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Security day at Parachutisme Victoriaville + my next trip coming up!




(Salut tout le monde! Cet article sera écrite en Français aussi car un des DZ se situe dans un coin Francophone, la version FR. se situe après celle en Anglais)


Hey everyone!

Sorry about the hiatus, site was down for maintenance over the past little while to upgrade the servers.


I want to take a second to thank Mike, my partner and associate at Skydive Addiction for everything he’s done. He is the man when it comes to the web work; he’s put in lots of hours working on improving the site for our readers and bloggers and continues to do so. (If anyone’s interested in checking out his other work, his portfolio is located here.)


Now down to the dirty. So last weekend, I got the chance to head to Parachutisme Victoriaville for their security day. It was day 1 of the season for them so a bunch of the regular skydivers from the DZ were there as well as some of my friends from a few other DZs in Quebec.

The weather was a bit too windy to jump, so we took advantage to review the different features of a container and why some of the add-ons are included. We also discussed emergency procedures when in the plane, in freefall and under canopy.

We spent approximately two hours talking about all this. Afterwards, I took some time to wander around the DZ a bit.

They have a Navajo (which seats 10) as well as an indoor packing area (which some people take advantage to sleep in on cold nights).

The DZ is on a municipal airport so it’s super easy to spot from the sky.

The staff is extremely friendly, Luc Carignan is the DZO, his son Pierre-luc and his daughter Joanie both work at the DZ as well.

This isn’t the type of DZ who is going to look at you and say “you have enough jumps, do whatever you want”. They are going to talk to you and maybe fly with you before deciding whether or not you’re safe.

The facilities are extremely modern and the DZ is a place I would suggest you go to learn.

I didn’t get the chance to jump unfortunately so I can’t really speak about fun jumping yet, but I promise that I will head back during the summer and get a more detailed review for everyone!

Weather permitting, I will be at Skydive Gananoque this coming weekend with a few friends and readers who want to try out a tandem, so I’ll have a story and some pictures up by the middle of the week!


In the meantime,


Blue skies and keep flying!







Je m’excuse de l’hiatus tout le monde, le site était en train de se faire mettre à jour.


Je voulais prendre un instant avant de débuter mon article pour remercier mon associé et partenaire d’affaires Mike pour tout ce qu’il à fait pour Skydive Addiction. C’est lui qui à fait tout le travail sur le site ainsi que sur le serveur et il continue de sacrifier son temps pour que nôs lecteurs ainsi que nos bloggeurs  aient un site qui marche correctement. (Si vous êtes intéressé à voir son portfolio, vous pouvez le trouver ici.)


Donc, pour poursuivre : En fin de semaine dernière, j’ai eu l’opportunité de visiter Parachutisme Victoriaville pour leur journée de la sécurité. C’était la première journée de la saison donc il y a eu plusieurs parachutistes réguliers ainsi que d’autres parachutistes d’ailleurs qui se sont présentés.

Malheureusement, la météo n’était pas de nôtre coté. Il ventait trop fort pour sauter donc nous avons pris plus de temps pour avoir nôs briefings de sécurité. Les coachs présents ont discuté les différentes composantes d’un harnais et pourquoi il y a des ajouts qui sont inclus. Il y a aussi eu une présentation des procédures d’urgence dans l’avion, en chute libre et sous-voilure.

La présentation à duré approximativement deux heures. Par la suite, j’ai pris du temps pour aller faire le tour de la Drop Zone.

Ils ont un Navajo (qui peux asseoir 10 parachutistes) ainsi qu’un aire de pliage intérieur (Ou des gens prennent avantage de dormir sur le plancher lors de nuits froides haha!)

La Drop est situé sur un aéroport municipal, donc il est très facile à voir dans le ciel.

Les employés sont extrêmement sympathiques, Luc Carignan est le DZO, son fils Pierre-Luc et sa fille Joanie font aussi parti de l’équipe.

