Bungee jumping might seem like a dangerous pursuit, but outfitters usually work heavily on providing a safe environment in which to have fun. Still, it’s up to you to research a company to ensure that all safety standards are in place and that you will receive top-of-the-line care and equipment.
The key to a successful bungee jump experience is to find a company that is up-to-par when it comes to modern equipment, proper safety techniques and well-trained personnel. Since there’s no official organization that oversees safety procedures for bungee jumping companies, it’s up to you to ask the right questions. The Safe Sport website recommends finding out is the staff is trained and experienced, what their safety record is and which safety codes have they implemented. You should also find out if medical services are available and easily accessible in case of an accident.
Equipment should be provided by the outfitter. Beware of any company that is trying to save money by asking you to bring your own equipment. Examine the harness and make sure it is padded so it doesn’t hurt your ankle or cause rope burn. The tie-off and base ropes should always be tied to a sturdy location, such as a bridge. Don’t agree to work with a company that has old or uncared for equipment, even if it means saving a few dollars.
The area where you’ll be bungee jumping should be clear of debris, suspended objects and other hazards. It should also be high enough that even with the rope stretching, you can still clear the ground safely. Some companies have an air bag or webbing surface to catch the jumper in case of an accident, but this is not standard or even practical in all cases. The jumping platform should allow you to stand safely until you’re ready to jump.
People who suffer from certain medical conditions should not attempt to bungee jump. Some companies make you sign a release that includes a list of these conditions. Even if the contract doesn’t list them, you should avoid bungee jumping or at least get clearance from your doctor if you have blood pressure that is too low or too high, back problems, breathing issues such as asthma, circulatory diseases, heart problems or head injuries. Pregnant women should also avoid bungee jumping.
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