Whoever invented Bungee Jumping had a real Adrenaline Junkie and was clearly looking for an adventure of a lifetime. A J Hackett, to be specific – initiated this recreational activity that defies logic in every way, that particularly involves groups (or individuals) jumping from a really high surface whilst attached to an elastic cord, one end of which is attached to the jumper’s body while the other end is attached to a fixed object at the point of the jump.
Characteristically, this stunt of a sport involves leaping from jumping points that are several hundred feet or meters high. The elastic cord used in this activity is designed keeping the drastic nature of the sport in mind. It is designed to stretch during the jumper’s fall and snap back up repetitively. Thus causing the jumper to bounce up and down over the length of the jumping area until the energy from the jump has been exhausted completely.
Although there is a very obvious physical risk characteristic in jumping from points of great elevations, millions of successful bungee jumps have been accomplished. Successful jumps can be attributed to the development of safety standards and the strict adherence to guidelines for jumping – so you needn’t be scared! The guidelines include the thorough checking and double-checking of fittings for each jump. The key to surviving this extreme sport lies in understanding that it takes a certain degree of mental fortitude to give bungee jumping a go. Knowledge related to this extreme sport is important. Here’s a little insight:
There are three different types of Bungee Jumping harness you can choose from. Most commonly, the body harness is used, but then again you can alternatively opt for a leg harness or an arm harness – whatever you feel comfortable in. The body harness is attached around your waist (these harnesses fit waist size of 40cm (15.7 inches) to 125cm (49.2 inches)) , and provides you with more freedom to spin, flip or turn as make your way down.
Leg harnesses, in contrast, tend to be attached to both legs although many expert bungee jumpers use just one – like we said, it does take a heart of the size of an elephant! These type of harnesses really make you feel as if you’re falling totally uncontrolled, this would be the option to go for if you’re looking for something to terrify and challenge yourself the most. Arm harnesses – an alternative to leg harnesses may also be used. There is however a greater risk involved with this one – you may end up dislocating your shoulder so it’s probably best to avoid this, being a beginner bungee jumper.
Furthermore, there are different dive techniques which you may want to experiment with during your journey to becoming a more proficient bungee jumper. The most well-known amongst the adventurous ones being The Swallow Dive offers the best all-round experience. As you might have seen once you search “Outside Adventure” or “Bungee Jumping” on the internet – this move involves spreading your arms as if you had wings during the jump.
On the other hand is the Back Dive. Which is more difficult, and as the name suggests, requires you to jump off backwards and lean back as far as possible. And then there’s the bat drop and dive, which requires the assistance of a partner. Your jumping partner will have to hold you upside down and let go of you while you keep your arm close to your body and your feet pointing up throughout the drive. Thrilling isn’t it?
There are also a number of different dive variations, and again which one you choose will be governed on your skill level. Understandably, if this is your first time, you probably shouldn’t be worried about this. Nonetheless, there’s the Tandem bungee jump – where you and a friend dive at the same time – the Catapult and many others. You can start to work on these as you build up your skills, if you choose to cling to bungee jumping.
So, what you must do is:
- Research – Go online and interact with others who have stories to share.
- Watch a Video –This will show you a visual of what it’s like so you can better envision the experience.
- Trace trustworthy establishments and bungee jumping locations – Check out the company’s background and their level expertise before choosing to make your jump.
- Listen carefully to the instructions – Ask as many questions as you feel like.
- Examine your equipment.
- Enjoy the ride!