Rigger A
Parachute Montreal North Shore

Marie-Eve Dazé
FAA Senior Rigger
Parachute Ottawa

Jake Mason
FAA Master Rigger
Parachute Ottawa

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to meet our riggers!

Load organizers
Experienced skydivers

Load organizers

To help in your progression and improvement within the sport, regardless of your level, Parachute Montreal has at your disposal load organizers who are well known in the Canadian skydiving industry.

Whether you prefer Freefly, Formation Skydiving or Wingsuit, our objective is to help you make quality jumps in a safe environment, trained by skydivers who are amongst the best in the country.

On our team of load organizers, we have Andrew Toman and Al Nadeau, Canadian head down record organizers for 2012, 2014 and 2016; Benoit Lemay and Jean-Sebastien Vadeboncoeur (alias Jee Vee), members of national team Evolution; Yves Morisset, Sonia Santerre and Ron Gagné for belly organizing; Monika Wittmer for freefly organizing; Ulysse Bélanger for wingsuit organizing and more.

Visit our Facebook page to view the organizers’ schedules, or contact us.

Experienced skydivers

Event Calendar

Check out our 2019 event calendar below! You can also download the PDF version here to refer to it during the season. The calendar offers organisation and training camps for all levels and disciplines, coaching, record attempts and social events. We’ve planned activities almost every weekend, taking place on both our South Shore and North Shore locations. The detailed descriptions and all the information related to each event that we are planning (how to register, prices, etc.) will be published on Parachute Montreal North Shore’s and South Shore’s Facebook pages. Don’t hesitate to check them out! Stay tuned as other events and all the dinners and parties will be added throughout the season!

Recurring events

  • Rookie Weekend. Starting on June 21. Weekly event that aims to facilitate the progression and integration of our new skydivers (for PFF students, RW students, skydivers working in their B-cop, etc.). Alternating between the South Shore and the North Shore. No registration fees. More info coming soon!
  • Freefly organizing with Dylan Hrycay (North Shore). Every Friday for the entire season. Click here for more information.
  • RW organizing with Yves Morisset (North Shore). Starting on May 18. Every week, from Thursday to Saturday for the entire season (exception: not available from June 20-22, on June 27 and from August 12-14). Click here for more information.
  • RW organizing with Ron Gagné (South Shore). Every week, from Friday to Sunday for the entire season (exceptions: not available on May 25, July 5-6 and from September 3-12). Click here for more information.

August

4-way FS Camp with Hari Ganapathy and Gabrielle Prévost

You asked for it, we listened! We are holding a 4-way FS camp at Parachute Montreal North Shore. For ALL levels! With experienced coaches Hari Ganapathy and Gabrielle Prévost. This is a great opportunity to improve or develop new skills in this awesome discipline! For more info, click here.

Freefly organizing with Monika Wittmer (North Shore)

Monika Wittmer and Carlo Alfau will organize freefly jumps for all levels at Parachute Montreal North Shore (Saint-Esprit) on the weekend of August 31-September 1, 2019. Pre-requisites: having a B license and being able to maintain a stable vertical position in freefall. Objectives: to develop your freefly skills, to meet new people, to try new things and, of course, to have lots of fun. No registration fees! For more information, click here.

September

Freefly organizing with Monika Wittmer (North Shore)

Monika Wittmer and Carlo Alfau will organize freefly jumps for all levels at Parachute Montreal North Shore (Saint-Esprit) on the weekend of August 31-September 1, 2019. Pre-requisites: having a B license and being able to maintain a stable vertical position in freefall. Objectives: to develop your freefly skills, to meet new people, to try new things and, of course, to have lots of fun. No registration fees! For more information, click here.

Canadian Wingsuit Record Attempt (North Shore)

It's finally time to smash our 2014 wingsuit formation record! Be part of this great event taking place on September 12-15, 2019, at our North Shore school (Saint-Esprit) to keep your place as a veteran on the new record or to demonstrate your achievements of the last five years. Registration fee : $170 + $ 2 per jump completed (until August 11th) / $190 + $ 2 per jump completed (after August 11th). For more information and to know how to register, click here.

HD Camp #5 with The Vertical North (North Shore)

Join The Vertical North at Parachute Montreal North Shore on September 14-15 for our last official training camp of the season, as we continue to prepare for the 2020 Canadian Head-Down Record! Open to novices and pros. With Al Nadeau and Andrew Toman. This is your last chance to train with us this season and to set you on your 2020 record path. Registration fees: $40 + $2 per jump completed. For more information, click here.

