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What is the minimum age?

The minimum age for a tandem jump is 14 years old with permission of both parents. At the age of 16, the permission of only one parent is required. Make sure that you fill out the consent form before the jump.

Should I make a reservation, and how long in advance?

Yes, it is best to book ahead. The more in advance you book, the better the chance to get the day/time you prefer. We suggest that you reserve one week in advance. You will be asked for a credit card number in order to confirm your reservation. A $50 deposit per person will be charged at the reservation.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we have gift certificates available. You can purchase a gift certificate for a jump or for any dollar amount that you would like. To order a gift certificate, click here.

Please note that all sales are final and gift certificates are not refundable.

Are gift certificates refundable and do they have an expiration date?

No. Gift certificates are not refundable and there is no expiration date on them. They keep their monetary value! However, any increase in the rates will result in a charge for the price difference on the gift certificate at the time of the jump.

Can I cancel my reservation?

Yes. Although, please note that the 50$ deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel with 48 hours of advanced notice you will not incur any charges. If you cancel within 48 hours of your reservation date, your deposit of $50 per person will be lost.

What if I have a fear of heights?

Many skydivers have a fear of heights but still skydive! You will not have the feeling of height during your jump, neither in the airplane nor in freefall. Because you are jumping from 9000, 13, 500 or 18,000 feet, you will have no physical references to how high up you are; therefore, you will not experience any sensation of height.

Do I have to pay for the full amount when I make a reservation?

No, you pay the full amount only on the day of your jump. However, you will be asked to put down a deposit of $50 per person non refundable when you make the reservation.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Jumping is restricted if the sky is too cloudy or if the winds are too strong. It is rather unusual to cancel an entire day of skydiving. However, if this should happen, we will move your reservation without charge to any date and time that is convenient for you. If the weather looks uncertain on the day of your jump, we invite you to phone us before you travel out to the drop zone.

Is there a maximum weight?

The maximum weight is 250 pounds (115 kilos). For anyone exceeding 235 pounds (107 kilos), an additional $35 supplemental fee will be charged.

How should I dress?

Dress comfortably, and according to the day’s weather. Sport clothes and running shoes are appropriate. You will be provided with a jump suit to go over your clothes. Do not wear sandals or flip-flops ! Remember, it is colder in altitude than on the ground. The temperature will be between 0 and 10 degree Celsius.

When does the 2020 season begin and when will it end?

We will gradually open from June 20, 2020 on the South Shore (Farnham) and from June 24, 2020 on the North Shore (Saint-Esprit).

The 2020 season is scheduled to end on October 12th.

How much does it cost?

To see the price list, click here.

Where is Saint-Esprit?

Saint-Esprit is situated in the Lanaudiere region, 30 minutes north of Montreal, where highway 25 north terminates. It is a small village on the way to Rawdon.

Can I get there by public transportation?

To come to our dropzone located in Saint-Esprit on the North Shore, yes, you can use public transportation. There is a bus that departs from subway station Radisson in Montreal and goes to Saint-Esprit. You must ask the driver to disembark directly at the dropzone. The bus number is 125. To see the schedule, click here. Unfortunately, you can’t use public transportation to come to our dropzone in Farnham.

How much time should I plan for?

The entire activity will take approximately 2 to 3 hours. However, sometimes there are delays due to weather conditions.

How much time does it take to prepare for the tandem jump?

Preparation for your jump takes about 20 minutes.

From what altitude will I be jumping?

Depending on the package you choose, you will jump from 9000′, 13,500′ or 18,000′ of altitude. For a first jump, the most popular package is definitely the one at 13,500′.

How long will I be in freefall?

For the jump at 9000 feet, the freefall will last about 20 seconds.

For the jump at 13,500 feet, the freefall will last about 60 seconds.

For the jump at 18 000 feet, the freefall will last about 1 minute 20 seconds.

How fast is freefall?

A little more than 200 km/h or 120 mph.

When jumping out of an airplane, does one have the same heart-dropping sensation that you get on a rollercoaster?

No. Because the airplane is moving steadily through the air, you will not have any dropping sensation when exiting from the airplane. If you were to jump from a bridge or a helicopter, however, you would have this sensation because you would be jumping from a still position.

What does freefall feel like?

The feeling of freefall is very difficult to explain and needs to be experience to truly undersand it. You will not feel like you are falling, but rather like you are flying. The wind is holding you up just as if you were in an indoor skydiving simulator.

Will I have difficulty breathing in freefall?

No, it is very easy to breath in freefall. If you are so nervous that you are holding your breath after exiting the airplane, simply shout and that will help you to breathe normally.

