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It's a summer time and I would like to try this out. Does one require any kind of medical passing to do this? I am very much thrilled. I discussed this with my co-workers and everybody said (in harmony) "Are you out of your mind?" So is it risky? If you have done it please share your experience.
 
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I've never jumped due to a severe fear of heights (however, I am losing weight so I can skydive this summer....), but I'm going to take a few guesses on physical requirements:

Depending on how you are harnessed, you should not have injured ankles, knees, or hips. You should not have any type of back injury or neck injury at all. They aren't going to require a physical, but I'm sure there will be warnings.

Other than that, I'm guessing if you are healthy enough to go on a roller coaster you are probably good enough to bungie jump. As for danger, well, yes it is dangerous. So is getting out of bed, driving a car, and eating chicken. The number of people hurt/killed in bungie jumping accidents when a professional is used is very low, to my understanding (at least in the US). Additionally, I've seen quite a few places that have you jump over a giant airbag, which would help cushion if you were to fall.
 
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Bungee jumping

Safety and possible injury

There is a wide spectrum of possible injuries during a jump. One can be injured during a jump if the safety harness fails, the cord elasticity is miscalculated, or the cord is not properly connected to the jump platform. In most cases this is a result of human error in the form of mishandled harness preparation. Another major injury is if the jumper experiences cord entanglement with their own body. Other injuries include eye trauma[13][14] , rope burn, uterine prolapse, dislocations, bruises, whiplash, pinched fingers and back injury.

Age, equipment, experience, location and weight are some of the factors, and nervousness can exacerbate eye traumas [15] [16].

In 1997, Laura Patterson, one of a 16-member professional bungee jumping team, died of massive cranial trauma when she jumped from the top level of the Louisiana Superdome with improperly handled bungee cords and collided head-first into the concrete-based playing field. She was practicing for an exhibition intended to be performed during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXI. The bungee jumping portion of the show was removed from the program and a commemoration of Patterson was added.


Still want to do it?
 
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whenever i am faced with such choices, I always examine the stakes. Yes there is a small possibility of death or worse a debilitating injury. So what are my stakes - Am i the only son? Do I have parents depending on me?
Am I married? Are others depending economically on my survival? What is my life insurance policy like?

Also how can I minimize the risk? Maybe you can jump off a bridge where if the cord snaps you land in water. Maybe you lose some weight just to be on the safe side before doing this. Maybe the height you choose for your first jump is not all that high. Maybe you go watch a few people jump and gain some confidence.


 
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Arvind Mahendra wrote:
Also how can I minimize the risk? Maybe you can jump off a bridge where if the cord snaps you land in water. Maybe you lose some weight just to be on the safe side before doing this. Maybe the height you choose for your first jump is not all that high. Maybe you go watch a few people jump and gain some confidence.


A shorter jump over water may be safer, but hitting water at a high speed can be just as deadly as hitting solid ground. The old saying "Its not the fall that kills you, its the sudden stop at the bottom" comes into play.
 
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Just go for a shorter fall, I'd definitely say over water. Be sure to CHECK the agency's credibility. And have fun
 
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I can't imagine for a moment why anybody would want to do something so pointlessly stupid. It's not about mitigating the risks -- it's about choosing to do something useful and meaningful with your time and money. I hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings too badly here, but seriously, if you feel the urge to throw away a hundred dollars on an afternoon of professionally-guided attempted suicide, the better you should donate the money to a children's hospital instead, and then go volunteer at a soup kitchen for the rest of the day. You might find enough meaning in your life to permanently cure the urge to turn your carcass into a soft, squishy projectile.
 
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Ouch! I think you did hurt me. My intention is to get thrill from something, here it is BJ.

On a broad view are you saying none of the thrilling rides (may be risky rides/events) should be attempted?
 
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Hmmm, I think bungee jumping should always be written in full. If you abbreviate it to two letters, it sounds like something else entirely.
 
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There's an old saying: "Two things fall from the sky: bird poop and fools."
 
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Oh jeez, now I'm picturing Bear bungee jumping and I can't stop laughing!
 
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You want me to what?!?!
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:I can't imagine for a moment why anybody would want to do something so pointlessly stupid. It's not about mitigating the risks -- it's about choosing to do something useful and meaningful with your time and money. I hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings too badly here, but seriously, if you feel the urge to throw away a hundred dollars on an afternoon of professionally-guided attempted suicide, the better you should donate the money to a children's hospital instead, and then go volunteer at a soup kitchen for the rest of the day. You might find enough meaning in your life to permanently cure the urge to turn your carcass into a soft, squishy projectile.


Hmmm...interesting view! I can understand where your view is coming from, but I have to disagree. There are many, many activities that have a significant risk to them, but people get enjoyment out of them. Do you feel that someone that would spend a couple hundred dollars on a canoe trip, or SCUBA diving trip, should donate that money and spend the day at the soup kitchen? Sure they may not be as dangerous as bungee jumping, but just because a person doesn't get any enjoyment out of the safer activities shouldn't mean they can't persue more extreme forms of entertainment.

