November 29, 2010
1815 Mast Tower Road
Canada V6H 3X7
Forest Gump made the observation that ‘«£Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you‘«÷re going to get!‘«ō
Investing in a sailing experience with a company that I had no experience presented a significant financial risk. Boarding a boat and putting my life in the hands of an instructor/captain whom I had no knowledge presented both a personal and emotional risk.
But if every instructor Cooper Boating employees is even close to the outstanding caliber of Marla Hedman all risk is nullified. In August of 2010, I opened a ‘«£box of chocolates‘«ō to have one of the best experience of my life. From the moment I stepped on board the Polaris to the moment we returned to Granville Island my heart was smiling. The crew whom I had never met composed of an Engineer, a Physician, an Attorney and CEO, and myself: a Professor and President of a leadership consulting company, were all highly educated professionals that knew how to have a wonderful time.
Our instructor and captain Marla Hedman was equally as professional and enjoyable. There was not a moment that I felt unsafe or that I did not believe that she had a keen observation of everything happening aboard the Polaris. Marla has a wonderful manner of teaching that allowed the crew to maximize the talents and skills each of brought on board while giving us the opportunity to learn in a comfortable non-threatening environment. Marla is an outstanding sailor with keen ability to both sail and teach. She is fun, has a genuine nature, is an exceptional listener and outstanding coach, and someone I would be glad to sail with in any sea in any condition.
Thank you Cooper Boating for realizing it takes more than just a fine boat to make a great sailing adventure. Thank you for selecting quality instructors like Marla Hedman. I have been on other boats in ports in different parts of the world where the captain made the experience a nightmare for his or her crew. This experience was just the opposite: Marla Hedman made this ‘«£Bucket List‘«ō moment in my life perfect!
Tim Clipson, Ed. D
Professor of Executive Leadership and Executive Communication
President of Leadership Is For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.)