Maren ‘discovered’ paragliding on a tandem flight with a friend of her brother (who is also a PG pilot) on the shores of the Baltic Sea in northern Germany in 1995. Immediately hooked, she started taking lessons shortly thereafter in the Hartz Mountains, about six hours from her home in Hamburg, and has been enthusiastically involved ever since.
Paragliding was the primary reason for her first trip to the Northwest in 1997. Since then she has become an integral part of the Discover Paragliding instructional team!
She is also Master rated, and also holds the Advanced Instructor, Tandem Instructor, and Tow Observer certifications from the United Stated Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (the USHPA).
From 2012 to 2015, she became an internationally recognized team pilot for Parajet Intl. powered paragliders (PPG). No longer a team pilot, she still enjoys flying her Parajet Maverick Atom 80 every chance she gets!