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11 Benefits of Bungee Jumping: Health, Mental, & Social

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Bungee jumping has become extremely popular over the last couple of decades, but it’s very rare that anybody will actually take a step back to think about the mental and health benefits that it could provide. Sounds weird doesn’t it?

But there is research to suggest that extreme sports such as bungee jumping can in fact change your mood and heighten your focus. I will go into those a little later on as they aren’t the only advantages or benefits you can get from bungee jumping… there’s so much more to it.

What are the benefits of bungee jumping?

If you want to know how this extreme sport could be to your advantage, then read on. I’ve listed the benefits of bungee jumping below, with some interesting quotes interspersed from experts in their field.

1. You can overcome your fears

One of the biggest benefits of bunging jumping is giving you the platform to overcome your fears. I was scared of heights before my first time (I still am) but managed to get the courage together to make the leap.

By facing your fears head on in the scenario of a bungee jump or similar, you can then take that experience into other aspects of your life.

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You will be scared, but if you can face your fears you ticked off the first bungee jumping benefit!

I genuinely believe that since I started bungee jumping, I am now a more confident and bold decision maker in all aspects of my life.

If you can face your fears and jump from that platform, you will be able to turn that fear into courage, becoming more confident and empowered.

2. You can reach greater levels of emotional intelligence

And there is actually some science to suggest that facing fears can improve your emotional intelligence and mental well-being.

By taking on challenges that put you outside of your comfort zone, you could reap the benefits. This is exactly what extreme athletes are able to do. They become successful by harnessing the fear they feel and turning that into better performance.

For example, a pharmacologist at Edinburgh University told the Independent Travel section that bungee jumping could benefit you. This is what he said:

“The process of successfully conquering our terrors is accompanied by numerous chemical processes in the body. The rush you get from surviving, say, a bungee-jump will dramatically change your mood. It will also make you temporarily immune to pain. Substances released into the bloodstream will include not only adrenaline but also 5HT, (the substance which Prozac stimulates in the body), as well as morphine-like substances.”

3. You can release stress and worry

Imagine standing on top of a platform, 130 meters in the air. What will you be thinking about at this point?

Like most people it’s going to be the survival instincts and fear that naturally kick-in. You won’t be thinking about your mortgage payments, or the daily grind of your nine to five job.

All your external worries and stresses will disappear as your make your jump. After my jump it’s all I can think about, with a buzz that can last for days.

Handy Hint: Want to know what a bungee jump really feels like? Read about my own experience plus stories from other first-timers.

A little bit of adrenaline can be a good thing. As long as it’s not a long-lasting rush of adrenalin, it can heighten your body’s senses and is similar to a shot of human jet fuel.

4. You can make amazing memories

I would rather have memories than possessions. I recall every single bungee jump I have made with almost laser like precision. Don’t ask me what I had for breakfast this morning; I couldn’t tell you – but that jump of the Macau Tower… it’s burned into my memory.

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You will remember this moment for as long as you live.

You won’t forget what will be one of the most amazing and enjoyable experiences of your lifetime… even more so if you buy the photos and video of the day.

In fact, every time you watch the video footage or photos back, the memories of your bungee jump and the way it made you feel will come flooding back.

5. You can accomplish a huge achievement

What things in life are you truly proud about? What things have you achieved that provide a conversation point over dinner? Jumping off a bridge or crane will certainly be up there!

Bungee jumping isn’t for everyone, and it’s only something that the truly brave will ever try to attempt. You should be proud of your accomplishment.

It will give you bragging rights for years to come over your friends, family, people you work with and more. Who wouldn’t want that?

6. You can feel truly alive

When was the last time you felt alive? I know that sounds a bit twee, but it’s true. The exhilaration, adrenalin, and endorphins that get released during a bungee jump will electrify you – in a good way!

If you’re bored with the daily grind and want to release some feel good endorphins, try a bungee jump – you can read more about how there is a science behind why this makes you happy in this UK newspaper.

Handy Hint: Check out this guide I created for first-time bungee jumpers. It explains how you can be best prepared both mentally and physically to truly enjoy the benefits this extreme sport can offer.

