Tandem Instructor Course (Tandem Master)

Tandem instructor course for Sigma

Richard Lavoie, Tandem Master course facilitator

You are interested in becoming a tandem instructor? We know exactly what you mean! According to Richard Lavoie, it is the best way to introduce people to our wonderful sport. Also according to him, even today, after 28 years of experience in doing tandems, he finds that each jump is different and that there is always a new challenge when you step outside the door with a new passenger. And that's the beauty of doing Tandems!

If you are interested in this course, please note that it takes approximately 5 days, depending on the number of candidates and on the mother nature. You will need to have a Sigma tandem gear in perfect functioning condition. You will also need to recruit, as a dummy passenger, a skydiver with at least 100 jumps. This person will need to be available 3 or 4 days, weather permitting, but you can also have several different people to separate this task.

The requirements

  • Have a letter of employment as a Tandem Instructor from one of the Canadian Drop Zones;
  • Having a minimun of 3 years in the sport by the time you take the course;
  • Having a minimum of 500 skydives with a rectangular parachute (or according to the manufacturer's requirements). At Voltige, we require a minimum of 1000 skydives. So if you have between 500 and 1000 jumps, make sure to have very solid references;
  • Have a valid CSPA Coach 1 rating, or equivalent;
  • Have a valid CSPA "C" CoP, or equivalent;
  • Hold a CSPA membership, or equivalent;
  • If we are not familiar with your experience level, you will need references from your Drop Zone manager. In which case, you may need to make an evaluation jump with one of our staff members, at your own cost.

The new course

This course now consists of 10 evaluation jumps that will be performed under direct supervision of an instructor examiner. After these 10 jumps, if you pass the course successfully, you will need to make 15 additional jumps under the supervision of a tandem instructor who owns Sigma equipment. Following this, you will receive your official tandem instructor rating card from UPT.

The course plan

In order to receive all of the necessary documents and manuals, a deposit is required. One of Voltige instructors, Richard Menard, has contributed a great deal by translating the complete tandem manual in French. This now allows the participants to take the course completely in French, which has been very much appreciated by the majority of the candidates. Additionally, since 2012, it has become possible to take a tandem instructor course, specifically for Sigma equipment. This means that the course, the manual, the emergency procedures, the power point and the exam focus entirely on the Sigma rigs and no longer include Vector 2.

Day 1

Weekly schedule: theory from 9am until 6 or 7 pm, no jumps.

Day 2

Theory and, depending on the weather, 1-2 jumps or ground practice.

Day 3

Ground practive and jumps

Day 4


Day 5

Jumps and the conclusion.

If you are interested in this course, or if you would like more information, feel free to contact Richard Lavoie directly at paraspec@videotron.ca.