Pacific Ropes Training Blog

Meet Jana one of our Trainers at Pacific Ropes!


What’s your name, where you from, and how long have you been in rope access?

My name is Jana Marshall, I live in Squamish BC, and I’ve been in Rope Access for 4.5 years.

What made you get into Rope Access?

Rope Access was a good way to maintain the trade I already had, and just added more versatility to my career.

What made you want to teach and what’s your favorite part?

I wanted to get into instructing because I find that when you help a person here, you get the feedback right away, so you end up with fantastic dialogue, which can make you better, make the student better.

My favorite part is when you see someone struggling and they make it quite hard for themselves, and your able to refine their technique. Now something that was previously challenging becomes easy, and you see it in their face, when it clicks, and now they start enjoying the experience.

What makes a good instructor?

Someone who is able to take the knowledge that they have and translate it in a way that other people are able to understand it. It’s not just about demonstrating that knowledge, it’s about conveying that knowledge so that other people can pick it up.

What are some of the challenges you face in Rope Access?

Some of the challenges in teaching is adapting my own techniques in order to teach someone who might be much heavier than I am or much taller. Taking the path that I follow when I go through a technique and varying it for a different people.  

What advice would you give to students?

The advice I would give for students to be successful, would be to focus on managing yourself very well in any situation you go into. You can learn all the techniques and you can have all of the equipment, but if you’re not in a state where you are making good choices and where you are utilizing critical thinking to assess what’s going on around you at all times, then all those gadgets don’t do anything for you.