7. You can strengthen your muscles

But what about the health benefits of bungee jumping? Are there any?

I believe that some of the benefits I have already raised will have a knock-on effect, after all, healthy mind, healthy body springs to mind. And there’s some degree of truth in all of this.

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You might be able to get some health benefits from bungee jumping, but you’d have to be doing it very regularly to see any real impact.

By bungee jumping you can stretch your muscles, improve your reflexes and stamina and have a short cardio workout that’s unrivalled in the view you get! There’s also the walking up all those steps to get to the platform too…

There’s even a Bungee Workout program available now. The brains behind it say it offers a 360-degree dynamic workout involving squats, lunges and press-ups.

8. You can explore the world

Why bungee jump over a boring industrial landscape when you could take in jungle views, valleys, mountains, over a fast-flowing river and other stunning vistas?

Bungee jumping gives you the opportunity to visit far flung locations. Some of the best jumps in the world are in areas that you probably would never visit unless you had good reason too… and what better reason than a bungee?

Handy Hint: Check out some photos of the most stunning bungee locations in the world in this article about how much a jump costs in different countries.

9. You can make it a romantic event

My first ever bungee jump was on a vacation with my wife. We went to Thailand on our honeymoon and decided we both wanted to take the plunge. We went separately at first, and then after that made it a tandem jump (here’s how tandem bungee works).

We were strapped together, facing each other. We then jumped as a pair.

The experience definitely brought us closer together and has to be one of the most romantic things we have ever done together.

10. You can make friends for life

Almost 99% of everyone else at the bungee operation will be jumping for the first time. It’s a great place to meet people and enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement that you will all offer each other.

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Once your first jump is complete, you will almost certainly want to do it again. We did this and met another couple who we’ve actually now bungeed with on a few more occasions since.

Bungee jumping puts you in a small and exclusive club, where only the members can identify and relate to each other about how awesome this is.

11. You will quite simply have…. FUN!

And last but not least, it’s just fun. There is no other way to explain it!

Benefits and risks of bungee jumping

I’m a huge fan of bungee jumping. The benefits to me have been out of this world. But I need to temper that with bringing up what the benefits and risks can be. It would be remiss of me not to.

Whilst it is relatively safe (see the statistics), it can be dangerous.

Operators will not let people jump with certain medical conditions including (but not limited to):

  • If you have an ankle or leg injury.
  • If you have back, neck, or spinal injury injuries.
  • If you have any recent bone breaks, dislocations, or fractures.
  • If you have epilepsy.
  • If you have a heart problem or conditions.
  • If you have high blood pressure.
  • If you are pregnant.

During a bungee jump, your heart rate can reach as high as 160 beats per minute. You can burst blood vessels in your eyes, could experience whiplash, possible fractures, strains, and ligament damage – and in worst case scenarios, it could be fatal.

But I don’t want to put you off.

If you worry about things like this, you will never make your first jump. Just please do your research into the operator you are using and check their reviews and safety record.


Jumping off a platform attached to a bungee cord is crazy when you think about it. You will need to plumb the depths of your inner psyche to overcome the fear to make that step off.

But once you have managed to do it, any other challenges you face will seem like small fry in comparison.

For me, that’s the biggest benefits of bungee jumping… it completely changes your outlook on life.

Whilst there are also health benefits of bungee jumping, you need to do a lot of jumps to get any real impact from it – unless you are doing bungee workouts indoors (which aren’t quite the same).

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What NOT to Do When Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is definitely one of the ultimate must do bucket items. As soon as you complete a jump, you instantly gain bragging rights which would last you a lifetime. It’s a story that would instantly make you cool all the way to your future kids/grandkids! Whether you’re a daredevil, an adrenaline junkie, or someone who just wants to conquer a fear, here are the basics of what NOT to do when bungee jumping.

Don’t Hesitate

This is it. Think of it as a no backing down situation where you either jump or you jump. Don’t go in there with the mindset that you can back out anytime you want. Trust the jump master and go with his countdown. Don’t stand there and psych yourself out. Instead, block out everything else apart from the jump master’s voice. 3-2-1..JUMP! (You got this!)

