Covid-19
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Covid-19

PARACHUTE MONTREAL IS OPEN!

We’re happy to announce that our two skydiving centers are now open for the 2020 season. Please note that we’re complying with all regulations overseen by Transport Canada, the Public Health National Institute of Quebec and the CNESST.

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIFT CERTIFICATES PURCHASED DURING THE 2019 CHRISTMAS PROMOTION

  • Certificates valid in May 2020: you will have until July 24, 2020, inclusively to jump at the promotional price (one month after the start of the season).
  • Certificates valid throughout the 2020 season: you will have until June 24, 2021, inclusively to jump at the promotional price (one year after the start of the season).

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NEW SAFETY MEASURES

2020 will be a memorable year, that's for sure.

Like most businesses in Quebec, the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic are forcing us to overcome many challenges and to change how we operate. 2020 is also special and significant, as it’s been 30 years since we started sharing our passion and making people live a skydiving experience that is different, professional, unforgettable, but, above all, safe!

Here are the measures we’re putting in place to limit the transmission risks of Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of all employees, skydivers, customers and guests who will visit our two skydiving centers this summer.


GENERAL HEALTH MEASURES APPLICABLE TO EVERYONE WHO IS VISITING PARACHUTE MONTREAL

The following measures will be regularly reviewed and updated if need be.

  • The majority of our activities will now take place outside. We’ve also changed the way we operate to minimize contacts between different groups and with different employees.
  • An employee will be outside to welcome everyone that arrives at Parachute Montreal. Each person’s temperature will be taken with a contactless thermometer. It will also be mandatory to complete a health questionnaire before accessing the site and/or our outdoor facilities.
  • Several hand washing and disinfection stations have been installed inside and outside. Washing or disinfecting your hands will be mandatory before entering the building.
  • Surfaces that are often touched will be disinfected regularly and/or after each use (door handles, switches, bathrooms, pencils, payment terminals, computer mice and keyboards, belts and grab bars in planes and on ground simulators, etc.).
  • Wearing a mask will be mandatory at all times indoors. It will not be mandatory outside, unless the physical distance of two meters cannot be respected. Masks that can be tied behind the head and that are strong enough to stay in place during freefall can be purchased. Physical distancing will be encouraged even between people wearing masks.
  • Only five customers will be admitted at the same time inside to register.
  • A strict 14-day quarantine policy will apply for staff members with flu symptoms, who have been in contact with someone infected by Covid-19 or who have traveled outside of Canada.
  • Plexiglas screens are installed at the reception to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.
  • Hugs and high fives with the instructors or between jumpers are not allowed to limit physical contacts.


SPECIFIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLICABLE TO TANDEM CUSTOMERS

The following measures will be regularly reviewed and updated if need be.

  • We reduced the daily number of reservations that we accept by around 50% and each customer doing a tandem jump is allowed to bring a maximum of two guests, to limit the number of people on site.
  • Aside from registration and payment, all stages of the tandem jump will be completed outside. This includes training, gearing-up (harness adjustment), filming interviews before and after the jump (for those who purchased a video/photo package), as well as removing the harness.
  • In addition to being mandatory at all times indoors, wearing a mask will be mandatory outside from the gearing-up stage until all the equipment has been removed after the jump. This applies to tandem passengers and instructors, who will also be required to wear a full-face helmet.
  • Upon arrival, please go to the outdoor check-in table, where one of our employees will greet you (make sure you are wearing a mask for this). It is mandatory to wear a mask as soon as you arrive at the skydiving center (during the registration process, during the jump, at all times inside the building and when the two-meter distancing rule cannot be respected outside).
  • Your mask must be fixed in a sufficiently tight manner around the head in order to stay in place during freefall. A mask that is fixed to the head with ties or strings behind the ears will not stay in place. In the event that your mask is not tight enough to stay in place during freefall, you will need to buy one on site for $10. In any case, we still ask you to arrive on site with a mask, because it is mandatory to wear it upon your arrival.
  • Exceptionally, jumpsuits will not be provided for tandem passengers. Therefore, customers will have to dress appropriately for the activity, i.e. comfortable and tight sports clothes that are adapted to the weather. Please note that clothing can be soiled during landing.
  • Instructors must wash or disinfect their hands before and after gearing up the passenger as well as before and after removing the harness.
  • Freefall goggles will be disinfected between each customer.
  • Tandem customers will not be able to watch their video on site to limit the number of people in the building.
  • Our ground photography service will continue to be offered.


SPECIFIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLICABLE TO LICENSED SKYDIVERS

Skydiving safety measures should never be sacrificed for Covid-19 health measures. Jumpers are required to check their equipment, to review emergency procedures and to seek assistance from an instructor or from the director of operations if they don’t feel safe or confortable in any given situation.

The following measures will be regularly reviewed and updated if need be.