Ce n’est pas le type de DZ ou on te regardera et on te dira « Tu as assez de sauts, fais ce que tu veux ». C’est le genre de place ou on discutera avec toi, on volera avec toi et par la suite, on décidera si tu es sécuritaire.

Les facilités sont très modernes. Malheureusement, je n’ai pas eu l’opportunité de sauter pour le moment, donc je ne peux pas parler de l’aspect des « fun jumpers », mais je vous promets que j’y retournerai cet été et je vous donnerai un article un peu plus détaillé.

Si la météo permet, je serais de retour à Skydive Gananoque en fin de semaine avec quelques amis et lecteurs qui veulent essayer des Tandems. Je devrais avoir des photos et un article pour vous sous peu.


Entre temps,


Blue skies et continuez de voler!





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Review: Skydive Gananoque

Hey everyone!

So first thing’s first, I’d like to Lucie to the team, I’d also like to wish Ashley ( well and I’m happy to hear that she’s well on the road to recovery. =D
It’s always hard for me to hear about friends of mine that sustain injuries, especially the kind that stop them from doing the thing they love most… Skydiving!


So Back to the topic at hand. Earlier this month, (March 31st and April 1st) the “Frenchie Invasion Tour” (my friends from Quebec and I) went to Skydive Gananoque.
I had never been there before (Yes I bought beer) and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I heard a lot of stories about the place from friends of mine that had gone about the crazy campfires they have there. (More to come on that later on in this post).

Friday evening, I was picked up by a couple of friends, and we headed down to Gananoque (1000 islands). We arrived just after 8:30 PM to check in at our motel.

Needless to say, we’re kind of childish (Would you expect different from a group of Skydivers?).



So we headed out to a restaurant called the Riverside Bar & Grill.
We were greeted by Will McCarthy (The Co. DZO at Skydive Gananoque), his girlfriend Michelle (Who also happens to be a Skydive coach) and a bunch of the others from Quebec.

The food was awful, but we had some beers and headed back to the hotel.

We proceeded to do what skydivers do best: Crack open a case of beer and sit around and tell stories.


The next morning we headed over to the DZ to meet up with the rest of the group and start our day.

Now, Skydive Gananoque is fairly off the beaten path in a sense, you could quite easily drive right by it without realizing you passed it until you’re 5 miles down the road.
We had a GPS with us, so we sort of got saved by that.

The Drop zone has quite a big landing area, it’s easy to spot from the sky and has a HUGE hangar… Unfortunately, the packing area isn’t so huge, so we just packed in the hangar.

(Pictured above: Rachel P and Alex D.)

(Above: Aerial view of the DZ taken by Will McCarthy)

So we began our day with the tandem master refreshers. As I had already mentioned in my last post.
(Above: My girlfriend and I posing for the camera before we “risk our lives” in the hands of someone who’s name we don’t even know =D )

Following  the tandem jumps, we did several loads including Lucie’s 100th. The load was planned by Will McCarthy and was quite a success.
(Pictures above taken by Alain Milot)

Of course, this jump was followed by a good old fashioned Pieing (Video to come)

(Above photos taken by Alain Milot)

We ended the day all together at another restaurant in the area (I can’t remember the name) then headed back to the DZ for an INSANE campfire. I’ve been around a LOT of campfires at lots of DZs, but this was BY FAR the best I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never witnessed someone needing a farm tractor to keep it going… (Yes, Will supplied a tractor for this campfire)

And no, the logs were not cut before being used. (For you tree-huggers out there, all the trees being used for the campfire had fallen during the winter)

Overall, I can confidently say that this is my favorite drop zone that I’ve been to so far. Tom and Will McCarthy are extremely welcoming, the entire staff of Skydive Gananoque were great to us and jumping out of the sexy King Air was a blast as always.
I will most definitely go back, and I suggest that anyone who’s reading this head there too!

