Flying Dream Came True with Paragliding

Adventure
May 28, 2017 / By / 13 Comments

It started raining again in Carmona. Better to cancel paragliding today.” This was what Uwe, our pilot, told us that Saturday morning when we were supposed to have our tandem paragliding.

My heart sank after receiving the unfortunate news. It had been raining almost the entire week. A few days before our scheduled paragliding, Uwe sent an e-mail warning us of the bad weather. Despite of that, we were still hoping the event will not be cancelled. But since the downpour did not stopped especially in Carmona, we can do nothing but to re-schedule.

Playing with the clouds.

Our paragliding pushed through on a sunny Friday during one of those anticipated Philippine holidays. Finally! Uwe was not around that time so he asked Primoz Podobnik or simply Primo to be our pilot. He is a pilot from Slovenia who has almost 20 years of paragliding experience.

Paragliding and Carmona city view.

Flying with the city view of Carmona, Cavite.

What is Tandem Paragliding?

Paragliding is an adventure sport where a person jumps from an aircraft or a high place wearing a special type of parachute. The parachute is attached to the person’s body by means of a harness that enables him to glide through the air. In Tandem Paragliding, a pilot carries one passenger. What we did in Carmona is Tandem Paragliding jumping from an elevated spot in Carmona, Cavite.

With paragliding pilot.

With our paragliding pilot, Primoz Podobnik or simply Primo. Originally from Slovenia, he has two decades of paragliding experience.

Carmona Landing Zone

Paragliding is usually scheduled in the morning because wind can get stronger in the afternoon. We arrived at Carmona landing zone around 8AM. Weather is a really important factor when doing paragliding. Aside from safety purposes, a good weather and timing will enable you to make the most of your paragliding. So don’t be late!

With my adventure buddy, Nicole 🙂

To go to the landing zone, we drove and followed the directions from Uwe’s site (click here). We also used Waze as a guide (search for Carmona LZ). We slightly got confused when we reached the rough road after passing Carmona Estates – we thought it was a dead end and turned on the opposite side. We asked as soon as there were people and they confirmed that we had to go through the seemingly abandoned road we saw earlier. As we trudge the unpaved path, we sighted from afar a tall guy walking towards us and we thought the person might be Primo, our pilot! And we were right. He went with us and guided us until we reached the landing zone.

Carmona landing zone where participants can also park (with the cows, lol).

A Short Climb

From rugged road, we came in a vast, green land. Primo asked us to park and from there, walk to the jump-off point. Usually, participants take a 4×4 ride to the jump-off point but since it was not available during the time we visited, we had to make a short climb, probably around 20 minutes. Because of the rough terrain going up, we were advised not to bring our vehicle.

Rough terrain on our way up.

Soon we reached our jump-off point where a small nipa hut can be found.

Preparing for Takeoff

As we settled ourselves, Primo started to prepare the paragliding equipment. He then briefly explained to us what will happen. We were four in the group. For the first three, Primo and the glider will land back to the jump-off point. For the last one, they will land on the field where we parked. The gliders who were brought back to the jump-off point had to walk to return.

Paragliding comfy seat.

Passenger gets a comfy seat while flying.

The Parachute

When my turn finally came, I was a bit nervous. Primo started putting the harness on me. I had watched several paragliding videos before and the takeoff is what really freaks me out the most.

Taking off…

Before I knew it, we were already flying. It just felt like a quick jump from a cliff – it was fun and not really scary as I had imagined and expected.

Jumping off the cliff.

The Surreal Feeling of Flying

I was screaming my heart away. The cold wind was playing with me. It felt like reaching the azure sky. The warmth of the sun was comforting.

paragliding

Indeed, one of the best moments of my life.

A few minutes passed by and I was absorbing the beauty I’m seeing in silence. For a moment I can’t believe I was up there. From where I was, everything was astonishing. And simple. Just simple. Indeed, viewing life from above made me realized life ought not to be complicated.

Happy kid flying!!!

Epic Landing   

“Are we good?”, I asked Primo. It had been several minutes already since we tried to land. But the wind that got a little stronger won’t let us. At first, I was worried. I can sense Primo’s struggle to land. But he was calm and looked fully in control. So my anxiety immediately disappeared.

Primo doing his best to land amidst the strong wind.

For someone who’s been doing paragliding for almost two decades, I trust that he’ll do great. And the best part? I had an extended time! Weeeeeee!!!!

paragliding landing

This is how you land. All smiles!!!

