Ontario is the home of some of Canada’s oldest skydiving schools and clubs. Skydiving in Ontario generally is located in the southern part of the province, particularly in the area between Toronto and the Niagara region. While all of these skydiving centers have options for first-time skydivers, not every one offers jumps for experienced skydivers.
Ontario has skydiving options for all experience levels.
Southern Ontario Skydiving
The Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center (skydivegrandbend.com) is geared toward first-time skydivers. It’s Ontario’s only skydiving center that doesn’t offer tandem jumps — jumps in which you’re strapped to an instructor — for inexperienced jumpers. Instead, first-time skydivers get to do a solo progressive free fall jump. Prospective skydivers undergo classroom instruction and practical training before they and their two instructors board a plane at Grand Bend Airport. The jump is made from a height of 8,000 feet, with both instructors in contact with the skydiver until the parachute is released at 4,000 feet.
Toronto Area Skydiving
The area around Toronto has the highest concentration of skydiving training centers and drop zones. Within the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding area are four skydiving centers. SWOOP (skydiveswoop.com) in Waterdown is one of North America’s oldest skydiving clubs. Markham Skydiving (markhamskydiving.on.ca) offers first-time skydivers the chance to try all three types of solo jumps — tandem, deployment at exit and progressive free fall — so that it can accommodate one-time jumpers and those planning on getting certification. Skydive Toronto (skydivetoronto.com) in Cookstown is Canada’s longest-running skydiving school and has jump options for first-timers, solo trainees and experienced jumpers. The Parachute School of Toronto (parachuteschool.com) takes jumpers to a height of 13,500 feet on their first tandem jump.
Niagara Region Skydiving
The Niagara Skydive Center (niagaraskydive.com) in Dunnsville is Ontario’s only skydiving center that operates seven days a week. The center, which opened in 2001, offers first-time skydivers tandem jumps, progressive free fall jumps and lower altitude solo jumps in which the parachute is deployed as the jumper exits the plane. Experienced jumpers are able to jump from heights that range from 3,000 to 12,500 feet. Skydive Burnaby (skydiveburnaby.com) in nearby Wainfleet caters to both inexperienced and certified jumpers. The center services all of southern Ontario and parts of western New York.
Eastern Ontario Skydiving
The Gananoque Sport Parachuting Center (skydivegan.com) is in Ontario’s scenic Thousand Islands area near Kingston. The center focuses on transitioning jumpers from their first tandem jump to free fall jumps. The Freefall Program includes nine jumps, the last of which is done solo. Along with the more traditional forms of free fall techniques, the center also teaches formation, free fly and parachute formation.
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