9 Tips for First-Time Bungy Jumpers Feeling The Pressure

Since the world’s first commercial jump 25 years ago in New Zealand, bungy jumping has inspired a generation of thrill-seekers and there aren’t any signs that its popularity is in decline.

Are you game to take the leap?

“AJ Hackett opened his second bungy spot in Cairns only one year after creating the site on the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in Queenstown,” said Sales and Marketing Manager, Jacqui.

“We are currently operating in Australia, China, France and Germany. In 2014, we’re adding to our existing portfolio by opening bungy sites in Russia and Singapore that will have a range of adrenaline activities that are sure to get the blood pumping.

“AJ Hackett is still very involved in devising new adventure products. In Singapore we’re going to construct a double swing so that enthusiasts can have double the amount of fun.”

For some first time jumpers, it can be a daunting experience to throw yourself off a perfect safe tower into the unknown. Jacqui tells Flight Centre that it really is a mental hurdle.

Once you’ve convinced our mind to do the first jump, you really can’t wait for the second jump. You know how your body is going to react and you think, ‘that was easy I’m going again.’

For cautious travellers, Jacqui has compiled these tips to assist novice jumpers to overcome their fear.

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1. Jump with a reputable company

Make sure you jump with a reputable company with high safety and risk management procedures in place. AJ Hackett not only invented the sport, but has taken all levels of safety to a whole new level.

Check things like: Does the company use two points of attaching the Bungy cord to each customer? Have they been operating for long? Do they abide by the AU/NZ 5848 Bungy Jumping Regulation? AJ Hackett wrote that, by the way!

2. Believe in yourself

One of the greatest challenges facing a first time bungy jumper is getting their minds around the fact they are about to jump off a perfectly good tower. It’s not a natural thing to do, and there will be nerves.

First time jumpers need to embrace this feeling, have confidence in themselves, and know that they CAN do this. The only thing standing in their way is themselves.

3. Don’t believe the myths

Like many extreme adventure activities, bungy over the years has accumulated many urban myths. Your eyes won’t fall out of your head and your back won’t snap! Myths are normally created by those too scared to take the challenge and trying to find a easy way out!

4. Bring a sense of adventure

For many people, this is a once in a lifetime experience. Embrace the challenge and face that fear that many people have – the fear of having regret for NOT doing it!

5. Bring a mate

No better way to experience bungy than with a friend! You’ll be mates for life after completing a bungy on same day together. Talk about your bragging rights!

6. Trust the jump master

Our Jump Masters go through a long, in-depth training schedule to become a qualified Jump Master. Jump with the Jump Master’s countdown: 5-4-3-2-1-BUNGY! Don’t hesitate – the more you think about it, the greater the challenge becomes. JUST GO!

7. Choose your surroundings carefully

Bungy jumping is about your WHOLE experience, not just the leap. You want to be in a comfortable, picturesque environment so all your senses get the rush – not just being in a crane over a car park or part of a sideshow alley.

8. Wear comfortable clothes

Wear anything you’re comfortable in. T-shirts, singlets, shorts, long pants – it doesn’t matter! We probably wouldn’t suggest wearing a skirt, dress or high heels for the ladies.

You can bungy jump bare foot, but if you prefer to jump with shoes on, make sure they are enclosed and secure on your feet.

9. Be prepared to get hooked!

WARNING: this activity is highly addictive! Once you complete your first bungy jump, be ready to have this amazing sense of personal satisfaction & achievement wash over you, no one else did it for you.

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You bungy jumped! And believe us when we say this: you’re going to want to bungy again, again and again!

How to Bungee Jump

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Ever hear people say, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?” Well if you would like to answer yes to that question, then bungee jumping is the answer! Bungee jumping can be an incredible experience and it is important to prepare yourself.

Finding the Location

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  • Many harnesses are attached to your ankles and can exacerbate any ankle or knee problems you may be experiencing.
  • Neck and back injuries can make it difficult to bungee jump because of the pressure being put on them during your jump. Speak to your doctor.

