Another Happy Student…

Read this satisfied customer endorsement of Glenn Derouin’s instructional program.

From: Norm Krcmar
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:59 AM
To: Glenn Derouin
Subject: A little thank you.

Glenn I was planning on writing a thank you and well, I finally got around to it.
This thank you is for the wonderful introduction into the paragliding world you gave me. Your skills and knowledge made my paragliding experience not only rewarding and safe, but gifted me the desire for the amazing pleasure and Zen-like experience free flight provides. Your skill is obvious; your teaching style works for me and because of this, I always felt safe under your instruction and was rewarded with a great experience during all my flights. This safety continues today as I practice your instructions and techniques on every launch. As a novice pilot having this safety and preparedness drilled into me is making each new flight a rewarding one.

My story:

Pilots taking it easy after flying all day
Pilots relax on the lawn at Paraglide Canada after a day of flying.

With the encouragement of some amazing friends, last year I decided to pursue something new, this thing called paragliding. I was encouraged by their constant vibrating energy and beaming smiles every time paragliding came up in conversation. Their relentless talk about the amazing flights and experiences they had that day, last week or…..what seemed to be every flight, was influencing my decision (at first I didn’t even realize it). Knowing these friends were active in this flying community, confirmed for me that others would be engaging, supportive and fun. Everyone I’ve met so far has been exactly that. I have been so fortunate here as not knowing what the community was like may have led to not trying the sport, as from the outside it seems dangerous, isolated, and unknown.

Well I made the right choice, I was rewarded many times over with these same grins and exhilaration I’d paid witness to for the years prior. My only question I’ve ever really asked myself since I began was “Why did I wait until now”? This sport is addictive, intoxicating, and for me a special time that I can spend among amazing people, letting go of all other aspects and matters in life, and just having the freedom to enjoy myself.

For each pilot I imagine this freedom manifests for them in the way it’s supposed to and they leave each day quenched of their thirst but with a hunger that requires more of this nourishment tomorrow. I guess you could say it provides spiritual nourishment as well, for me time para waiting is a great time to self-reflect, and those glass off evening flights expose the world is such a beautiful color, smell and reflection that I’ve found my mind hitting some corners in my head otherwise untouched.

Each flight brings a new experience, a new hunger for more and I owe my friends, my instructor, and my own safety for that. I made the right decision.

Thank you.
Norm Krcmar