For all you adrenaline junkies out there, the ‘rush’ of a bungee jump is a very satisfying experience and one that always creates a great sense of achievement and excitement. In this blog we look at some safety advice when bungee jumping as well as a selection of the most spectacular bungee jumps in the world.
Look after your own safety
Safety should be at the top of your priority list if you are planning to take part in the extreme sport of bungee jumping. After all it is not every day that you jump off of an object 100 feet or more in the air attached only by a large rubber cord!
Individuals planning to bungee jump should be fit and healthy. A physical evaluation is critical to ensure that you are the right height and weight within the target range, and accurate measurements are recommended for proper fitting of equipment, including weight-bearing cords and body harnesses. You should also have a normal heart rate and blood pressure for taking on the jump. If you are in the hands of recognised and professional staff, this should mean that you are provided with the right equipment and dress to carry out the activity.
The most common accidents occur when the individual becomes entangled with the cord. Also, the miscalculation of the elasticity of the bungee cord may allow the impact of the head with the ground to occur which can be fatal.
One last thing that is important is to check the weather as respected companies should always call off bungee jumping if conditions aren’t right.
“Goldeneye” Bungee Jump, Ticino, Switzerland
Have you always wondered what it would be like to take on the famous bungee jump that was played out in the first scene of the James Bond movie “Goldeneye”? If so you can take a dive off the wall of the Verzasca dam in the Vezasca valley and pretend to be a 007 agent! The dam measures 220 metres high and takes around 7.5 seconds to fall, allowing you some time to admire the beautiful Swiss scenery – that’s if you can manage to keep your eyes open! The Ticino valley in Switzerland offers a varied landscape, with the Alps on one side, a lake on the other, and an emerald green river at the bottom, making your bungee a truly memorable experience. If you have the courage to take on this bungee jump, it will certainly be a great story to tell all your friends and family.
Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe
If you love waterfalls and have thought about combining this with the adrenaline rush of a bungee jump, then how about a 111 metre plummet towards the Zambezi River? The Victoria Falls bridge lies in ‘no mans land’ between the Zambian and Zimbabwean border posts with the spectacular Victoria Falls in the background, which makes the jump a memorable experience. As well as this there is the opportunity to have photos and a video taken of your jump to round off the whole experience.
Great Canadian Bungee
A few years ago there was a campaign that was run in Canada, termed ‘Keep Exploring’ so how about exploring the highest bungee jump in the country. The Great Canadian Bungee is a fascinating place to go as you will find that you literally jump of a cliff edge. You will be jumping in an amphitheatre of solid limestone and be surrounded by a 160 foot deep aqua blue spring fed lagoon which is larger than three football fields.
Bloukrans River Bridge, South Africa
The Bloukrans River Bridge is the world’s highest commercially operated bungee jump according to the Guinness Book of World Records. You will find that it has the highest single span arch bridge in the world and it is situated along the famous Garden Route about 40km east of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. The jump itself is 216 metres above the Bloukrans River, and you can be safe in the knowledge that pendulum bungy technology is in place to make it the ultimate bungee experience!
The Nevis Arc, Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are thinking of going to New Zealand, then why not try a very recent bungee jumping adrenaline innovation called “The Nevis Arc” – it is certainly worth checking out! The great thing about this experience is the fact that you can choose the height you bungee from and the all important fear level you are prepared to go for!
Take out the all important Travel Insurance!
Especially when doing bungee jumping you need to make sure you are covered and you will be pleased to know that it is an activity automatically covered by 247 Travel Insurance. Cover for a 14 day trip to Switzerland costs only £8.76* – a small price to pay to have peace of mind before your jump!
*Premium £8.76 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” single trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 14 days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (November 2008) and are subject to change.