The skydiver who died in Georgina Saturday evening – the third death at this site in about one year – has been identified as Brad Vale, professional jumper with more than 2,000 dives under his belt.
The news comes as a number of organizations investigate the death, which the owner has said was likely down to an advanced landing technique called swooping.
Adam Mabee, owner of Parachute School of Toronto, in Baldwin off Hwy. 48 in Georgina, said the police, Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Labour, along with experts from the Canadian Forces are all looking into the incident.
Mabee added that swooping refers to a landing technique that involves the diver being level with the ground and "skimming" across the surface before landing.
"It appears he hit the ground at a shallow angle at very high speed," he said, adding Vale had formerly taught at the school.
From the looks of Vale's Facebook profile, he's been performing the technique since 2007, when a picture labelled "swooping" was taken.
In May, 28-year-old Alana Shamrock of Newmarket died after experiencing equipment failure and, last year, 42-year-old Igor Zaitsev was killed after losing control of his parachute at the school.
Mabee added Vale was doing a recreational jump, flying his own parachute and doing a jump he had done many times before.
On Twitter, a number of people commented on the death under the hashtag #BSBD, which stands for blue sky black death, a common phrase when someone in the skydiving community dies as a result of the dangerous sport.
@thechelskalana wrote: "My thoughts are with all of my wonderful, amazing skydiving friends. #bsbd".
@BkkSteph simply wrote: "#BSBD Brad".
Although Vale’s Facebook says he is a Scarborough native and lives in Toronto, his funeral has been booked at Skwarchuk Funeral Home in Bradford.
More to follow.