At what altitude will the instructor open the parachute?

The instructor will deploy the parachute at 5,000 feet, or 1,550 metres.

How hard does the parachute open?

The parachute opening is done gradually. You will feel your speed decrease, and you will see the canopy inflate above your head.

How long will I be flying under the parachute?

The descent under canopy takes about 6 to 8 minutes. You will be able to hear and speak with your instructor. He may even give you control of the canopy so you can fly it.

 

How far can I see under the parachute?

If the air is clear and there is no smog, you will easily be able to see Montreal with the downtown buildings and the Olympic stadium, and you will also see the mountains to the north.

How hard is the landing?

Landing is very smooth and the instructor starts to slow down gradually a few feet above the ground. You will land either standing, or perhaps sliding on your butt, depending on the weather conditions and your instructor.

Is parachuting safe?

Parachuting is an extreme sport that involves some risks. However, when it is performed following the rules and supervised by professionals, the risk of injury is very low. Accidents are rare, and usually by experienced parachutists who are injured due to their own recklessness.

Our equipment is at the cutting edge of parachute technology and is inspected according to standards established by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA). All of our parachutes are fitted with two canopies and an Automatic Activation Device; if at a certain altitude the parachute is not opened, this device will automatically open the emergency parachute.

Will I be securely attached?

Absolutely. Your harness will be attached in a secure manner, and verified several times by your instructor before the jump. In fact, you are jumping with equipment designed for two people and are attached to the parachute in the same way as your instructor is.

Is it true that there is a second parachute?

Yes, all of our equipment is equipped with a second parachute, called a reserve parachute or an emergency parachute. Therefore, in the event of a malfunction of the main parachute, your instructor will deploy the emergency parachute.

 

What happens if the parachute does not open?

The main parachute not opening is almost impossible! Nevertheless, if ever this should happen, your instructor will simply deploy the emergency parachute.

Do I require any special skills or knowledge to complete a tandem skydive?

Absolutely not. All the work is performed by your instructor, so you do not require any special knowledge. Before skydiving, you will watch a video explaining the process of the jump so that you are ready for it.

Can I jump if I have previously experienced a dislocated shoulder?

It is not recommended to jump if you have had previous shoulder dislocations. We cannot guarantee that your shoulder will not dislocate again during freefall. That being said, many people have jumped with this condition by holding their arms across their chest, rather than holding them out in the air during freefall. This helps reducing the risks of your shoulder dislocating again during freefall.

Can people with physical disabilities skydive?

For individuals with a physical handicap, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. It depends on the nature of the physical disability, the person’s level of mobility and the weather conditions of the day. That said, the majority of people with a disability are welcomed and have the opportunity to perform a jump.

Are there any physical conditions or restrictions?

Aside from weight restrictions, there are not too many physical restrictions. The important thing is to be in good general physical condition for your jump. In addition, you do not require a medical certificate.

What is the maximum age?

There is no maximum age. The oldest person that has jumped with us was 88 years old!

Can I get a video or pictures of my jump?

Yes, we offer video and/or photo service. For the jump at 13,500′ and the jump at 18,000′, a cameraman skydiver will jump with you at the same time, to film and take pictures of all stages of your jump, from ground preparation to landing, including the freefall portion. For the jump at 9000′, your tandem instructor will have a GoPro camera on his wrist to film or take pictures of all stages of your jump.

What are your business hours?

We are opened from 8:00 AM until sunset. We operate 7 days a week, including holidays.

Are you opened year-round?

No, we are open from the beginning of May until mid-October. The winter is much too cold to go skydiving in Quebec.

How can I pay?

We accept cash, debit card, Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express or cheques.

Can I bring spectators?

Absolutely! All spectators are welcomed. We offer air-conditioned buildings, a children’s play area, a restaurant, a large photo gallery and a picnic area. You can even bring a lunch if you wish. Your friends and family will have a great view of your landing.

Can I jump with my own camera, e.g. GoPro?

For safety reasons, it is not possible to jump with your own camera during a tandem jump. Remember that if you want professional video and photos of your jump, we offer the video and/or photos option.

Can I jump with glasses, sunglasses, or contacts lenses?

Yes, you can jump with your glasses or contact lenses. Your instructor will give you a pair of goggles for the jump. If you are wearing glasses, we have special goggles for you to wear over your glasses.

Can I select the songs for my jump video?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to choose your video music.

If I have lost my DVD or my USB key, can I get another copy?

We keep an archive of videos from the current season. If you lose your DVD or your USB key and we always have your video in our computer archives, we will be happy to make you a second copy for $25.

Is there a restaurant at your location?

