Teaching... Our Thoughts
Teaching for us is a rare privilege… especially teaching to fly. It’s both, an honour and a deep responsibility to be trusted to fulfill your dream to touch the skies. We get a lot of energy from student’s enthusiasm for learning to fly. It’s a delight to regularly meet a fresh group of very stimulating personalities, as very special and unique people decide to fly. There are interesting group dynamics and its very challenging to meet individual and collective demands of the group. Dealing with their risk and danger assessment, varying anxiety levels, fluctuating levels of motivation and confidence, attitudinal counseling and fear management is a journey we take together of shared challenges and mutual triumphs.
It’s a big reward for us when through all of that each of us come out as winners, as achievers, enlightened for a moment of our illimitable and immense potential. It is the interaction and bonding experience that rejuvenates us and gives us a fulfillment like nothing else. Temple Pilots is based on the idea that for an adventure sport like Paragliding to survive, sustain and spread in our country, it is necessary that the basic training schools provide the highest quality of teaching standards. This demands a dedication and commitment that goes beyond just the monetary and fun part of it. Instructors that are not just doing a good job but are interested in their students, interested to inspire, motivate and make safe and competent pilots.
Why The Name Temple Pilots?
INDIA is a land of eternity, Temples are its symbols the location, construction and rituals are of utmost significance. They are all designed to symbolize man’s journey to evolve and lead him to the ultimate realization of the ‘self’. In olden times, the path to these temples was narrow and through forests. Devotees carried offerings and climbed up until they reached their shrine. The devotees had to overcome difficulties and face challenges in their pursuit of the ‘truth’. The narrow path that allows only a single file also indicates that everyone is on their own personal journey. Just like paragliding… We fly from the hills. From the slopes of the majestic mountains. As we carry our paragliders on our back (not so much climbing since most takeoffs are drivable) and walk towards the take-off, it is nothing short of a pilgrimage for us. Our gliders are means to help us fly, be free from our worldly ties and taste the oneness with the wind and the sky! Though we are with friends and teachers, our journey is also within, and alone. We have to face our fears and let go of our doubts and just fly! So, as I tribute to the journey of the pilgrim (pilot) to his shrine (the hills) seeking the ‘truth’ (flight) we call ourselves ‘Temple Pilots’.