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 !

How it feels when you go bungy jumping and you’re scared of heights

The first question I often receive when I talk about being scared of heights and bungee jumping from a 134-metre (440-feet) high platform hanging between two cliffs is: “Why?”. I did ask myself the questions many times that day. I didn’t just go bungy jumping to tick it off my adrenaline bucket list. It meant a lot more to me.

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My bungee jumping challenge in New Zealand to overcome my fear of heights

It was easy to sign the paperwork (and a bit less easy for a budget traveller to pay the couple hundreds of dollars…!). At that time, I didn’t realise what I was doing. I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome my fear of heights by doing bungy jumping. As a kid, I found it exciting. And I grew up, and it looked terrifying.

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Not even a year before, I could not stand up on a chair without having vertigo. I had come a long way since, but was I ready for bungee jumping?

I was travelling in Queenstown in New Zealand, where one of the main tourist attractions is a super high bungy jumping in a canyon. It’s the third highest bungee jump in the world and the highest in New Zealand so I wanted to check it out. You can opt for jumping from a bridge in Queenstown, but it’s not my style to opt for the small option if I can get a better one.

The platform was suspended between two cliffs. As I entered the cabin that will take me up there, I could not open my eyes. I was already starting to feel tetanised before even being geared up. Seeing the guys jumping before it was my turn was making me feel unwell already. They found it “sick”, as they say in Kiwi slang when something is cool, but I was closer to the literal English meaning!

Bungy Jumping New Zealand - Eloise watching

Bungy Jumping New Zealand - Eloise gearing up

I stood on the edge of the platform, in the air, with only space all around me, 134 metres (440 feet) above the ground. The staff refused to push me, for security reasons. “Don’t think about it and dive!”, he said. As if it was that easy. “But… I have never dived before!”. Even in a pool, I had never ever jumped with my head first. Funny thing to realise when you’re about to do it from 134 metres high (440 feet).

Bungy Jumping New Zealand - Eloise

“Stop thinking. Look in front of you and jump. 3… 2… 1… GO!”

I didn’t move. I started to feel the panic building up. My feet were naturally going back, and the guy was trying to hold them there. “Just jump! 3… 2… 1… GO!”.

I wanted to jump. I wanted to win that fight. But I was stuck.

A real fight was happening in my head. The entire body was saying “no.” I felt like I was trying to convince my mind to give the orders to my legs to jump. I had lost control of my body; it was not responding.

I started to feel my legs getting weak. I knew what would follow. I’d be on the ground as they wouldn’t be strong enough to hold me and people will have to carry me out of the way. It happened many times before.

“3… 2… 1…. GO!” It was now or never. And I did it. I did something that neither my mind nor my body was agreeing to do.

The 8.5 seconds of free fall at over 128 km/h was not as hard as jumping itself. It was just a matter of waiting for it to pass. I had no pleasure doing it, and I would not do it again even for free. All the happiness came from just knowing that I could do it.

How to do bungee jumping when you’re scared of heights?

It’s not simple to answer this question. I had to work on overcoming my fear of heights for months to reach the stage of booking a bungee jumping adventure. I had to work on my fear of height step by step first. This article retraces my journey.

Keep in mind that it’s expensive, and you won’t get a refund if you stay on the platform. For me, money is never a good pressure in these situations so I prefer to go only if I feel ready and accept I may lose my fee if I was wrong.

Is bungee jumping safe?

Jumping from a bridge or a platform is extreme, but not more dangerous than many other things you do every day. We are out of humans’ comfort zone and out of where we’re supposed to be, which makes you feel very unsafe. The level of safety is not the same everywhere. But New Zealand has a good reputation for safety. But even there, accidents happen. They’re rare but always impressive. If you are worried, I recommend asking questions to the team. They should reassure you.

Nevis bungee jumping or Nevis swing when you visit Queenstown?

The Nevis bungee jumping and the Nevis swing are next to each other. And if they both provide a great dose of adrenaline, the experience is not the same. I watched my friend doing the Nevis swing and it reminded me of a ride more than a jump. Someone will release the rope for you to fall. It removes entirely the challenge of having to jump. I would personally find the swing experience more fun but the jump experience more interesting.

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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.

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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  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
  1. ↑http://www.bungeezone.com/equip/harness.shtml
  2. ↑ www.bungeezone.com/types/
  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!

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