Bungee Leap of Faith

A video does not show the world’s first “wireless” bungee jumper. It’s a promotion for the Ikea furniture chain’s wireless chargers.

Dan Evon

Published Nov 6, 2015

[green-label]Claim:[/green-label] A video shows the world’s first wireless bungee jump.

[green-label]Example:[/green-label] [green-small][Collected via e-mail, October 2015][/green-small]

Is this video real? For a magnet to function in this fashion, it would have to be “Supercooled” with Helium as used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The ground magnets in this video don’t even appear to be locked onto the ground, so why don’t they move away from the jumper as he approaches them.

How does the jumper finally get down on the ground? If the magnetic was just switched off, he would fall quite a distance from what the is seen on the video.

[green-label]Origins:[/green-label] A video purportedly showing the world’s first “wireless” bungee jump has been circulating online since June 2015, when it was first uploaded to YouTube by Ikea Belgium:

The video was widely circulated on social media sites, and it’s possible that many of the people who encountered the above-displayed footage did so somewhere other than via Ikea’s official YouTube account. This may have contributed to the notion that the “World’s First Wireless Bungee Jump” was real, but if those viewers had watched the entire 3-minute video to its end, they would have encountered the following message from the Ikea furniture chain describing the phenomenon of wireless bungee jumping as something that might be a reality someday (in contrast to Ikea’s wireless chargers, which are available now):

wireless

In other words, while Ikea is now offering wireless chargers, the company has not yet developed the technology that would allow for wireless bungee jumping.

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The Complete Guide to Bungee Jumping

What is bungee jumping?

Bungee jumping put simply is an exhilarating adventure sport which involves jumping from a high platform – normally from a dam, bridge, crane or tower, connected to a specially-made thick elastic cord which recoils after a few seconds of freefall. Though the bungee platforms are usually from static structures, it is also possible, and highly thrilling, to bungee jump from hot air balloons, mountain gondolas and helicopters.

Practiced around the world, this activity is great to do in groups with friends or family, cheering each other on as you wait for your own turn to jump!

Some bungee sites have a minimum weight limit rather than a minimum age, so it’s a sport that can be tried by a range of ages, with no maximum age limit. Some bungee sites however have a minimum age, the average being around 14 years old, but this is dependent on each individual bungee.

A sport that requires minimal preparation on the participant’s part, requiring only a minimal level of fitness, good health, to wear appropriate footwear, and to listen to a safety briefing, this is a great sport that almost anyone can try!

You can ease into bungee jumping by picking the height that suits you best, depending on your threshold for tolerating heights. To compare various bungee sites from one another, take a look at our list of the World’s 10 highest bungee jumps! If you have your eyes set on booking a specific bungee jump or would like to know if there’s a site around you, make sure you check out all our bungee jumps around the world!

Bungee jumping over Nevis River, Queenstown, New Zealand

History of Bungee Jumping

According to a legend surrounding the South Pacific island of Pentecost Island, bungee jumping originated there. The legend says that a woman, fleeing her husband who was mistreating her, climbed a tree to hide, which her husband followed her up. Just as her husband tried to grab her, she tied vines around her ankles and jumped. Her husband jumped at the same time but hit the ground and died, so the woman was saved by the vines.

bungee jumping using vines

A man from the South of Pentecost Island bungee jumping using vines

Since this legend originated, the men of the island have practiced jumping from trees with vines tied around their ankles. This ‘land diving’ or Naghol, as it is known on the island, has become a tradition on Pentecost Island. It is practiced every year on Saturdays between April and June.

Modern history:

In April 1979, on ‘April Fool’s Day’ the Oxford Dangerous Sport Club tried jumping from Bristol’s Clifton Bridge in England. Illegally and moderately unpreparedly, a few members of this club attached elastic bungee cords to themselves and jumped – something they later did again at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. the following year.

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This, along with other jumps, propelled the sport into the mainstream. In 1989, the now world-famous New Zealander A.J. Hackett opened the world’s first commercial bungee jumping location in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Bungee jumping at Europabrucke, Innsbruck, Austria

What equipment is used in bungee jumping?

The amount of equipment required for this sport is minimal, with the participant only needed to bring appropriate footwear.

The bungee site will supply the specially designed braided shock cord you will be connected to, the leg and body harness you will be wearing, connected to the bungee cord and a helmet may be required at some destinations.

Don’t be skeptical of the location if you don’t spot a harness, as some bungee sites simply connect jumpers to the bungee cord via the ankles, whilst others use a harness. You can rest assured, knowing both pieces of equipment keep you secure:

Bungee Cord: A specially designed and made cord made from tightly woven strands of rubber. With different strengths and thicknesses available, different bungee sites opt for slightly varying cords. This cord will have recoil when you reach a certain point before you reach the ground.

Harnesses: The harnesses are worn around the thighs, waist, chest, and shoulders, with the bungee cord connected at the front to both of these pieces of the harness.

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Bungee jumping Stockhorn, Interlaken, Switzerland

What will I do?