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Don’t Just Sign Up With the First Company That You See

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Bungee jumping is dangerous business– it is an extreme sport after all so don’t just jump with the first company that you see. Take the time to research the company to check out their track record. Are they complying with safety checks? Do they update their equipment on a regular basis? As fun as a spontaneous jump would be, just take 5 minutes to check the company’s history! Reputable companies like AJ Hackett are definitely highly recommended and reputable (after all, he started the sport!)

Don’t Look Down

The number one rule when jumping is to never look down (okay, I may have made that up) but really, just don’t. You will end up freaking yourself out with all the ‘what if’ questions. Instead, look around you and enjoy the scenery. Look out the horizon and mentally give yourself a high five for even having the guts to decide to do it in the first place.

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Don’t Just Jump Anywhere

Similar to skydiving, you can literally choose to do it anywhere, but part of the experience is deciding where you want to do it. Don’t jump off a crane surrounded by concrete slabs. Instead, choose memorable places like the top of the Macau Tower or over a ridiculously breathtaking canyon in New Zealand.

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Don’t Show Up Dressed For a Fashion Show

I know you want to look awesome in your photo but do yourself a favor and dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothes that’s weather appropriate! Ladies, no skirts please (according to our sources, it happens all the time!). As for footwear, refrain wearing boots which might interfere with the ankle harness. You can jump barefoot but secure and enclosed footwear is the best. Hard contact lenses and glasses aren’t allowed during jumps either.

Don’t Go Alone

Unless you’re a daredevil who gets their kicks doing random things by yourself, bring a friend or two! Heck, while you’re at it, you can even bring your family (P.S. have you seen the video of the guy skyjumping while skyping his parents?) Adventures are more fun when you share the experience with people, regardless if they’re only there to spectate and cheer you on! Plus, the less likely you are to chicken out if you have people there watching you. Accountability 101.

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Don’t Overthink it

Even if I qualify bungee jumping as a “you’re excused to sh*t your pants moment”, don’t overthink it. Like seriously, just don’t. I’ve heard of some bungee companies who even go the extra mile by barraging you with a bunch of meaningless chatter right before your jump giving you absolutely no time to think about it. Distract yourself until the point you have to jump and embrace every moment of it.

Don’t Forget to Scream

Scream at the top of your lungs! Let it out! Celebrate this awesome WTF moment in your life where you conquered your fears. The way down is awesome and in that few seconds of free falling, you will feel like superman (or woman) on steroids. So our advice? Don’t keep it in. Scream and jump for joy-preferably out the platform as you enjoy an unforgettable moment.

Hopefully, this list of what NOT to do will help you grow the balls to do your first jump. We promise it is unlike anything you have ever experienced and the feeling of achievement afterwards is unparalleled.

How Do You Prepare for Bungee Jumping? 17 First Time Bungee Jump Tips

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First time bungee jumping can be a nerve-wracking experience. The fear of the unknown, whether the jump is safe, and how your body will react are going to be forefront of your mind. However, there are some things you can do which will make you better prepared.

My wife and I have bungee jumped in locations all over the world so decided to collaborate on this guide to bungee jumping tips for beginners which explain how you can be best prepared for your first-time jump.

The bottom line is; please don’t be scared. Many people have said it helped them with a fear of heights, and everyone we know who’s jumped has wanted to do it again.

I remember my first time very well. I was stood at the top of a platform in Thailand trying to look all calm and happy when the reality was very different. You see, I am petrified of heights. But the weird thing is, after my first bungee jump it’s not something that ever happened again with subsequent jumping.

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Trust me, I think you will be the same!

Here’s how you can prepare for a bungee jump and then lower down the page I’ve included additional tips on what to wear and even some advice on how to jump better once you’ve got over your first experience.

How to prepare for your first bungee jump

1. Choose your jump operator and location carefully

My first tip is to choose your location. Why bungee jump off a crane over some ugly industrial area when you could be jumping into the void in an Amazonian jungle? Your first bungee jump could be a once in a lifetime experience (but you will want to do it again) so make the most of it and find a location that ticks all those Instagram wins!

Once you have your location set, research into the bungee company that runs the operation. In the wrong hands, bungee jumping can be fatal. Whilst deaths are very rare, there are some poor operators out there, particularly outside of Europe, New Zealand, and the United States.