Yes, we have a restaurant on site, which allows you to keep an eye on the sky and the landing area. We sell sandwiches, salads, fruits and vegetables, breakfast, hot and cold beverages, candies, etc.

May I bring my own lunch?

Yes, you may. We have a large sitting area on our patio, or you can sit in the picnic areas.

Can I bring my dog?

No, because we are an airport, for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the site.

Can I bring alcohol to the drop zone?

Alcohol is not permitted on the drop zone.

Can I jump while wearing dentures?

Yes. Many people jump each year with their dentures.

Can I jump with breast implants?

Yes.

Can I jump during that time of the month…?

Yes.

Experienced skydivers

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.

Training

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

Yes.

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).

Parachute Montreal legal consent form
CSPA legal consent form

Can I pay my PFF training in installments?

The PFF formation is paid in two instalments. 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.

What are the weather constraints that might affect my PFF training course?

The sky must be cleared and winds are not to exceed 15 mph. If the weather conditions are not safe, we will move your reservation to another day that is convenient for you.

At what altitude do PFF jumps take place?

Eight of the nine jumps are from 13, 500 feet and one jump is from 5,000 feet.

How long is the theory-training portion of the PFF course?

Approximately 4 hours.

Do I require my own parachute for the PFF course?

Not at all. We have several student parachutes on site, jumpsuits, helmets, and altimeters. All rental charges are included in the price of your PFF course.

How should I dress for the PFF jumps and what else should I bring with me?

Wear comfortable, sports clothes and bring running shoes. Bring your logbook and goggles that you received during the theory training class.

Am I obligated to make my PFF jumps in 2 consecutive days?

No, not necessarily. However, it is preferable for your progression to make the jumps in two consecutive days. It is not recommended to space the jumps out over several days.

How many jumps per day will I make during the PFF course?

Generally, you will make 4 jumps on the first day, and 5 on the second day.

Can I make all my jumps in a single day?

If the weather conditions are favourable, and you have the physical capacity, then it is possible to make 9 jumps in one day. However, we do not recommend this.

Is it true that I might have to perform repeat jumps during my training, and if so, do I have to pay for these additional jumps?

Yes. Each jump must be seen as a level that you must achieve, and you must pass prior to the next jump. If you do not achieve the required level of ability, you will be made to repeat that level, and pay the additional fee for that repeated level. This is done for your safety.

Will I have radio assistance during my PFF training jumps?

Yes, for all of your jumps, even those where you do not have an instructor with you in freefall.

Once I have my solo certificate, can I jump with other skydivers?

No. To jump with other parachutists, you must hold an A-CoP.

Do I need to make a reservation for my FS training?

Yes, ideally one week in advance. If the weather conditions are not satisfactory, we will move your booking to another time convenient to you.

How long is the FS training?

You will need about 2 days to perform all training requirements. The jumps can be spread over a longer period, or depending on weather conditions.

What is the cost of FS training?

To see the FS costs, click here. You will make 10 jumps during your training.

After completing my FS training, am I allowed jumping with other skydivers?

Completing your FS training does not imply that you may jump with other skydivers. To do this, you must have completed your A-CoP.

FS training is a prerequisite for the A-CoP, but to obtain this certificate, you are also required to pass a theory exam administered by the CSPA, complete the parachute packing endorsement and have a minimum of 25 jumps.

Once you have completed these requirements, you will receive your A-CoP from the CSPA, and only then can you jump with another skydiver with a minimum of A-CoP.

Can I earn different licenses (CoP) at Parachute Montreal?

Absolutely, you can get all of your licenses (CoP) from us.

What do I need to do to obtain my A-CoP?
  • Complete your FS training
  • Complete the packing course and endorsement
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam
  • Have a minimum of 25 jumps
What do I need to do to obtain my B-CoP?
  • Perform the style series jump from the CSPA in 16 seconds or less
  • Complete a figure 8 jump on your back or sit position
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam
  • Have a minimum of 50 jumps
What do I need to do to obtain my C-CoP?
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam
  • Have a minimum of 200 jumps
What do I need to do to obtain my D-CoP?
  • Pass the CSPA theory exam
  • Have a minimum of 500 jumps
What are the costs to earn a license?

The cost for each license is $45 and the administration fee for the exam is $45.

What are the prerequisites to take the wingsuit training course?

You must hold a B-CoP and a minimum of 200 jumps.

Do I need to make a reservation for the wingsuit training course?

Yes, you must contact the employees of the manifest.

Can I rent a wingsuit from you?

Yes, we have several wingsuits available in all sizes at our drop zone. For wingsuit rental prices, click here.