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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), 3,000+ 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.

Rob MacNeill

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: DZO, 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.

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), Skydive School Examiner (SSE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), Wingsuit Instructor, 2,400+ Jumps

Macko has been skydiving now for over 20 years and has accumulated over 2,400 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.

Tamara Szewczyk

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Packer, Rigger A, Manifest, 300+ jumps

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

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!

Nicole Girard

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: DZO, Manifest, 1 jump 

Nicole is likely the first person you’ll talk to when you get to the DZ. When she’s not hanging out with skydivers, she likes to spend her days kayaking, hiking with Rob and the dogs in the woods, sitting around a campfire or working on an art project. The best way to her heart is to ask her about her cats. Nicole enjoys the fun and positive energy of all the jumpers on the dropzone and would love to help you become one!

Colin Dunlop

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Skydive School Instructor (SSI), Coach 2, Tandem Instructor (TI), Rigger B, Skydiving School Examiner (SSE), Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 1800+ 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.

Jesse Robinson

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1,  Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Coach 2, Videographer, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), 500+ Jumps

Jesse learned to skydive right here in Campbell River back in 2015. Since then he has been a part of the Kamloops Skydive crew for a couple years before returning home to our beautiful Island. When he’s not sleeping in or enjoying a fun jump he’s always happy to help with coaching, instructing, videography or whispering sweet somethings into the radio to guide new jumpers safely to the ground.

Krystal Janicki

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Videographer, 700+ Jumps

Krystal first jumped out of a plane in 2016, and she’s not been the same since. Now a regular skydiver and BASE jumper, Krystal can be often be heard before she’s seen. The unmistakable sounds of her laughing under her canopy are a testament to the joy she finds in the sky, and her infectious attitude that makes her a valuable addition to the team. When she’s not skydiving, BASE jumping, horse riding or snowboarding, Krystal can be found under the waves scuba diving and making friends with octopus. Just hide your snacks when she’s near by…

Tucker Tomko

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Tandem Instructor (TI), 800+ Jumps

Sue Verret

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

Andy Tomlinson

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Coach 2, Tandem Instructor (TI), 800+ Jumps

Tyler Turner

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Jump Master (JM), Coach 2, Videographer, Friend, 500+ Jumps

Tyler has been skydiving with us since 2014.

Macaila Heyd

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Rigger A1, Packer, 200+ jumps

Macaila started jumping in 2017 and has not looked back. She has taken many courses to improve her understanding of the sport and share her passion for skydiving with others. Jumping, packing, driving, laughing. Macaila is just happy to be at the drop zone! Her positivity is infectious and the company is lucky to have her.

Guy Shockey

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

Jen Mackinnon

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Jump Master, Coach 2, Exhibition Jump Rating (EJR), Videographer, 1000+ Jumps

Jen took her first jump course with us in 2016 after which there was no looking back. The Navy brought her here from  New Brunswick and the Skydiving made her stay. As a former member of our Skyhawks military team, Jen can be found at the drop zone coaching, instructing and spreading her enthusiasm for the sport. In her free time, you can find her outdoors and she has also recently taken up paragliding. To get a rig packed quicker, you can bribe Jen with anything Ottawa Senators.

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.

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!

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), 2,200+ Jumps

Pete started jumping in 1988 and has recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the sport! Since then, he has done over 2,200 jumps and holds an ‘expert’ Skydiving License. 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.

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. Amanda takes care of the website and answers any nerdy question some may have. Amanda has been working in software development for the past 10 years. When not writing about herself in the third person, Amanda can be found doing anything active. The outdoors are her favourite place to be. If forced indoors, she can be found diving into a book. 

 

Derek O’Connor

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Coach 1, Ground Control Instructor (GCI), Packer, Driver, 400+ 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.

Zack Vollrath

Skydive Ratings/ Roles: Packer, Videographer, 800+ 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 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.

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.