When loud screams of outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers great your ears, you will instantly know that it is a Bungee jumping site.
Jumping from a height (usually bridges, buildings, helicopters or hot air balloons) while being connected to an elastic cord is bungee jumping. One end of the cord is attached to a tall structure and the other end is fastened to you. And then you jump. With hands and legs spread wide and shrieking out of thrill, stress and fear as you swoop down rapidly, you free fall and rebound. Then you spring upward and downward, as the cord stretches and recoils until it is slowly oscillating. Here is the beginners guide to Bungee Jumping.
Bungee Jumping Gear
Every bungee jumping instructor gives primary importance to ensure that the equipment is right for the jumper as well as of first-class quality. Main gears necessary for bungee jumping are
- Cord – Foremost importance is given to the cord. Logically, it should be shorter than the height from the jump spot to the landing.
- Safety Harness – Sufficient padding is strapped onto your back and chest to hold the weight of your body during the fall. Ankle harness is also used ensuring double safety. Flipping and spinning is easier accomplished with a
- Helmet and Knee Pads – Undoubtedly used in almost all sport. Don’t forget to brace yourself with a helmet and knee pads to be 100% secure.
Safety & Precaution
- The foremost error which jumpers make is to miscalculate the length of the cord which can result in fatal accidents.
- Meticulously inspect the ropes before plunging into a free fall. Double check the durability of the rope and its length. Ensure that they are of the best quality.
- Increased rapid pulse rate is usually observed before the jump. So people with serious medical ailments are asked to refrain from it.
- Two types of harnesses exist. One strapped to ankle andthe otheris the harness attached to the body. Using only ankle harness is less safe because if body weight is greater, there lurks a risk of detachment.But it is more thrilling compared to using a body harness.
- Swim and try not to drown because of the shock after you reach the water as a raft picks you up.
- Preferably choose to dive into a water body and avoid concrete landing.
Best Bungee Jumping Destinations in the World
Although this adventure sport originated with adrenaline lovers at the extreme sports capital of the world, New Zealand, it is now held in almost all countries. Some of the best places to go bungee jumping are
- The Nevis, Queenstown, New Zealand
- Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, New Zealand
- The Last Resort, Tatopani, Nepal
- Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
- Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland
- Europabrucke, Innsbruck, Austria
- Macau Tower, Macau, China
- Victoria falls bridge, Border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
- Niouc Bridge, Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland
- Extremo Park, Monteverde, Costa Rica