Pre-activity:

Arrive at the bungee site at least an hour before your slot, this will give you time to take in the surroundings, watch the people before you jump and get acquainted with the instructors and have a safety briefing.

Before the jump, you will be weighed so that the operators set up the particular rope you will use. After attaching your harnesses and rope and checking everything is secure and safe, you’ll then be ready to jump!

During the activity:

Relax, stretch your arms out, bend your knees and jump into the void. Enjoy the sensation of the freefall, it will only last a couple of seconds, and then the rope will be fully stretched and the elastic will recoil and bring you back up slightly and you will swing momentarily at the end of the rope until you are either lowered down to a specially-made landing area airbag, platform or even a boat sometimes (dependent on the location) or lifted back up to the spot you jumped from.

Post-activity:

After having your harnesses detached from the rope and the harness subsequently taken off, you’ll be able to relax and think back on the incredible bungee jumping experience you’ve just had!

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Bungee jumping Sentosa, Singapore

Who can do bungee jumping?

Bungee jumping is an inclusive, accessible sport, able to be tried by people with reduced mobility, amputees or visitors with partial paralysis. If you have any doubts about whether yourself or one of your group can participate in bungee jumping, it is highly recommended to speak to the staff at the bungee site that you intend to visit beforehand.

Min. and max. weights:

Rules vary for different bungees, but the general minimum weight for bungee jumping is 35/40kg. The maximum weight again differs between sites but is generally around 145/150kg.

Pregnant women:

Bungee jumping unfortunately is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

Health requirements:

Generally the participant must be in good health, if you suffer with epilepsy, joint problems or heart disease you may not be allowed to participate. It is worth checking with the bungee site you’re planning on visiting ahead of booking to see their individual policy on health requirements if you are unsure.

Other rules:

It is also worth noting that it is not advised for bungee participants to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as they may not be permitted to participate. This sport requires a high level of engagement and attention to the safety instructions provided by instructors.

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Bridge Swinging near Barcelona, Spain

Variations of bungee

This exhilarating sport has a number of equally exciting variations such as bridge and canyon swings and sky jumping.

Bridge Swing: This is offered at a number of bridges around the world, bridge swinging is a variation of bungee jumping in that you still jump from a bridge but the type of rope is different and you swing rather than freefall.

Canyon swing: Similar to bridge swinging, though instead of jumping from a bridge, you jump from the side of a canyon. Canyon swinging is like cliff jumping, but you’re attached to a rope.

Sky jump: A sky jump is a controlled fall from a large height. The participant has a wire attached to them as they ‘fall’ at a controlled speed. Unlike bungee jumping, there’s no recoil of the wire and most sky jumps will end on a landing platform at the bottom of the tower that you jump from.

For more information about this exhilarating sport, check out our bungee jumping articles.

What Does Bungee Jumping Feel Like? Personal Story & Experience

What Does Bungee Jumping Feel Like

Bungee jumping feels like nothing else you will ever experience. As a seasoned bungee jumper, I wanted to share with you my experience stories plus those of others. In this article you can read how I describe bungee jumping, what happens to your body, and then input from other people who have done it – enjoy the ride!

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What does bungee jumping feel like? Bungee jumping feels like nothing I can compare it to. You step off into the air, which is a surreal experience, then fall with the wind rushing past you. The jerk back up and couple of bounces are usually very smooth.

That’s my short answer, but I wanted to go more in-depth as last week my friend asked me “how do you describe bungee jumping”… it was tough to answer in just a few moment so I decided to write the entire experience down in one go. And here it is!

How I would describe bungee jumping in detail

I remember my first ever bungee jump in very clear detail. I looked up at the platform in Thailand and honestly didn’t think it was that high… until I got up there. As someone who tends to over think things, I was lucky enough to be jumping with my wife, so there was no backing out.

As we were taken up to the jump platform, my nerves were starting to get the better of me. With my wife behind me though, there was no going back down. As I stood up on the platform, I had a minor panic attack, but steadied myself with calm breathing exercises.

Handy Hint: I’ve developed a guide for beginners to help them mentally prepare for their first ever bungee jump. Take a look at that if you are scared.

I inched my way towards the end of the jump platform, and did the wrong thing… I looked down. Never do this! I couldn’t believe how high I was, it was so much more of a drop compared to what it looked like from down below.

But it was too late now. I was committed.

As well as my wife, there were also spectators down below so there was no way my pride was going to let me stop now.

I took a couple of steps to the end of the platform and then was then give the signal to go. Using some kind of Jedi mind trick I managed to convince myself that bungee jumping would feel fine and stepped off with my eyes closed.

You fall through the air in free fall, and I had to open my eyes at this point. I was falling like a star fish which probably didn’t look that elegant! I could feel the wind rushing past me and into my eyes, and the adrenalin was insane.

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Here’s my wife who jumped just after me in Thailand!

I literally could not breathe for the few seconds that it took for the bungee cord to extend and then bounce. Yes, I did scream.