A HUGE thank you to Tom, Will and Michelle (Didn’t get a good shot of Will to post):

As well as a shout out and thank you to Alain Milot for allowing me to use his pictures:

PS: I’ll be back at Gan on Victoria Day weekend, I hope to see some of you there and maybe get a few jumps done with all of you!

Blue Skies!


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My 100th jump!

When my friend Adam asked me if I wanted to write for Skydive Addiction, I was thrilled!

Writing has always been an important part of my life. I have been writing stories, journals, poems and all sorts of texts in both French and English ever since I have known how to write.


As for skydiving… it entered my life almost two years ago now… and it literally changed it. Skydiving quickly became a passion, something I have been thinking about EVERY SINGLE DAY ever since the idea of doing it entered my mind. Am I skydive-addicted? Oh yeah! I truly believe skydiving is a beautiful drug and I really don’t see how I’ll ever get enough of it!


I’ve been writing a lot for myself about skydiving ever since I started and I do have quite a few stories to share with you. But today I will tell you about my most recent one: my 100th jump, which was quite a memorable moment!


As we were heading to Gananoque, in Ontario for the opening weekend of this awesome drop zone last Friday, I knew that with 97 jumps in my log book I had pretty good chances of hitting my 100th jump. And I was actually quite happy to be doing it there. Gananoque is where I did my first big ways and I knew that no matter what, we were going to have a blast!


We were actually quite a bunch of highly motivated skydivers meeting in Gan for the opening weekend, mostly French people from Quebec, since most of the DZs in Quebec open a month later.


After my second jump of the day (my 99th), I started collecting names of people who wanted to be part of my 100th.

“What are we doing?”

“I have no idea, just figuring out who wants to be part of it for now, and then we’ll see!”


When I realized almost everybody I asked said yes (or definitely!), I thought it might be a good idea to start writing down names. And… that’s when I found out there was a problem: 19 jumpers won’t fit in a King Air, which can nevertheless accommodate 15 people and go up to 13 500 ft in 12 minutes.


“We could load the Cessna and make it go up half an hour earlier to meet the King Air”… that was one of the silly solutions that were suggested.


OK, so we may not have been able to fit in all the people I would have loved to see as part of my 100th, but we did get quite an organization for it. Will McCarthy did a fantastic job in organizing a 3 point 15-way, keeping in mind that this special jump had to be a successful and safe one.


I have to say, I did feel quite special with all those people excited about jumping with me. Okay, they were excited about jumping in a big way, no matter for what reason. But I did let myself believe this was MY moment.


There was exhilaration in the plane all the way up. Yellow light went on and my heart was racing. As I climbed out the plane and held on to my friend Ge, who was to be part of the base with me, I did not care for one second about the fact that it was so chilly up there. I gave my count to key the exit and we were off. The exit was not quite stable, but we did manage to recuperate quite nicely. The clouds were magnificent, although I only noticed them when I watched a video of the jump later on, as I was so concentrated in staying stable and doing my best to make things right. I did manage to look around and figure out that most of the jumpers did make it, and I enjoyed seeing all the smiling faces around me.


We did in fact end up with a one point 13-way, which is actually impressive, considering it was one of the first jumps of the season for most of us.


When I opened my parachute, I felt like I always do at that very moment: exactly where I belong.


I did manage to have a pretty good landing, and I was really proud of myself! As I was packing, later on, Tom, the owner of the place, came to me and said “You know that now that you’ve made it to 100 jumps, you’re a sky-goddess.”

Hum.. that really felt good to hear. But I wouldn’t say that. In my head, and when I look at the other people I see flying, I still feel like a baby, with so much left to learn! Okay, maybe I turned into a toddler last weekend!


And well… of course, at the end of the day… Adam and some other “friends” made sure I was pied to celebrate this new milestone in a creamy and cold way!


Adam… your turn will come soon enough!


Blue skies!

Lucie in the sky!