I'm not against donating and volunteering, but I don't see bungee jumping as "professionally-guided attempted suicide." It is a recreational activity, albeit a dangerous one. But just because something is dangerous I don't think it should be considered pointlessly stupid. I have trained in a few martial arts (Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, dabbled in Judo and Hapkido), and I would say they are more dangerous than bungee jumping. I'm basically learning how to fight and fighting on a regular basis. For TKD I may be wearing sparring gear, but for jiu jitsu, judo, and hapkido there isn't a whole lot of protection other than mouthguard and a cup. I don't feel that just because my hobbies happen to be middle or high risk I should drop them to live a safer life.
 
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:I can't imagine for a moment why anybody would want to do something so pointlessly stupid. It's not about mitigating the risks -- it's about choosing to do something useful and meaningful with your time and money. I hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings too badly here, but seriously, if you feel the urge to throw away a hundred dollars on an afternoon of professionally-guided attempted suicide, the better you should donate the money to a children's hospital instead, and then go volunteer at a soup kitchen for the rest of the day. You might find enough meaning in your life to permanently cure the urge to turn your carcass into a soft, squishy projectile.


I can definitely see where you're coming from. I myself will never bungee jump or skydive, etc. I do think the professionally-guided attempted suicide line is a bit over board

Btw, I did volunteer at a soup kitchen several times, and will second that it is one of the best experiences a man or woman can experience.
 
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The comparison to SCUBA isn't a good one. I dive because, for me, the rewards of visiting the world beneath the water's surface outweigh the risks. In bungee-jumping the risk is the reward. It gives you the thrill of facing death and, at the last moment, cheating it. That's why it's never appealed to me. I could imagine sky diving though, because it would be like flying (for a short time anyway) and the view must be amazing. The difference is that I would do it in spite of the danger, not because of the danger.
 
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I know SCUBA isn't a great comparision, but I was using it as an example of a less dangerous activity that could have a similar argument made against it. Some people could say spending all that money to swim underwater could be donated, because it is dangerous to dive (something goes wrong with the equipment, animal aggression, human error, etc.). Even at my current certification level, which only permits open dives to 130 ft., if something goes wrong at depth my life could be at risk. Even as such, I wouldn't trade that certification card for the world.
 
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Bungee jump off a bridge into water with the straps on your feet. When you get close to the water you may can put your hands over your head and make diving motion so if the cord breaks you will not have such a sudden stop with the water. Or you let someone bigger than you go first, this way if it hold them then it should be able to hold you, but them again their weight could weaken the cable. I have thought about doing it, but with a kid on the way I am not sure how many more risks I will be taking.
 
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James Hambrick wrote:When you get close to the water you may can put your hands over your head and make diving motion so if the cord breaks you will not have such a sudden stop with the water.


True, you may plunge neatly into the water (if your diving form is very good). But then unless the river is very deep you will find your hands don't protect you much as you hit the bottom of the river.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:
James Hambrick wrote:When you get close to the water you may can put your hands over your head and make diving motion so if the cord breaks you will not have such a sudden stop with the water.


True, you may plunge neatly into the water (if your diving form is very good). But then unless the river is very deep you will find your hands don't protect you much as you hit the bottom of the river.


Oh yea good point! may want to wear a helmet lol
 
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James Hambrick wrote:Oh yea good point! may want to wear a helmet lol


Speaking of what you should wear, consider the fact that as you reach the bottom of the rope's extent in the head-down position, your clothing will continue to fall until something else stops it. This is more important for women -- I have seen video of the kind of wardrobe malfunction that can happen at that point.
 
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What, no link?
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:This is more important for women ...


... and Scotsmen
 
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Greg Charles wrote:
Paul Clapham wrote:This is more important for women ...


... and Scotsmen


 
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Mike Simmons wrote:What, no link?

No, sorry, it was a privately circulated video and the person in question still works with me.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:

Speaking of what you should wear, consider the fact that as you reach the bottom of the rope's extent in the head-down position, your clothing will continue to fall until something else stops it. This is more important for women -- I have seen video of the kind of wardrobe malfunction that can happen at that point.


I appears that, in Germany, the workaround for this is to leave your cloths in a safe place until the jump is over:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8i85f_nude-bungee-jumping-german-stylee_sexy

(may offend those with delicate sensibilities)
 
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Ben Souther wrote:
Paul Clapham wrote:

Speaking of what you should wear, consider the fact that as you reach the bottom of the rope's extent in the head-down position, your clothing will continue to fall until something else stops it. This is more important for women -- I have seen video of the kind of wardrobe malfunction that can happen at that point.


I appears that, in Germany, the workaround for this is to leave your cloths in a safe place until the jump is over:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8i85f_nude-bungee-jumping-german-stylee_sexy

(may offend those with delicate sensibilities)


 
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I did bungee @ knysna in south africa. it is world's highest bungee jump (216 meter). They run this place under a bridge and you need to walk to this place from a very scary way, but view was awesome and bungee experince was superb. Never gonna forget it. Bungeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..........
 
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