Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
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|Affiliation||International Parachuting Commission|
|Headquarters||204 - 1468 Laurier Street|
|Vice president(s)||Kaneena Vanstone|
The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA), through affiliation with the Aero Club of Canada (ACC), is Canada's representative to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), and the International Parachuting Commission (IPC), and is thereby the official sport organization for sport parachuting in Canada.
The primary objective of the CSPA is to promote safe, enjoyable sport parachuting through cooperation and adherence to self-imposed rules and recommendations.
This means skydivers and skydiving companies that wish to be members of the CSPA have to adhere to established Basic Safety Rules throughout their parachuting career. Such Rules include minimum opening altitudes for certain levels of experience; mandatory equipment; clear weather conditions for jumping, reserve repack due dates, general operational requirements and so on. These Basic Safety Rules greatly reduce the risk of accidents for individual skydivers, skydiving companies, and the sport as a whole. A Canadian Drop Zone must adhere to all of these safety rules if it wants to be a member of the CSPA.
The CSPA has other initiatives to promote overall safety such as recommended procedures and instructor qualification requirements. A Canadian skydiver starts off with a solo license, then progresses onward to their A, B, C, and D license. The CSPA requires that each skydiver keep a log of every jump signed by another jumper and submit that log book to acquire these qualifications. For example, to get a B License you have to be able to perform certain maneuvers and have 50 skydives which are all documented in the submitted logbook. Without this sort of basic proof skydivers would have no idea how many jumps they have done and could embellish experience levels. This was a very big risk before but through the proper establishment of documentation procedures, proof of a skydivers experience is easily attainable preventing inexperienced instructors to take the lead.
The CSPA continually updates all programs and initiatives to adapt to increasing incidents and changes in technology. Each skydiver and skydiving company who are members must implement all changes to remain members.
CSPA publishes CanPara, a bimonthly bilingual publication devoted to informing the Canadian skydiving community of important activities and events in Canadian and worldwide skydiving. CanPara is produced by Annaleah McAvoy and Vic Lefrançois.
CSPA is made up of Registered Participants and Member Groups. The BoD will consist of no less than three and no more than seven Directors.
National Office Staff:
- Executive Director: Michelle Matte-Stotyn
- Executive Secretary: Judy Renaud
There are several committees and officers that assist the BoD:
- Three Standing Committees:
- Technical & Safety Committee
- Coach Working Committee
- Competition & National Teams Committee.
- Ad-hoc committees (a sampling):
- CanPara - Bi-Monthly, bilingual Magazine
- Comp./Dev - Competition Development
- GRC - Government Regulatory Committee
- IT - Information Technology
- LTAD - Long Term Athlete Development
- Parachute rigger
- Canadian Airborne Forces Association
- SkyHawks Parachute Team
- United States Parachute Association
2006 Parachute Information Manual Part 1. CSPA