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Safety Tips for Bungee Jumping

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author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
Safety Tips for Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping can be extremely safe when precautions are taken. Photo Credit bungee jump image by Lovrencg from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

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.

Professional Support

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

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.

Location

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.

Health

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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