How Old Do You Have To Be To Bungee Jump? (Country Age Limits)

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Bungee jumping is great fun, but it does come with risk. This extreme sport is bound by a lot of safety legislation as you would expect, with some of that concerning age limits. I love bungee jumping so decided to see what the different age restrictions are around the world. With that in mind, is there an age limit for bungee jumping and how old do you have to be? Yes, in many countries there are, let’s take a closer look…

How old do you have to be to bungee jump? The age limit on bungee jumping will differ from country to country. In the UK, the age is 14 but in the United States there is no legislation. In most countries, bungee jumpers under 18 will need written parental consent. In Australia you can bungee jump at 10 years old!

Do you have to be 18 to bungee jump?

You do not have to be 18 to bungee jump. However, in most countries you will need to have written parental consent to bungee jump if you are under 18.

If you scroll down the page, you will see a table of countries and places listed which show how old you have to be and any notes on the age limits.

How old do you have to be to do a bungee jump in the UK?

The youngest age you can go bungee jumping in the UK is 14 years old. However, between the ages of 14 and 16, you will need parental consent and be accompanied on the site by a parent or guardian. No under 14s are legally allowed to bungee jump in the UK.

do you have to be 18 to bungee jump

In the UK you don’t have to be 18, but will need a parent or guardian to sign a consent form before the operator will let you take part.

There is no legal upper age limit for bungee jumping in the UK, but some operators will impose their own restrictions.

For example, some bungee jumping companies will only let over 65s jump with written permission from their doctor. Many operators also advise that over 50s seek medical advice before they book a jump.

How old do you have to be to bungee jump in America?

There is no law on how old you have to be to bungee jump in America. However, if you are younger than 18 years then operators will need written permission and parental consent. Many operators will refuse to allow jumpers younger than 14 years old.

In many states, bungee jumping has actually been made illegal. This was in responses to a lot of accidents that occurred in the 1990s. In states where it is legal to bungee jump, many operators will only let you do so in tandem with an experienced jumper.

Handy Hint: I published some research into how many people die each year in bungee jumps. You can see my findings in this guide to bungee jumping fatalities.

Country (or location)Lower age limitAdditional notes
Australia10 years oldJumpers under 18 years will need guardian or parental consent.

Maximum weight limit: 100 kg/220 pounds.

How old do you have to be to bungee jump off The Stratosphere?

To bungee jump off The Stratosphere you must be aged 14 years or older. If you are aged between 14 and 17 years old you must have a parent or guardian with you. They will have to sign a parental consent form in order for you to jump.

The Stratosphere in Las Vegas is one of the world’s tallest buildings and is a prime location for bungee jumping. But as you would expect there are some age restrictions in place.

What about upper age limits for bungee jumping?

Whilst you probably aren’t surprised that there are lower age limits, can you be too old to bungee jump? The truth is, there is no legal upper age limit in any of the countries and locations I researched for this guide.

However, certain operators will make stipulations. Here’s a few examples of what some operators say about maximum ages.

  • Jumpers over 50 should seek medical advice before participating.
  • Jumpers over 65 will need written permission from their doctor.

There is no upper age limit for bungee jumping, only restrictions that the operators will have put in place themselves.

Did You Know? The world’s oldest bungee jumper is thought to be Margit Tall from Finland. At 93 years old she bungee jumped 150 meters from a crane in Helsinki in 2014. You can read the report and watch a video on the Mail Online website.

What about how much you weigh?

Every operator and site will have different restrictions on weight. I researched into the most popular global bungee operators and came up with a global average for both the minimum and maximum weight limits.

Conclusion

You don’t have to be 18 to bungee jump apart from in Costa Rica. In most countries, 14 years old appears to be the average minimum jumping age. However, in most of these places people under 18 will need some form of waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

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Bungee Jumping Weight Limit Requirements Around the World

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Bungee jumping is an extreme sport that almost anybody can take part in; providing they are brave enough! But what about weight limits and restrictions? Are you worried that you could be too heavy to take part (or even too light)?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered here as I have researched all the major bungee jumping operations around the globe to find out what the weight limits are. But first up, is there a generic weight limit for bungee jumping that’s maximum and minimum universally?

Is there a weight limit for bungee jumping? The average minimum weight limit for bungee jumping is 43 kg (95 pounds), and a maximum weight limit of 118 kg (260 pounds). The restrictions will differ from operator and location, so ask the company specifically.

Please note; those are averages and you can see specific locations lower down the page.

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There is a weight restriction on every jump location and it will depend on the operator’s set-up.

Weight restrictions for bungee jumping

To get the average minimum and maximum weight requirements listed in the short answer above, I researched into 22 of the most popular locations around the world. I compiled the data then worked out the averages.

You can see each location I looked into in the list of countries shown below.

