Since the world's first commercial jump 25 years ago in New Zealand, bungy jumping has inspired a generation of thrill-seekers and there aren't any signs that its popularity is in decline.
“AJ Hackett opened his second bungy spot in Cairns only one year after creating the site on the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in Queenstown,” said Sales and Marketing Manager, Jacqui.
“We are currently operating in Australia, China, France and Germany. In 2014, we're adding to our existing portfolio by opening bungy sites in Russia and Singapore that will have a range of adrenaline activities that are sure to get the blood pumping.
"AJ Hackett is still very involved in devising new adventure products. In Singapore we’re going to construct a double swing so that enthusiasts can have double the amount of fun.”
For some first time jumpers, it can be a daunting experience to throw yourself off a perfect safe tower into the unknown. Jacqui tells Flight Centre that it really is a mental hurdle.
For cautious travellers, Jacqui has compiled these tips to assist novice jumpers to overcome their fear.
1. Jump with a reputable company
Make sure you jump with a reputable company with high safety and risk management procedures in place. AJ Hackett not only invented the sport, but has taken all levels of safety to a whole new level.
Check things like: Does the company use two points of attaching the Bungy cord to each customer? Have they been operating for long? Do they abide by the AU/NZ 5848 Bungy Jumping Regulation? AJ Hackett wrote that, by the way!
2. Believe in yourself
One of the greatest challenges facing a first time bungy jumper is getting their minds around the fact they are about to jump off a perfectly good tower. It's not a natural thing to do, and there will be nerves.
First time jumpers need to embrace this feeling, have confidence in themselves, and know that they CAN do this. The only thing standing in their way is themselves.
3. Don't believe the myths
Like many extreme adventure activities, bungy over the years has accumulated many urban myths. Your eyes won't fall out of your head and your back won't snap! Myths are normally created by those too scared to take the challenge and trying to find a easy way out!
4. Bring a sense of adventure
For many people, this is a once in a lifetime experience. Embrace the challenge and face that fear that many people have - the fear of having regret for NOT doing it!
5. Bring a mate
No better way to experience bungy than with a friend! You'll be mates for life after completing a bungy on same day together. Talk about your bragging rights!
6. Trust the jump master
Our Jump Masters go through a long, in-depth training schedule to become a qualified Jump Master. Jump with the Jump Master's countdown: 5-4-3-2-1-BUNGY! Don't hesitate - the more you think about it, the greater the challenge becomes. JUST GO!
7. Choose your surroundings carefully
Bungy jumping is about your WHOLE experience, not just the leap. You want to be in a comfortable, picturesque environment so all your senses get the rush - not just being in a crane over a car park or part of a sideshow alley.
8. Wear comfortable clothes
Wear anything you're comfortable in. T-shirts, singlets, shorts, long pants - it doesn't matter! We probably wouldn't suggest wearing a skirt, dress or high heels for the ladies.
You can bungy jump bare foot, but if you prefer to jump with shoes on, make sure they are enclosed and secure on your feet.
9. Be prepared to get hooked!
WARNING: this activity is highly addictive! Once you complete your first bungy jump, be ready to have this amazing sense of personal satisfaction & achievement wash over you, no one else did it for you.
You bungy jumped! And believe us when we say this: you're going to want to bungy again, again and again!