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An extreme sporting activity where a person jumps off a high point with a cord of elastic attached to their ankles.
Despite the inherent danger of jumping from a great height, several million successful jumps have taken place since 1980. Bungee operators have to adhere to strict safety guidelines obviously.
Jumper launch from cranes, bridges, hot air balloons - in fact anywhere where there is clearance below and the ability to attach the cord at the jump point
Generally persons would need to be at least 14 years of age to be able to do a jump.
Jumpers should be relatively fit and not suffer from high blood pressure, heart conditions, back, neck or ankle problems and should be aware of the dangers of the sport before participating.
A bungee is a generic term for an elastic strap. Bungee jumping is described as the ultimate adrenaline rush. There are several different ways to jump - in a body harness which allows a certain freedom of movement to allow spins and flips; a leg harness which allows jumpers to jump with one or usually two legs harnessed. There are various dives such as the swallow dive which is the most popular and the back dive - adding to the variety of bungee.
Every day thousands of people throw themselves headlong off bridges, cranes and other assorted high platforms towards terra firma, only to bounce back up at the last minute (due to the-thankfully-elasticated rubber ropes one is attached to). Jumpers need to have good nerves and be prepsared to take the Leap of Faith. If you get hooked there are lots of places around the world where you can participate in the sport. New Zealand is a particularly popular place for bungee jumping.
You can do a bungee jump from a crane for about £25. For more serious jumpers expect to pay much more.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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