Facts about Bungee jumping
Man’s quest for thrill, adventure and excitement has been unsatiable. This quest is the root cause for the emergence of new and adventurous sports or recreation activities, which have been on the rise in the past few years.
One of the new entrants into the long list of adventure sports and recreation activities is Bungee Jumping or Bungy Jumping.
What is Bungee Jumping?
It is nothing but a recreational activity, in which a person jumps from a tall structure with a strong elastic cord or rope tied to his ankle.
The thrill or excitement in this activity is what makes a person dare this feat. Usually the tall structure would be a fixed one – some thing like a tall building or a tower, or something like a huge crane which many public utility companies and fire-fighting agencies use for fighting fire in high-rise buildings. Bungee jumping can even be attempted from an aeroplane or a helicopter, where the jumper, after the completion of the free fall or the jump, activates the parachute for a safe landing to the ground.
A jumper can enjoy the excitement and thrill of this bungee jumping in two ways; one, the free fall from the top of the structure, and secondly from the rebounds. In other words, the rope or the elastic cord expands at the time of free fall and then hovers around for a while – in the form of rebounds up and down – before contracting and returning to normal state.
For a person with a weak heart, this type of activity might seem unthinkable or unimaginable. But, of late, this is one of the favorite pastime recreational sport and many bungee operators are popularizing the game after ensuring that strict or rigorous confirmation to safety rules and precautions.
The elastic cord that is used for these types of jumping is one of braided shock cord variety. This variety of cords contain a number of latex strands that are enclosed in an outer cover that is very strong.
One important thing that a bungee jumper should ensure and the bungee operator should bear in mind is that the length of the cord or the rope that is tied to the ankle of the jumper should not be equal to or more than the height of the building or structure from which he intends to jump. If the cord length, then the jumper will crash into the ground. So the length of the cord should be substantially lesser than the height of the building.
The Bungee jumper cannot hang in the space after completion of the jump for a longer time. He needs to be brought back or retrieved to the ground at the earliest possible time. Many bungee operators using different means of retrieving the jumper, who would be hanging in the air after the jump is over. The best means for retrieval would be mobile cranes because of their inherent flexibility and the speed of recovery.