10 Dangerous Activities No One Should Try (But Some People Still Do)
There are some people that take YOLO to the extreme. People have always found new ways to push the boundaries, but these 10 dangerous activities that no one should try go a little too far. Read here if you like living vicariously through others!
Most of us are content to make bucket lists that include visiting the Eifel Tower, vacationing in luxury , or being brave enough to sing karaoke to strangers.
Some people though have a whole new perspective on things to do before you die. They like to pick dangerous activities that might actually cause their death!
This list of ten crazy, adventurous things to do will hopefully give you some tips on activities to avoid if you want a long life.
1. Shark Diving
If you’re up for one of those really dangerous activities, try swimming with the sharks. You can do this with tame, docile sharks, like whale sharks. You can also swim with baby sharks or other smaller sharks.
Or you can go all in by shark cage diving. The best location to see one of the most dangerous sharks, the Great White, is Seal Island in Cape Town, South Africa.
Hopefully, you won’t end up as a shark’s lunch, but you may get to watch a seal get chomped. That’s one of those things to do before you die.
2. Biking Across the Desert
No one really wants to be in the desert, but some people still want to bike across them.
There are so many things you have to take into account for this kind of trip. Water, temperature, distance, predators, and weather.
You could die from dehydration, heat stroke, flash floods, and poisonous animal bites to name a few. There are desert safety guides though if you feel like this is your adventurous thing to do.
3. Kayaking over Waterfalls
There’s no arguing that waterfalls are a beautiful part of nature, but kayaking over them presents a whole new challenge.
There are few different techniques for going over a waterfall. The two main ones are boffing and penciling. Penciling means going into the water vertically. Boffing means landing flat or horizontally on the water below.
Either route you take, this is one dangerous activity. Many kayakers break their backs because of the impact when they hit the water flat. If you go in vertically though, your kayak can flip and hurt you worse.
Hopefully, waterfall kayakers have good life insurance policies from this website .
4. Bull Running
People who visit Spain say bull running is a must see. However, it’s not a great idea to try it yourself! Most people who run with the bulls don’t get injured, but the few who are hit can be severely hurt.
Most people who die from this dangerous activity have a punctured lung. Getting hit by bulls’ horns in any place is going to hurt though.
You’d think jumping out of a helicopter would be enough of a thrill, but no. Some people want to land on a mountain to ski down.
There are a lot of risks involved in this dangerous activity. First, you have to trust your pilot and his ability to put you in a safe place.
Second, you have to jump out of a moving helicopter, which is pretty scary! Third, you have to land on your feet in order to ski yourself down. Otherwise, you may suffocate in the snow.
Finally, heli-skiing usually takes place in isolated and dangerous areas of the wilderness. Does this crazy stunt make your list of things to do before you die?
6. Wing Walking
While the name implies walking on the wings of a plane, that’s actually not what happens. People are strapped to the outside of a plane and stay there throughout a flight.
The pilots also try to give you a thrill by making sharp turns and rolling the plane over. Scary enough for you? People usually don’t die from this risky activity, but you’d have to be just a little bit crazy to try it.
7. Limbo Skating
While we all remember doing the limbo at roller skating parties when we were kids, some people take this to the next level. In India, kids like to roller skate underneath cars by doing the splits.
Most often these cars are not in motion, but can you imagine doing this when the car is moving?! Talk about crushed limbs…
8. Cliff Diving
This tradition may not have started in Hawaii, but the kings there used it as far back as 1770.
One king required his soldiers to dive off the highest cliff they could find without making a splash in the water below. This proved their loyalty.
This is one of those dangerous activities that if you’re not required to do, you probably shouldn’t!
9. Bungee Jumping
We hear about bungee jumping so much nowadays that it seems like a safe activity. Wrong! Many people are severely injured and some even die from bungee jumping.
The most common injuries are to the eyes, neck, and spine. This is because the rope jerks your body suddenly at the end, which is never good for your neck or spine.
