Sunday, November 29, 2009

ZAMANTI RIVER RAFTING by CAPPADOCIA

Kapuzbaşı, Yahyalı - Kayseri - Turkey

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Cappadocia Rafting / Antalya - Turkey

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In the middle of Turkey 270 km south of Ankara lays Cappadocia (Kapadokya) - the heart of the Anatolian plateau. The Zamantı river is flowing from this plateau, pass the Kapuzbaşı waterfalls and crossing the Taurus mountains towards the Mediterranean. This area is our playground.

Rafting expeditions may sound scary to some of us. We know that not all people are naturally born rafters and might not feel at ease thinking about a night in the wilderness. All that does not mean however, that you will not fall in love with it after the first time you will try. As a mater of fact, from our experience, you probably will. To help you get over the fear of the unknown we invite you to read through some frequently asked questions, other people experiences and to have a short overview of what a day on the river looks like.

RED RIVER SPIRIT - 1 day trip
This one is a day adventure down the Zamantı's deepest canyons. Visiting powerful waterfalls, mysterious caves and rafting along green villages in which the time seems to have stopped. Come to breathe in the nature and spend a magical day with us to get the real sense of the "Zamantı Spirit".

Trip Itinerary
We start our day with a morning pick up from the hotels and a drive to the town of Yahyalı. Arriving at our river base to change into our river clothes and have a small chat about the correct river behavior than off we go right into it. We will spend the net hours rafting through the dramatic blue canyon. The walls are huge and at some places they go vertically over a 1000 meters! The rapids are exciting, the air is fresh and the scenery is breathtaking. We will take our time through the fantastic gorge with breaks for body rafting, side tours, games and a light meal on the way. After some 3 hours we arrive at take to enjoy an open buffet lunch on the riverbank. If time allows and the crew is up to it, we will go to visit the world famous Kapuzbaşı waterfall and take loads of photos of all different angles.

WET DREAM - 2 days trip
Raft through the Zamantı's canyons and the fast Şelale river. The views are breathtaking; the river is great and available for all. If you want to have the taste of white water and a glimpse into Zamantı's outdoor wonderland, then this trip is your wet dream.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 : We pick you up in the morning for a drive down to the Zamantı River. On the riverside we take some time to introduce our team and for a conversation about the coming few days. In a short safety talk we get comfortable with our gear and the river behavior, then get on the water to raft between the steep walls of the gorgeous blue canyon. After a delicious lunch served on the riverbank we take our time to explore the area, relax in our camp and enjoy a night around the fire.
Day 2 : In the morning we take a hike to see the special rainbow at Kapuzbaşı waterfall, then back to the river for our daily adrenalin shot. A short and pumping river section takes us through lush riverbanks, and legendary scenery to taste some of the Zamantı exciting white water. After lunch we set for the drive to finish our trip back in Cappadocia.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - 3 days trip
Join us for an expedition to explore the mysterious kingdom of the Zamantı River and the Red mountains. With a portion of white water, plenty of scenery and a little touch of outdoor camping this one is a short trip that has it all. Raft between giant caves and colorful canyons to find out for yourself, why this one is called Alice in Wonderland.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 : We pick you up in the morning for a drive down to the Zamantı River. On the riverside we take some time to introduce our team and for a conversation about the coming few days. In a short safety talk we get comfortable with our gear and the river behavior, then get on the water to raft between the steep walls of the gorgeous blue canyon. After a delicious lunch served on the riverbank we take our time to explore the area, relax in our camp and enjoy a night around the fire.
Day 2 : Start the day with a hike to see the special rainbow at Kapuzbaşı waterfall than back to the river for our daily adrenalin shot. Negotiating some 20 km of exciting rapids and pristine wilderness we spend our day on the river between old chrome mines, exploring deserted caves and visiting remote villages. After lunch on the riverbank we approach one of the most amazing sights of all rivers Alice in Wonderland. In the afternoon we arrive at our Küpköy camp, to spend the night in a camp with a view.
Day 3 : Wake up to the smell of a freshly brewed coffee simmering on the open fire and the delicious outdoor breakfast that naturally follows. A couple of hours later we find ourselves rafting through a mysterious tunnel and boiling rapids on our way to explore the amazing hidden canyon. In the afternoon we take out and drive through the magical views of the red mountains back to Cappadocia.

THE BIG BLUE - 5 days trip
Looking for an other way to experience nature? Looking for a special place to do it? Here is a combination of extraordinary white water rafting and outstanding outdoor activities all wrapped in the fascinating wonderland of one of this planets most beautiful rivers. Raft the Zamantı river top to bottom, visit remote villages, mysterious caves and spend magical nights under the stars in a trip so fulfilling, you wish it never ends.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 : We pick you up in the morning for a drive down to the Zamantı River. On the riverside we take some time to introduce our team and for a conversation about the coming few days. In a short safety talk we get comfortable with the gear and river behavior, then get on the water to raft between the steep walls of the gorgeous blue canyon.
After a delicious lunch served on the riverbank we take our time to explore the area, relax in our camp and enjoy a night around the fire.
Day 2 : Start the day with a hike to see the special rainbow at Kapuzbaşı waterfall than back to the river for our daily adrenalin shot. Negotiating some 20 km of exciting rapids and pristine wilderness we spend our day on the river between old chrome mines, exploring deserted caves and visiting remote villages. After lunch on the riverbank we approach one of the most amazing sights of all rivers Alice in Wonderland. In the afternoon we arrive at our Küpköy camp to spend the night in a camp with a view.
Day 3 : Wake up to the smell of a freshly brewed coffee simmering on the open fire and the delicious outdoor breakfast that naturally follows. A couple of hours later we find ourselves rafting through a mysterious tunnel and boiling rapids on our way to explore the amazing hidden canyon. After dealing with some excellent white water we set our camp on a wonderful sandy beach and spend the afternoon swimming, reading, and playing around.
Day 4 : This day we experience some of the best white water the Zamantı has to offer. After meeting the Seyhan river water is added, and big volume type rafting carries us all the way to the end of the day and to our Lucky Bridge Camp.
Day 5 : Soon after breakfast on the riverbank we enter the Wishing Well Gorge in which wishes come true through some white foamy rapids. After a couple of hours of white fun the river evens out and soon we come out of the gorge for a lazy afternoon cruise down the Egener stretch. At the village of Egener, we finish a wonderful trip with a wonderful lunch and a shuttle to Adana. (a shuttle to Cappadocia or Kayseri is also available with previous arrangement).