Freefly organizing with Mathieu Lebel (South Shore)

We’re happy to welcome Mathieu Lebel at both of our schools as an official Parachute Montreal freefly organizer this summer! Mathieu's technical skills, his accessibility and the fact that he first wants to have fun jumping make him an excellent resource to learn to freefly or to simply improve. He will organize on the South Shore (Farnham) on September 21-22. For all levels, no registration fees. For more information, click here.

Experienced skydivers

Gear rental

In order to meet the needs of skydivers who do not have their own equipment, we have available thirty new sets of gear designed for all levels. The canopies we use are the Navigator for students, and the Safire and Sabre 2 for experienced skydivers.

You would like to purchase your own equipment, but need to do some jumps on transition gear before downsizing to a smaller canopy? No problem! To help you transition safely, you will be able to use one of our seven gear rentals that contain a more advanced sport canopy with a wing size of 170 square feet.

To see equipment rental rates, click here. Gear rental includes parachute, jumpsuit, helmet, and altimeter.

Experienced skydivers

Disciplines

FORMATION SKYDIVING (FS)

Formation skydiving is a skydiving event where multiple skydivers attach themselves to one another by grabbing each other's limbs or by the use of grippers on their jumpsuit while free falling through the sky. The goal of this skydiving program is to build a formation of multiple divers arranged in a geometric pattern. During competitions, formation skydive teams consist of 4 or 8 people, and is filmed by a cameraman.

FREEFLY

Freefly is the skydiving discipline which consists of flying in proximity to someone while sitting, head down or on an angle. The speed of freefall is an impressive 250 km/h or more. You can learn these disciplines with our experienced instructors who have been freeflying for a number of years. For personalized training, contact the employees of the manifest.

VERTICAL FORMATION SKYDIVING (VFS)

Vertical formation skydiving is a cross between formation skydiving and freeflying. In this discipline, the skydivers fly in formation during freefall in a sitting or head down position by taking grips on other skydivers. In competition, vertical formation skydiving is performed with a team of 4 plus a cameraman who films the sequence during freefall. Several of our instructors have won medals in this discipline during national and international competitions and will be pleased to coach you on what they know.

ARTISTIC FREEFLY

Artistic freefly is a discipline of creativity and expression. Two skydivers and a cameraman create a pre-determined choreography in freefall to provide a breathtaking spectacle. During competition, certain choreographies are required, while others are left to the team’s creativity.

WINGSUIT

Wingsuit is performed with a special jumpsuit in the form of a wing. The purpose of this discipline is to reduce vertical speed and convert this to horizontal speed. This helps the flyer to increase their freefall flight time considerably. Skydivers who practice wingsuiting are true birdmen !
Since Parachute Montreal is also a wingsuit school, you can be trained in formation wingsuit flying with our instructors who will help you discover this discipline in a safe environment. To register, contact the employees of the manifest.

CANOPY FORMATION SKYDIVING (CFS)

Formation under canopy is equivalent to formation skydiving, but it is practiced under canopy rather than in freefall. Immediately after jumping out of the airplane, the skydivers will deploy their canopies, and fly as one in attached formations by grabbing other canopies with their feet and legs.

CANOPY PILOTING (SWOOPING)

Canopy piloting, also known as swooping, is a discipline practiced under canopy and on landing. By making a low turn under canopy, the skydiver increases the vertical speed and transforms this speed into horizontal speed for landing. The idea is to glide the canopy as far as possible over the ground, often over a body of water to avoid a violent impact with the ground. This discipline is performed by experts, and requires an extreme mastery of canopy control.

Accomodations
Experienced skydivers

Accomodations

Parachute Montreal North Shore has built heated and air-conditioned rooms for you, directly on the drop zone, that you can rent for the duration of your stay. Whether you come for training or for an event, you will feel like you are at home. Please note that the rooms are only available on our North Shore dropzone in Saint-Esprit.

Bathrooms complete with showers are accessible 24 hours a day. You can use our barbecue to cook your meals, or enjoy the on-site restaurant before joining us for the evening fire. We also have complete bedding sets available for rent if necessary.

Experienced Skydivers

F.A.Q.

When does the 2019 season begin and when will it end?

The 2019 season will start on May 4th and ends mid October.

Can I purchase package jump tickets?

Yes, we sell different blocks of jump tickets with or without gear rental. For the prices, please contact the manifest.

What are the jump prices?

For licensed skydivers, the price of a solo jump without gear rental is $36 and the price of a solo jump including gear rental is $70. Taxes are included.

Do you have gear for sale?

Yes. You can purchase helmets, altimeters, audible-altimeters, batteries, camera equipment and more. We primarily sell new equipment, but sometimes we may have used gear available. If we do not have something in stock, we can order it for you. You can also order jumpsuits and parachutes from us.