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Who Are These People Anyway?

Meet our Passionate and Professional Team

Bob Verret

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: DZO, Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Videographer, Tandem Instructor (TI), Skydiving School Examiner (SSE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 2,200+ Jumps. Winner of Best Mustache award 3 years running.
Bob served a 34 year career in the Canadian Military and 27 years as a Search and Rescue Tech in the Canadian Forces. Skydiving has become his favourite activity. He is passionate about his love for skydiving and is always eager to share his love of the skies with new and old skydivers alike.

Mike Cyr

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Videographer, Tandem Instructor (TI), Progressive Freefall Instructor (PFFI), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), Wingsuiter, 1,400+ Jumps
Mike has been skydiving now for over 20 years and has accumulated over 1,400 jumps. He’s an electrical engineer by trade and has also served with the Canadian Forces. He is an avid BASE jumper and skydive instructor. Mike’s passion for the sport is contagious and he is more than happy to take anyone for their first skydive.

Hank Miller

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Videographer, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), Rigger A, PFF Instructor, Sky Hawk Competition 4 Way and Accuracy Team (CISM) 1999-2005,  3,000+ Jumps

Hank took his first jump into the sport in October 1981. In 1982, Hank took the military jump course which lead to joining the Skyhawks in 1987 and 1995. Hank is our camerman and video-editing extraordinaire. His knowledge and contagious smile are a staple at the drop zone. When Hank is not busy fixing parachutes and editing videos, he can be found hiking or at the gym. In the winters, he follows the sun. Challenge Hank to a hike up Mt. Finlayson if you dare! For quick turn-around on video edits, we recommend bringing gin!

Pete Vos

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Progressive Freefall Instructor (PFFI), Skydiving School Examiner (SSE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 1,800+ Jumps

Pete started jumping in 1988. Since then, he has done over 1,800 jumps and holds an ‘expert’ Skydiving License; Expert being the most advanced skydiving licensed by the Canadian Sport and Parachuting Association. At the Drop Zone, Pete can be found involved in all aspects of skydiving from coaching students in the air to ground control. Pete is our Demo jump coordinator and has participated in numerous skydives into local events. He is always helping students with written test requirements for licensing. His knowledge and experience is a great asset to our Drop Zone.

Erika Dufort-Lefrancois

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Tandem Examiner (TE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 8,000+ Jumps
Over the past 10 years, Erika has worked all over the world as a professional skydiver and won multiple competitions in canopy piloting, including the Australian National Championships in 2012. She has also been a member of many record setting teams and was a part of the current Canadian Bigway Record 102 way. A scientist by training, a skydiver by trade, and a natural badass, Erika loves coaching and making sure that things run smoothly at the dropzone!

Nick Byers

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Tandem Instructor (TI), Progressive Freefall Instructor (PFFI), Rigger A, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), Pilot, 6,000+ Jumps
Nick is a jack of all trades: He jumps, he packs, he flies, and he hopes one day he’ll get good at at least one of them! In the meantime, he’s working on his professional student designation! When not at the dropzone, he runs, bikes, and pretends to be as cool as all the younger kids! Nick did his first jump in Toronto in 2002 and has since jumped and worked all over the world.

Guy Shockey

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 500+ Jumps

Paul Steele

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Pilot, 2,500+ jumps

After 30 years of family and career obligations, Paul has returned to the sport! Paul has extensive knowledge of the sport thanks to his over 2,500 jumps and piloting for skydivers. Paul can usually be found piloting our aircraft. When he gets a chance to be a passenger, he is always up for a fun jump with fellow skydivers! One incredible fun fact about Paul is that he’s done 100 skydives in a day!

Colin Dunlop

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydive School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Tandem Instructor (TI), Rigger A1, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 800+ jumps

Colin is always up for a fun jump and is always enthused to coach new jumpers, take someone on their first tandem or organize a zoo dive 🙂 Colin provides vast knowledge of the sport, a super fun attitude and we’re lucky to have him at the DZ.

Derek O’Connor

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Packer, Driver, 200+ Jumps

If you need proof that radio ads do work, Derek is your guy! Derek started jumping in 2014 after he heard a radio ad about skydiving. Since then, he has become a staple at the drop zone. Derek is always very encouraging and positive. He does a variety of jobs around the DZ including packing and driving. We are lucky to have Derek’s calm and helpful demeanor around the DZ.