ZAMANTI RIVER
The land of Turkey whose 97% are located on the half island of Asia Minor and 3% in Balkans is shaped like a bowl. To the south the Taurus Mountains ridge lays along the Mediterranean Sea and carries on to the east to join the Himalayan mountains.

The Pontus ridge at the north of the country along the Black sea is an interrupted chain of folded highlands and at the east a high stretch of volcanoes contains the highest mountain in Turkey - Mount Ağrı Dağı, 5.165 meters in altitude. The centre of the country is a volcanic plateau of between 800 to 1300 meters above sea level. The Mountain ridges surrounding the plateau are creating a natural barrier. Rivers that usually flow from the high parts of the ridge towards the lowlands cannot break through those ridges.

Due to the lack of drainage the plateau contains a few salt lakes with the biggest among them, the Tuz Gölü, one of the saltiest lakes in the world (33.5% salt). A rare example of a river that breaks through a mountain ridge is the Zamantı River. Originates in powerful springs located at Pınarbaşı, some 100 km north-east of the big city Kayseri the Zamantı flows south and crosses the Taurus mountains to meet the Mediterranean sea between the cities Adana and Mersin. Coming out of the springs the river curves through the Anatolian plateau some 100 km before it meets with the Taurus Mountains not far from the town of Yahyalı.

The enormous pressure that was generated as a result of the collision between two tectonic plates in this area has created a giant crack across the ridge from north to south. The Zamantı River makes its way through this crack inside a steep and rugged set of canyons south to meet the Seyhan river near the village of Akdam. The limestone ridge of the Taurus Mountains is rich with caves and water pockets that are trapped inside the rock. The big crack withholding the Zamantı River opened those pockets and released the water to flow out into the river in a spectacular set of springs that increases the flow dramatically around Kapuzbaşı waterfalls near the village of Güney Şelale.

The diverse scenery along the river is consistent of different types of canyons with various geological formations and vegetation that changes due to the constant change of climate as you descend from the Anatolian highlands to the hot and humid Mediterranean. The river evens out as it leaves the Taurus Mountains by the village of Egener and slowly makes its way through the Seyhan power station and the city of Adana down to the Mediterranean Sea.

KIZILIRMAK
Situated in the north of the Anatolian plateau the Kızılırmak (red river) is the longest river in Turkey. The Red River originates at the Köse ridge northeast of the city Sivas, and then flows southwest towards the center of the Anatolian plateau. It reaches its most southern point near the village of Avanos, which is one of the corners of the Cappadocian triangle, then curves northwest, passes by the capital Ankara and turns north to flow into the Black Sea by Bafra.

After passing the city of Sivas, except the occasional rapid, the Red river is mainly calm and wide as it makes its way through the Anatolian plateau with some rapids near the village of Avanos. The Kızılırmak is flowing through some red clay river beds and is a source for raw materials for the pottery industry that has flourished all along it. The Red River is also a source of water mainly for agriculture and the green valleys surrounding it stand in strong contrast to the dryness of the Cappadocia region.

TEAM
Valerija Fedotova (Lera) International Guide, Tom Gilat -International Guide, Tom Holleman (Tomba) - Guide and Expedition Leader, Ofir Cochavi (Minibar) - Guide and Expedition Leader, Joel Guanillo - Guide and Expedition Leader, Alex M. Aitken - Guide and Expedition Leader

RAFTING GUIDE COURSE
Thinking of taking things seriously? Want to be a pro? Here is a great opportunity for you to learn and practice advanced river techniques instructed by some of the leading names in the world of white water rafting. Come join us for 11 fascinating days on the river, wrapped in the breathtaking views of Turkeys outdoors to become a qualified international river guide.

Subjects we cover in the course
River reading - river formations, obstacles and hydrodynamics.
Raft control - guide strokes, raft-maneuvering.
Rapid running - scouting, plan making, river running.
Risk management - making a decision, recognizing and avoiding hazards.
River signals - paddle signals, hand signals.
Work in a guides team - guides job descriptions and responsibilities.
Paddle and safety talk - training and instructing a paddlers team.
Customer skills - reading customers behaviors and reactions.
River rescue - river emergencies and rescue techniques.
Rope systems - knots, Z-drags, anchors and other systems.
Evacuation methods - evacuate a victim from a river scene.
Equipment - handling, care and maintenance.

Information and Facilities
11 days comprehensive hands on course.
Professional, international team of instructors.
Full board accommodation in a cozy mountain lodge.
All gear provided.
International rafting guide diploma upon graduation.
Worldwide work connection and opportunities.
All transports including to and from Antalya.
Personal approach.

