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FAQs and Myths – Extreme Bungee Jumping

FAQs and Myths - Extreme Bungee Jumping

What is Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping involves leaping from a height connected to a large elastic rope (or cord), which is tied to the feet – or, more specifically, the ankles. This is as adrenaline- filled an activity as any dreamt up by man. And one that both young and old have delighted in, and thrilled in, over the last quarter-century or so. Bungee jumps usually take place from tall buildings, bridges or cranes – but they’ve also been attempted from moving objects (helicopters and hot-air balloons, for example). As the jumper free-falls from a height, the cord stretches; as the cord rebounds, the momentum takes the jumper upwards. This up-and-down trampoline-like movement continues until the elastic cord loses all its energy. Hurtling down from heights may seem terrifying but bungee jumping is a safe activity with a very good overall safety record – most bungee operations around the world are run by trained and experienced professionals, using the best, and the most reliable, equipment, and with the most stringent safety procedures in place. All you need is plenty of nervous energy – too much of it, and you might just back out!

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What you should know before you take the plunge.

Here is the 14 most common questions and answers:

1: Will my eyes pop out of my head or will I suffer a detached retina? Will I do any damage to my spine or hurt my back?
A: No, there are  different size Bungy cords in relation to peoples weights, this results in a smooth deceleration. Giving an exciting and smooth jump to all jumpers.

2: Will I get wet?
A: No jumper will touch the water, we do this as we feel it’s safer. It has been heard that many people can suffer from black eyes due to the impact of the water.

3: How do you attach the Bungy Cord?
A: The Bungy cord is attached the traditional way, which is around your ankles.

4: Can I have a drink before Bungy Jumping?
A: Yes, that’s fine. Most people do have a drink before jumping but of course you must still be in control of yourself.

5: Can family and friends watch my jump?
A: Of course they can! There is lots of places for them to stand and watch from the ground. We do not however, allow anyone to join you in the Bungy cage. There is only room in there for you and the Jump Master.

6: Can I jump if I’m in a wheelchair or are physically disadvantaged?
A: Sometimes it is possible for us to jump people that have physical disadvantages. The best thing to do is call us and have a chat about it. Usually it will come down to the Jump Master to make the final decision on whether it’s okay to jump.

7: What is a Bungy Cord made of?
A: Bungy Cords are very complex when it comes down to design, but are simply made from hundreds of strands of latex rubber (the same stuff that’s in your underwear that’s hold them up). Each Bungy cord is manufactured by our Jump Masters and checked daily. Each one of our cords are retired after 400 jumps but they can do up to 1000! Each cord can stretch up to 3 times it’s actual length.

8: How do your Bungy Cords work?
A: A Bungy cord works on the principle of an exponential function. This means that with every bounce the stretch in the cord will lessen until only your weight on the cord is causing it to stretch. Your first bounce is always the biggest!  Each jumper is weighed on our scales and then allocated to the cord range that they fit. This gives each jumper a perfect jump which is smooth and the right height from the ground.

9: Do I have to wear shoes?
A: Wear sneakers or other tight-fitting shoes. Boots that rise up your calf will hamper the ankle harness; you may be asked to remove the boots and jump barefoot or not at all.

10: How many people “chicken out”?
A: Not that many actually, but the key is to jump straight away. Our Jump Masters are trained for all situations and they will talk you through the whole thing.

11: Will I die?
A: No!!!! You will not die. Bungy Jumping is a sport that has been around for a long time, our staff are all well trained and all know what your in for. None of our staff would let you take the plunge if there was any reason you would get injured.

12: What can I wear Bungy Jumping?
A: That is totally up to you, you are not required to wear closed shoes. .  Remove all loose articles as we don’t want you to loose them in the water below.

13: How old do I need to be to Bungy Jump?
A:This depends greatly on the club you jump in and also on the country you jump in – It’s always best to call a club first and check what age limits they have. Generally though if you are over 18 years of age you can jump. If you are under 18 years of age you will probably near a parent or guardian’s signature on a release form.

If you are under 18 years of age it is likely you may have special requirements equipment wise – you may need a smaller harness and also special cords to deal with a smaller weight (most clubs can deal with jumpers in the 150-250lb (approx. 75-125Kg) weight range). It’s always best to call ahead to the club you plan to jump with.

14: How long does a jump take?
A: A jump time really depends on the jumper and how long it takes them to take the plunge. If they get up there and are ready to go straight away it can take around 20 minutes. Usually when you make a booking we will allocate a 30 minute time slot.

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