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Using a GoPro at Siam Park Waterpark, Tenerife

Using a GoPro at Siam Park Waterpark

Yes, I’m a total water park fiend and there’s few better than Siam Park in Tenerife, rated the no.1 water park in the world on Trip Advisor. No crappy slides in sight, their rides are theme park-esque with huge inflatable dinghies.

Of course with rides that good, if you’re anything like me, you will want to capture those moments for a laugh a minute when you’re back home snuggled up with a cuppa and rubbish British weather! I tried looking up on the Siam Park website to see if GoPro or any video equipment were allowed, but there was no information available so I took to Google and came across this super helpful review.

So at the time of writing, the good news is you can use your GoPro at Siam Park on the rides. The bad news is, it’s a bit complicated and difficult to navigate with the staff on the day so I’m going to try and give you as much detail as possible.

Using a GoPro at Siam Park Waterpark

Using a GoPro at Siam Park Waterpark

First of all you will need to take either a chest mount or a head strap with you, they are the only ways you can attach your GoPro on the rides. You will not be able to hold your camera or attach it to a pole or wrist strap, so I’m guessing that rules out a lot of other camera brands too. We chose the chest mount because it was less intrusive and didn’t look as stupid – it was an ideal viewpoint for every ride. This is definitely obvious, but don’t forget to use your waterproof housing!!

You will also need to take your passport! There are lockers available to hire inside the park to keep your valuable safe, so be careful with it and don’t lose it.

When you arrive at the park, purchase or show your ticket as normal and enter the park through the ticket gates to the left. Immediately after entering and having your ticket scanned you will see a door to the left. There is no sign or anything on the door, but it should be open if you try the handle. Inside there is a desk with someone stationed behind, ask them for a pass to be able to use your camera. They will give you a short form to fill in, make sure you have the right mounting equipment, check your passport and give you a wristband to wear for the day.

Using a GoPro at Siam Park Waterpark

We got two so we could switch the camera between us, if you want to do this you will both need your passports. The wristband was made of paper, with a marker pen note stating ‘ok camra’. It looked very sketchy and I wasn’t convinced at all that it would work, but we were allowed to film on all the rides except two – Tower of Power and Naga Racer (for obvious reasons when you see those rides!) and you also can’t use the camera in the wave pool. When not in use, we kept the GoPro in our locker.

We got some great footage and even some of the staff had a joke with us, waving at the camera. Don’t forget to enjoy yourselves too, you’re going to have the best time at Siam Park! I’m already jealous that you’re thinking of going without me.

Loves x xx

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Water Sports at Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus

During my holiday/vacation to Cyprus in Mid-September we visited the beach (Flamingo Beach, I believe?) at Fig Tree Bay in Protaras to take part in some water sports fun!
Our holiday party included five people, which surprisingly wasn’t an odd amount for water sports. We opted for all of us to take a ride on the Crazy Shark (also known as the Crazy Squab and the Crazy UFO) and then for myself, my brother and my Boy to have a go at Parasailing. Overall this came to €100 (approx £81 or $130 for essentially 8 activities) as my Dad pulled us a good deal with the owner.

First up was the Crazy Shark which we chose in place of the traditional Banana Boat. A similar concept, the Crazy Shark is a round and flat inflatable with a large backrest, big enough to seat five people in a fan against the back. We had life jackets (of course) but our only other instructions were to “hold on.” The Crazy Shark was then dragged across the sea by a speedboat as we were flung and whipped across the bumpy sea created by the speedboats trail. Totally awesome 10 minutes of fun for the whole family! Everyone enjoyed it and I was surprised that we didn’t actually get flung into the sea; unlike the fate of a Banana Boat passenger. It’s a good alternative for those who are less confident in the water.

I must admit I was terrified at the prospect of parasailing. You could see the boats out on the horizon pulling along these huge parachutes and my God I just figured it would be windy up there, the boat would be hard and fast and I would likely throw up as a combination of everything. I didn’t want to be a wuss though, instead I wanted to try something different. Find some new confidence. So I swallowed my concerns and just went along with it. Gulp.

We were taken out on the speedboat, including those in our party that weren’t parasailing which was great as we could still enjoy the activity as a large group. We got harnessed up, sat on the flat open back of the boat and were hooked onto a huge parachute sat in a row. As the boat sped off we were lifted into the air and carried along the seas by a single, albeit very strong, cord.

GOSH. I had no idea how epic it was going to be. Instead of being crazily whipped about on the choppy seas – everything was just so calm as we floated through the sky and headed towards the vast deep blue of the horizon. I don’t remember the last time I felt so at peace. It was blissful. At points we were 300 metres above the sea. Times felt like we could just reach out and touch the water, other times felt like we were in the clouds, but at no point was it ever scary. The harness didn’t even rock in the wind.

Up there in the heavens… that’s my new happy place. If I ever need a boost, that’s where my daydreams take me :)

On the descent, instead of being plunged into the sea as we anticipated, we were gently guided back onto the boat in a sitting position. Unclipped. And that was that. The staff even offered for the rest of our party to have a turn on the way back for €20 each and so we had a trip in the speedboat while we watched them disappear into the sky above us. What a gorgeous, gorgeous day.

Photos by Dan

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