  • All jumpers must have a mask that is strong enough to stay in place during freefall, wear it inside at all times and outside when the two-meter distance rule cannot be respected (ground simulators, boarding area, altitude climb in the plane, exit from the plane, freefall, etc.).
  • The manifest will be accessible via a window outside to avoid going in the building.
  • Accompanying persons will not be allowed for regular jumpers, to limit the number of people on site.
  • Jumpers who have their own equipment must commit to making a minimum of three jumps, with exceptions, and jumpers who do not have their equipment must commit to making a minimum of two jumps, with exceptions. Examples of exceptions: weather, winds, weekdays when fewer than two or three loads are scheduled, etc.
  • Jumpers who pack their own parachute will have to do it outside and will be required to respect a physical distance of two meters between each other. Parachute Montreal packers will remain available. They will also be required to respect the two-meter physical distancing rule.
  • The interior of the building will be a transitional zone accessible only to go to the bathroom, to pick-up your rental gear and to drop-off/pick-up your parachute if it’s being packed by one of our employees. So we recommend bringing everything you’ll need to be comfortable outside (ex. a tarp and a heavy object to fix your harness to the ground when packing, a tent or a parasol for shade, a cooler for your food and drinks, folding chairs, etc.). You will need to keep your equipment and all your things outside.
  • Classroom computers cannot be used, in order to limit the number of people in the building.
  • Dirt dive practices must be performed without contact and with a distance of two meters between each skydiver.


SPECIFIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLICABLE TO STUDENTS (PFF AND RW)

The following measures will be regularly reviewed and updated if need be.

  • Students must have a mask that is strong enough to stay in place during freefall, wear it inside at all times and outside when the two-meter distance rule cannot be respected. The mask must be considered as a piece of equipment, like the altimeter, for example. It must be worn from the gearing up stage and subsequently during all stages of the jump.
  • The first jump theory course (PFF) will be given outside (weather permitting). If it should happen inside, wearing a mask will be mandatory for everyone. The classroom and all the equipment used will be disinfected before and after usage.
  • Accompanying persons will not be allowed for students, to limit the number of people on site.
  • Students must keep the same equipment throughout the day, including their parachute. All the equipment used will be disinfected at the end of the day (altimeters, helmets, radios, life jackets, lead belts, jumpsuits, parachutes, etc.).
  • The instructor will disinfect keyboards, computer mice and other computer equipment or teaching aids used to debrief jumps after each use.

We can't wait to see you in the sky again! The Parachute Montreal team

How to begin
First jump

How to begin

The big day has finally arrived! You are becoming more and more excited? Maybe nervous? We know exactly what you are going through. Don't worry! For 25 years, skydiving has been our profession and our entire team has more than 175 000 jumps of experience. Remember, you are on the verge of a unique experience that will change your life.

You can choose one of 3 different options for your first skydive:

Jump at 9000' - This option will allow you to experience a 9000' tandem skydive. At 5000', after only 20 seconds of free fall, your instructor will deploy the parachute and you will be able to enjoy the experience of flying under the canopy. Buy now !

Jump at 13 500' - Our most popular option for a first skydive, that will allow you to get the full experience of free fall for 60 seconds. You will jump from 13 500' attached to your instructor. At 5000', your instructor will deploy the parachute and you will enjoy the flight under your canopy. Buy now !

Jump at 18 000' - The most extreme skydive experience. You will fly up to a height of 18 000’ with the help of oxygen in the plane. You will experience the thrill of the longest freefall: 1 minute and 20 seconds. Buy now !

You are getting ready to enjoy a unique and intense experience that will last around 3 hours and that will definitely mark your life. From the briefing to the landing, here is how the activity will take place. Here is a description of your forthcoming experience.

How to begin:

  1. We prefer that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled reservation.
  2. You will receive a 15 to 20 minutes training before your jump.
  3. Accompanied by your instructor, you will board the airplane wearing a jump suit and a special harness.
  4. Once you'll have reached the exit altitude, you will prepare to jump from the airplane, securely attached to your instructor.
  5. Once the parachute is deployed, you will enjoy a descent under canopy.
  6. You will land near the main building, so family and friends can easily watch your landing.
  7. The full activity will take approximately 3 hours, but we invite you to stay with us, enjoy your day, meet the team and watch other skydiving that is going on.

Please note that for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the drop zone and alcohol is forbidden.

Video and/or photos services
First jump

Video and/or photos services

To relive your first jump experience, and share the moment with your loved ones, we offer video and/or photos services. You will receive a 5-minutes video showing all stages of your jump, filmed and/or photographed. The video and/or photos services are offered with our all our tandem jumps. We offer three different options:

SELFIE

Your skydive jump including the part under canopy captured by a camera on your instructor’s wrist.
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OUTSIDE CAMERA

Your skydive jump captured by an outside cameraman.
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COMBO

Selfie + outside camera
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No more than 15 minutes after your tandem jump, you will receive your video and/or photos taken during freefall, with you as the main star.

Click here for more details and information on our prices.

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F.A.Q.

Are gift certificates transferable?

Yes. Gift certificates are transferable. Only the recipient of the gift certificate (the person to whom you offer it) can apply for a change of name. Transfer fees of $35 (plus taxes) apply for any transfer.

The recipient must complete the form below to complete the transfer. The gift certificate transfer will only be accepted if the form was sent at info@parachutemontreal.ca and the applicable fee was paid prior to the date of the jump.

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age to make a tandem skydive is 14 and the minimum age to take the PFF training is 16. For anyone under the age of majority (18), a parental consent form must be signed by a parent before being allowed to jump. Here are the parental consent forms for tandem jumps, depending on where you choose to jump:

For a tandem done at our South Shore school (Farnham), click here.
For a tandem done at our North Shore school (Saint-Esprit), click here.

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. 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 not be refunded.

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 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.