Bungee Jumping is not for the faint hearted.
It is not your regular adventure sport. It falls in the category of extreme adventure. So, once you have conquered your fear of falling from a height you can brag among your friends about your dare devilish personality.
Recently I was invited by Jumpin Heights at Rishikesh, India to be a part of their Mega 50,000 Bungy jump celebration.
Though I had done it before at the same location as well as at the home of Bungy – New Zealand, I was still excited to experience the incredible feeling all over again.
Here Are My 10 Practical Tips To Conquer Your Fear of Heights:
Lead From the Front
Your fear of heights will not go if you just watch others jumping. The only solution is taking the leap of faith. The longer you wait, the more time you spend making excuses and convincing yourself to back out.
1, 2, 3…Jump:
Jump before the count down ends. If you let the person count until jump, chances are you won’t jump on the first count.
Always Look Straight- Never Look Down:
That was the mistake I made. It looked damn scary from the top. Either close your eyes or just look at the eye level and perform the jump.
Choose Your Surroundings Carefully:
Bungee jumping is about your whole experience, not just the leap. So, choose a brand that is trusted, has well trained staff and is set in a calming environment.
Trust the Jump Instructors:
Jump Instructors go through a rigorous, long, in-depth international training schedule to become a qualified Instructor. You can trust them with your life.
Wear Comfortable Clothes:
Wear clothes like Singlets, T-shirts, shorts or pants. Avoid wearing a skirt, dress or high heels. You can bungee jump either bare foot or with shoes. Just make sure to tie your laces.
Don’t Overeat Before the Jump:
Jumping on an empty stomach is better than puking in the valley while jumping.
If You Can’t Make It, Fake It:
I know it’s difficult to smile when you are shivering with fear but trust me you won’t like to share your video with a timid face. So, look into the camera and smile.
Avoid Carrying Your Valuables:
You are not allowed to carry a mobile, camera, jewelry or anything else. So, don’t carry them along when you jump.
Read Before You Sign:
Don’t jump if you have any chronic disorders like heart problem, back ache etc. mentioned in the list.
I am sure with these 10 practical tips you'll enjoy your Bungee Jump a lot. I would love to hear about your experience.