Insider Tips

  • Good weather is very important for a more enjoyable paragliding. We met some regular bikers in the area during our visit who watched our paragliding. According to them, they had seen gliders land sooner because there was not enough wind. Wind can also not be too strong. This is why paragliding is scheduled in the morning.
  • For cheaper rates, make a deposit per passenger. You can also rent an action camera in case you don’t have one (PHP 500 per person), just bring your own micro SD card.

  • Wear sunblock and comfortable clothing. You can opt to bring sunglasses, too.
  • Due to bad weather, flights may be cancelled with short notice. You can ask for refund or you can choose to re-schedule.
  • If you personally have to re-schedule, you have to do it NOT less than 24 hours before the event itself otherwise your deposit will be forfeited.

  • Check the background of your pilot. Make sure he is certified and he has been paragliding for long. Don’t go for cheap – go for the experts.
  • If you book for a large group, it is advisable to confirm in advance the available number of pilots. An indicative standard is five flights per pilot per day, which is the maximum with what the weather or wind conditions usually will permit. It is worth considering that if too few pilots are allocated to your booking, you will risk waiting for hours at the fly site and eventually getting a very short flight (1-2 minutes) or none at all (Source: Uwe’s site).

Flying Season

  • October – May: Carmona, Cavite
  • June – October: San Mateo, Rizal

Paragliding Rates

1 Passenger Only

Weekdays

PHP 2,300 (~ USD 46) – with deposit*
PHP 2,500 (~ USD 50) – regular rate

Weekends/Public Holidays

PHP 3,300 (~ USD 66) – with deposit*
PHP 3,500 (~ USD 70) – regular rate

2 Passengers or more (Rate per passenger)

Weekdays

PHP 2,000 (~ USD 46) – with deposit*
PHP 2,200 (~ USD 50) – regular rate

Weekends/Public Holidays

PHP 3,000 (~ USD 60) – with deposit*
PHP 3,200 (~ USD 64) – regular rate

*For cheaper rate, deposit PHP500 (~ USD 10) per passenger. You will also be prioritized during the event.

For updated rates, click here.

Paragliding squad. With my adventure buddy, Nicole, our pilot, Primo, and a couple we just met.

Paragliding with Uwe Klein

Website: https://uklei06.wixsite.com/paragliding
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paraglidingmanila/
Contact No.: (+63) 0917 888-4513
E-mail: uklei06@gmail.com

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13 Comments

  1. Swati says:

    That sounded fun and looked like you enjoyed every moment of it. I would be scared too to jump off a cliff but I can relate to the feeling later. Recall my first para sailing and I was so reluctant when it was over.

  2. Ambuj Saxena says:

    I guess the best experiences of life are while fighting the odds! I remember heading to the Limestone caves in Andaman and Nicobar islands and the ocean was really rough! Only the boat driver was a bit confident of sailing through. So I encouraged him and assured the others and that’s how we made it! I wasn’t insured yet I wanted to beat the odds and that’s why i remember that incident clearly and i’m able to tell you guys 10 years down the line! Kudos to your courage Arrianne!

    • “The best experiences of life are while fighting the odds.” – such beautiful words! ❤️❤️ Thank you, Ambuj! And hands up to your experience! It’s really amazing how one day, you look back and remember an unbelievable yet wonderful event you’ve been through. ☺️☺️

  3. Paragliding has long been penned on my bucket list and I haven’t done it yet, hopefully soon If I get the chance. It must be a struggle, but you made it. The silent moment that you have owned while enjoying the view above is truly worth it.

  4. Emily says:

    Whoa! What an amazing adventure! This looks incredible and the views are insane! Have you ever flown in another way e.g. a sky dive?

  5. Joanna says:

    What an amazing experience and wow, I am impressed on how cheap it actually is. You wouldn’t be able to find such a great price in Europe! I would like to try paragliding one day, even if I am terrified by heights. The views from up there make it worth.

  6. We tried Paragliding for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to try it again. The views are stunning. Renting an action camera is a good idea. Thanks for the tips.

  7. Ami says:

    I can see the mix of thrill and fear and happiness on your face. Lovely captures. I can well imagine the adrenaline rush through this entire journey. Well done to you!

  8. sophie says:

    This is a great adventure! It still looks very scary to me but it is there in my bucketlist. I hope I would be strong as you and do this adventure soon! Thanks for motivating! Cheers!

  9. Reshma says:

    You look so happy! It looks one awesome ride 🙂 Yes, the weather is the most important thing for Paragliding! I want to try it out soon! Kudos to you!

  10. Johna says:

    Beautiful!!! Looks like such an amazing place to visit. Def adding to my bucket list.

  11. Erica P says:

    I’ve always wanted to try paragliding! Must be a breathtaking!!!! Good thing I learned from your post I could do it in Cavite in October! Yay!!! Thanks so much for the information!

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