22 Jul 2004 08:36:00
Kragonne
Schools around Toronto

Hello,

I checked the archive and noticed that there hasn't been any posting
on skydiving schools around Toronto for about a year. Since I imagine
the situation has changed since then, I'm looking for advice.

PST is still in existence, and I have read people's opinion of it;
static-line combat jumps with rounds from infantry insertion c. 3000'!
In short, my buds (and their gfs) aren't up for that.

Swoop.on.ca seems to be the preferred choice; however it's twice as
expensive as anywhere else (probably due to the first jump being at
HALO altitude, greater than any other school I've seen that allows a
PFF first jump).

The only other one I can find is Grand Bend (perhaps I am only finding
CSPA-affiliates?) Grand Bend (where Swoop is as well?) are a bit of an
extra hike for my gang, who are in uptown Toronto.

Anyway, I've seen posts on other schools around Toronto:

-Markham Skydiving -- closed.
-Coldwater -- no website?
-Skydive 401 -- no website?
-St Catharines Club -- http://www.skydiving.com/,too far
-Simcoe DZ -- no website?
-Burnaby & Dunville -- Niagra, too far

We're leaning toward Swoop. Can anyone add any needed advice to our
quest?

Cheers,
-Krag


22 Jul 2004 21:34:45
DaveC
Re: Schools around Toronto


> PST is still in existence, and I have read people's opinion of it;
> static-line combat jumps with rounds from infantry insertion c. 3000'!
> In short, my buds (and their gfs) aren't up for that.

Very understandable - but I think they actually use squares now.


> Swoop.on.ca seems to be the preferred choice; however it's twice as
> expensive as anywhere else (probably due to the first jump being at
> HALO altitude, greater than any other school I've seen that allows a
> PFF first jump).

They do not do a 'HALO' jump as you described. It's the same as the other
center's
in the area that fly the same type of aircraft. I'm not sure if they're
even operating at their usual place right now.


> The only other one I can find is Grand Bend (perhaps I am only finding
> CSPA-affiliates?) Grand Bend (where Swoop is as well?) are a bit of an
> extra hike for my gang, who are in uptown Toronto.
>

Grand Bend is an excellent place to learn - I did my student progression
there and feel that it's one of the best places to learn as a beginner in
the area. Swoop is NOT located near Grand Bend - it hasnt been for about 5
or 6 years. Swoop is located in Dunas near Hamilton.

Burnaby and Dunville are also options. They also have turbine aircraft
which will allow you to jump from a slightly higher altitude, and you'll get
to that altitude quicker (if that's important to you). Check out all of the
websites.

Grand Bend would be my first option - tell them DaveC sent you. You can PM
me if you want more info.


www.skydiveburnaby.com

www.niagaraskydive.com

www.swoop.ca

www.skydivegrandbend.com

http://www.skydivetoronto.com/(dont think they do PFF)





23 Jul 2004 19:36:25
Paul MacGregor
Re: Schools around Toronto

I'd have to agree with Dave, Grand Bend is an excellent choice. I also did
my first jump there in 1997, top rate establishment excellent staff and the
instruction was by far the best I've seen so far. I was attracted by the PFF
first jump that Bob Wright was offering (only one to do it at the time)
Can't go wrong with GB in my books, best of luck and feel free to tell me
about your jump after you've done it.

Paul

"Kragonne" <kragonne@canada.com > wrote in message
news:979ed99e.0407220736.7041cc0f@posting.google.com...
> Hello,
>
> I checked the archive and noticed that there hasn't been any posting
> on skydiving schools around Toronto for about a year. Since I imagine
> the situation has changed since then, I'm looking for advice.
>
> PST is still in existence, and I have read people's opinion of it;
> static-line combat jumps with rounds from infantry insertion c. 3000'!
> In short, my buds (and their gfs) aren't up for that.
>
> Swoop.on.ca seems to be the preferred choice; however it's twice as
> expensive as anywhere else (probably due to the first jump being at
> HALO altitude, greater than any other school I've seen that allows a
> PFF first jump).
>
> The only other one I can find is Grand Bend (perhaps I am only finding
> CSPA-affiliates?) Grand Bend (where Swoop is as well?) are a bit of an
> extra hike for my gang, who are in uptown Toronto.
>
> Anyway, I've seen posts on other schools around Toronto:
>
> -Markham Skydiving -- closed.
> -Coldwater -- no website?
> -Skydive 401 -- no website?
> -St Catharines Club -- http://www.skydiving.com/,too far
> -Simcoe DZ -- no website?
> -Burnaby & Dunville -- Niagra, too far
>
> We're leaning toward Swoop. Can anyone add any needed advice to our
> quest?
>
> Cheers,
> -Krag




23 Jul 2004 21:12:50
Kragonne
Re: Schools around Toronto

Thanks to both Paul and DaveC for their advice. Will advice in
a short while how our first jumps went.

Cheers,
-krag