In this exclusive interview, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Captain Alan, a seasoned parasail captain with nine years of experience. If you've ever had the thrill of soaring 300 feet above the breathtaking Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, it's highly likely that you've flown with this remarkable captain. At the helm of Okanagan Parasail's boat, Captain Alan's exceptional skills and expertise have provided countless visitors with an unforgettable adventure. Yet, it's not just his proficiency that sets him apart. Captain Alan's endearing nature and quick-witted charm create an atmosphere where passengers feel not only safe but also thoroughly entertained. Join us as we dive into his daily routine, explore his proudest moments, navigate through the challenges he faces, and uncover the incredible rewards of being a parasail captain. Get ready to gain valuable insights into the industry from the unique perspective of Captain Alan himself.
What does a typical mid-season day look like for you?
Every mid-season day begins with an early rise, followed by a smoothie to fuel my energy for the day's adventures. I hop on my motorcycle and make my way to work, where I meticulously prepare the boat with our crew, go through daily checklists and weather logs, ensuring everything is in order for our flights. Throughout the day, my main focus is on providing exhilarating experiences and showcasing the breathtaking views that the Okanagan has to offer. The joy and smiles on our customers' faces make every flight worthwhile. After a long, hot day, I love unwinding with my crew, sharing stories and laughter over a refreshing beer, before calling it a night to rest for another exciting day ahead.
What’s your favourite thing about the Okanagan?
One of my favorite aspects of the Okanagan region is its vibrant hiking culture. The spring and fall seasons, in particular, offer a captivating beauty that is unparalleled. Among the many stunning trails, the Pincushion hike in Peachland holds a special place in my heart. It provides breathtaking vistas and an opportunity to connect with nature on a deeper level, immersing oneself in the tranquility and awe-inspiring scenery.
What’s your proudest moment being a parasail captain?
One of the proudest moments in my career as a parasail captain was bringing our Ocean Pro parasailing boat into the Okanagan, which is the only one of its kind in Canada. This incredible opportunity showcased our dedication to innovation and providing our customers with an unmatched experience. Witnessing the personal and professional growth of our crew members, as they evolve from deckhands to skilled captains, is incredibly rewarding. It brings me immense joy and pride to contribute to their advancement and see them flourish in their roles.
What have been the biggest challenges/greatest rewards?
Undoubtedly, the parasailing industry presents its fair share of challenges. As a captain, the responsibility and accountability placed upon me are significant. The demanding nature of the job requires me to stay vigilant and adapt to changing weather patterns.
The wind in the Okanagan region, I regard as both my trusted friend and my greatest nemesis. Its unpredictable nature tests my skills as a captain, but overcoming these challenges reinforces my resilience and adaptability, making me a stronger leader in the parasailing industry.
What do you know now about working in this industry, that you wish you’d known in the beginning?
Reflecting on my journey in the industry, there are invaluable lessons I wish I had known from the very beginning. The thrill and excitement, coupled with the heightened sense of responsibility and accountability, have been remarkable. Embracing the challenges and embracing the pressure has not only made me a better captain, but it has also fueled my passion for this exhilarating profession. Every day brings new opportunities to learn and grow, and I'm grateful for the transformative experiences that have shaped me into the captain I am today.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to get into the parasailing industry?
For those considering a career in the parasailing industry, I offer a few valuable pieces of advice. First and foremost, cultivate a strong work ethic, as this industry demands dedication and commitment. Embrace curiosity and never hesitate to ask questions, as this will help you expand your knowledge and expertise. Most importantly, prioritize safety above all else. Ensure that your customers can place their trust in you and have a worry-free, enjoyable experience during their flight.
What's the best thing about being a parasail captain?
The best part of my role as a parasail captain is the sheer joy and fun I get to provide people during each adventure. One particular memorable moment for me was when I flew a family from Syria. The mother, overwhelmed with emotion, had tears in her eyes after the ride. To her, the experience symbolized the possibility of visiting a beautiful country like Canada and safely partaking in an activity she never thought would be within reach. Witnessing the profound impact parasailing can have on people's lives is incredibly rewarding, and it motivates me to continue delivering unforgettable moments.
In this captivating interview, Captain Alan has shared his remarkable journey as a parasail captain, providing a glimpse into the challenges, rewards, and insights he has gained throughout his career. His attention to detail, sharp weather observation skills, and unwavering commitment to safety make him an exceptional captain. The crew of Okanagan Parasail is truly fortunate to have a leader as experienced and supportive as Captain Alan. We eagerly anticipate the remarkable adventures he and his team will continue to offer.