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Make sure you are old enough. Some outfitters will allow jumpers as young as 14, others only allow those 16 years old and above. In many cases, if you are under 18 then your parent or guardian will have to accompany you to sign any waivers the outfitter provides. [2] X Research source

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  • You can jump from bridges, cranes, platforms on buildings, towers, hot air balloons, helicopters or cable cars. Choose whichever location appeals most to you. [4] X Research source

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  • The BERSA (British Elastic Rope Sports Association) Code of Safe Practice is a safety guideline for operators. [6] X Research source It covers three important topics: informed participation (meaning you must understand the risks involved), redundancy (meaning there are back-up systems in place so that if one component fails the whole system will not fail) and competence (meaning that all equipment and personnel must be of sufficient quality to competently perform their function). This code allows you to ensure that your operator is safe. [7] X Research source

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This also helps you check up on the outfitter and ensure they know what they are doing. You can ask about their equipment, staff training, operating standards, history and so on. This helps you determine how knowledgeable, friendly and safe they are as an outfitter.

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Look into costs. Look into costs in advance as well- expect to pay up to $100 or more. Many outfitters will charge a deposit when you book which could be around $50 or half of the total cost.

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Book your jump. You might want to book in advance to ensure that when you arrive you are able to jump. Some outfitters require advance booking because you have to take transportation to the location of the jump.

Preparing Yourself

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  • Just because you are afraid of heights does not mean you won’t jump. Bungee jumping is a very different experience and you may not feel the same while jumping- especially because of the adrenaline rush!

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Dress correctly. Wear comfortable clothes and tuck your shirt in so that it does not fly up when you decelerate, showing everyone your stomach. Similarly do not wear a skirt. Your clothes should not be restrictive or too loose. Shoes should be flat-soled and attach securely to your feet. Do not wear boots or shoes that come up high on your ankles or else they can interfere with connecting the ankle harnesses. [9] X Research source

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Tie up your hair. If you have long hair you must tie it up so that it does not get stuck in any of the components or hit you in the face while you are jumping.

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  • A body harness will allow you to move around more easily and complete spins or flips more easily. If you are connected via a body harness you should have at least a sit harness and shoulder harness, or a full body harness. [4] X Research source

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  • Other types of dives include the back dive, railing jump (similar to swallow except you are jumping off a railing on some bridges), bat drop (where you are hanging upside down on the edge of the platform before jumping and then simply drop), elevator (drop feet first but can be very dangerous and break your ankles) and tandem (jumping with two people at one time). [4] X Research source

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Watch others jumping. Take some time to relax and watch other people jump before starting your experience. This can help you ease your mind and nerves.

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Shave your legs. If you are using a leg harness, then they will have to lift your pants to strap it on. If the sight of your unshaven legs embarrasses you, be sure to shave prior to jumping.

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Jumping Off

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Sign in with your outfitter. You will pay the balance for your jump if you have not already and sign a few forms and waivers. Although bungee jumping is very safe, they will want to make sure you understand the potential risks. If you have any questions about the waiver, do not hesitate to ask a crew member.

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Be prepared to be weighed. They will weigh you to make sure they are using the correct equipment for you body weight and to make sure you are not over the weight limit of the outfitter.

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Go to the top of the bungee bridge. When you get to the top of the bungee, there will be instructors up there who will prep you. If you can make it to the top, then you should be fine because this is one of the scariest parts!

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Listen to your instructors. Listen to what they have to say, as it will make your jump more enjoyable. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions- that’s what they are there for. The instructors will put padding around your ankles and then attach big elastic bands around them, which will in turn be attached to the actual bungee cord!

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  • Don’t look down before jumping! You will have plenty of time to admire the scenery while jumping. Looking down before you jump might make you change your mind.

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  • After the jump, a guy in a boat might come and unhook you from the cords or they will lift you back up to the bridge or wherever you jumped from.

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Community Q&A

I would recommend speaking with your doctor before going bungee jumping to ensure it won’t further damage your back.

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You should talk to your doctor to determine if bungee jumping will be harmful with your heart condition.

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No, rubber bands are not meant to hold the weight of a human. You need something that is safer and stronger.

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  1. ↑https://www.acsh.org/news/2016/08/19/bungee-jumping-and-the-art-of-risk-assessment
  2. ↑http://www.ukbungee.co.uk/faqs/3/health-age-restrictions
  3. ↑https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-15-best-bungee-jumping-sites/index.html
  4. ↑ 4.04.14.2http://www.bungeezone.com/types/
  5. ↑http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/23/travel/adventure-travel/
  6. ↑http://www.bungeezone.com/orgs/bersa.shtml
  7. ↑http://www.ukbungee.co.uk/content/14/safety-information
  8. ↑https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccanewton/2016/06/28/six-ways-to-overcome-your-nervousness-gremlin/
  9. ↑https://www.traveldudes.org/travel-tips/10-practical-tips-first-time-bungee-jumpers/139688
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  3. ↑https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/smashing-the-brainblocks/201511/7-things-you-need-know-about-fear