BEGINNERS KAYAKING COURSE
Started kayaking and want to improve your white water technique, or want to get into a fascinating new sport? Medrafts Kayak school is ready to open a whole new world of exciting white fun for you. Based on a pristine riverbank, our mountain lodge is hosting a 5 days Whitewater kayak course for all levels of kayakers.

The subjects that we cover in the course may vary according to your personal level and experience. Our guides will assess your level and build together with you a personal training program designed to approve your skills. Here are some of the subjects we work on:

River reading - hazards, formations and hydrodynamic.
Strokes - braces, strokes and balance.
Roll - back roll, front roll and hand roll.
River signals - paddle signals, hand signals
Play boating - surfing, cartwheel, flat spin, loops and other tricks.
River running - scouting, planning and running a rapid.
River safety - running a safe kayak trip.
Risk management - making a decision, recognizing and avoiding hazards.
Basic river rescue - river emergencies and rescue techniques
Evacuation methods - evacuate a victim from a river scene
Equipment - handling care and maintenance.
Boats and accessories - models, materials and characters.

Information and Facilities
8 days comprehensive hands on course.
Professional, international team of instructors.
Full board accommodation in a cozy mountain lodge.
Gear - bring your own or use ours.
Fun and off hours activities.
All transports including to and from Antalya.
Personal approach.

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DEEPSEA FISHING by ATICI HOTEL

Adrasan, Kumluca - Antalya - Turkey

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Atıcı Hotel / Adrasan, Kumluca - Antalya - Turkey

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FISHING IN ADRASAN

In Adrasan one of the activities that you will enjoy yourself a lot is to catch various types of fishes at various sizes that you have never seen before, in the abundant waters of Mediterranean. We are sure that you are going to live the most exciting and beautiful moments while fishing with fishing line with us. You won't be able to think anything else while you are catching the main types of fishes that are special to our region. The ones who are interested in fishing know that this is the best thing to deal with stress. While you are waiting for fishes to be caught up by your line, you will watch the marvelous beauties, hills and bays of Adrasan.

When you feel the force of the fish at the end of your fishing line and start to combat to catch it, you will find out how the real struggle is. The pleasure of pulling the fishes onto your boat will remain as the best moments of your holiday. Are you ready for a natural and pleasurable struggle with the fishing methods special to our region?

It is possible to find each kind of fish in Adrasan waters. Some of the delicious fishes found in Adrasan are: Leer fish, amberjack, greater amberjack, sea bream, sword fish, red gurnard, chub mackerel, grouper, red porgy, little tunny, Atlantic bonito, skipjack tuna, barracuda, brush teeth lizardfish, garfish and sea breams. Besides, Grida fish, special to Mediterranean is also very delicious. At the points where rivers meet the sea, sea bass and chub can be found especially in winters.

Which kinds of fishes can be found in Adrasan? The fishes you will like caching according to seasons are: leer fish, amberjack, dogtooth grouper, sea breams, albacore, Atlantic bonito, skipjack tuna, barracuda (brush teeth lizardfish), sea bass and garfish. Leer fish, amberjack and dogteeth grouper will carry you away.

What is the method of fishing? We set off for fishing early in the morning. First we catch Atlantic bonito, horse mackerel or garfish with the Rapalas you have or we give you. And in the meantime we have our breakfast accompanied by the unique landscape of Adrasan and drink our coffees or tees. We catch fishes with back pulling method until we find the suitable crib fishes. We go on like this until 9 o'clock. When we find the suitable crib fishes, without paying attention to what time it is we start to catch leer fish and Amberjack with our big fishing lines using these crib fishes as alive baits.

On the basis of our past experiences, we wait for the excellent moment when the fishes meet with our fishing lines in the right hunting areas. If you are lucky and there is plenty of leer fish on that day, it is impossible to describe the joy and excitement you will have. Your struggle at the moment will remain as one of the unforgettable memories you have. Of course this is not the only method for fishing, we have other methods depending on the season, day, kinds of fish and region especially to catch barracuda and sea bream. The main goal of our fishing tours is to catch big fishes as leer fishes and amberjacks.

We go fishing tours with our small fibre boat and the boat of Deep fishing as a team. If the number is higher than normal, we rent a bigger boat in addition to ours.

Deep fishing will make your moments unforgettable thanks to their experiences. Maybe you will catch the biggest fish in your life in these waters.

Let’s go fishing, let’s live the unforgettable moments...

ATICI HOTEL - RESTAURANT - BAR - POOL
Atıcı Hotel is a decent family company run by Atıcı family who owns an experience of 23 years within the sector of tourism.

Room
Our hotel which is situated on the beach has 36 rooms each equipped with Shower / Wc / Air Conditioning. All aspects of comfort has been considered for your convenience.

Restaurant
We will be happy to host you with our meals that consist of rich local delicates at our restaurant situated in a beautiful garden. While breakfast and dinner are available in the form of buffet at Atıcı Hotel, you can prefer table d'hote (fixed menu) for lunch or you can benefit from all kinds of alternatives such as snack food we offer to you.

While the vegetables for breakfast are obtained from greenhouses, olive is grown by the family members personally. A nice breakfast that is organic as much as possible is waiting for you in the mornings. If you wish, you can also order fresh egg from the chickens of Atıcı Hotel. We have been serving soup at first, various types of salads, cold starters and various types of grills, dessert or fruit for dinner in the form of buffet and in the same manner for 23 years. Your hot meals are served to you by the hosts personally.

