Paragliding in Turkey : Thrilling Experience or Safety Hazard?

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Paragliding in Turkey : Thrilling Experience or Safety Hazard?

Veske is a confident man with an addictive passion for paragliding in Turkey. He does not just do it at the weekends or when he has opportunity to go on holiday. No, he is a professional paragliding pilot who runs off the side of a mountain every day of his working week.

Veske first jumped out of an airplane with a parachute when he was 16 years old, later he worked as a paragliding instructor for the Turkish military. Talking to him 23 years later, it is obvious that he still has the passion and spirit of adventure that first sent him on this course in life.

You may assume that he is an adrenaline junkie with a death wish

Quite the contrary, as a professional paragliding pilot he has completed over 6,000 flights as well as 1,350 skydiving jumps which shows he is serious about what he does for a living.

So why did I start this article by introducing readers to Veske?

Well, you can normally guarantee that every year, there is a story in the newspapers about holiday makers who unfortunately end up having an accident while paragliding in Turkey.

Hurriyet News- 2011 – Experts raise concerns over paragliding accidents in Turkey

Daily Mail – 2010 – Pensioner clings to cliff ledge for 14 hours after paragliding accident

Fethiye Times – Paragliding Pilot faces court action after client falls 700 metres to his death

Some people have died, others have suffered injuries. Some companies have tarnished their public reputations while their workers face investigation by the Turkish authorities for murder or manslaughter.

I wanted to speak to a professional pilot to find out whether paragliding in Turkey is a sport that people can do on their holidays without any fears about safety. I also wanted to look behind the scenes at what the job of a paragliding pilot entails. The expert that I found with a perfect safety record was Veske and he was quite happy to show me the ropes.

Paragliding in Turkey

When it comes to paragliding in Turkey, most people think first of the resort of Olu Deniz. However, for the interview, I headed to the coastal resort of Kas where Veske works every day for Bougainville Travel, which are at the forefront of the trend for adventure sport activities in Turkey.

Considering the fact that Veske spends every day jumping off the side of a mountain, I expected him to be hyper; however, he was calm and relaxed as we sat down for coffee and question time.

Published date: August 25, 2018 Modified date: December 31, 2019 Publisher / Owner : Things to Do Attractions Events



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