From Canada to St. Maarten. . . A Segway PT Tour Operator’s Tale

St Maarten Segway

Is it paradise? Looks that way to us.

“When was the last time you had fun doing something new and exciting? Today you will — come glide with us!” That’s how Normand Vidal of Fun and Roll Tours of St. Maarten, an Authorized Segway Tour, welcomes first time riders. Yes, there are many people who have yet to experience a Segway Personal Transporter (PT).

Normand, originally from Montreal, Canada, was self-employed as a Database Software Developer and Business Consultant for 20+ years. When he grew tired of the fast-paced track of his career, not to mention Canada’s cold weather, he and his wife Lorraine moved south to ‘mix it up’. By ‘mix it up’ we mean they pulled a complete 180, focused their efforts in a new direction and opened a Segway PT Tour. Normand says, “We ride Segway PTs all the time, entertain guests and we’ve never been happier!”

When asked about the most rewarding part about being a tour operator Normand replies, “Meeting someone who is nervous about taking a tour and seeing their demeanor completely transform during the experience to the point where they don’t want the tour to end because they’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! Hearing that your tour was the best part of their entire vacation never gets old. Check out the tour’s excellent reviews

St Maarten Segway

Sun, sand and a Segway PT. It doesn’t get better.

Normand describes typical day-to-day tour operations as organized chaos. Each day is planned and organized. However, between cruise ship concierges booking tours for passengers, walk up customers and reservations being changed, the day can be hectic. He wouldn’t want it any other way though.

“The best part of this business is that every day is completely different. You never know who you’ll meet or what kind of day it will be. We welcome over 700 people a month to our tour during the high season,” Normand added. “Some of our visitors consider the tour a once in a lifetime opportunity, others return year after year to experience the thrill.”

Normand’s favorite part of the day is getting to know his guests. He’ll often sit with them after a tour, enjoying the weather, a cocktail and some conversation. He comments, “Lorraine and I have made many new friends and earned lots of repeat business. There’s great satisfaction in a job well done.”

To learn more about Fun and Roll Tours of St. Maarten, please visit their website at

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