If you want to get rid of the stress piled on you throughout the whole year and if you really want to have a good rest, you will say that Atıcı Hotel is the ideal place for this. We strongly recommend you to come and visit our hotel if you want to listen to the woodnotes in the nature, get lost in the endlessness of the blue, spend good time with your family and friends. Having a rest, laughing, running, enthusing, swimming, diving, fishing, taking a walk, being happy…you will experience all these here in Hotel Atıcı.

You can dive into the unique clean sea of Adrasan after taking just a few steps whenever you wish since our hotel is situated on the beach or you can take your ice-cold drink from our open air bar situated immediately by the pool and freshen while you are enjoying yourself in the pool of our hotel. While many of you are having the time of your lives on one side, you can lie on your lounge chair, sunbathe and read book on the other side. Those of you who do not like sunbathing can sit in our shady bar by the pool and enjoy ice-cold draft beer or yörük ayran, and can have enjoyable chat with friends

Of course, we offer many alternatives for those who do not want to spend all their holiday on the beach or in the pool in Adrasan. If you wish, you can dive into the blue depths after getting a short and simple training, you can join fishing tours by boat and catch big fishes, you can rent a bicycle or car and go on an excursion, you can walk on tracks between very green pine trees, you can enjoy your holiday in the most dynamic manner through plenty of alternatives such as table tennis and water-skiing.

ADRASAN
Adrasan (Çavuşköy) is 95 km far away from Antalya. You can arrive at Adrasan after traveling for about one and half an hour. Adrasan is committed to Antalya’s town Kumluca and it became a municipality in 1996. It has an interesting bay covered by pines. Adrasan takes opposite wind by land to sea and thus in years when the wind power was dominant, sailing boats couldn't enter this bay and they established civilization on Olympos, Phaselis and other Antalya harbors.

The name of Adrasan comes from Greek and the town is also known as Çavuş village. Bay’s ground, leaning its back to the Bey Mountains is sandy and its sea is shallow and there aren't any highway in the surrounding. It is full of interesting and natural excellences. For those who are interested in water sports, this place is also a unique circuit. The temperature of sea water is high and season lasts for too long. Its see meets the requirements of underwater photographer with a clear underwater visibility range of 29 meters.

Adrasan's closed bay has a vast and long beach. You can get into sea from wherever you want. Opposite the bay, Eliğ of the Musa Mountain attracts attention with its silhouette resembling a camel. Markis hill is situated at the entrance of the bay. If you climb up through the forest from the either side of the bay, you will see how aesthetic is the bay. If you are interested in environmental trips, you should also visit Olympos, the antique city, Yanartaş, fire never burning out in the mythological mountain and the nearest touristical sights: Çıralı, Kaş, Demre, Myra, Patara, Xantos, Phaselis and Antalya.

With its bay, river and surrounding, Adrasan has an atmosphere which you will not want to leave. It’s the right place for a real vacation. While Antalya is crowded, hot and hectic, you will find peace and stillness in Adrasan, which is only at a 100 km distance from Antalya.

Exit the Antalya-Kaş highway and drive down for 22 km to reach Adrasan. Even if the plane tree at the entrance of the municipality does not attract our attention, you will enter a quite different world while drawing near to the sea parallel to Adrasan River on your left. If the ones who set off in the morning reaches the town after it gets dark, this is even more interesting.

While the river side is used for vehicle traffic, car parking facility; you pass to the other side where our premise is located via the chain bridge which is similar to the Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge system. Strip bulbs lined up to show the design of both the bridge and the facility creates a different atmosphere.

The hotels and pensions are located in the right side of the bay, this is also the point where the second street joins. There are trekking tracks for those, interested in environment and walking. Between Mavikent and Gelidonya, you can see the charming Oturak Bay and its shore and beach, famous for being the calmest harbour even when the sea is stormy.

If you go further from Karaöz you will find the Papaz İskelesi Bay, serving as for the day picnic area with pine trees. On the other side, the beach that reaches Finike with a length of 25 km in Mavikent, the largest shoreline of Antalya with , has a bright future.

Among the activities organized in Adrasan, the students and the tourists who are enrolled in diving school can attend the diving courses. Groups dive into a depth of 25-30 m everyday in the Üçadalar, Pırasalı Island and Sulu Island locations and students are awarded with a diving certificate at the end of courses. While, the vessels approaching the Papaz Bay, delivers the fishes they have caught to Reis Fisheries Firm, other amateur fishers can catch bigger fishes with their fishing lines or harpoons in the rocky locations.

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SCUBA DIVING by DEMRE DIVING

Demre - Antalya - Turkey

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Demre Diving / Demre - Antalya - Turkey

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Nearest airports are Antalya and Dalaman, which can be reached from Europe in about 3 hours. From Antalya, transfer to Demre takes about 2 hours (140 kilometers), from Dalaman, it takes about 3 hours (190 kilometers). We arrange your transfer with air conditioned cars or buses, from both of the airports to Demre.

Demre Diving was established in 2006 on an authentic area where the roots of ancient Anatolian civilizations meet the unique nature of Mediterranean. Demre, serving a new and alternative diving point at the service of fastly growing underwater sports sector in Turkey, is offering abundant underwater and above water resources awaiting divers’ discovery.

DIVING BOAT
Our diving boat "Yunus (Dolphin)" was designed to meet the requirements of proper diving. The diving deck is limited to use by 20 divers at a time. It is provided private safe boxes located in the customized area on the diving deck for each diver's diving equipment to be stored in. A ladder exist at the stern for use by divers. A single deck allows divers to be transferred from deck to platform.

