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Niagara Central Airport/Welland Airport
435 River Road, Hanger #1
Pelham Ontario, L3B 5N6


(289) 821-3233

IAD Solo (Instructor Assisted Deployment)

The First Solo Jump is designed for the person who wants to "take charge" of their skydive. The day begins with the First Jump Course, a 5-hour ground school that introduces you to the student parachute system, as well as the routines and techniques necessary to successfully complete your First Solo Jump. After the on-ground practice, you will get "geared-up" in our state-of-the-art student equipment, and you and your instructor will fly to 3,200 ft. You will then climb out of the plane and hang off the wing strut, watching the instructor for the "Go!". As you let go of the airplane, the instructor initiates your main parachute opening (this is called "Instructor Assisted Deployment" - IAD). It takes about 6 seconds for your parachute to open - talk about adrenaline rush! After opening, the on-ground instructor will talk to you via a one-way radio, giving instruction to help you fly and land your parachute! The First Solo Jump, including the First Jump Course, requires an all-day time commitment. Please note: The First Solo Jump requires decision making in a high stress environment. One tandem is required before you take this course.

Instructor Assisted Deployment reservations are only available on Saturdays. Reservations can be made weekly May to October.

You must be 18 years of age, or older (regardless of parental consent), on the day that you arrive to skydive with us, and, you must have completed at least one (1) Tandem Skydive. Photo identification must be presented. All skydive students must weigh 235 lbs or less for the Tandem, Solo, and PFF courses.