Most people die from the cord tangling around their neck or from miscalculating the distance to the ground. You’re jumping from pretty high up, and if any part of your head hits the ground, you’re done.
Some people in Australia even like to take bungee jumping to a new level. They jump over rivers filled with crocodiles. Can’t crocodiles reach out of the water to grab prey?
All the same, this is one of those adventurous things to do that’s often worth the risks to some people.
10. Cave Diving
While cave diving doesn’t sound like one of those adventurous things to do, it’s definitely up there.
Scuba diving usually gives you a taste for beautiful scenery and an experience with nature. Cave diving takes it even further by letting you enter a dark cavern that few people have ever seen.
It’s very dangerous because of how deep you’re traveling as well as the darkness. It’s difficult enough to find your way out of a dark hole on land when your air isn’t running out!
Around 400 people have died cave diving, but the numbers have gone down since certification is now required. Training courses also help people know what to do if something goes wrong.
All the same, this is still a risky activity to add to your list of things to do before you die.
Stay Safe During Dangerous Activities
Now that you know dangerous activities that could shorten your life, you might want to look at ways to lengthen it.
How Dangerous Is Skydiving?
The danger associated with skydiving has decreased steadily over the last decade, but skydiving is not a danger-free activity. Because you are exiting an aircraft in flight from roughly two miles above the ground and freefalling at speeds of around 120mph to the ground, there is, naturally, some danger involved. As an extreme sport, skydiving contains certain risks, but the majority of these risks have been mitigated by significant technological improvements to equipment and the implementation of advanced training programs.
So, how dangerous is skydiving?
Let’s Take A Look At Some Skydiving Statistics
Numbers don’t lie, and the most recent skydiving statistics from 2019 paint a picture of skydiving that is not as dangerous as people imagine.
How likely is it to die from skydiving? According to the United States Parachute Association, in 2019, approximately 3.3 million jumps were completed. Out of these 3.3 million jumps, 15 resulted in a skydiving death. That is one skydiving death per 220,301 jumps.
How many people die a year from tandem skydiving? The safety record for tandem skydiving is even better: there has been only one student fatality per 500,000 tandem jumps over the past decade.
Activities That Are More Dangerous Than Skydiving
Is skydiving high risk? Yes, but you may be surprised how it compares to a few other activities. While skydiving contains some inherent danger, there are plenty of seemingly benign activities that are actually far more dangerous.
Driving Or Riding In A Car
A weekly trip to the grocery store doesn’t cause many to bat an eye, but without a doubt, driving is far more dangerous than skydiving. In 2019, the total number of driving fatalities in the US was 36,096. This averages out to 99 fatalities per day.
A Walk In The Woods in Summer
During the summer months, bees and hornets are increasingly active. This increased activity means an increased rate of stings. Startlingly, each year around 58 people are killed by bee or hornet stings. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, you’re more likely to be killed by a bee sting than you are to die from skydiving.
As a niche sport, data surrounding scuba diving fatalities is difficult to come by. The most recently reported data comes from 2016. According to the Diver alert Network, in 2016, there were a total of 169 deaths involving recreational scuba diving around the world. Occurring within the US, there were 27 total fatalities.
Skydiving Safety Is Our Top Priority
So, how dangerous is skydiving? Because there’s no universal danger scale of 1-10, it’s hard to say exactly. Though, most agree, based on the skydiving incident data, the level of risk associated with skydiving is an acceptable one.
At Skydive STL, we are committed to adhering to recommended training policies and programs and strict safety standards set forth by the United States Parachute Association and maintain our fleet of aircraft and skydiving equipment to the standards and specifications of the Federal Aviation Administration. While skydiving has certain dangers associated with it, Skydive STL takes every precaution to make skydiving safe for you and your loved ones.
