Martin Lemay

Age: 32

Nationality: Canadian
First Jump: June 22, 1992
Total Jumps: 10,500
Home DZ: Parachutisme Nouvel Air

Occupation: Professional Skydiver
Education: Bachelor of Commerce, General Management from McGill University
Hobbies: Tennis, ice hockey, squash, yoga, pilates

Licenses/Ratings: CSPA D-1017 Instructor PFF, Exhibition Jump Rating, Instructor B, Tandem Master

Total Skydives: 10,500
Freefly: 300
RW/FS: 3,000
Hop-n-Pops: 100
Camera: 750
Other: Bunch of work jumps!
Cutaways: 5
Main Canopy: PD Valkyrie 94
Container: Micron
Reserve Canopy: Optimum 126
AAD: Vigil II
Helmet: Phantom X
Jumpsuit: Vertical Suits
Altimeter: L&B

SKYDIVING RECORDS/COMPETITIONS

2015 - Canadian National Championships (CP) - Overall - 3rd
2015 - Canadian National Championships (CP) - Speed - 2nd
2015 - Canadian National Championships (CP) - Distance - 3rd
2015 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st
2015 - Canadian National Championships (VFS) - 4-way - 1st
2015 - World Air Games (VFS) - 4-way - 1st
2014 - World Meet (FS) - 4-way - 3rd
2014 - World Meet (VFS) - 4-way - 3rd
2014 - Shamrock Showdown (FS) - 4-way - 3rd
2013 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st
2013 - Canadian National Championships (VFS) - 4-way - 1st
2012 - World Meet (FS) - 4-way - 4th
2012 - World Meet (VFS) - 4-way - 4th
2012 - Indoor Skydiving Championship (FS) - 4-way - 3rd
2012 - Indoor Skydiving Championship (VFS) - 4-way - 2nd
2011 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st
2011 - Canadian National Championships (VFS) - 4-way - 1st
2010 - Dubai International Championships (FS) - 4-way - 4th
2010 - World Meet (FS) - 4-way - 5th
2009 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st
2009 - World Games (FS) - 4-way - 5th
2008 - Shamrock Showdown (FS) - 4-way - 7th
2008 - World Meet (FS) - 4-way - 6th
2007 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st
2005 - Canadian National Championships (FS) - 4-way - 1st

OTHER SKYDIVING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

California State Record 200-way
Florida Vertical State Record, 42-way
Core team member of Dubai500
Invited for HD World Record in August 2012

TV Appearances

2011 - Rugged, Sportsnet
2011 - Pur & Dur, RDS
2011 - Daily Planet, Discovery
2006 - Tribal, RDS

HISTORY/TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Ever since a young age, I have been around the DZ helping teach first jump courses. When I started jumping, I soon started to share what I knew, knowing that it would be my life path. I have now been instructing to various levels of skydivers for 10 years. I have coached first jump students, 4-way teams and new instructors.

"You started your skydiving career in a different discipline - formation skydiving (4-way in particular). When did you take your first instruction in canopy control and when do you suggest others should start learning how to fly their canopy better?"

Most of the training in my early years was dedicated to freefall. I took my first canopy coaching with Shannon Pilcher in 2007, 7 years after I began jumping on my own. Up to that point, I had learned from my instructors and natural progression. Had I known the knowledge, canopy control and specific knowledge it was going to provide, I would have gotten into canopy control courses much earlier. 

It is important to understand that it is never too later in a skydiving career to take part in a canopy control course. Obviously, an early start in canopy control courses is a serious advantage to any pilot - I think in the 50-jump range. By that time, most jumpers have passed the stage of getting early butterflies under canopy and, in my opinion, have developed enough awareness and basic skills to understand, appreciate and use the skills acquired in canopy control courses.

 

Martin Lemay

CANOPY PROGRESSION

Navigator 240
Sabre 190
Sabre2 150
Stiletto 135
Stiletto 107
VX 84
Velocity 90
Valkyrie 84
Peregrine 71

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