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manzara
post Jul 24 2009, 07:01 AM
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Newly popular in Turkey, rafting is a high-adrenaline sport in which participants fight ice-cold waves aboard a small rubber boat. The Dalaman River in southwestern Turkey, conveniently located close to tourism hotspots in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, is the right place to engage in this adventure. Hmmm. After you?

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post Jul 29 2009, 09:40 AM
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I have never been. I'm a terrible swimmer so I don't know if I'd be comfortable with doing it. Have you been before?


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post Jul 29 2009, 10:17 AM
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I love white water rafting. I've gone twice: once in Austria and once in Pennsylvania. It is really fun. Since you have a life vest on you really dont need to be able to swim really well. Coming from a person who isn't the best at swimming, and is certified scuba diving, that is saying something. The standard scale rates rapids on a 1 to 6 scale, if I remember correctly. 3-4 would be something with moderate rapids and small chances of flipping. 5-6 would only be for people who have done it and want something very extreme. Don't expect much from 1-2 level, its almost just like a calm river. The two I have done have been mostly 3-4, but I think next time I'll do a 4-5 one that is nearby the place I did it at in Pennsylvania.


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post Jul 29 2009, 02:10 PM
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Hmmm...interesting... I guess I just have to work on trusting the life jacket more then...

Scuba diving is something that I would like to do too, but again, the swimming thing is my weakness...Maybe I should take a course or something.


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post Jul 29 2009, 02:25 PM
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Do it Louise, John only learnt to swim a few years back, he still isn't a strong swimmer but still he can swim now to a certain degree.

That reminds me, we've gotta get up the pool again so he can get even more comfortable with it.



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post Jul 29 2009, 03:09 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 29 2009, 03:10 PM) *

Hmmm...interesting... I guess I just have to work on trusting the life jacket more then...


Life jackets are ok. If you go places where they give you wet suits as well you are instantly buoyant. I remember doing ascents in scuba class where i'd only have a wet suit on and everyone in the class would float. In fact, you need a weight belt in 99% of cases to even sink. I'd imagine even with a half suit on you could stay afloat really easily.

I can barely swim, and I barely passed the swim test to show that I could do the class, but it was more an endurance thing more than anything else. I still don't know the proper technique of how to tread water. Somehow I thought it was a good idea to go 100 ft down in a semi-enclosed environment last time I went scuba diving, haha. I'd do it again in a heart beat too.


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post Jul 29 2009, 03:27 PM
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Oh really! I know how to tread water forever, and I can swim quite far. I just sort of freak out when I'm underwater.

This is boosting my confidence, thanks guys!


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post Jul 30 2009, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jul 29 2009, 09:40 AM) *

I have never been. I'm a terrible swimmer so I don't know if I'd be comfortable with doing it. Have you been before?


No, I've never done it. I love snorkelling - that's waht we do on holiday in places such as the Andaman Islands, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and the Red Sea in recent years. But I'm a real wimp! I can snorkel forever and just love the experience of sharing the underwater world with the fish and the coral, but if the sea bed is more than 10 feet below me - on comes the life jacket!

But if it's a choice of no snorkelling or a life jacket, no contest!


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