Many countries will have strict legislation in place, but some none at all. You need to research the company to make sure they abide by sensible health and safety practices and have a track record that goes back years, not just a few months.

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My wife bungee jumped in Thailand for the first time with a well respected operator.

And it’s not just the company itself. I would also recommend you ask about the qualifications of the trainers and instructors before you book.

Put simply, don’t be afraid to ask any questions of the operator, no matter how silly they sound. Ask them about the staff and how they are trained. Ask them how long they have been operating for. Ask them what standards they work too and so on.

2. Assess your health and any injuries

All operators will have a list of existing medical conditions which will prohibit you from bungee jumping. You can see some of those below. However, you should also do your own due diligence on your health.

Bungee jumping is an exhilarating rush, so you need to be 100% certain your body and mind is in tip top condition before you go.

If you want to be completely prepared for bungee jumping, you might want to think about getting a medical check-up in advance.

If you have any of the following medical conditions you won’t be allowed to jump.

  • Ankle or leg injuries: some bungee harnesses will be attached to your ankles and can put stress on an existing injury.
  • Back, neck, or spinal injury injuries: don’t jump if you have any type of injury in these areas (including osteoporosis) as the pressure can be very painful, and even dangerous.
  • Bone breaks, dislocations, or fractures: as with any injury, the pull on the bungee jump could be painful or make the injury worse.
  • Epilepsy: the quick change in air pressure could trigger a seizure due to the brain’s oxygen levels being affected.
  • Heart problems and conditions: no operators will let you jump with a heart condition including heart murmurs.
  • High blood pressure: the excitement of a jump could increase your blood pressure to dangerous levels
  • Pregnancy: the forces and falls could harm your unborn baby (read more).

One medical condition that some people say you can’t bungee jump with is asthma. However, this isn’t true unless you have been taking high dose steroid treatments. These can affect your bone density score, possibly leading to a fracture.

Some operators also won’t accept jumpers aged 65 or over, unless they have written permission from their doctor. Other operators recommend those over 50 get checked up before making a jump.

3. Do it with a friend or loved one

The best way to overcome any fears you have and prepare for your bungee is to do it with a friend or loved one. You can encourage and inspire each other to take the leap.

Plus, if you’re in it together, it’s going to be a lot harder to change your mind and back out… which relates very well to the next bungee jumping tip.

Handy Hint: A lot of people recommend a tandem bungee jump for their first time. I think this is a great shout as it means you’re facing each other and leap off on the same cord. You can read more about how tandem bungee jumping works here.

4. Book in advance so you don’t chicken out

If you have found the ideal bungee company and have the all clear to go, then get it booked as soon as you can.

When I took my first bungee jump, I booked months in advance and paid upfront. Not only did that mean I would find it harder to chicken out, but I also didn’t want to waste the non-returnable fee I had put down.

5. Don’t over think it

As the day of your first bungee jump gets closer it’s only natural to be anxious and possibly afraid… or you could be one of those people where excitement has taken over.

If you fall into the anxious category, then there are two schools of thought of how you can help to overcome the fear.

Most people will tell you not to over think it too much. They say that if you keep thinking through all the bad things that will happen, chances are you could back out of the bungee jump or be so ill-prepared that you don’t enjoy it.

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Try not to think too much about the bungee jump if you can.

Try to focus on different thoughts, take some deep breaths, and don’t let the nerves creep into your mind.

But then other people say you need to visualise success. This is what I did and how I overcame my fear of bungee jumping.

The method I used was to create a mental picture of me getting to the jump site, putting on the gear, going up in the lift, standing on the edge, and then jumping with no problems.

I tried to visualize myself being happy, calm, and serene.

6. Wear comfortable clothes and remove loose items

Depending on the weather and location you can either bungee jump barefoot or wear closed shoes. You should not wear slip on shoes as they will come off.

Recommended clothes would be trousers or shorts and don’t leave anything in your pockets. You will also be asked to remove your glasses, possibly your contact lenses, watch, and jewellery. If the jewellery is a stud, the operator may ask you to place a plaster or tape over it.

