Gord Gauvin Skydive Vancouver Island Owner

Gord Gauvin

Owner/Operator  of Skydive Vancouver Island

Gord is the owner of Skydive Vancouver Island and ready to greet you with his infectious positive personality! With over 27 years experience in the sport, Gord has accomplished over 3500 skydives. Being a Tandem Instructor has become his favorite part of skydiving! Seeing the excitement and happiness from a person doing their first jump makes every day working awesome! He has been a part of the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association Board of Directors since 2012. Gord has lived on Vancouver Island since 2013 and loves sharing the magnificent views and experience that Skydive Vancouver Island has to offer!  

Tandem Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island


Tandem Instructor & SSI at Skydive Vancouver Island

Joining the Skydive Vancouver Island Team in 2021, Ben is no stranger to the sky with over 5000 skydives. He has brought smiles to first time jumpers from one coast of Canada to the other and even spent time in Australia where he found his second love ~ surfing! Ben's favorite part of the skydive is canopy piloting, whether he is showing his tandem passengers the stunning coastlines while soaring under canopy or helping develop students and experienced sport jumpers canopy skills. One thing Ben knows for sure is that Vancouver Island is awesome and he can't wait to explore more of it!

Tandem Instructors at Skydive Vancouver Island


Tandem & PFF Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island

Beginning his skydive adventure in 2008, Wade quickly fell in love with the sport and most of all the community of skydivers. He has not only accumulated over 1300 jumps since then, Wade has also become an accomplished Tandem Instructor, Progressive FreeFall Instructor, and Coach, in turn helping many new students and progressing experienced skydivers achieve their goals. Wade’s favorite part of the sport today is the people and he is always ready to greet you with a huge smile!



Tandem & PFF Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island

Emmet started skydiving in 2000 and fell in love with the sport instantly. Not only has he become a leading Tandem Instructor, Tunnel Instructor, and Industry Coach, Emmet has been competitive in the sport. He holds several  medals in a variety of skydiving disciplines. In 2015 Emmet was a part of the 164 way vertical (head down) World Record which is an accomplishment demonstrating Emmet's insane skydiving skills! One of Emmet's favorite aspects of skydiving is the freefall and he enjoys teaching new skills to sport jumpers looking to enhance their own skills in the sky! 


Tandem & PFF Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island

Hootch discovered his passion for skydiving in 2002 when his baseball coach signed the team up for a skydive. Hootch has been jumping out of perfectly great planes ever since! With over 3400 jumps, Hootch is a CSPA Coach, Jump Master, Skydive School Instructor & Examiner, and Progressive FreeFall Instructor. Hootch's background in the military has given him a keen sense of safety along with a light-hearted fun approach to every jump he is on! Moving to Vancouver Island in 2020, he loves exploring all the amazing outdoors on his motorcycle when he's not in the sky!


Tandem & PFF Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island

Brian has been skydiving for over 26 years and spent a year jumping with the Skyhawks (Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team). When Brian is not taking a tandem student for their first jump, teaching new students as a PFF Instructor, or working with more experienced sport jumpers, he can be found in the weeds of it all as a CSPA Rigger B (the equipment expert)! When Brian is asked how many jumps he has done his answer is always, "Not Enough". He loves that in skydiving you are never too experienced to learn something new. Brian is an overall accomplished skydiver with a passion for wingsuiting and teaching others.


Tandem & PFF Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island

The first time Nick jumped from a plane was in 2002 but it wasn't something he rushed into. In 2004 was when the magic of the sport took hold of Nick and he hasn't looked back since. With well over 7,000 skydives, he has achieved almost every level of ratings in the sport and has traveled the world as part of Canadian National Teams! Nick's enthusiasm as an Instructor and mentor for experienced sport jumpers is what drives his passion today. When not jumping from planes, you can often find Nick flying planes exploring Vancouver Island and beyond!

Instructors at Skdyive Vancouver Island


PFF Instructor & SSE at Skydive Vancouver Island

Having over 2300 skydives, Pete, better known as Parachute Pete, is most famous for his crazy pants and smoke shows, bringing a whole new level to Vancouver Island events as a demonstration skydive specialist. When Pete is not making crowds hoot and holler with excitement, he brings the same level of excitement to students learning to skydive as a Progressive Freefall Instructor at Skydive Vancouver Island. His vibrant personality and dedication to those new to the sport, sets up our students for success in their skydiving progression. Pete's most honored achievement in the sport was being one of the skydivers participating in the D-Day 75th Anniversary Parachute Jump, in Normandy France.


Parachute Packer at Skydive Vancouver Island

Emrik joins the Skydive Vancouver Island team for the 2021 season as our parachute packer. Having worked back east in his home province of Quebec, Emrik was eager to have the opportunity to take on the amazing lifestyle of the West Coast. With a passion for the outdoors, he has fallen in love with the surf in Tofino, the amazing hiking trails throughout the Island, and of course, the breathtaking views while jumping from our planes in Nanoose Bay! Emrik looks forward to not only working with the team, but also continuing his journey in the sport of skydiving!

Pilots at Skydive Vancouver Island


Chief Pilot at Skydive Vancouver Island

Erwin began flying planes in 2009 and has been with the Skydive Vancouver Island Team since 2018. Over 1800 hours of flying time, Erwin has loved flying skydivers over the stunning views here at the dropzone. It didn't take long for Erwin to want to start jumping from the planes and since getting his skydiving license in 2019, he has completed over 200 jumps. His favorite aspect of skydiving is getting the speed on a solid angle or track jump. Although skydiving has become one of his favorite activities, Erwin's first passion is flying the plane and mentoring our team of pilots. 

Pilots at Skydive Vancouver Island


Cessna 206 Pilot at Skydive Vancouver Island

Mohamed "Mo" joined the Skydive Vancouver Island Team of Pilots in 2020, flying our Cessna 206. Following in the steps of his Dad, Mo got his pilot license in 2013 and hasn't look back in his flying career, accumulating over 1300 hours of flying time since. Don't let Mo's quiet demeanor fool you, he has an excitement seeing skydivers exit his plane and his favorite part is the screams of joy and awe when he opens the plane door once at altitude. Having completed a Tandem Skydive himself, he loves seeing the smiles and welcoming his passengers on a flight they will never forget!


Cessna 182 Pilot at Skydive Vancouver Island

Born and raised in Hong Kong but still a local boy, Tyler would come to Parksville for the summers. His Dad and many other family members are airline pilots or in the industry, so Tyler first flew when he was two weeks old and has been lucky to fly all over the world. Moving back to Canada in 2005, his passion for flight never changed. In 2013, at the age of 16, he achieved his pilots license and attended the Western University’s aviation program in Ontario. Since then, Tyler hasn't looked back!  His favorite aspect about flying is the freedom and you can't beat the mountain and ocean views of British Columbia. Eager to continue his piloting journey, Tyler can't wait to take you on your skydive experience!


Videographer and Coach 1 at Skydive Vancouver Island

Chris joined the team at Skydive Vancouver Island when he packed up his home in Ontario and headed west in 2018. It was the best decision he made and since has fallen in love with everything the Island has to offer, including our epic skydiving centre he now calls his home away from home! As a videographer for our Tandem Skydives, he loves capturing those once in a lifetime moments first time passengers are experiencing. From the smiles, the screams, to the look of pure joy, Chris is there and ready to capture it all.  

Videographer at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer & Coach 2 at Skydive Vancouver Island

Jen lives for adventure, so it was no surprise that after her first skydive in 2016 she was hooked! Having over 1000 skydives, Jen most enjoys the freedom of freefall and the ability to maneuver through the air. She was a member of the Skyhawks, our Canadian Armed Forces Military Parachute Demonstration Team. Development in the sport is a key area of focus for Jen and when she is not strengthening her own skills, she loves helping others identify and reach their skydiving goals. When you see Jen hanging on the plane strut ready to film a Tandem Skydive, you can guarantee she is excited and stoked to capture that epic shot!

Coaches at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer, Coach 2 & GCI at Skydive Vancouver Island

Bryan is the Go-To guy for coaching at Skydive Vancouver Island and has been in the sport since 2015. Helping our skydivers progress in the sport through signing off on licensing, coaching jumps, teaching packing, and helping with ground control navigating our students safely to the ground. His patience and clear, concise instruction is greatly appreciated and he is always willing and eager to help those wanting to progress in our great sport. Bryan's favorite part of skydiving is seeing others progress through new skills. 

Videographer at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer & Coach 1 at Skydive Vancouver Island

Although Monica's first love is her four-legged kids, skydiving has added a whole new dynamic to her life. Taking her first skydive in 2017, she didn't imagine how life changing the experience would be. More than 500 jumps later, Monica's progression in the sport is amazing to witness. Monica provides a calm and steady approach to learning that is valued by every novice student she works with. She is known for her hilarious antics under canopy and also works behind the scenes promoting Skydive Vancouver Island on Social Media.

Videographer at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer at Skydive Vancouver Island

If you hear singing coming from the sky it is most likely Krystal soaring under canopy back to the dropzone. Beginning her exploration of the sky in 2016, Krystal quickly added it to her long list of adventurous activities she loves most in life!  Having over 650 skydives and still going strong, Krystal is the first to share her enthusiasm for the sport. This vivacious spirit is what comes to life when she joins our Tandem Skydives as a videographer to create and capture an experience that is unforgettable each and every jump!

Coaches at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer & Coach 2 at Skydive Vancouver Island

Dustin started skydiving in the Yukon and intended it to be a one-time experience. This quickly transformed into an addiction and he started regularly jumping shortly after. He particularly enjoys belly flying, canopy relative work, video flying and sharing his passion with novice skydivers as a coach. Dustin was also a demonstrator on the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the Skyhawks. Dustin now has over 400 skydives and is an active CSPA Coach 2. 

Coaches at Skydive Vancouver Island


Videographer & Coach 1 at Skydive Vancouver Island

In 2015, Tom came out to Skydive Vancouver Island and experienced his first Tandem Skydive. It was an experience that, unknowingly to him at the time, would begin his skydiving journey! Since then he has completed over 700 skydives and loves expanding his skill level in freefall. Tom's favorite part of being a videographer for our Tandem Skydives, is that moment exiting the plane and seeing the fear shift to absolute amazement. Adding a new level of awesome to the adventure through his video of someone's first skydive, is what Tom strives for each time. 

Coaches at Skydive Vancouver Island


Coach 1 at Skydive Vancouver Island

The adventures in skydiving for Justin began in 2019  when a friend and him decided to just learn something new. What really sold him to progress in the sport was the culture of constantly trying new things, working to refine the smallest of details, and that awesome feeling when it all comes together! It is a sport that is continuously pushing him to do better and learn more. This positive energy and drive for success is what Justin brings to Novice Students looking to achieve new skills and goals. 

Manifest at Skydive Vancouver Island


Manifest at Skydive Vancouver Island

When you need to get things done at the dropzone, Allison is the one to seek out! If you don't see her when you arrive at Manifest to check-in, you will find her helping customers, updating our Social Media platforms, or organizing our Skydive Vancouver Island Team. Allison has over 130 skydives logged but her true love for the sport is creating an environment and experience for first time jumpers, students, and experienced sport jumpers that is incomparable to any other.  As a member of the CSPA Technical & Safety Committee and the Chair for the CSPA Women's Initiative Committee, Allison finds passion in promoting an atmosphere of learning and development in the sport at all levels.  

Support Staff at Skydive Vancouver Island


Support Staff at Skydive Vancouver Island

Having retired from skydiving in 2018, Ken's knowledge and passion for the sport continues to be an integral part of Skydive Vancouver Island. His personal experience in the sport, personally and professionally in the British Armed Forces, has provided Ken the opportunity to be a mentor to many sport jumpers throughout the years. You will often find Ken either driving the van or chatting with those watching the jumpers. No matter what Ken is doing, his passion for skydiving shines through in every aspect while supporting the Skydive Vancouver Island team. 


Support Staff at Skydive Vancouver Island

Bradlee grew up in Ontario but his family headed west to Vancouver Island in 2010. After a few years on the Island, he headed back east where he achieved his Diploma in Outdoor Adventure  and grew a whole new appreciation and love for the outdoors and travel! Knowing how awesome Vancouver Island was, he packed up his car and headed back applying his skills and passion working at Mount Washington Alpine Resort! He had a dream to learn to skydive and what a better way to go for your dream then to join the Skydive Vancouver Island Team! If you don't see Bradlee helping around the dropzone or driving the shuttle van, you can guarantee he will be soaring high above it fulfilling his dream!  


UPT Sigma/Vector Tandem Examiner & Coach

Erika made her start as a skydiver in 2005 on Vancouver Island. She went on to become a tandem instructor in 2008 and attended the tandem examiner course in 2010. Erika has since produced countless tandem instructors world-wide. When Erika is not doing or teaching tandems, her preferred discipline is canopy piloting. Erika is an integral part of our Skydive Vancouver Island team sharing her passion about canopy flight and the importance of good canopy skills to students, experienced jumpers and tandem instructors alike. She is committed to teaching and empowering skydivers to take charge of safety in the sport.


Skydive Vancouver Island Flight-1 Canopy Course Facilitator

With over 22,000 skydives in the  last 22 years, John has learnt from the school of hard knocks throughout his professional career in the skydiving world. Currently, an Instructor with Flight-1, John has become an integral part of our team at Skydive Vancouver Island facilitating several Flight-1 Canopy courses throughout our season. He is an accomplished member of the Canadian National Canopy Piloting Team with several team and individual wins throughout the years. Having a passion for canopy piloting, John brings this enthusiasm to hundreds of skydivers each year from all skill levels. 

Sponsored Athlete at Skydive Vancouver Island


Skydive Vancouver Island Sponsored Athlete

As an avid surfer, snowboarder, and all round outdoor enthusiast, it came as no surprise for Tyler to find a whole new level of adventure in skydiving! With over 600 jumps since starting in 2014, Tyler quickly found a love for the sky and more recently the awesome feeling he gets when he sets flight out of the plane in a wingsuit! Although skydiving is a big part of his life, he has shifted gears and is now a member of the Canadian Para Snowboarding Team.  Achieving his first  gold medal at the 2021 Para Snowboard World Cup, Tyler is taking the world by storm and we are blessed to support his journey!