And here’s the thing; I was expecting the tension and bounce to be painful or a very hard jerk, but it wasn’t at all.

As I shot back up, the entire movement was very smooth, and on the second downwards fall I was so much calmer. I was actually laughing like a maniac at this point.

I bounced for a few times and was left hanging in the air. It’s almost like time stands still at this point, and I felt a huge feeling of calm.

The operators lowered me down onto a little boat over the water where the rest of the team un-clipped me.

I just wanted to get back up there and do it all over again. I was absolutely buzzing!

What bungee jumping feels like from start to end

From start to finish, this is what bungee jumping feels like and how I would describe it.

  1. Nerves and possible panic before you step off.
  2. Massive euphoria and adrenaline powered fear as you fall with possible screaming.
  3. Smooth jerk back up and maniacal laughing.
  4. Few bounces and then hanging where you feel calm but buzzing at the same time.
  5. You probably will then want to do it again!
  6. A feeling of an insane natural high for the rest of the day (possibly even days).

This is my personal bungee jumping experience story. It might be different for you, but most people you talk to with give you a similar description of what bungee jumping feels like.

You can read more experiences lower down the page, but first let me answer some more specific questions about what bungee jumping feels like, what to expect, what happens to your body, and whether your stomach drops (a common question).

Handy Hint: Did you know that bungee jumping is said to originate thousands of years ago? Check out the history of bungee up to the modern day.

What happens to your body when bungee jumping?

I don’t want to panic you, but bungee jumping can be dangerous. Whilst fatalities are quite rare (see bungee death statistics), it can do things to your body that in normal circumstances you would not subject it to.

preparing for a bungee jump

Some bad things can happen to your body when bungee jumping (it’s relatively safe though)

The falling part isn’t the issue. It’s the point at which the bungee cord stretches to the full length and tension. At this point, it can pull you back with a lot of force, and suddenly too. Whilst my experience was a good one, other people have said the tug back was very painful.

The types of injuries that can happen include:

  • Eye injuries: blood pressure in your eye’s blood vessels can suddenly increase, and some people have reported temporary vision loss, spots, and retinal haemorrhaging.
  • Spinal injury: the force of the bungee cord being pulled back can lead to spinal fractures and herniated discs. There is a small risk of paralysis and quadriplegia.
  • Neck injury: your neck muscles can strain leading to temporary discomfort. In more serious cases a neck and spinal injury can occur, or even possible strangulation from the bungee cord.
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Scary stuff isn’t it?

Thankfully it is rare, but they are still risks you need to weigh up. There are some seriously frightening things that can happen to your body when bungee jumping.

Handy Hint: I also asked 13 paragliders what it feels like to paraglide. You can see what they said in this other blog post.

Does your stomach drop when bungee jumping?

Your stomach does drop during a bungee jump. It feels like your stomach is either sinking or going right up. You know that horrible stomach drop you feel to a lesser extent when on a rollercoaster – well, magnify that one hundred times.

The stomach drop feeling only last for a few seconds as you fall, but it is definitely part of the experience and most people will feel it until they start dangling.

Does bungee jumping feel like a rollercoaster?

Bungee jumping does sort of feel like the feeling you get on a rollercoaster, but it’s a lot more intense. It’s the whole stomach drop feeling I described in the previous question.

How fast do you fall when bungee jumping?

How fast you fall when bungee jumping will depend on the height of the jump. The higher the bungee jump, the more time you have to accelerate to a top speed.

As an example, the Macau Tower bungee jump is said to offer a top falling speed of 124 miles per hour (200 km/h). The falls take 4 to 5 seconds to complete, as you jump from a height of 223 meters.

Other people’s bungee jumping experience stories

I didn’t want you to just rely on my experiences, so here are a few stories from other first-time bungee jumpers.

“Nothing beats jumping off a bridge from 120 meters. If you’re scared of heights like me, it’s an even bigger achievement. I felt like I was flying and once I got back down to the ground honestly felt like I could put my mind to anything. That’s what bungee jumping feels like; it makes you feel invincible and motivated!”

“Even after two of three jumps you will still feel scared, but that’s what makes it. Bungee making makes you confront your fears head-on. Once you leap it feels like you are completely alone. Your brain takes over, and you think you’re going to die… but of course, you aren’t. It’s a massive thrill.”

“I can honestly say that I felt nothing. I think my mind went completely blank! I jumped in tandem with my boyfriend and he said I was screaming all the way down, but I have no recollection of this happening. All I remember feeling is the bouncing back up!”

“You feel the adrenalin pumping. Then you step off and what seems like a second just hang there before the fall. As you fall you feel like you are completely free. After a few seconds the feeling is over. It’s over in a blink of an eye. Amazing experience.”

Conclusion

Yes, there are risks involved with bungee jumping, but statistically the chance of injury is quite slim. If you can face your fears and make the leap, I guarantee you that you will want to do it again… you will want a repeat you got of that feeling from bungee jumping.

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