7. Tie up your hair

Loose and long hair is a no-no when bungee jumping. You will need to tie it back or up into a bun or ponytail to reduce the risks of hair strands getting caught in the cord.

Plus… who wants hair flapping in their face which could completely ruin the view you’re just about to experience!

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Your hair should be tied back and you should wear comfortable clothes for your bungee jump.

8. Don’t overeat before hand

I once saw a guy vomit on a bungee jump. He puked on the way down, and then went back up through the puke on the first bounce. Not pretty.

The reason why? He’d had a full English breakfast of sausage, eggs, beans, and bacon all washed down with a cold Thai beer just one hour before his first bungee experience.

You can eat before bungee jumping though. In fact, you should eat something small at least. If you don’t, your empty stomach could make you feel dizzy during the jump. Just make sure it’s a tiny portion though, nothing too heavy, and a couple of hours before you go.

If you have a full stomach of food, with lots of liquid swilling around, you could throw it up just like that poor guy I saw in Thailand. Don’t be that guy.

Handy Hint: I also wrote an article about what bungee jumping feels like from start to end. It’s my own personal story and experience.

9. Prepare to get weighed

The staff will weigh you before you jump. They do this so they can calculate the cord lengths and calibrate the bungee jump to get the best experience as possible for you.

Often you will get weighed twice as an extra safety precaution. Take a look at this list of weight restrictions for bungee depending on where you are in the world.

10. Watch the briefing video

Most bungee operators will take you into a little room before the jump and show you a video of exactly how it’s going to work and what you need to do.

Listen to what they tell you and watch the video. By doing so you can get the most from the experience and will be as best prepared as you can possibly be.

11. Trust the equipment and instructors

You will now get led to the jump platform. You will be at your most nervous at this point, so put your trust and faith into the operators and the equipment you’re harnessed to. They will have done this process thousands of times with no accidents so you will be in safe hands.

You could also ask the instructor to say something to motivate you. Most bungee operators I have met are very good with nervous people and know just what to say to disarm your fears.

12. Try not to look down and fix your eyes on something

Don’t look down. This can set your fear off even more.

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It will be hard to not be tempted to have a little peak, but if you’re really scared, don’t do it. Once you have jumped off the platform, you’re going to get plenty of opportunities to take in the view, so just put it off until then.

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Breath calmly, don’t look down, and fix your eyes on something other than the drop.

I find it also helps to fix your eyes on something static. It could be that you look at a point on the horizon, or if going off backwards you fix your eyes onto the bungee instructor.

13. Use calm breathing exercises

As you approach the edge of the jump platform, use some calm breathing exercises. This will help you to reduce anxiety, panic, and stress.

There is a great guide on the UK NHS website on how to relieve stress with calm breathing exercises (view the tips on Here’s how to do it:

  1. Breathe deeply into your belly with long and slow inhales.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and then out of your mouth.
  3. On each inhale, count from 1 to 5.
  4. Don’t pause or keep your breath held in, but exhale slowing counting 1 to 5 again.
  5. Repeat the calm breathing for 3 to 5 minutes.

Handy Hint: If you are very nervous, start the breathing exercises 10 minutes before the jump. This will better prepare you for a bungee jump and will help calm nerves.

14. Clear your mind

The human brain is a complex organ and will react with fear when they future is unknown. You’ve never jumped from a platform before, so your brain can project a negative outcome back to you.

You need to clear your mind and switch off that little voice in your head. By doing so, you can enjoy the moment rather than dwelling on what the future holds.

This applies extremely well to bungee jumping and will prepare you for your first time.

15. Don’t try a fancy jump the first time

Most first-time jumpers won’t have any idea on how they are going to jump, and probably won’t give any thoughts on trying something fancy. You just want to survive right?

Don’t give any thoughts as to how you’re going to be jumping. Don’t over-complicate matters with planning something extravagant… you’ve got enough to be focusing on without muddling the process with a jump style.

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Don’t try anything too fancy on your first time. Just jump and fall and let gravity take over.

Most bungee operators will offer a discounted price on a same-day second jump. Once you’ve got through your first experience, you can then attempt something a bit fancier the second time around.

