Bungee jumping in the UK
Adrenaline sports in the UK
There are multiple ways to hurl yourself from a great height; forwards, backwards or even in tandem with another adrenaline junkie. Either way bungee jumping provides one of the most exhilarating experiences known to thrill seekers.
Hurtling downwards with only a glorified elastic band preventing your demise is certain to have you whooping in a frenzy of fear, excitement and life-affirming joy. The advantage of this bonkers pursuit is that it requires neither skill nor specialist equipment. A distinct lack of appreciation of your own mortality is probably the only pre-requisite.
Who can do a bungee jump?
Though inherently dangerous, all measures possible are taken to ensure your safety during bungee jumping. This considered, think hard before you decide to put yourself through this extreme experience. There are many conditions that apply. Those with poor health, asthma and certain neurological conditions are not permitted to participate. Though rare, there is also the possibility of some minor injury during the jump. The minimum age is 14 years. No over 50's may take part without a doctor’s certificate. Always report any condition, however small, to the operator before you take part.
Where can I do a bungee jump?
Bungee jumping is available all year round and you don’t need to travel to exotic locations to participate. It’s perhaps best to start your bungee jump search with the UK Bungee Club website. There are loads of places you can go bungee jumping, some more glamorous than others, so think about how the location might enhance the dare-devil experience. There are a few hotspots around the country including the Transport Bridge in Middlesbrough and The Abyss in Rotherham, the world’s only indoor bungee jump. Other operators use platforms at special events held anywhere from country shows to car parks.
How much will it cost?
Be prepared to part with £40 for a standard bungee jump. If you can find someone equally reckless you can take the option to jump in tandem. This will cost around the £100 mark. Look out for special bungee occasions such as evening jumps and those from greater heights. Be prepared to pay more for certain locations or special events. These are held throughout the year, especially during the summer months. Events should last one to two hours which includes introductory safety briefings and the inevitable signing of a waiver. All costs include full insurance. So what are you waiting for?
The charity option
Alternatively, you could choose to go through a charity. Not only will you have the time of your life, you will also be able to raise lots of cash for a worthy cause. If you do want to experience a bungee jump with a charity, it is more than likely, the charity will already have packages available. This will then save you the hassle of making all the arrangements.