I just wanted to write a quick letter to tell you how much I enjoyed your book "Transcending fear". I am a skydiving instructor of 11 years and I ordered the book because a had a young lady on her 4th STP jump, fully geared up, props spinning on the plane, stop and say, "no, I can't do it again.... I'm to afraid" So the airplane left without us. I must of spent 30 minutes trying to find a way to, I guess comfort and talk to her trying to find out her fears and tell her the right words because I know she was just waiting for me to say the right thing and I couldn't find it. I felt like I had failed, for her sake, because she loved jumping, once she got out of the plane it was just the door and seeing the distance to the ground that scared her.
After I started reading the book, which I don't read alot of books, I finished it very quickly and myself, going through some tough times found that not only will this book of knowledge help me with my students, it has tremendously inspired and helped me with personal challenges in my life.
So a big thanks to you and I hope one day I get the privilege to meet you personally."
Tammy from Texas
"Brian - I just wanted to say thank you for coming out to
Chambersburg this past weekend! You planted so many seeds in my head that have already
begun to grow. I can't wait for next weekend just so I
can keep trying all the things that you have taught
us. Your passion for the sport is clearly evident in the
way that you teach the class. Up until now, my main concern was group flying and not
landing on my ass. You opened my eyes for me and let
me see that there is so much more than just trying to
stand up the landing. Skydiving for me feels brand new
again and I love that feeling! Again, thank you. I totally dug your class and can't
wait to apply everything I learned!"
Dave Fulk A-51222
"Thank you for exposing us
to an entire new world, a world both challenging,
and rewarding. You have given us the pieces to a
puzzle, and the path with which to unite them. I
advise those who wish to remain canopy passengers
to never take your course. One cannot walk away
on that last day, and not have a deep desire to
become a canopy pilot."
Robert Kelley Zephyrhills, Florida 2007
"Brian - your seminar here
was *outstanding*, keeping twenty skydivers spellbound
as they awakened to understand "why" things
happen, "how" it works, "when"
the time is right to swoop, and "where its
all at". With a couple of days in the classroom,
our competition swoopers are saying "...if
only I'd seen this when I had 50 jumps!", and
our intermediate jumpers are much better equipped
to stretch their skills - safely - to new levels.
We look forward to having you back again!"
Tim Bates, State Coach
Victorian Parachute Council (Australian Parachute
"I wanted to thank you for
the invaluable information given to us in your course.
Your enthusiasm, course material and presentation
were all top notch. Skydivers of all levels should
take this course.
It was a jaw dropping, eye opening experience!!!
Efren Palacios, Network Admin - Austin American-Statesman
“Many thanks for making
the journey to Hollister and teaching us a thing
or two about piloting. 'Deeply inspiring and immensely
valuable. When I sit through 9 hours of class time
and feel ready to immediately sit through another
9 I know I've seen something special.”
Whit Bissell - San Francisco, California
“It didn't take me a very long time,
to decide that I wanted to thank you for your contribution.
I only began this wonderful sport of skydiving a
little over one year ago. Like other things in life,
it is what you make it. Up until your seminar, I
never considered flying and landing my canopy to
be a greater part of the skydive. Mainly because
I knew very little and felt that it was "unsafe"
to experiment without guidance, even up high.
With these new tools, flying and landing promises
much more and I feel encouraged to "get good
at it". Swooping is no longer something I observe
at a distance, but something I want to be able to
So, thank you! Your seminar has made a difference.
I loved all the technical information. I have
achieved a higher understanding of the dynamics
of a canopy, and I feel confident, that this will
prove to be very valuable. Foremost though, I have
developed a keen interest of learning more about
it. I want to know all the things I know that I
don't know, I don't know. ;o)
Your teaching methods work well and you manage
to keep it interesting or everybody regardless of
previous knowledge and experience level.
Also a big compliment to your personality.
You motivate. I really enjoyed your storytelling
and body language - It kept the educational facts
interesting and fun.”
Vibeke - Aversi, Denmark
“Even after one jump I noticed changes
in the way I was doing things that have impacted
not only my enjoyment of this great sport but how
safe I feel doing it.”
Dayle - Burnaby, Canada
“I was in your Hollister class (it was
bad ass by the way). I've got to tell you, you made
me think of things I never considered. First and
foremost I've been practicing aborting HP landings
more then landings (Up high that is) more then anything
else. I also find that I'm using more harness input
in everything I do whether they are toggle turns
or riser it adds a dimension of control I didn't
realize was possible.”
Jason Cahill - California
“When people ask me how was the course?
My response is.......It was great!!!!.......Brian
just saved me the next 500 jumps at least trying
to figure out how to get what I want out of my canopy!
And some tricks to possibly save my life.”
David Kirke - Burnaby, Canada
“Thank you again for coming out to San
Marcos and giving us all so much to work towards.
Your class was far beyond what any of us expected
- and I am now sad for those that decided they had
to cancel because it was most certainly their loss.”
Mark Deverter - Austin, Texas
"...thank you for coming to our little
DZ and sharing your knowledge with us. Your energy
is infectuous and you have a wonderful spirit. You're
some kind of a skydiving boddhisatva.
You are clearly one of the moving forces in
our sport. Your accomplishments and skydiving resume
alone pretty well establish that. And so the information
you shared with us was welcome and valuable for
that reason alone. But what I was speaking to mostly
were qualities in you that I (well, actually there
seemed to be somewhat of a consensus generally about
this sense among others in the class who I spoke
with over the course of the weekend) perceived which
recharged my pride and enthusiasm (if the latter
really needs to be recharged) in being a skydiver
and in my hope and optimism for the future of skydiving.
I've participated in my share of skydiving courses
and you and your class stand out in a number of
ways. I appreciated your holistic approach to skydiving
generally. I was moved by how the spiritual foundation
that obviously underlies your life is manifested
in the information you disseminate to your students.
And I was impressed by the gentle and encouraging
way that you impart feedback and information in
general to your students."
Chip Waldron - Austin, Texas
(OK, this last one is a little over
the top, but thanks for blowing a little sunshine
up my ass, Chip!)
"I am really excited about this new learning
opportunity you have presented. That was without
a doubt one of the best, most enjoyable educational
experiences I have had."
Kevin Hawkins - Austin, Texas
"I just wanted to say thank you for putting
together such a great course. The material you've
put together was very well structured and presented
in a logical order, that was easy to understand
and follow. I especially liked the topic about the
psychology of the sport - in my opinion, it's a
great way to open up the minds of those who hesitate
to try something new. This was the "first"
(yeah, yeah) formal canopy class that I've ever
taken, and have already started practicing the techniques
that I've learned in your class. I'm going to advocate
your book and the course to my students."
Ilya Kats - Austin, Texas