Handy Hint: If you have jumped before and want to do a different jumping style, keep scrolling down for some different bungee jumping techniques.

16. Try to look into the camera and smile

At the end of your bungee jump you will have the opportunity to purchase photos and perhaps a video of your experience.

If you can (and I appreciate you might have other things on your mind), try to look into the camera and give a big smile as you leap down.

Alternatively, just scream and look absolutely petrified. Either will make for fun memories!

17. Don’t hesitate and just go for it!

Don’t hesitate, and just do it! You just don’t know when the opportunity will come again.

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Enjoy the experience, you don’t know when you will be able to do it again!

Related FAQs and tips

I hope that’s given you some insight on how to prepare for bungee jumping. Here are some commonly asked questions people will also ask before their first time jump.

What do you need for bungee jumping?

You don’t need anything for bungee jumping aside from yourself, comfortable clothes, and a sense for adventure.

If you are thinking about setting up a bungee jumping business, then there’s far too much to it to go into here. But at a basic level the equipment for a jump includes:

  • Bungee cords: these are made from lots of long rubber strands that are wound and woven tightly together. Some will just make up one cord, whereas others are made from multiple cords wound together.
  • Safety harness: there are two different harness types. Either a leg harness which is attached to the bungee cord, or one that harnesses to the body and is then secured to the ankle and then cord.

Can you eat before bungee jumping?

Yes, you can eat before bungee jumping. Around two hours before your jump have a light meal which is high in protein. Avoid heavy carbohydrates and lots of liquid.

What to wear bungee jumping?

You need to wear comfortable clothes when bungee jumping. I would also recommend that women don’t wear skirts or dresses for obvious reasons!

For footwear, wear shoes that are covered and lace up (no slip-ons). You can also jump with bare feet in warmer climates.

Can you wear contact lenses bunging jumping?

You can wear contact lenses when bungee jumping, but operators advise not wear to wear hard ones, only soft contact lenses.

I’ve got friends who have jumped with contact lenses on who have reported different experiences. One friend said he found it hard to open his eyes during the fall, the other friend had no problems at all.

What you might want to think about is buying a pair of goggles to wear over your eyes, so you can keep your contacts in – providing the bungee operator allows for this.

What happens after your first bungee jump?

You can expect to have adrenalin coursing through your body. It will be the most natural high you have ever experienced and it’s very possible you could be buzzing for up to a week afterwards.

I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t wanted to jump again straight after their first bungee!

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Bungee jumping techniques

Once you’ve got your first-time bungee jump out the way you might want to try a few different jumping techniques on your next experience.

There is no real best way to bungee jump. It depends on what type of experience you want. Here’s 4 different bungee jumping styles you could pick from.

  1. The Swallow Dive: It looks just like is sounds. You leap off the platform with your arms outstretched from your sides letting you fly through the air and then down like a bird. As you fall and the cord stretches you will be turned upside down.
  2. The Back Dive: You stand with your back facing outwards, bend your knees, and then push off backwards, arching your back as you go.
  3. The Bat Drop: This is for experienced bungee jumpers only and will need an operator prepared to let you fall this way. You are hung upside down from the platform like a bat and then they let you go.
  4. The Elevator: You simply step off the jump platform with your feet pointing downwards.

Please Note: With all of these jumps there can be a risk of injury at the point you flip around to point the ground. They are for more experienced jumpers only and will be at the discretion of the operator.


Providing you have chosen a reputable company, all the safety precautions and expertise they have will mean you are in good hands. Nothing bad is going to happen and you are going to have the experience of a lifetime.

Once you are in the air you will get the most amazing feeling. For me it never actually feels like I am falling through the air, it’s more of a floating feeling.

When the bungee cord gets to its full length it won’t be a violent tug like you would expect, but quite a gentle swing.

If you have enjoyed this article and went on to do your first ever jump, I would love to hear how you prepared for bungee jumping. Leave a comment below with your preparation tips and techniques.

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My name is Marc, and this is my place on the web where my son and I share the adventures we have in the great outdoors. That includes urban exploring, WW2 history, camping, geocaching, and anything else that we can find to do out of the house.


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