Who we are, what
Blue Thermal is a
paragliding company located on the west coast of Canada, in the
province of British Columbia, thirty minutes north of the US border.
The coastal mountains of BC offer some of
the best flying in North America as well as some of the most
spectacular scenery in the world. You can soar with seagulls off of
a ridge site only minutes from downtown Victoria, or head to the
mountains where 10,000 ft altitude gains are possible.
Read further to learn more about the very
unique products and services we offer to the flying
For years mankind
has dreamed of flying - equating the experience of soaring like an eagle
with the ultimate freedom. It is a unique experience and a genuine
privilege to live at a time in history when we are able to do just that
- to go where eagles roam.
The pure pleasure
and exhilaration of free flight must never be taken for granted, and
those who recognize this will make every available effort to acquire the
requisite skills and the proper equipment to become the safest possible
pilots. This is a never ending process that will continue for as long as
It is with
this in mind that we have made it our philosophy to be the best
available resource to help you find the most suitable equipment and the
right instructor for your needs. Whether it is to hone your skills in
cross-country flying, or aerobatics, or safety maneuvers, we will guide
you to the right source.
We have also spent a
great deal of time studying the various manufacturers and the products
and materials on the market today. We believe that the product line of
gliders, harnesses and accessories that we carry are among the best
principals of Blue Thermal are respected and highly visible
pilots in western Canada.
||Amir Izadi began
paragliding in 1998. He is an avid competition pilot and was the
no. 1 ranked Canadian pilot at the World Championships in 2005.
Currently, he is ranked no. 3 in Canada under the WPRS
(world paragliding ranking score). Amir is also an instructor and
tandem pilot with over 1000 hours of experience from at least 60
different sites across sixteen
- Travelling the
world, flying new sites, and meeting new people has always been a
great passion of his. Amir has flown throughout Europe, Central and
South America, the Middle East, Australia and Tibet.
- Ever eager to
explore new places and fly from new sites, in September of 2002 Amir
and a fellow pilot hiked and flew off of Mt. Ararat in Turkey. This
was the the first attempt of its kind as far as they're aware. And
no, they did not find Noah's Ark.
- He is also an
avid outdoorsman and long distance cyclist. He has cycled solo
across Europe, North Africa and along the entire west coast of North
- Amir is a
health care professional and holds a Masters of Public Health from
Harvard University. He works part time as an instructor and tandem
pilot in Victoria, BC where he lives. For leasure he reads, writes,
plays music and chess, and, of course, flies.