The world-famous beauty of Fethiye is the paragliding which is the first choice of those who want to have a bird’s eye view of Oludeniz, to experience the turquoise sea and to experience the unique geography with a thrilling event. In the Babadag region of Fethiye, which is shown as one of the best paragliding centers in the world, more than 100 thousand flights are made each year.
In a corner of my mind for years “Can I do paragliding?” I managed to get the paragliding without question in this time. Since many people ask questions such as how to do paragliding or how to do it, I’ve written for you the wonder of this exciting experience.
Paragliding with international popularity is organized regularly in Babadağ, Oludeniz in Fethiye. Babadag has 4 tracks of 1200, 1700, 1800 and an altitude of 1960 meters. Each of these tracks has a different wind direction. Trainers decide to take off from the runway according to the weather and wind conditions, as it is necessary to take off with the method of wind up.
Fethiye Paragliding Price
First of all, you will buy the flight service from the companies on the coast of Oludeniz, Belcekiz. Then you will be taken from Ölüdeniz to Babadağ with the transfer company of the relevant company in accordance with the timetable. Tandem (double) paragliding activity does not require any training for the 240-280 Dollar flight prices, in addition to 80-100 Dollar for taking a photo and video registration. These prices may decrease slightly in winter with various campaigns.
Everybody thinks they’re jumping off the cliff while paragliding, but not so. In the beginning, I knew this way. However, I realized that the information was wrong when I jumped on the track. Paragliding starts with the trainer and the passenger taking off slowly on the slope by walking or running according to the wind situation.
Is paragliding safe?
As we are a nation with serious concerns about security, one of the most frequently asked questions is whether paragliding is safe. It can confront with news such as paragliding, which is a very low-risk sport, occasional wind or fatal events. It is necessary to complete a long and challenging training for individual paragliding. Many of the flights that cause an accident are due to people trying to fly alone and without adequate training.
The most important points are choosing the right company, looking at the references, asking for certificates and documents. The flight experience and training of the companies with professional team is quite high. In this way, they destroy the psychological pressure on you. Some people give up during the parachute’s departure, thus endangering flight safety by resisting the trainer. Such risks are always present.
Taking Photos in the Sky
During paragliding in Ölüdeniz, objects such as telephones and professional cameras are not allowed to be carried with you. In the past, this type of equipment has been banned because of the accidents caused by the reduction. This rule is strictly stated in the Flight Requirements Directive. However, from time to time the flying person is showing flexibility according to the purpose. Bloggers are outside this ban. The GoPro, which is carried by the trainer flying together during the flight, is an adequate tool for the beautiful photo frames.
As trainers know in what way, how beautiful the photo will take, leave the photo and video work to them. With parachute mounted cameras, you can make different poses by crossing legs, flying acrobatics or whether you can do.
Length, Weight, Age Limit in Paragliding
There are height and weight limits for trainers in men and women. The maximum weight limit for men is 110 kg and in women is 90 kg. For flights without a minimum weight limit, restrictions may vary with the status assessment. In addition, the maximum limit for height is 2 meters. Children under 4 years of age, those who can be triggered due to excitement (blood pressure, heart, panic attacks) and pregnant women are not accepted to paragliding.
Duration of Paragliding
In Babadağ, the average airtime is about 25 minutes. Addition of up to 15 minutes of flight time can be made according to the intensity of acrobatic movements and when it is spoken before.
What to wear during the flight?
Sneakers, sunglasses during paragliding must always be. In addition, the choice of shorts or trousers is left on the initiative of the person to fly. I flew in shorts, without glasses and sneakers. I flew at sunset and the sun didn’t cause any distress. However, if you fly at noon and during a time when the sun is effective, keep your glasses. Women’s skirts are also among the suggestions that they should not wear skirts.
Where is the paragliding landing?
Belcekiz Beach is the last stop of the paragliding. The area set in the recreation area right next to the beach is reserved for paragliding. A smooth landing is carried out according to the instructions of the trainer. With the help of the employees who are waiting and on the ground, you complete the flight process.
How to take captured photos and videos?
After completing the flight and going down, you need to go to the office of the company with your trainer. There you can see photos and videos taken on the computer screen. If you like it, you can upload your photos to CD or flash memory. Photo and video service is charged around 80-100 TL.
Paragliding is one of the activities to be done in Fethiye. I experienced this activity with Sky Star (Company founder Celal Yildiz: +90 532 628 17 79). I must thank the trainer Rifat Yalçın‘s pleasant conversation and his calming attitude that relieves all my fear. After taking my tension, he stole me by doing acrobatics, but he managed the flight perfectly. If you are thinking about paragliding in Ölüdeniz, you can call the company by giving my name.
Oludeniz one of the world’s leading paragliding centers in Turkey, which is the only point made the sea landing from an altitude of 1900 meters. The feeling of a bird’s eye view of the legendary panorama of Ölüdeniz is indescribable.
Here are the websites that you can book your paragliding activity
- http://www.fethiye-tours.com/paragliding-fethiye (No payment required)
- https://www.oludeniztravel.com/en/fethiye-aktiviteler/fethiye-paragliding/ (Only request form is available)