My first experience of tandem paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey

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zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019 · 4 min read

Hello there, friends!

These were long days. Just 2 days ago I came back from vacations, and today I threw myself into my work entirely. Hard to believe, it is just 1 week ago I was in completely different oriental world, full of sound of waves, salty sea waters, mountains and ... Here, it is about the mountains again. I wrote about my first paragliding experience on that very day, and today I think I can write a bit more about it. Probably, it will be useful information for you if you'll decide to take your chance one day.

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So. This entertainment is not cheap. In fact, everything you buy through a third party (in my case, it was international (ex-USSR) tour operator Anex tour, which I didn't like by the way), is more expensive than as if you take a little time and book it yourself. Of course, they assure you it is much cheaper and more safe than if you buy it somewhere else, but... Okay. The price was $165, it includes transfer is a small (for 29 people) slow bus, entrance fee to the beach, insurance (it was about $60-65, the bigger part) and the jump itself in tandem with instructor.

The bus drove us to the starting point - Kidrak Beach (Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey). Here you put on closed shoes, if you have not one, you can rent. I think it is important when landing. No other personal belongings are allowed, except mobile and photo camera. But ....

Then, you got into a mini bus with instructors (we got Escape Adventures company) and move up the serpentine to the top (almost) of the Baba Dag mountain (Father mountain). They have mobile app to randomly pick up your tandem pair. They start to spin the wheel, you press stop button, and that's all. You see the name of your instructor.

The starting point is at 2000 meters above sea level. When you are at the site, you are allowed to take last photos with your device, and must put it into a backpack (or how its name), and you are not allowed to take photos on any your device. The reason they give sounds like a legend, but these are the rules. Our guide assured us we will be able to use our own camera. But he was wrong. And their shooting on go pro costs minimum $45, depends on device, yours or theirs.... When you are on the way, of course you'll agree with that price, because it's your first time (in case if), but what if I'd git known about it before booking?...

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I may seems insane, but I was expecting more extreme. Our guide said the serpentine is very dangerous, but I had real extreme when driving up our Ukrainian Carpathians in the back of an old military truck. Besides, the start of the jump was not scary at all, as the slope of a mountain has a good pavement and you are not jump, you just smoothly slide down. The guy wasn't expecting I will be so calm, and so do I :D My husband had a bit more excitement, and (as for me) photos of better quality.

In any case, now I am going to try it somewhere else, I even found a paragliding map,hopefully I'll have a chance to try it somewhere else again :) Okay, I run out of words and just let you enjoy the photos (we have videous as well)...


Nick started after me and flew next to me all the time. It was very cool and exciting! But, the guide promised 40 minutes of flying, and that wasn't true as well. Anyway, Turkey is a country that tries your luck all the time, and we were almost ready to it. I think we have been spoiled by Europe :)

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Thank you for coming along today, I hope you enjoyed the photographs and found something interesting for you to read! Also, hopefully you also have had an amazing summer, and plenty of wonderful days to enjoy and remember afterwards!



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soyrosa
Rosanne @soyrosaSeptember 2019

So cool! I did my first Tandem paragliding in Mendoza, Argentina. I was with a friend who is now traveling all over Europe to paraglide everywhere :D She got addicted! For me it was a nice experience but not something I want to do so much. Lovely post and photos <3


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Oh, I know what your friend feels :D
Our guide also got edicted, he even moved futher to parashuting, and recently had his first exam! ))) It is funny how holidays can change our life sometimes :)
Thank you so much for paying me a visit and for your nice comment!


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You sure had beautiful moments you might not be able to forget in a long time, sometimes we just need a vacation.


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

That's true, and this vacation was so badly needed :)
Thank you for drop by!


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its was a very nice tour i think...


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Yes, a lot of fun. Thank you for coming along!


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nelinoeva
Neli @nelinoevaSeptember 2019

Wow, something worth trying. You must feel like a bird. I can imagine how wonderful the view must have been.


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

In fact, when you flu like this, you're sitting on smth like a backpack under your bottom :) Otherwise the fly would be very short )))))
But it was very exciting!


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Those pictures from above with that wide angle lens FREAKY! But in a good way… and you're showing also off the beach below! I love it!


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Thank you for a visit!! Yeah, pictures are cool 8-) Now I am thinking abput try it again in another country / mountains :)


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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia has great paragliding!


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Oh, thank you so much!! I've never been there, and now I have a good reason :)


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Thank you so much, guys!


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cranium
Alexey @craniumSeptember 2019

Какая красота!!! Не знаю какой инструктор с этого парня, но фотограф он классныый.


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

😁😁😁
Инструкторы нам оба попались хорошие. Но фотограф был лучше тот, что у мужа :)


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forykw
José Higino @forykwSeptember 2019

Wow!

One day... one day I will loosen' up enough to do this =)


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zirochka
zirochka @zirochkaSeptember 2019

Haha, good luck and hope you will enjoy! :)


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