Our diving boat is equipped with an external propulsion service boat, emergency oxygen unite, first aid package and accessories, GPS, echo sounder, communication equipment and refrigerator. Upper deck has four-sit sunny area and a shadowed area to accommodate fourteen persons. Below deck has five-sit cushion area for resting and sun bath.

Construction Date : 1997
Length : 12 meters
Width : 4,20 meters
Capacity : 26 persons
Engine : 135 HP Ford
Clean Water : 500 liters
Sewage : 250 liters
Wc : Manuel pumped, marine type toilet
Showers : 2 on the diving deck

DEMRE HOTEL
Hotel Demre is the only hotel located on the unique coast line of 14 km length. The hotel, located only 10 meters away from the Mediterranean beach, has 26 rooms, all with sea view. Each room is accommodated with a terrace, a shower, restroom, air-conditioning minibar, phone and tv. Additionally, there is a sofa, private parking place, swimming pool, pool-bar and a garden terrace for common use.

DIVE SPOTS

ANTRUM
Depth : 12 - 40 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Rock, Coral, Speciality : Drop-off, Cave
This dive spot, located approximately 45 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred for deep dives. A big cave, between 27 - 42 meters depth, 50 meters length gave it's name to this dive spot. This spot has interesting rock formations, soft and hard corals in small size, different kind of crabs, nudibranches and any kind of fishes of Mediterranean. It's possible to see big group of fishes when you swim with current.

BLUE CAVE
Depth : 0 - 30 meters, Visibility : 15 - 30 meters, Current : None - Low, Bottom Type : Rock, Sand, Speciality : Reef, Cave
Blue Cave is a quite big cave with many rooms and passages. It is also possible to have fresh air in one of the rooms inside the Cave. A big cave, between 15 - 6 meters depth and around 50 meters length with two parts gave it's name to this dive spot. The deep part of the cave is fully black, has naval shrimps and soft corals. The front part is fully loaded with blue light, has any kind of small fishes of Mediterranean. Divers without experience are allowed to see a limited part of the cave, where as the experienced ones can also execute penetration dives.

LIGHTHOUSE
Depth : 6 - 40 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Silt, Plant, Speciality : Amphoras, Reef
This dive spot, located approximately 25 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred for deep, drift and night dives. This area has three different directions with different depth limits. It is possible to meet with current on two of them. The strength of the current changes as periodical. This area has many kind amphoras and anchors from various archeological periods. It also presents a very rich sea-life, such as moray eels, parrotfishes, scorpion fishes, groupers, nudibranches, rays etc.

THE WALL
Depth : 12 - 40 meters, Visibility : 20 - 30 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Silt, Plant, Speciality : Amphoras, Wall
This dive spot located, at the south side of Kekova Island, approximately 40 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred for deep and drift dives. There is two different direction on The Wall. Dives always starts with the strength and the direction of current. The deepest point of the wall is on 35 meters, its possible to see different kind of ray when the sandy area starts. This area has many kind of broken and stable amphoras from various archeological periods. This area also presents a rich sea-life, such as barracudas, moray eels, bear crabs, scorpion fishes, groupers, nudibranches etc.

CURVE PORT
Depth : 5 - 24 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : None, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Coral, Plant, Speciality : Amphoras, Reef, Coral
This dive spot located, at the south side of Kekova Island, approximately 40 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred after deep dives. A riff is located on the sea bed of sand and sea weed, reaching a depth of 24 meters. The sea life is quite rich, such as groupers, barracudas, nudibranches, moray eels, conger eels and rays. This area has many kind of broken amphoras and death corals in shallow water. Also this spot is very attractive for snorkeling and skin diving.

IBERIAN COAST
Depth : 7 - 30 meters, Visibility : 10 - 20 meters, Current : None - Low, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Silt, Speciality : Reef, Wreck
A wreck (freight ship) with 72 meters length, 11 meters width which sank in February 2003 gave its name to this dive spot. The ship splitted in 3 parts when sinking and it's parts was scattered in an area of depth between 7 to 28 meters. Although being a new wreck, it has relatively a rich sea life within. The different depth levels allow both experienced and beginner level divers to taste a diving experience for a wreck ship.

THE ROCK
Depth : 10 - 40 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Plant, Speciality : Reef, Wall
This diving point, located outbound of Kekova Island, approximately 40 minutes from the jetty and has two diving routes. In the eastern part, vertical rock formations going deep at almost 40 meters, in the opposite, i.e. the western part, an area which is suitable for both deep and multilevel dives. Thanks to its rock formations in the sea bed, the area contains sea life such as Groupers, Wakers, Spiny lobsters, Moray Eels, etc. This dive spot located, at the south side of Kekova Island, approximately 40 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred after deep dives.

THE BAY
Depth : 6 - 30 meters, Visibility : 20 - 30 meters, Current : None - Low, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Plant, Speciality : Reef, Wall
This dive spot located, at the south side of Kekova Island, approximately 30 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred after deep dives. This region is known with its rock formations and variety of sea life. Two diving routes exist: first is deep, latter is shallow. Seeing big bear crabs, spiny lobsters, scorpion fishes, octopuses and moray eels is quite possible.

THE CAVE
Depth : 6 - 22 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : None - Low, Bottom Type : Sand, Rock, Silt, Speciality : Cave, Wall
This dive spot located, at the south side of Kekova Island, approximately 35 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred for penetration dives. This spot has 3 different caves, rooms and passages. It is also possible to have fresh air in two of the rooms inside the caves. On the walls of the caves, it is possible to see lobsters, shrimps, crabs, nudibranches, eels and many kind of fishes.

