We are proud to announce another featured entrepreneur, Bruce Merit, for the GOABA Showcase Event, on March 26th at the Opus Cafe Bistro. Here is more about Bruce:
Bruce’s love of sailing started at age 8 when he joined the 28 Thunderbirds (the only Sea Scout troop in Vancouver). There he honed his nautical skills and learned the ropes (and knots!) he went on to racing Hobie Cats and then progressed into Windsurfing.
Bruce’s interests where varied and not limited to the water, over the years he has taught downhill skiing up Grouse Mountain, sailing at Deer Lake in Burnaby, swimming lessons and life-guarding.
Most of Bruce’s life has revolved around health and fitness, being one of the pioneers of personal training in Vancouver he quickly moved to the forefront of the profession training Jodie Foster, Nicholas Cage, Sylvester Stallone and many other Hollywood’s “A” listers. Bruce’s love and passion for cooking combined nutrition early on and then added massage therapy as well to create the “Lifestyles with Merit” the Total Approach to Health & Fitness program which was featured in the Japan Times newspaper for over three years plus over 100 other magazines and newspapers in Japan.
During his 10 years in Japan Bruce created a fitness tool call Body Bar which he introduced to over 500 health clubs. During this time he introduced morning workouts in a handful of health clubs in Tokyo and also healthy breakfast cereal and got his Body Bar on the back of the Kellogg’s Bran Flake box. This additional exposure lead to a home shopping channel picking up the Body Bar and getting it into 1,000’s of homes all over Japan. With the fitness business expanding in many other parts of Asia Bruce was well positioned to repeat his formula again in 5 other Asian countries.
In 1990 Polar Heart Rate monitors contacted Bruce to become one of the first class of 30 Polar Master Trainers in the world and to educate in Asia. During his 5 years with Polar Bruce relocated back to Vancouver B.C. and created a Cardio Coaching program which he introduced into over 500 health clubs all over North America.
After feeling too much like George Clooney in “Up in the Air” Bruce trained up two more Cardio Coaches and semi-retired at Osprey Lake just outside Princeton. For 8 years now Bruce has been running the Osprey Lake Retreat and running “Hike, Bike, Fish” programs which include teaching fly tying, fly casting, bike shuttles, renting bikes, boats, kayaks, snowshoes, ice fishing huts and selling fishing worms that he steals out of his mom’s garden in Osoyoos.
Now he has his B&B up for sale and has started the next chapter in his life which included buying an Ericson 32 foot sailing boat and reconnecting with the water and sailing. Of course being Bruce’s nature he just could sail off peacefully into the sunset. He has now started Sailing Okanagan.com which is a sailing adventure charter business that is creating a fundraising and marketing awareness program called “Sailing for Humanity” where all net proceeds will go to the South Okanagan chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
He is well qualified and very excited about his next adventure with over 45 years of sailing experience including crewing on a 75 foot sailboat during the America’s Cup in Perth, Australia. Now he adds sailing adventures to his list of activities. He has his S.V.O. P. (Small Vessel Operation Proficiency), ASA Level 1, ASA level 3, MED A3 (Marine Safety), P.C.O.C. (Pleasure Craft Operators Card), First Aid, First Responder and CPR certificates.
Spend a few hours experiencing the beauty and tranquility of Okanagan Lake with Bruce and enjoy the warm Okanagan sunshine on your face and the gentle summer breeze, you can escape to another world and have the experience of a lifetime!
Phone: 250 295-6166
Address: RR1-S10-C06, Princeton, BC, V0X-1W0