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Before you bungee jump, make sure to put on correct clothes, like flat shoes attached securely to your feet and t-shirts and pants that don’t restrict your movement. If you’re feeling nervous beforehand, take some time to watch others jump so you can see how it’s done. When you’re ready to jump, fill in the forms provided by the operator and get weighed to determine what equipment you need. Then, go up to the top of the bungee bridge and follow the instructions given by the staff. Finally, jump when a staff member yells “Go!”. For tips on whether to jump backwards or forwards, and how to check the bungee outfitters’ safety record, read on!

Facing fears by Bungee Jumping

Hands were shaking uncontrollably. My heart was throbbing rapidly. Safety checks performed. Harness snugged around my body. Even the pep talk by the bungee jumping instructor couldn’t scare away my fears. With both legs bound together, I started walking toward the edge like a penguin.

I was at the ledge when the jump instructor gave his final set of instructions. The countdown started… “1…2…3…Jump!” My heart felt like it was going to come out of my throat. I wanted to turn back, but didn’t. Without wasting a second more, I looked at the yellow signboard at the far end of the platform for final confirmation. With arms stretched out, I leaned forward and JUMPED!

Archana Singh Bungee Jumping in India - Photy by TravelSeeWrite.com

My free-fall had taken me to a different world, where nothing was stable or familiar. Wind caressed my tresses at jet speed. My anxieties had vanished into the thin air. I surrendered myself to the surroundings instead of controlling them—and that was the moment when I started to enjoy Bungee Jumping. I was free falling–head down, feet up! The blood was rushing to my head. I got the roller-coaster feeling in my stomach. I screamed with excitement. Suddenly, I was pulled up by the bungee. I went to the top again and the free-fall continued. This process occurred twice, albeit with lesser intensity as compared to the initial jump.

After almost a minute of adrenaline-pumping excitement, my jump was over. Alas! All good things must come to an end. Finally, two people waiting near the river pulled me down to an awaiting deck. My harness was removed, water bottle provided and an awaiting certificate saying, “I have guts!”

Bungee Jumping at Jumpin Heights in India

Yes, I had done it. I had faced my fears. There’s no better feeling than winning over your fear.

If you love an adrenaline rush, are not afraid of free-falling, and want to overcome your fear of heights, you should try Bungee Jumping.

5 TIPS BEFORE YOU GO BUNGEE JUMPING

  1. Choose a facility which has well-trained bungee jumping instructors, and is high and clear of obstructions.
  2. Wear comfortable casual clothes and closed shoes.
  3. Avoid eating before the jump. And don’t forget to look into the camera and smile.
  4. The sooner you jump the better. Avoid looking down.
  5. Don’t jump if you suffer from a heart condition, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, neurological disorder, or are pregnant.

5 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN GO BUNGEE JUMPING IN INDIA

  1. Rishikesh:Jumpin Heights
  2. Lonavala:Della Adventures
  3. Bangalore: Kanteerava Stadium
  4. Goa: Gravity Adventure Zone, Anjuna Beach
  5. Jagdalpur:Nomadier, Chattisgarh

5 OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD YOU CAN GO BUNGEE JUMPING

  1. Macau Tower (233 m), Macau, China
  2. Verzasca Dam (220m), Switzerland
  3. Bloukrans Bridge, (216 m), South Africa
  4. Rio Grande (206 m), New Mexico
  5. Europabrucke Bridge 192 m), Austria

Have you ever been bungee jumping? If so, where was it? Or, have you ever faced down a fear? If so, please leave a comment below and share your experience.

Archana Singh

I am an Indian Travel Blogger based out of Philippines. My niche lies in exploring the offbeat travel experiences and sharing the untold stories. A solo traveler who doesn’t mind traveling with friends, family or groups. For me, collecting unique experiences and getting absorbed in the social fabric of a place is more important than tick marking travel goals. Neither a backpacker nor spoiled for luxury. I am just an inquisitive and impulsive Traveler. When I am not traveling or sharing my experiences on travelseewrite, I make brand strategies for some of the most iconic brands of the world.

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David says:

Hello Archana,
Bungee jumping seems really exciting ! I love travelling like you and I’d like to try it out somewhere !
I like your testimony on your first bungee jump and I will share it with my students in France !

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