THE REEF
Depth : 1 - 40 meters, Visibility : 20 - 30 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Rock, Sand, Speciality : Reef
This dive spot, located approximately 45 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred for deep dives. Diving is allowed only under good weather conditions. A reef, between 1 - 100 meters depth, gave it's name to this dive spot. The area is suitable for experienced divers for deep diving. This area also presents rich sea life, with drifts from open seas. This spot has two different directions on North and South sides. It's possible to see different kind of sponges, soft corals, rays, eels, lobsters, nudibranches, crabs and more at both sides of the reef.

THE END
Depth : 10 - 40 meters, Visibility : 20 - 30 meters, Current : Low - Strong, Bottom Type : Rock, Coral, Silt, Sand, Speciality : Drop-off, Cave
This dive spot located, at the east of Kekova Island, approximately 70 minutes from the jetty is mostly preferred after deep and cave dives. A big cave, between 29 - 35 meters depth and around 50 meters length, gave it's name to this dive spot. A big rock separates the cave after 25 meters from the entrance. Both of the sides has thousands of shrimps and different kind of fishes. This spot has periodical strong current. Specially, it's possible to see big group of fishes with current in between August and October.

SAILING SHIP
Depth : 7 - 18 meters, Visibility : 15 - 25 meters, Current : None, Bottom Type : Rock, Sand, Plant, Speciality : Wreck
This diving point, located approximately 15 minutes from the port is mostly preferred for check dives, open water trainings and discovery dives. It is a shallow diving point where a wooden wreck lies among the seaweeds. The wreck is located between 7 to 11 meters of depth and around you will have the chance to see various fishes and other sea life of different size and species. If you look carefully, you may even see Stingrays lying on the sandy bottom.

PADI COURSES

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
Total of appr. 4 hours. Starts with theoretical lessons, continues with the lessons in the pool and finishes in the open sea (diving at 12 meters depth maximum). If you're looking for a convenient way to try scuba, look to a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience to broaden your horizons. You can jump into this program near home in a pool, or on vacation near open water.

OPEN WATER DIVER
This course is the start-up course for the most famous diving organization, i.e. PADI ( Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Graduates become a certified member of the diving community.

Course Structure And Standards
Open Water Diver course consists of three incremental trainings, such as theoretical, confined water and open water. Theoretical lessons include different training modules such as fundamentals of underwater, diving techniques, diving equipment and accessories. Trainees are subject to examination after completion of each training module. Those who succeed in the final examination are given the appropriate diver’s certificate. Confined water training is conducted either in a pool or in shallow sea. Before entering into the open water training, divers are trained with 5 different dives in the confined water. Open Water dives are performed at depths between 6-18 meters. Trainees perform 4 open sea dives, gain more experience and improve their skills.

Course Prerequisites
Anyone older than 14 years without any health disorders that may handicaps diving (such as cardiac disorders, physical disorders, etc.) is legible for diving.
For participants younger than 14 years, PADI Junior Open Water Diver certificate is provided and those junior divers are allowed to dive down to 12 meters depth with their parents.

Advanced Training
PADI proposes advance training to its members at all diver levels. One you have an Open Water Diver Certificate, you may either follow the PADI Adventures in Diving program or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver program.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER
PADI’s Adventures in diving program offers two alternatives to divers. The trainees can be certified either as Adventure Diver after completion of training in 3 different diving methods, or as Advanced Open Water Diver after completion of Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and 3 different diving methods.

Course Structure And Standards
For the Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, it is compulsory to complete Deep Adventure Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. Additionally, 3 different diving methods shall also be completed, however the trainee can decide which methods to get trained. Mentioned 3 diving methods can be selected among those listed below :
Altitude Diver, AWARE Fish Identification, Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Multilevel Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photographer, Underwater Videographer, Wreck Diver.

Course Prerequisites
The trainees should have already acquired the PADI Open Water Diver certificate and be older than 14 years old. Trainees between ages 12 and 15 may select the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certificate program.

Advanced Training
The knowledge and experience gained during this training can be credited for follow-on PADI Speciality Diver training programs. When you have an Open Water Diver Certificate, you may either follow the PADI Rescue Diver program or PADI Divemaster program.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER
PADI’s Adventures in diving program offers two alternatives to divers. The trainees can be certified either as Adventure Diver after completion of training in 3 different diving methods, or as Advanced Open Water Diver after completion of Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and 3 different diving methods.

Course Structure And Standards
For the Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, it is compulsory to complete Deep Adventure Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. Additionally, 3 different diving methods shall also be completed, however the trainee can decide which methods to get trained. Mentioned 3 diving methods can be selected among those listed below :
Altitude Diver, AWARE Fish Identification, Boat Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Multilevel Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photographer, Underwater Videographer, Wreck Diver.

Course Prerequisites
The trainees should have already acquired the PADI Open Water Diver certificate and be older than 14 years old. Trainees between ages 12 and 15 may select the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certificate program.

Advanced Training
The knowledge and experience gained during this training can be credited for follow-on PADI Speciality Diver training programs.
When you have an Open Water Diver Certificate, you may either follow the PADI Rescue Diver program or PADI Divemaster program.

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE
EFR is a first-aid program. The course includes primary and secondary aid practice and techniques. Primary aid includes trainings for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and artificial respiration. Secondary aid includes trainings against bleeding, shock, trauma, damage on spinal cord, breaks and choke.

