Different types of Bungee Jumping

Tuesday June 24

There are basically five major types of bungee jumping. However, bungee jumpers are regularly coming up with thrill-seeking variations and new ways to practice this extreme sport. The different types of bungee jumping is limited only by participant’s imagination. 

The first type is very straightforward. This is where jumpers are attached by a leg or body harness to a bungee cord and jump from a platform or tall object experiencing 2 or more rebounds. The rebounding is what gives the sensation of weightlessness or floating through space.
Catapulting, reverse bungee jumping, or a bungee rocket is another type. In this bungee event, participants start on the ground and propel themselves upward. The method of being attached to the ground can vary, but typically, the jumper is directly shot upwards into the air. The danger in this way is that the bungee cord itself has a tendency to pull a jumper towards the object anchoring them. With a “catapult” jump, that object is a crane and the very real danger is that of hitting the crane itself on the initial upwards pull.
For the truly ardent bungee jumper, the third method is the “twin towers.” This way avoids the collision issue created by the “catapult” technique. With this bungee jump, there are two towers or cranes attached to the jumper with the bungee cords. The jumper is in the middle and tends to shoot straight up between the two towers. As with any bungee jump, calculating velocity according to the jumper’s height and weight is critical.
Next, is the “bungee run.” This way involves no jumping as it takes place on an inflatable runway. The runner goes as far as they possibly can before the bungee cord pulls them back to their original anchor point.  
Last, but most assuredly not least is the “bungee trampoline.” This is the version typically set up at fun fairs and festivals for younger children to use. The jumper begins jumping on the trampoline in a secure body harness attached to bungee cords. The cords are attached to poles at the sides of the trampoline. When the jumper gets up higher and higher, the cords tighten, allowing the jumper an extraordinarily high trampoline bounce. To find the type of bungee jumping you would like to experience, visit: now!

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