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I don’t have the time to write up a full post today, but I just want to write a quick thank you to everyone at Skydive Gananoque! Will, Tom and Michelle are excellent hosts and I have to say that I consider them a GIFT to the skydive community. If you’re a fun jumper, you know what I’m talking about when I say that it’s frustrating going on a trip somewhere, wanting to get some freefall action, arriving at the DZ to find out that it’s a tandem factory or one of those places that “fly when we feel like it”.

Everyone at Gan was excited to get into the sky and just have some fun!

Lucie (One of Skydive Addiction’s newest members who I look forward to reading) hit her 100th jump over the weekend (Video of the pieing to come). And Will was nice enough to organize the load for a 15 way.

Since it was day 1, some of us got to go up for a Tandem Refresh with the tandem masters. (A tandem refresh is done every year for everyone with a tandem master rating. Basically, what it consists of is the tandem master takes an experienced skydiver up for a tandem to make sure that he still is able to fly and knows what he’s doing and also to brush off the cobwebs.)

As a skydiver, I can say that it’s a very exhilarating feeling and brings back the whole adrenaline rush from your first time! You now know what’s going on, but you don’t have control over it as you aren’t piloting the canopy. I was in good hands, but it’s still a different experience. It was quite fun, I must say!

I’ll have a full article of our trip up later this week along with pictures and some videos.

In the meantime though, here’s a picture of our campfire: Yes, that’s right, we didn’t use logs, we used an entire tree for our fire!
Thank you Will for making it possible by using the tractor to bring us all the wood we needed to keep this fire going (Video to come as well)


Blue ones in the meantime!


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Tunnel time: Best way to clear your sinuses

So I managed to get in a good 10 minutes of tunnel time on Monday… Just enough to remind me how addictive it is haha!

We did some 3 person belly flying, started off with level control and working on mantis flying to warm up.

The next 2 minutes were spent doing doughnuts (You go into a circle holding hands, then everyone turns to their right and touches the person next to them on the leg, then go back into a circle holding hands, repeat on the left)

After this, we worked on our lateral movement by moving side to side in formation and working in a few rotations to get as many points as possible.

The last 2 minutes were spent doing more doughnuts to work on our control as we had a bit of trouble keeping level during our rotations. I ended up hitting the wall and hurting my knee :(, thankfully that was my last 2 minutes in the tunnel as I was limping for a bit.

Overall, it was a great time. I noticed a steady improvement in my flying, going back in the next few weeks to work on some more belly flying, then I plan on buying an hour and learning to fly mantis 100%.


9 more days and we’ll be on our way to Gananoque for the season open. We’re about 10-15 people heading down if not more, looks like it’ll be quite the fun weekend!
I’m very excited to get on that King Air! Thanks again to Will for getting me all the info about the DZ, there will be a review of our visit as soon as we get back!


PS: I’ll be adding a new section for people who don’t know how to skydive and would like to learn to as soon as we finish with our website update so keep posted!


Blue ones!


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Follow-up post!

So Will at Skydive Gananoque was nice enough to get in touch with me, I got permission to tell you all where we’ll be.
Hopefully some of you will get to join us for the opener!

For those of you that won’t, well as always I’ll have a review of my stay as well as a bunch of pictures. (But seriously.. Come jump with us)
SIDE NOTE: If you’re not a licensed skydiver, but still want to join us, they have tandems CHEAP!!!!! Book one, it’ll make me smile to see you experience it! (No I’m not paid to say this)

We’ll be heading down on the 30th, partying the night before, waking up at the break of dawn, taking FULL advantage of our day there and our night by the campfire.
Anyone who reads this, come up to me and I’ll gladly hand you a beer from the case I’ll be buying… To find out why I’m buying, you’ll have to ask me in person when I open it for you.
There’s no guarantees that I’ll be wearing the winging beauty crown again, but I’m sure there will be plenty of others to entertain you all.

Blue ones everyone! See you in 25 days!