Tamara Szewczyk

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Packer, Rigger A1, Manifest, B license, 100+ jumps

Tamara started skydiving in 2014. As one of our main packers, photographers, and enthusiastic jumpers, Tamara is the main smiling face you will see upon landing.

Jas Gakhal

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Manifest, 5+ Jumps

Jas took her first tandem skydive in 2016 with us. From there she was hooked and applied for a job immediately at Manifest. Jas is the first smiling face you will see upon arriving at the office – lucky for us as she always has a big smile on her face. Jas took our very first FJC course in 2017 and is progressing towards her solo certification now. When she is not helping out at the drop zone or skydiving herself, she is busy with school. Jas is moving into her last year at the University of Victoria pursuing a BSc. in Economics and a minor in Psychology. Despite her busy schedule, Jas is a regular at our DZ.

Jen Mackinnon

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Jump Master, 300+ Jumps

Jen took her first jump course with us in June 2016. From that day, there was no looking back. Seriously! She marks her ‘jump anniversary’ in her calendar. Jen has been a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 4+ years as a Boatswain and currently holds the Magazine Yeoman (ammunition representative) position on board. Originally from the East Coast (New Brunswick represent), the Navy brought Jen to Victoria. Skydiving made her stay. When on deployments, Jen takes advantage of that time by jumping at different drop zones – Who brings a parachute on a ship!? Jen can be found at the drop zone packing and generally spreading her enthusiasm for the sport. Jen is progressing through the sport with hopes of becoming an instructor one day. In her free time, she can be found outdoors playing sports. To get a rig packed quicker, you can bribe Jen with anything Ottawa Senators.

Andy Tomlinson

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Coach 2, 300+ Jumps

Stacy Piercy

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Driver, Manifest, 35 Jumps

Zack Vollrath

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Packer, Videographer, 400+ Jumps
In 2013, Zack’s life changed for the better when he was introduced to skydivng. Since then, he has accumulated over 400 jumps and gained a whole new ‘sky’ family from around the world! His main focus of the sport currently is freeflying and videography. His future aspirations include becoming a tandem master, getting his demo jump rating, and being part of a 4-way VFS team. Zack’s passion and enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. He can be found at the drop-zone helping in many areas which only feeds his desire for further growth in the sport.

Kim O’Connor

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Driver

Eyal Bodankin

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Manifest, Pilot, 100+ Jumps

Amanda Lunny

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Resident nerd, 30+ Jumps

Amanda (or Lunny as she is known around the DZ) started jumping in 2014 and did her first jump course with the lovely Tamara. Like Tamara, Amanda became hooked and continues to progress through the sport as well as help around the DZ when she can. Amanda takes care of the website and answers any nerdy question some may have. Amanda has been working in software development for the past 7 years. When not writing about herself in the third person, Amanda can be found doing anything active. Amanda has played Division 1 soccer for a 4 years, hikes regularly, can be found on the golf course, and is a regular gym bunny.

 

Dan Verret

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydiving School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Videographer, Tandem Instructor (TI), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 1500+ Jumps

Dan took his first jump on his 18th birthday. Since then, Dan has accumulated over 1,500 jumps. Dan joined the military in 1994 and served the 1st and 3rd Battalion PPCLI including an overseas tour in Kosovo in 1999.  Dan remustered to the air force in 2001 when he was selected as a Search and Rescue Technician.  Dan is on his 3rd operational tour with the rescue team as a member of 442 Squadron based at 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island. At the drop zone, Dan will keep you smiling with his witty remarks.

Shellayne Vos

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Driver, Manifest, 50+ Jumps

Sue Verret

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: DZO, Manifest, Bookkeeping, 1 Jump

Jeff Warden

Skydive Ratings/ Roles

Rob MacNeil

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master, Skydive School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Skydive School Examiner, Rigger B, 2500+ Jumps

Rob has been in the sport for 31 years and has over 2,500 jumps.  Rob graduated from Oak Bay High School in 1981 and is a 25 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces.