Guide at a Glance
Lambton Shores, Ontario, Canada
First Time Jumpers
Bob is the owner and operations manager of Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Center (GBSPC). He started this full-time business in 1982 to share his love and passion for skydiving with other outdoor enthusiasts. He is a supervisor in training sessions as well as one of the two instructors jumping with you on your first skydive. Bob has been skydiving for over 4 decades and accumulated more than 14,700 jumps; his free-fall time is over 155 hours.
On average, Bob does more than 200 jumps every year, including PFF jumps with beginners, so he is well aware of a beginners’ wants and concerns. He is one of the early proponents of the “Progressive Free-fall” method of teaching skydiving and is also one of the first instructors to equip students with rectangular parachutes (in 1982).
Bob’s wife, Mary, is also an active skydiving instructor, videographer, coach and rigger. Mary started skydiving in 1994 at Grand Bend and has done over 4,800 skydives, accumulating more than 56 hours of free-fall time to date. She maintains and repacks the reserve and emergency parachutes for skydivers and glider, test and aerobatic pilots in southern Ontario.