rules to play bungee jumping

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Rules to play Bungee Jumping

1. Bungee jumping
Bungee jumping is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot air balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes from the free falling and the rebound.When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the kinetic energy is dissipated.
2. Physical Evaluation
Above all, individuals planning to bungee jump should meet the following criteria to limit health and other risks
Weight for height within the target range note accurate measurements are recommended for proper fitting of equipment, including weight bearing cords and body harnesses if used Absence or adequate control of medical conditions considered prohibitive; for the following or related conditions, it is crucial to seek professional counsel with a physician or nurse practitioner
Abnormal blood pressure
Abnormal heart rate or rhythm
Back or leg disorders
Breathing disorders
Circulatory disorders
Head injuries
Possible pregnancy bungee jumping during pregnancy is highly discouraged
Recent surgery
3. Equipment
While the equipment involved in bungee jumping is quite basic, the importance of its proper use and working condition cannot be overstated.
Harnesses
Ankle harnesses securing the bungee to the body
Many people add a body harness as used in rock climbing to increase security
Tie Off
A sturdy and stable structure from which to anchor the bungee cord, i.e. steel railings of a bridge or safety fence
Specific weight bearing knots
Airbags
Some services particularly those using a continuous location place an airbag, webbing, or similar safety sling at the bottom of the jump space, to provide a safety space in the unlikely event of a fall.
4. Proper Dress
Though there is no universal uniform, some companies employ a dress code to ensure safety. The following are basic recommendations

Casual outdoor clothing that does not interfere with proper harnessing Absence of flying fabric or objects including jewellery and unsecured glasses or even contact lenses that could cause injury or obstruct vision

5. Weather
Many companies call off jumping during unfavourable weather, due to inherent dangers of poor visibility and uncontrollable wind patterns raising the risk of injury.
Rain, snow, residual wetness, and ice cause slippery conditions that may impair reliable operation of the equipment.
6. Professional Support
The staff operating a jumping service are responsible for ensuring all equipment is in place and functional, and that proper safety procedures are followed. The following are questions worth asking Are the staff trained, experienced bungee jumping professionals?
Is the clubservice affiliated with an accredited sports association that sets and regulates safety rules, i.e. the European Bungee Sports Association EBSA
What is their record for following safety codes?
What is their safety record usually give in percent of accident free jumps?
Is the tie off location secure?
Is the jump space clear of interfering objects, trees, etc.?
Is there a safety space? What sort?
What is their policy for checking and re checking procedures?
What medical services including first aid are readily available on site?
Are they prepared to execute a rescue, should the need arise?
7. Training
Whether you will only ever be a client or actually have an interest in becoming a professional, comprehensive training courses are a good idea for the avid bungee jumping enthusiast. They are generally comprised of three parts
Rescue training
Bungee training
Apprenticeship period
Topics covered include inspection, testing, maintenance, and operation of harnessing and other freefall hardware procedures, slings and webbing, and retrieval vessels, as well as specifications of jump spaces and safety spaces.Any such courses should meet or exceed specifications set by governing bodies, and enable independent, safe operation by the time of completion.
8. Jump From A Safe Place
It is imperative that the surface you are jumping from is tall enough to allow for a long fall. Most people jump from bridges that have water underneath them or from cranes operated by companies for the purpose of bungee jumping. Crane jump landing pads are often lined with thick mats. Whether it be water or mats, it is a smart move to have something pliable to break your fall in case of emergency. It is best to make sure that your gear and jump site are rigged by safety professionals.
9. Cord Length
You do not want a cord that is too long when bungee jumping. You want a cord that is cut much shorter than the length of your fall so that it has enough room to stretch at the end of your fall. Professional bungee jumping guides will compare the weight of a jumper with the distance of the fall to make sure that the rope used is of the correct length. A rope that is too long will send you into the surface and can be very dangerous.
10. Positioning
It is crucial that you jump outward from the very edge of the surface you are using. You do not want to take the risk of positioning yourself incorrectly and hitting a part of the jump surface on the way down.


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