Course Structure And Standards
Being a performance based training program, the course duration depends on the performance of the trainees (appr. 6 hours). The training is provided by the instructor himself, utilizing aids such as videos and other demonstrations.

Course Prerequisites
Anyone, including those without diving experience can attend the course. There is no age limit and no requirement for a prior certificate.

Advanced Training
Those completed the first-aid training can follow with the PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster courses. The validity of the emergency first response certificate is 2 years.

RESCUE DIVER
PADI Rescue Diver program is both an instructive and entertaining program. This program helps trainees to gain advanced theoretical knowledge as well as advanced skills and experience for practice.

Course Structure And Standards
The course program includes instructor and video supported aids, both in water and on ground, for gaining rescue skills on a scenario based approached.
Being a performance based training, likewise all PADI programs, the course duration is approximately 25-30 hours where open water practices can be completed within minimum of 2-3 days.

Open water practices for the Rescue Diver course includes : Self-aid and diver stress, Emergency utilization of oxygen systems, Diver’s first aid, Surface and underwater rescue techniques, Management of emergency, Emergency Equipment and use, Response to diver in panic, Problems that may occur when underwater, Finding lost diver and rescue practices, Rescue of unconscious underwater and surfaced diver, Artificial respiration at surface, First aid against pressure-based accident, Accompanying the survivor and taking out of water, Scenario-based training for diving accidents.

Course Prerequisites
Attendance to PADI Rescue Diver Program requires previous certification on PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or PADI Adventure Diver) and Emergency First Response (or other valid and internationally acknowledged first-aid certificate). The trainees must be older than 14 years old.

Advanced Training
PADI Rescue certificate is a prerequisite for professional PADI training programs starting with PADI Diver Dive master program.

DIVEMASTER
Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level.

Course Structure And Standards
PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems. You put this knowledge into action through an internship or series of practical training exercises.

The parts of PADI Divemaster Course includes : Knowledge assessment and revisions, Standard scuba skills, Seamanship and stamina, Problem solving assessment, Rescue skills assessment, General topics of knowledge development (Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory & The Recreational Dive Planner, Equipment, Skills & Environment), Divemaster training programs, Risk management, Organization.

Once the basic training is over you will assist the instructor with diving activities to expand your knowledge on being a dive guide. You will be involved with all aspects of being a dive guide, from writing crew lists via check-in/out procedures, tank filling, to guiding small groups. At first you will be the main dive guide's shadow to learn the trade. You will then swap roles and, under the supervision of the instructor / dive guide, assume the role of the dive master of the boat. Finally you have the chance to be the second guide on the boat and be able to lead a group of divers independently.

Course Prerequisites
PADI Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver or Equivalent. (Equivalent is proof of certification in Rescue Dive training from another training agency and proof of CPR and first aid training). Proof of 20 logged dives to begin training and a total of 60 logged dives to obtain certification. Minimum age : 18 years. Submit a medical examination - within the last 12 months - from a Physician stating fitness for diving.

Advanced Training
PADI proposes advance training to its members at all diver levels. One you have an Divemaster Certificate as a PADI Professional, you may either follow the PADI Assistant Instructor or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor programs.

DEEP DIVER
The Deep Diver Specialty course offers you the opportunity of a lifetime - going deep to see things others can only dream about. In this course you will experience what it’s like to dive beyond 60 feet. Deep Diver Course develops you about : Planning Deep Dives, Organization, Procedures & Techniques of Deep Dives, Decompression Theory, Equipments, Risk Management.

Down there, it’s different. It takes additional training. Here’s where you get it. Must be a PADI Adventure Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization) and 15 years old, Experience diving beyond 18 meters / 60 feet, Learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards, Four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 meters / 60 - 130 feet, Gain experience with diving deep under the direct, professional supervision of a PADI Instructor, Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

WRECK DIVER
You drift down and pass through a window into the past. As you near the bottom, a recognizable shape begins to form. First, you see a straight line, then a round window. Next, a ship materializes in front of you. As you look at the wreck, past and the present meet. Whether sunk intentionally or tragically, whether a sunken ship, a plane or an automobile, the call of wrecks is nearly irresistible to divers. Through the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course, you get the skills, knowledge and procedures you need to answer the call of wreck diving.

Must be a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be at least 15 years old. Number of Dives: Four dives over two days. Materials You'll Need: Wreck-Pak, which includes the PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video. Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. The underwater world needs heroes. Be one. Learn how to conserve the aquatic environment. Explore the past in the present with the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course.

ENRICHED AIR (NITROX) DIVER
Welcome to one of PADI’s most popular specialties - the PADI Enriched Air Diver course. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Diving with enriched air means more time underwater - but you need to be certified as an Enriched Air Diver to get enriched air fills.

Whether you're into underwater photography or wreck diving, on vacation in some tropical paradise or just out for a leisurely day of diving at your local dive site, the PADI Enriched Air Diver course helps you get more out of diving by giving you more time underwater. Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization). Learn to analyze cylinder contents. Plan enriched air dives using tables and dive computers. Safely increase your no stop time. Certification counts toward the Master Scuba Diver rating.

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
Freeze time with an underwater camera and you tell a story that even non divers can understand. Not only that, but you have a record and log of your adventures - more than the memories. Reliving a dive is as simple as looking at a photograph. Whether you're a casual holiday snapper or a consummate photo pro, the PADI Underwater Photographer course teaches you the basics as they apply to taking photos underwater, with a special emphasis on practical techniques. Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Freeze time and share it with the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty course.

