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Niagara Central Airport/Welland Airport
435 River Road, Hanger #1
Pelham Ontario, L3B 5N6
dz@niagaraskydive.com

1-866-564-JUMP

Our Experienced Staff

Tim Grech

Jumps: 5,500
First Jump:Started Skydiving September 1, 1984
Favorite part of skydiving: It never gets boring!
Licenses/Certificates: Skydiving Instructor A, Instructor B, Instructor PFF, and Tandem Master
  • Full time Skydiver
  • Degree in Business from Niagara College (Marketing Major)
  • Course Conductor for the Canadian Sport Parachute Association (CSPA)
  • Tandem evaluator certified by Strong Tandem Manufactures
  • Past Chair of the Coaching Working Committee for the CSPA
  • Participated in the 2000 300-way World Record attempts
  • Commercial Aircraft Pilot, flown over 1,150 loads of skydivers
  • Aircraft owner
  • Self-employed entrepreneur for 30 years
  • Senior Executive and Board member of a $53 million Corporation
  • Operates one of the largest Skydiving Operations in the country

Gord Rapedius

Hometown: Dundas, ON
Jumps: 700
First Jump:April 3, 1969
Goals/Interests: Whirled peas
Favorite part of skydiving: The camaraderie, sharing, and the vicarious thrill of jumping with newer jumpers.
Licenses/Certificates: SS1, Coach 1 cert, coach 2 pending, J.M. pending.
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Teaching safe skydiving to motivated people including my three daughters!

Marty Van Rossam

Hometown: Barrie, ON
Jumps: 1,500+
First Jump:June 12, 1999
Goals/Interests: Family, camping, fishing, hockey, and golf.
Favorite part of skydiving: Everything! What’s not to love?
Licenses/Certificates: C-COP, Coach 1, Coach 2, Progressive Freefall, Videographer, Tandem Master (Strong Enterprise rated).
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: 10 years in the sport. 10 hours spent in freefall! 10-way formation!

Paul Martens

Hometown: Toronto, ON
Jumps: 3034
First Jump:June 2, 1984
Goals/Interests: Reading, Collecting classic TV DVD’s.
Favorite part of skydiving: Every jump, working with new keen skydivers, the camaraderie of jumpers
Licenses/Certificates: CSPA # 1115, D-570, Instructor A, Instructor B, Coach 1, Coach 2, EJY, Rigger “A”
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: I’ve taught over 1,000 students. Keeping active and current in our sport.

Rhonda Long

Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Jumps: 80
First Jump:September, 2005
Goals/Interests: Soccer, my dog Ringo, scuba diving, running.
Favorite part of skydiving: All of it. Jumping!
Licenses/Certificates: Solo cert, A Cop-11028
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Jumping out of a helicopter & getting my A Cop.

Jamie Ramsden

Hometown: Ancaster, ON
Jumps: 1,000
First Jump:April 29, 2006
Goals/Interests: When I’m not skydiving, I’m either chasing a 1-year old around the kitchen or recovering from chasing a 1-year old around the kitchen. My five-year plan is to catch up on sleep.
Favorite part of skydiving: The thing I enjoy most about skydiving is sharing it with new jumpers.
Licenses/Certificates: : C-CoP, Coach 1, Videographer, Tandem Master (Strong Enterprise rated).
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Zero – a classic underachiever.

I grew up on a farm in Caledon Hills, got a math degree and a job as an I.T. guy before I realised I should be skydiving.

Chris Walsh

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario but I’m originally from the East Coast.
Jumps: 3,300+
First Jump:September 11, 1996
Goals/Interests: Snowboarding and shooting.
Favorite part of skydiving: The people I meet. People from all walks of life enjoy this sport.
Licenses/Certificates: C-3129, Coach 2, Ground control instructor, Jumpmaster, Tandem Master (Strong Enterprise rated), RD-395, Chief Videographer.
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Survived all my jumps.

Leigh Anne Walton

Hometown: Guelph, ON
Jumps: 1,800+
First Jump:August 31, 1991
Goals/Interests: Enjoy life to the fullest. Interests: Travelling, running, outdoors, cooking, reading.
Favorite part of skydiving: I enjoy everything about it.
Licenses/Certificates: C-2345, PFF, IB, C2, Videographer.
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Canadian Record - Largest Women's formation 47.

Wayne Schreiber

Hometown: Guelph, ON
Jumps: A few thousand
First Jump:May 6, 1993
Goals/Interests: IDPA Tactical handgun shooting
Favorite part of skydiving: 4-way formation skydiving.
Licenses/Certificates: Coach 2, Instructor A, PFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor (Strong and Vector).
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: Team Canada: 2001. Competed in world events in Spain, France, Croatia, & Russia

Harry Potter

Hometown: Burlington Ontario
Jumps: 850
First Jump:September 2010
Goals/Interests: Surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving, traveling our awesome planet
Favorite part of skydiving: Seeing the world from the sky, jumping over coral reefs, deserts and rain forests
Licenses/Certificates: C-3545, Coach 1, Jumpmaster, Videographer, Tandem Instructor (Strong Enterprise Rated)
Skydiving Accomplishments Achieved to date: I got nothing… but I’m still stoked ever day