Bungee Jumping for Beginners
If you seek a bit more adventure in your life, why not give bungee jumping a go? The nice thing about bungee jumping is that it does not require a lot of practice, as with parachuting.
When you do your first bungee jump, you will be leaping from a crane (most common), hot air balloon, tall tower, building, cliff or bridge with a flexible rope attached to you. You will drop at 75 miles per hour towards the earth with nothing but a giant rubber band to stop your 180 foot or so drop. The adrenaline rush is amazing! People like bungee jumping because it gives you the same sense of a free fall as you get with parachuting.
And despite what you might think, it’s very safe. After all, if it were truly dangerous, bungee jumping wouldn’t be popular! In fact, there is a 2 in 1 million chance that you will die when bungee jumping. It’s actually safer than a lot of regular sports.
If you are serious about giving this sport a try, here are a few things to remember about bungee jumping so you know what to expect:
1. Check with the Doc
First,check with your doctor before you attempt bungee jumping or any other extreme sporting activity. Some medical conditions could get worse by bungee jumping. If you have bad knees or hips, have anxiety problems, hypertension, heart problems or epilepsy, you may want to consider another activity.
2. Shop Around
Second, you should look carefully for a good bungee jumping company in your areas. Make 100% certain that you are dealing with a completely legal and legitimate business. You will probably book your jump well in advance and could pay $50 for a standard crane jump. A jump from a hot air balloon might be $100.
I often find that the best way to do this is to talk to people who have bungee jumped before. You should look closely at their website, their safety record, and any personal reviews they provide. If they do not provide any personal reviews, I would keep shopping.
3. Sign the Paperwork
Third, when you actually go for your jump, you will need to sign a waiver. This is not a big deal and is SOP for just about any outdoor adventure these days. Depending on where you are, you might jump off a bridge, a crane, building, hot air balloon or even water falls. The company will provide you with your harness, cords, helmet and other safety equipment. There will be a highly experienced expert there to check your equipment carefully and make sure you are ready to go safely.
4. Choose the Right Equipment
Fourth, the expert will make sure that he or she chooses a bungee cord that is able to handle your body type and weight safely. It is very important for you to tell the expert operator how much you REALLY weigh. This is not the time to be shy! A legitimate business will record your weight and cord into a log book. You should ask the operator if they know how many times your cord has been used for a jump. You can ask to see these records. Bungee cords do not last forever, and they should be discarded after so many uses. Whether or not the cord shows wear is irrelevant. After a certain number of jumps, it must be destroyed.
5. Keep Calm
Fifth, the cord will be hooked to your ankles in a special harness. A chest or a waist harness is more common for the rookie jumper, or if your jump is shorter. You will not have anything to worry about – just enjoy! Often people find that it is more scary for the people watching than for the jumper. Most divers report that it is actually a rather calm experience and feels a lot like floating.
6. Buy the Video of your Bungee Jump
Sixth, make sure that you purchase the movie of your jump. Virtually all bungee jumping businesses offer this. It is really great fun to watch yourself jump, and listen to you scream all the way down!
Seventh, how should I say this delicately? Well, just be certain you have taken care of all necessities before jumping:
Hopefully, you will keep these seven tips in mind for your first bungee jump. Especially #7