Number of Dives : Two
Prerequisites : PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) and be 10 years old.
Materials : You'll Need Photo-Pak, which includes the PADI Underwater Photographer Manual and Underwater Photography video.

UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHER
Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. It’s underwater videography - motion imaging that allows you to share and document your underwater adventures. The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again. The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course introduces you to underwater video equipment and videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing. It takes you through the post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece.

By the time you complete the course, you'll have gone through the entire basic video production process. Must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization).
Number of Dives : Three
Equipment overview, selection and maintenance, Story planning and organization, Shot sequencing, Basic editing, Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

TSSF - CMAS COURSES

1 STAR DIVER
This course is the start-up course i.e. CMAS ( Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques). Graduates become a certified member of the diving community.

Course Structure and Standards
1 Star Diver course consists of three incremental trainings, such as theoretical lessons, pool sessions and open water dives. Theoretical lessons include different training modules such as fundamentals of underwater, diving techniques, diving equipment and accessories. Trainees are subject to examination after completion of the course. Those who succeed in the final examination are given the appropriate diver’s certificate. Pool sessions are conducted either in a pool or in shallow water. Before entering into the Open Water Trainings, divers are trained with different dives in the pool. Open Water Dives are performed at depths between 3-18 meters. Trainees perform 4 open water dives, gain more experience and improve their skills.

Course Prerequisites
Anyone older than 14 years without any health disorders that may handicaps diving (such as cardiac disorders, physical disorders, etc.) is legible for diving.

2 STAR DIVER
A diver who has gained some open water diving experience and is considered ready to take a part in dives partnered by a diver of at least the same or a higher grade. 2 Star Diver course consists of two incremental trainings, such as theoretical lessons and open water dives.

Course Structure and Standards
For the 2 Star Diver certificate, it is compulsion to complete the different sessions about ; Underwater orientation, Dive leadership, Self and partner rescue techniques, Night dives, Use the decompression tables with deco limits, Diving accidents, First aid and safety procedures.

Course Prerequisites
The trainees should have already acquired the CMAS 1 Star Diver certificate (or main level from another systems), be older than 14 years old, minimum logged 20 dives in open water. 2 Star divers are capable of organizing and performing dives with small groups of divers in open water conditions.

3 STAR DIVER
This course is the start-up course to be a Dive Professional. Your adventure into the professional levels of diving begins with the CMAS 3 Star program. In this program you improve your diving knowledge and your skills to the professional level.

Course Structure and Standards
The course consists of three phases : 1. Personal watermanship and scuba skills development, 2. Knowledge Development: expand your knowledge of diving theory and practice, 3. Practical application: assists Instructors and other 3 Star Divers in teaching dive classes and in supervising groups of divers.

The goals of CMAS 3 Star Diver training are to : Organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, Effectively act as an instructional assistant,
Develop the theoretical diving knowledge to instructor level.

3 Star Diver program develops you about, Using decompression tables, Skills & Environment, Rescue Skills, Diver supervision, Assisting instructors, Personal watermanship & Scuba skills, Diving equipments, Dive leadership skills, Organization and Management.

Course Prerequisites
2 Star Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization), Graduated from collage, Doctor’s report about the health is legible for diving, Minimum 65 logged dives, Minimum 18 years old, Minimum 4 months after 2 Star Diver Course.

1 STAR INSTRUCTOR DIVER
This course is the start-up course to be a Dive Professional. Your adventure into the professional levels of diving begins with the CMAS 3 Star program. In this program you improve your diving knowledge and your skills to the professional level.

Course Structure and Standards
The course consists of three phases : 1. Personal watermanship and scuba skills development, 2. Knowledge Development: expand your knowledge of diving theory and practice, 3. Practical application: assists Instructors and other 3 Star Divers in teaching dive classes and in supervising groups of divers.

The goals of CMAS 3 Star Diver training are to : Organize, conduct and supervise recreational diving activities, Effectively act as an instructional assistant, Develop the theoretical diving knowledge to instructor level.

3 Star Diver program develops you about : Using decompression tables, Skills & Environment, Rescue Skills, Diver supervision, Assisting instructors, Personal watermanship & Scuba skills, Diving equipments, Dive leadership skills, Organization and Management

Course Prerequisites
2 Star Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization), Graduated from collage, Doctor’s report about the health is legible for diving,
Minimum 65 logged dives, Minimum 18 years old, Minimum 4 months after 2 Star Diver Course.

2 STAR INSTRUCTOR DIVER
Posses the necessary theoretical knowledge and teaching skills required to give instructions in Sports Diving. 2 star Instructors are authorized to independently organize, instruct and examine candidates in 1 and 2 Star diving Courses and to assisting the training of the one and two star Instructor Courses.

Course Structures and Standards
2 Star Instructor course consists of two incremental trainings, such as theoretical lessons and open water trainings about : Knowledge Assessment exams, Practices about dive skills, Course Organization, Organization of divers, Laws and book of instructions, Exposition Techniques, 2 and 3 Star Diver Course Contents.

Course Prerequisites
1 Star Instructor certification, Graduated from collage, Doctor’s report about the health is legible for diving, Minimum 21 years old, Minimum 1 year after 1 Star Instructor Course (Must work for one year as an instructor and assists 2 or 3 star diver courses for 4 times), To possess the conditions stated in the article 9/8-9 of the regulations for scuba diving of Turkish Underwater Federation published in Official Gazette numbered 25156 and dated 02 Jul 2003.

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