Rigging Zone
Experienced skydivers

Rigging Zone

Our mission

Rigging is a profession and an art: a rigger knows how to identify a problem to solve it; either by using our own skills or by guiding you to the resources that will best meet your needs. We are passionate about skydiving! We therefore know that the best skydivers are those who know how their equipment works and how to take care of it, both to increase safety and performance.

At the Rigging Zone, you will be taken care of to the best of our ability. We offer personalized and professional rigging services, with your satisfaction and safety at heart.

The Rigging Zone can:

  • Check your equipment.
  • Guide you when you purchase new or used equipment.
  • Make the necessary repairs, pack and certify your equipment, take care of ordering various components or send it for repair if necessary.

With many years of expertise, our knowledge can be passed on to you if you need to identify the source of a problem you have encountered or if you would like advice related to your equipment’s maintenance and packing. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, it will be our pleasure to enrich your knowledge and broaden our skills.

We also invite you to consult our FAQ section at the bottom of the page!

Services & prices (taxes not included)

  • Minimum charge | $10
  • Hourly rate (workshop time) | $60
  • Main canopy reline (lines not included, canopy inspection included) | $230
  • Replacement of two bilateral lines | hourly rate
  • BOC pouch replacement | pouch $37,75 + hourly rate for installation
  • Canopy patches (main and reserve) | hourly rate
  • Full equipment cleaning (container and harness) | $50
  • Touch up equipment cleaning | $20
  • Pilot-chute kill line replacement | hourly rate
  • Reserve repack and inspection (canopy, container and harness) | $90
  • Canopy inspection (main OR reserve) | $40
  • Main canopy inspection (if done with a reserve repack) | $30
  • Canopy assembly (main OR reserve) | $40
  • Canopy inspection and assembly (main OR reserve) | $60
  • Service fee | $25

More info on the service charge. If we place an order with a manufacturer for which we are not a dealer or if we send a component for repair for you, we will charge a service fee since, between the preparation time, we invest resources for communications, orders, payments, pickup, etc.

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.

Need rigging services?

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

Rigging Zone services are offered at our two skydiving centres:

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

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. 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.

Our team

Marie-Eve Dazé
FAA Senior Rigger

Gabrielle Prévost
FAA Senior Rigger

Francis Desrosiers
CSPA Rigger A1

Simon Bouchard
CSPA Rigger A1

Corentin Bernaudin
CSPA Rigger A

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

Disciplines
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.

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; Yves Morisset, Sonia Santerre and Ron Gagné for belly organizing; Monika Wittmer, Mathieu Lebel and Benoit Lemay for freefly organizing; Ulysse Bélanger for wingsuit organizing and more.

Visit our Facebook pages (North Shore and South Shore) or check out our event calendar to view the organizers’ schedules. You can also always contact us.

Experienced skydivers

Event Calendar

Our team is working hard to plan events for the 2021 season, always considering the public health situation. More information coming soon!

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.

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.

Rigging Zone - What does a reline include?

Do your lines seem worn out? Your canopy does not perform like it did when you first flew it? Are your openings weird, regardless of where your canopy was packed and the technique used to do it? Flaring is no longer effective? It might be time to do a reline (changing all the lines on your canopy for new ones).

A reline includes:

  • A set of lines (we purchase them directly from the manufacturer to ensure quality and compliance).
  • A material quality inspection to assess whether a reline is advisable (if your canopy is simply too old and worn out, a complete reline may not be worth the cost!).
  • Installation of new lines according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • A reassembly of the lines on your risers.
  • Adjustments after the reline if you notice after a few jumps that the control lines are not the right length for you!

Note that a complete reline can take up to four hours.

Rigging Zone - What does the inspection of the main parachute include?

A main canopy inspection includes:

  • Inspection of the general condition of the canopy (we look out for holes, broken seams, weakening of the material, etc.).
  • Verification of your equipment’s various components, such as the deployment bag, the pilot chute, the length of the kill line, the risers, the soft links, etc.
  • Inspection of your lines’ condition and trim measures. Some types of lines are durable and strong, but their length can dramatically change over time. It is a good practice to check the trim. An « out of trim » canopy will show a drop in performance to different degrees, generate unpredictable openings (hard or too slow, line twists, etc.), make flaring ineffective, and so on. The slider’s friction on the lines after each opening will cause them to narrow unevenly, changing the shape of your canopy in flight. The Spectra / Microline lines are known to alter the trim in an impressive way. Other types of lines are stable in length, but can show signs of wear that are sometimes difficult to identify. A trained rigger can identify the warning signs to prevent a line from breaking by surprise!

Rigging Zone - What does a reserve repack include?

A reserve repack includes the following:

  • A complete inspection of the container, harness, RSL, MARD, reserve canopy, assembly, condition of materials and stitching, AAD, free bag and pilot chute.
  • An inspection of the components’ compatibility, service bulletins, etc. (we ensure that everything is in line with the manufacturer's recommendations).
  • We clean the release cables, add a new reserve closing loop and clean all the components as needed.
  • Finally, we pack the reserve canopy according to the manufacturer's instructions.

This service does not include:

  • Main parachute pack job and inspection. Since a rigger affixes his seal (i.e., name) to the reserve pack job, an inspection of the main parachute is recommended.
  • Repairs or modifications required on the components inspected.

Rigging Zone - What does the complete cleaning of the container and harness include?

A quick assessment your equipment’s condition is done as soon as you drop it off at the Rigging Zone. This is when we judge whether it needs a full soak or a touch-up cleaning.

If we see a few dirt marks, we can offer a touch-up cleaning, which is fast and very effective (base price of $20, since only 15 to 20 minutes of brushing is sufficient).

If the equipment hasn’t been cleaned in years, or if it has been used or stored in an environment with a lot of sand and dust, a thorough cleaning is highly recommended. This choice is personal, but a completely washed and refurbished equipment is so nice! The cost for this service is $50.

Why $50? A complete soak is a time-consuming process. We disassemble and empty the equipment of its components. We completely submerge the container in water with a drop of mild soap, let it soak and finally brush it. We repeat this process two to three times with clean water to remove the encrusted dirt. After drying, it is reassembled, inspected and packed!

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 $44 and the price of a solo jump including gear rental is $82. 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.