Sarangani Paraglide: Experiencing How It Feels Like To Fly
I will no longer wait for the perfect time to do whatever I wanted to do. Dreams do not just happen..I have to go and make them happen.
These were the words that I keep on telling myself at the start of the year. So when I saw for the nth time the post from Sarangani Paraglide about their tandem paragliding, I didn’t hesitate to reserve a slot. Although I backed out a few days before my scheduled trip to sort out some problems at work, the staff of Sarangani Paraglide was kind enough to inform me of their next paragliding schedule.
So despite sleeping at midnight, I managed to woke up at 2 am to be in General Santos City by 7 am.
Titoy, one of the pilots, picked me up at McDonald’s at around 7:30 am. It turns out that I’ll be joining four more people from Davao too for this activity.
From General Santos City, it took us about 30 minutes to reach Maasim, Sarangani. While on the road, Titoy was asking me why I am doing it alone. And I told him that not a single friend is free to join me that day.
While talking to him, I can sense his deep passion for this sport which reiterate the fact that pursuing your passion plays a huge role in one’s personal success and happiness. I don’t think they are doing this just for the money. I can sense their huge desire to share the joy of flying with other people.
After registration, we were taken to the flight site. It’s less than 15 minutes away from the camp that we stopped by for registration.
According to Titoy, paragliding is actually parawaiting because you have to wait for the right ‘wind condition’ to pursue with the activity.
When everything seems okay, we started gearing up. As a first timer, I know I should be nervous but that time, I was more excited than jittery. I don’t know with you but I secretly dreamed of flying and paragliding is the closest thing I can do to make it happen.
It’s a tandem paraglide so I’ll be flying with a pilot. Titoy gave me a brief orientation on what to expect and what to do. The gear’s a bit heavy and it can get uncomfortable once you start to move. This is why it’s highly recommended that you wear something comfortable and wear shoes that won’t come off easily (best to wear sneakers).
I was told to run towards the cliff, focusing on the ship that I can see from afar. This sounds easy but the strong blow of the wind makes this seemingly easy instruction a challenging thing to do. I find myself veering more towards the left. Good thing, the staff are there to help me get back in track.
I can feel the adrenaline rush as we were heading towards the cliff. It was exhilarating when we went past it and finally get to enjoy the view of the Sarangani bay.
“Wow, so this is how it feels like to fly..”
These words keep on running inside my head while we were going up, down, and around. When you’re up there, you can’t help but get envious with the birds. The feeling of freedom up on the air is hard to explain..you simply have to go and experience it yourself.
How much is it?
Tandem paragliding is P3,000/person inclusive of photos and videos.
Do they have a weight limit?
I don’t think there is but they’ll be weighing you prior to the activity.
Do I have to be physically fit to try tandem paragliding?
You may have to seek your physician’s approval if you have cardiovascular diseases like history of heart attack. But other than that, there are no other restrictions that can keep you from doing it.
How to contact them?
Sarangani Paraglide has a Facebook page which you can find here.