New Zealand

The most popular operations in New Zealand are the AJ Hackett sites in Queensland. Here what the bungee jumping weight limits at the Queenstown jumps.

  • Nevis Bungy: from 45 kg (99 pounds) to a max weight of 127 kg (280 pounds)
  • Ledge Bungy: from 35 kg (77 pounds) to a max weight of 127 kg (280 pounds)
  • Kawarau Bridge: from 35 kg (77 pounds) to a max weight of 127 kg (280 pounds)

South Africa

South Africa has a growing reputation for some of the most stunning locations you can imagine for a bungee experience. As with the other global operators, they do have both minimum and maximum weight limits in force.

  • Bloukrans Bridge: from 35 kg (77 pounds) to a max weight of 150 kg (331 pounds)
  • Bungee Mogale: from 40 kg (88 pounds) to a max weight of 100 kg (220 pounds)
  • Kings Kloof Bridge: from 40 kg (88 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)

United States of America

The United States has some of the most diverse jumps in the world. There are even sites where you can jump from mountain trees! Here is a sample of bungee jumping weight requirements from some US locations.

  • Bridge to Nowhere, Los Angeles: from 36 kg (80 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)
  • Highway Bridge 21 Idaho: from 52 kg (115 pounds) to a max weight of 102 kg (225 pounds)
  • San Gabriel Canyon: from 36 kg (80 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)
  • Stratosphere Sky Jump: from 40 kg (88 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)

Some operators in the United States will make exceptions to their weight requirements. For example, the Bungee America company who operate the San Gabriel Canyon site will let people heavier than 265 pounds jump… but this will need to be booked well in advance with the additional $30 fee applied.

England

There aren’t many commercial bungee jumping operations in the England. The ones that are available all tend to follow the same weight restriction guidelines.

  • Bray Lake: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)
  • O2 Greenwich Arena: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)
  • Salford Quays: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 120 kg (265 pounds)

Scotland

Scotland has some amazing locations at the moment. Some of them take place over water, and some over the countryside. Here’s how heavy you need to be to take part with the Scottish weight restrictions for bungee jumping I found.

  • Highland Swing: from 35 kg (77 pounds) to a max weight of 150 kg (331 pounds)
  • Titan Crane: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 115 kg (254 pounds)

Other notable global locations

Why bungee jump from the same boring location every time? There’s so much more fun to be had by checking out some of these global locations which will make a change to jumping over boring old industrial estates on a crane.

  • Corinth Canal, Greece: from 45 kg (99 pounds) to a max weight of 105 kg (231 pounds)
  • Macau Tower: from 40 kg (88 pounds) to a max weight of 125 kg (275 pounds)
  • Europabrücke, Austria: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 105 kg (231 pounds)
  • Niouc Bridge, Switzerland: from 45 kg (99 pounds) to a max weight of 115 kg (254 pounds)
  • Phuket Jungle, Thailand: from 35 kg (77 pounds) to a max weight of 82 kg (181 pounds)
  • Valgadena Bridge, Italy: from 50 kg (110 pounds) to a max weight of 110 kg (243 pounds)
  • Verzasca Dam, Switzerland: from 45 kg (99 pounds) to a max weight of 115 kg (254 pounds)

Why are weight restrictions important?

As you can see from my research, it doesn’t matter too much if you are heavy or light, you should be able to jump in most places. But how exactly does that work, because surely the rope lengths will need to be different?

You’d be right in thinking that, and this is the reason you get weighed before you jump (sometimes even twice).

How much you weigh will make a big difference to how the bungee jump performs, and therefore how the operators need to set it up.

They will get your weight and then calculate which rope category you need to jump from. If a lighter jumper goes first, they will have a different rope to a heavier jumper who goes next. This is how much operations work.

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How tall do you have to be to bungee jump?

But what about height restrictions? Is there a limit on how tall or short you can be to do a bungee jump? Not as far as I can tell…

Of all the operators I researched, I didn’t find any that place a limit on how tall you have to be to bungee jump. The only limits appear to be on weight and medical restrictions.

So, if you are short, or even very tall, you should be able to go bungee jumping anywhere in the world!

How old do you have to be to bungee jump?

Believe it or not, the age you can be to jump will vary wildly from country to country. In the UK you need to be 14 years old, but in other countries there are no age restrictions. Crazy isn’t it?

I published a piece of research into how age limits are different depending on where you jump. You can see that study in my guide to bungee age limits.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed my research into bungee jumping weights. Always ask the operator in advance before you book, as the restrictions and limits will vary from site to site.

If you haven’t jumped before, I would recommend reading my tips on how to prepare for your first jump.

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I’d also recommend reading up on the background of this awesome extreme sport in my detailed history of bungee jumping dating back possibly thousands of years!

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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.

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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.

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.

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