Monday, November 21, 2016

Paragliding at Carmona Flysite

Fig. 1: Paramotor experience


Carmona, Cavite, Laguna, Philippines. It was the 5th of December last year, 2015, that I had my first paragliding experience. At first, I was bombarded with thoughts like "Can I make it?", "What if I fall?", "Will I survive?" and the list goes on. Nevertheless, I still tried it. 


Fig. 2: The best part: meeting new friends!


I accepted FlyXtreme Adventure Philippines and Paragliding School's invitation and joined a group of thrill-seekers. The fly-site is located at Carmona Ranch, Cavite. Since we had members from Manila, we all decided to meet at Alabang. The transportation is actually part of the package you can avail from FlyXtreme, but just in case you have an errand and you will be late:


A.) Private Vehicle: (recommended)
1. Take Southern Luzon Expressway
2. Exit at Carmona
3. Alight at national road going to GMA and you will see some signage going to Carmona racetrack.
4. After passing by Carmona racetrack, you will see a passageway (might something you can miss, so ask the locals to pinpoint it to you) going to the upper part of the ranch.

B.) Public transportation
1. Go to Buendia or Cubao, ride a bus going to Binan. Ask if it's exiting at Carmona.
2. After the exit, you can hop off and ride a jeepney going to GMA. Tell the driver to drop you off at Carmona racetrack. The problem is, the area is vast. You have to enter the ranch and trek going to the fly-site. You can ask some tricycle drivers at the ranch and negotiate if they can bring you there.



Fig. 3-4: You will undergo workshops before your attempt



Nobody wants to fall without having the assurance that someone will catch you, right? In paragliding, you never have to worry. You actually have to fall, before you can fly. It might be frustrating to discuss physics here in my post, so I'd rather leave that to the experience you will have. You don't have to worry because you will undergo a workshop session before you can try paragliding.



Fig. 5: Prayers, dear!



The school offers solo and tandem. But I must say, go for tandem paragliding. You will be accompanied by a licensed para-glider and you'll surely enjoy the view. Total damage:

Weekdays: 2,500 php
Weekends/Holidays: 3,500 php


Fig. 6: What did I get after falling? New friends to fly with.


Trying paragliding is somehow a step closer to skydiving. And yes, FlyXtreme also offers skydiving in different areas here in the Philippines. I know you're so much interested now, so I'll end my post with their contact details. Try it and see for yourself!







Contact person:
Michael Vincent 
FlyXtreme Adventure Philippines and Paragliding School
09063225304 09178980284

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