Would you jump off a bridge if everyone else did?bungee jumping is the answer if you would like to answer yes to that question.It's important to prepare for a bungee jumping experience.
Step 1: Take a look at your body condition.
bungee jumping is very safe but there are certain conditions that can make it dangerous.These conditions include high blood pressure, a heart condition, dizziness, and injuries to the neck, back, spinal column, or legs.You may want to speak to a doctor if you have any of these conditions.Many harnesses are attached to your ankle and can cause ankle or knee problems.It's difficult to bungee jump if you have neck and back injuries.Speak to your doctor.
Step 2: You need to be old enough.
Some jumpers can be as young as 14 and others as old as 16.If you are under 18 then your parent or guardian will have to accompany you to sign the waivers.
Step 3: You can find a bungee jumping place.
There are a lot of bungee jumping locations with beautiful scenery.You can find the one that appeals to you.Some of the most popular tourist attractions offer bungee jumping experiences.You can jump from bridges, cranes, platforms on buildings, towers, hot air balloons, helicopters or cable cars.Pick the location that appeals to you the most.
Step 4: Check the legality of the bungee companies.
Make sure this is a legal outfit and not a guy with a rope on a bridge.If you want to find out what other people have to say about the outfitter, read reviews online or ask for references.The local board of tourism has a register for outfitters.The British Elastic Rope Sports Association has a Code of Safe Practice.You must understand the risks involved, there are back-up systems in place so that if one component fails the whole system will not fail, and you must be competent to do your job.You can use this code to make sure your operator is safe.
Step 5: Don't be afraid to ask questions.
You can check up on the outfitter to make sure they know what they're doing.They have equipment, staff training, operating standards, history and so on.This will show you how knowledgeable, friendly and safe they are.
Step 6: Look into costs.
Expect to pay up to $100 or more if you look into costs in advance.A deposit can be as little as $50 or as much as half of the total cost.
Step 7: You can book your jump.
If you book in advance, you will be able to jump when you arrive.You have to take transportation to the location of the jump if you want to make an advance booking.
Step 8: Don't think too much about it.
You are more likely to back out or talk yourself out of it if you think too much.Don't worry about how you feel because everyone is nervous.You don't have to be afraid of heights to jump.You may not feel the same when you bungee jump because of the rush.
Step 9: It's a good idea to dress correctly.
Wear comfortable clothes and tuck your shirt in so that it doesn't fly up when you decelerate.Do not wear a skirt.It is important that your clothes are not restrictive or loose.Attach your shoes securely to your feet with flat-soled soles.If you wear boots or shoes that come up high on your ankle, they can interfere with connecting the ankle harnesses.
Step 10: You need to tie up your hair.
If you have long hair, you need to tie it up so that it doesn't get stuck in any of the components or hit you in the face while you jump.
Step 11: Understand your harness.
The body harness and leg harness are the most common harnesses used for bungee jumping.A backup harness is usually a sit harness, which you might use for normal rock climbing.A body harness will allow you to move around more easily.You should have at least a sit harness and shoulder harness if you are connected via a body harness.
Step 12: Think about how you jump.
The best way to jump is the swallow dive.In this jump you take a nice leap off the platform with your arms stretched wide and soar like a bird towards the ground.You should be facing downward by the time you reach the bottom.Other types of dives include the back dive, railing jump, bat drop, elevator, and swallow except you are jumping off a railing on some bridges.
Step 13: Others are jumping.
Take some time to relax and watch other people jump.This can help you relax.
Step 14: You should shave your legs.
If you use a leg harness, they will need to lift your pants to strap it on.If you see your legs with no hair, be sure to shave.
Step 15: Sign in with your guide.
If you haven't already done so, you will have to pay the balance for your jump.They want to make sure you understand the risks of bungee jumping.Ask a crew member if you have any questions.
Step 16: Be ready to be weighed.
They will weigh you to make sure they are using the correct equipment for your body weight and that you are not over the weight limit.
Step 17: Go to the top of the bridge.
Instructors will be at the top of the bungee when you get there.This is one of the scariest parts and you should be fine if you can make it to the top.
Step 18: You should listen to your instructors.
It will make your jump more enjoyable if you listen to what they have to say.Don't be afraid to ask questions, that's what they are there for.The bungee cords will be attached to the elastic bands around your ankle by the instructors.
Step 19: Understand that fear is normal.
Fear is the way your body protects itself.Try to convince yourself that you are not hurting yourself.Don't worry, things will move fast once you are strapped up.Before jumping, don't look down.There is plenty of time to look at the scenery while you jump.You might change your mind if you look down before you jump.
Step 20: A staff member yells 'Go!
It's amazing to fall through the air at that speed.Feel free to scream your head off as you enjoy the ride.It will feel peaceful at the end of the drop.A guy in a boat might unhook you from the cords or lift you back up to the bridge after the jump.
Step 21: Angry about it!
You just went bungee jumping.