OUR AWESOME ZIP PILOTS
At Big Bear Ziplines, Inc. we strive to hire the best employees who will provide a professional, fun and safe atmosphere. Safety is our upmost priority as accidents are no accident. Our employees must be able to multi-task and keep their minds clear and focused at all times.
All of our Zip Pilots are certified in CPR, First Aid and AED at the very least. They are required to pass a 50-hour training period which includes practical and written examinations. It also includes being shadowed on their first few tours before being allowed to guide on their own among other things. Between training and shadowing, it takes almost one month before they are allowed to guide a tour on their own.
Dieter is a graduate of New York University where he received a B.A. degree in Economics. Prior to NYU, he completed Aviation High School in Queens, NY and utilized his education in his future career as a Captain for American Airlines. Dieter retired after 30+ years of service in 2008 as a Boeing 777 Captain.
In his personal time, Dieter likes to fish, snowski, waterski, wakeboard and fly. He also still flies privately for his personal clients. Need a pilot!? He’s your guy!
Did you know!? Dieter was supposed to be a twin!
Carolyn graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.A. in Sport Management and from Dutchess Community College with an A.A.S. in Business Administration. After completing her internship with Lime Rock Park as a Marketing and Events Assistant (an automotive racetrack), she moved to Colorado for two years to enjoy the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains working for Winter Park Ski Resort.
In her personal time, she volunteers at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center where they teach persons with disabilities how to ride horses – their slogan is “healing with horses”. She also serves on the Education committee for the Hudson Valley Young Professionals and is the Vice Chair of the Membership committee for the ACCT. In addition, she is currently enrolled in the class of 2013 for Leadership Dutchess.
Did you know!? Carolyn was a Gatorade ’Will to Win’ athlete in high school on her Varsity Tennis team.
Ralph came to us with over 6 years experience in the industry and a B.A. degree in Communications. Prior to Big Bear Ziplines, he managed the course at Alley Pond Adventure Course (the first of its kind in New York City) and Lakeview Day Camp. He is currently certified at the highest level of ACCT standard as a Challenge Course Manager.
In his personal time, Ralph enjoys playing soccer, kite surfing, kayaking, snowboarding and spending time with his family.
Did you know!? Ralph can juggle a soccer ball non-stop on his head! He can balance it there too.
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