May 23, 2019

Our Team

It takes more than just staff to make a skydiving centre. It takes a community of dedicated like-minded individuals that have a passion for a sport they love and want to share with the people of beautiful Victoria, BC. We would like to give a shout out to a few of those people who aren’t listed here that go above and beyond to make this sport safe, accessible and fun.



Phil
Phil

Owner: Phil

Instructional Ratings: Coach 2, Ground Control Instructor, Jump Master, Skydiving School Instructor & Examiner, Tandem Instructor

Licence Held: CSPA D-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating

Jumps: 2500+

Phil is the owner of Victoria Skydivers. He has been skydiving for over 20 years. If you don’t believe us check out that moustache. He has done hundreds of exhibition jumps and close to a thousand tandems. Phil believes in creating a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for students, tandem passengers and repeat jumpers.

Brian
Brian

Employee: Brian

Instructional Ratings: Coach 2, Ground Control Instructor, Jump Master, Tandem Instructor

Licence Held: CSPA D-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating, Master Rigger

Jumps: 2200+

Brian is our Tandem Master. He is also a Jump Master for our students and does all the rigging for our parachutes. Brian has been skydiving for over 20 years and spent a year jumping with the Skyhawks (Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team). When Brian is asked how many jumps he has done his answer is always not enough. 

Wade
Wade

Employee: Wade

Instructional Ratings: Coach 2, Ground Control Instructor, Jump Master, Skydiving School Instructor & Examiner, Tandem Instructor

Licence Held: CSPA C-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating

Jumps: 1000+

Wade is an integral part of our sky ninja crew. Wade was born in the sewers and raised by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He was trained by the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers and has fought along side famous super heroes, such as the Fantastic 4 and the Autobots. Wade’s love for skydiving is infectious and he just wanted everyone to jump!

Jimmie
Jimmie

Employee: Jimmie

Instructional Ratings: Coach 2, Jump Master, Tandem Instructor

Licence Held: CSPA C-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating

Jumps: 1000+

Jimmie’s passion for skydiving started 10 years ago with a Tandem skydive here at Victoria Skydivers. He now shares his passion with student skydivers and tandem passengers. He always ready to jump! So much in fact that his motto is “don’t get ready, stay ready”. It has been rumored that all of his super powers come from his long dreamy hair.

John
John

Employee: John

Instructional Ratings:  Coach 2, Jump Master, Progressive Freefall Instructor

License Held: CSPA D-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating

Jumps: 4500+

John started skydiving many years ago while in the Canadian Army stationed with the US military. He has been skydiving at Victoria Skydivers for 28 years and over that time he has seen many of our students become professional skydivers. John is a coach 2, jump master, videographer and video editor. He is also one of our exhibition jumpers which has allowed him to land at the Oak Bay Tea Party, Esquimalt Buccaneer Days, Royal Athletic Park and many other events.

Tim (Tarzan)
Tim (Tarzan)

Employee: Tim (Tarzan)

Instructional Ratings:  Coach 1, Jump Master

License Held: CSPA C-COP & Exhibition Jump Rating

Jumps: 2000+

Tarzan can be found swinging around Victoria Skydivers almost every weekend. He is an accomplished demonstration skydiver and is one of few skydivers who has unlocked the secrets of how to fly head down. Tarzan loves to share his passion for the sport by coaching novice jumpers and has recently achieved his Jump Master rating.

Gavin
Gavin

Employee: Gavin

Instructional Ratings:  Coach 1

License Held: CSPA B-COP 

Jumps: 100+

Gavin signed on to work as manifest for Victoria Skydivers before ever stepping a foot in the sky. He has taken on many roles around the drop zone including booking customers, manifesting, driving, packing, and anything else that needs doing. Gavin recently achieved his Coach level 1 certification and is now learning to share his passion for the sky with others.

Travis
Travis

Employee: Travis

Instructional Ratings:  Coach 1

License Held: CSPA B-COP 

Jumps: 100+

Travis literally grew up at Victoria Skydivers. He was born into the sport of skydiving and it shows. He has been packing parachutes longer than most experienced jumpers and is probably the only person who can say that he got his skydiving licence before his driver’s license. Travis has recently taken his coach 1 course and is excited to start sharing his passion for skydiving with novice jumpers. 

Janie
Janie

Employee: Janie

License Held: CSPA B-COP 

Jumps: 50+

Janie is one of our manifest/bookkeeping staff. She came to help out on the first day and really enjoyed the atmosphere so she decided to stick around. Janie did a few skydives 10 years ago but life took her in other directions. She has managed to find her way back to the sport and she is jumping up a storm! 

Lara
Lara

Employee: Lara

License Held: CSPA B-COP 

Jumps: 300+

Lara runs our welcome wagon and occasionally drives the shuttle van. She is always greeting people with a smile and kind words of encouragement. Lara, like many of us, did a tandem and immediately took our first jump course. Five years later, she is married to the sport.

Employee: Will

License Held: Commercial Pilots License 5000 + hours 

Jumps: 5+

Will is our Chief pilot and he loves to fly! So much in fact that he has even started skydiving since he started working with Victoria Skydivers. Will’s love for flying is so apparent that we have a hard time getting him out of the plane. The skydivers don’t seem to mind as he keeps climbing to altitude with a big smile and a great attitude. 

Employee: Gwen

Gwen is one of our manifest staff. She was having a hard time keeping track of her husband Will’s flying schedule.  So She decided it would be easier for her to stay in the know if she just came to work with him. Since joining the team Gwen has became an important part of our little family. She keeps Phil in line and the customers organized.