In June 2001, Tim Grech gave up his corporate job to build a skydiving centre on 347 acres of pristine property. Tim and his team of CSPA-certified instructors introduce amateurs to the sky through guided-tandem or assisted-solo jumps and shepherd experienced jumpers through the progressive freefall. The bustling skydive centre boasts scenic views of Grand River, along with free camp sites with fire pits and communal barbecues for roasting freshly plucked clouds on a stick.
The 12-foot-wide vertical wind tunnel at Niagara Freefall and Interactive Center stretches 20 feet to the ceiling. Inside, it churns with currents of recirculating air—a system that allows its operators to control the wind conditions and temperature regardless of outside weather. Padded walls and floors, as well as trained instructors, keep those inside safe as they're borne aloft by currents of up to 120 miles per hour. Instructors prepare adventurers—who may be as young as 7 years old—for these turbulent conditions during preflight training sessions, during which they divulge flight physics, safety, and communication hand signals. They also encase their visitors in all necessary safety gear, such as helmets, pads, flight suits, and invisible force fields.
Anyone who has jitters about their jump can just ask the more than 56,000 people who've experienced their first skydive with the staff of Parachute School of Toronto. They'll most likely discover that the seasoned instructors there are more than adept at reducing the nervousness of newbies. These skydive gurus do everything they can to put jumpers at ease before leading a training session designed to not only calm stomach butterflies, but cover all the basics.
Once students are confident, they can make a tandem jump attached to an instructor from 13,500 feet, depending on conditions. After exiting the aircraft, skydivers will reach speeds of up to 200km per hour?otherwise known as warp speed for birds?before safely descending to the landing zone below via parachute.