At Skydive STL, we’ve seen skydiving used for all kinds of momentous occasions: birthdays, marriage proposals, gender reveals, and even a skydiving wedding! At Skydive STL, we help people build beautiful memories through the experience of skydiving.
Skydiving Can Be Life Giving
Skydiving can be a life-changing experience and we don’t know anyone who wishes they hadn’t done it.
Do you have any questions about the skydiving safety measures and precautions taken at Skydive STL? Don’t hesitate, give us a call or fill out our contact form today!
Risks of Skydiving
If anyone ever told you this, you can doubt their sanity. Yes, skydiving is relatively safe for an extreme sport – but safety depends on many factors: experience, equipment and your knowledge about the possible risks.
There are dangers in skydiving and you must recognize them and take action to avoid incident or injury. The purpose of this article is not to scare you away from this wonderful sport but to encourage you to think twice before doing “brave” or possibly “stupid” things. Most accidents in skydiving are due to bad decisions and wrong procedures.
Most accidents in skydiving are due to bad decisions and wrong procedures”
If one of your goals in skydiving is to fill your Facebook and Instagram with cool photos and videos… I’m sorry, this is not the best motivation for a life-threatening activity!
Premature opening during a skydive
Knowing the risks of skydiving does not eliminate them but it certainly makes the jumps much safer”
The main risks of skydiving
Let’s explore the main risks of skydiving that you should take into account…
1. Equipment failure
Despite what most people may think, equipment problems are very rare reasons for skydiving deaths. Although there may be a problem with the main canopy, to have a problem with the reserve also is extremely unusual.
Solution: The obvious way to reduce the risk of equipment failure is to choose a reliable manufacturer with a long reputation.
2. Borrowed equipment
if you jump with borrowed gear and it carries unknown elements (like a Skyhook for example or a freefly pud) and you do not know how they work, you can have problems when executing basic procedures. Jumping with equipment that you do not know or with different characteristics from that you’re used to, such as the type of canopy or harness size, increases the risk of incident.
Solution: Always talk to an instructor/rigger before jumping a rig/canopy you do not know and consider making a solo jump to focus on any new equipment.
3. Bad weather conditions
Unfriendly weather is one of the main reasons for many skydiving accidents. Strong winds, thermals, turbulence, or variable winds can collapse the canopy with potentially fatal consequences.
Solution: Keep yourself informed about the weather conditions when jumping. Learning to make correct decisions based on this information and your limitations can save your life. Better to be on the ground wanting to be in the air, than to be in the air wanting to be on the ground.
4. Medical risks
Skydiving is not an extremely exhausting sport but still requires a good physical condition. All the risks of skydiving become more pronounced if you mix it with medical problems.
Solution: People with heart disease, very overweight or with bone problems should think twice about skydiving, and consult a specialist.
The author’s friend Sergio, after an injury landing
5. Landing injuries
The risk of small landing injuries can not be neglected. You can twist your ankle or break a bone. The most frequent incidents are minor landing injuries and, although these accidents are not severe, they must be taken into account when calculating the risks of skydiving.
Solution: Investing in canopy courses minimizes these risks. Choose a canopy size and model appropriate to your skill level and experience. Err on the safe side.
In skydiving, it is better to be prudent and conservative than brave and fearless”
This is a primary reason for skydiving deaths. Some overestimate their abilities and try to perform jumps that are too complex or high risk for their experience and knowledge. Others do not place enough importance on the fundamentals of safety or make poor equipment choices.
Solution: Make sure you are on top of basic safety matters, such as gear maintenance, practising EPs and learning about your equipment. Avoid the complacency trap. In skydiving, it is better to be prudent and conservative than brave and fearless – especially if you want to continue for many years.
Knowing the risks of skydiving does not eliminate them but it makes your jumps much safer. Stay informed, study and keep learning, know your equipment, ask the experts and invest your time in educating yourself.
Article by Ana Paula Santos Figliagi, originally written in Spanish and translated to English
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