Phillip Thomas–Parasail Captain and Flight Instructor.
Captain Phillip, who we sometimes call Peanuts, is an experienced and highly trained boat captain with more than 1000 flights under his belt. In fact, Captain Phillip is the only parasail captain on the island to be trained in parasail boat operation and parasail safety by the Water Sport Industry Association in the United States. He is also a trained flight instructor and has completed his course work to be a licensed tour guide. He has spent time working at a dive shop and also is an experienced fishing guide. He enjoys both deep-sea fishing and reef fishing, but spear fishing is his specialty. When not working parasail, Phillip sometimes captains our snorkel trips, beach bbqs, and sunset cruises. You are definitely in good hands with Captain Phillip at the helm.
Ana Caliz–Office Manager
Ana is our office manager and also one of the few women to be a licensed tour guide on the island. She first got her license in 1998 and has been working in the water sports industry ever since—diving, snorkeling, beach bbq—she has done it all. She is likely the first person at Belize Parasail that you will come in contact with and she’s the perfect person to answer all your questions, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she will know someone on the island who does—well, that’s because she knows everyone on the island. If you really want to see Ana smile, ask her about her sons Ethan and Nate. When Ana escapes our office at Fido’s dock, you will find her helping lead tours with Victor on our pontoon boat.
Victor Cruz–Pontoon Captain and Flight Instructor
Victor is our lead tour guide and pontoon captain. Born on the island, Victor has been working in the tour industry for almost 8 years. During that time, he has led mainland tours, snorkel excursions, and fishing trips, and he is a master at the beach bbq. He is especially known for his knowledge and love of the island and can name virtually any fish you encounter during a snorkel trip. He loves to snap photos during your trip, so don’t hesitate to ask him. When he’s not captaining the pontoon boat, Victor can be found helping out as a flight instructor on the parasail boat and is training to be a back-up parasail captain. He and Captain Phillip argue over who makes the best ceviche; maybe you will have a chance to judge for yourselves.
Josiah Torres–Flight Instructor
Josiah is originally from Belmopan on the mainland. After graduating from high school, he came to San Pedro to learn the parasail business. Like all our parasail employees, he is trained to follow all US safety standards and operating procedures. Josiah is first-mate and flight instructor on the parasail boat and sometimes works our snorkel trips and beach bbqs. When he is not playing basketball or watching sports, Josiah is honing his spearfishing skills, chasing snapper and barracuda. Josiah is also our resident parasail photographer, so please ask him to take pictures of your trip.
Johana Aguilar Martinez—Guest Relations Specialist
Johana is the smiling face you encounter when you step up to our window (or call or email—you can probably tell she’s smiling, even through the phone). Originally from Stan Creek, Johana and her husband Abner moved to San Pedro because they always wanted to experience island living. She loves having a view of the ocean from her desk, and she enjoys meeting new friends. Johana plans to eventually put her Associate’s degree in business management and economics to work in the classroom where she hopes to teach business courses. She described her first parasailing experience as “floating on a cloud.”