Defy Gravity — Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping and Base Jumping
Ready to tempt fate and conquer your fear of heights? Plunge at defying speeds in one of these ultra extreme sports. Whether it is down under, off a bridge, off a volcano or down the block from your house, it’s just one of those moments you have to feel to believe. Get ready for an incredible journey because you only live once.
Your parents will kill you which is part of the draw, but why on earth would anyone want to jump out of a plane you ask? For the 5 second rush of freefall. Complete freedom. The thrill. The heart pounding, adrenaline pumping seconds where your mind is completely devoid of worry. But don’t stress, they’re not just going to push you out the door on your own and hope you remember to pull the shoot. The first jump is always tandem so you have a pro strapped to your back, and if you’re like some adventure enthusiasts, that split second rush is addictive. If you want to learn to sky dive on your own, you’ll have to complete a course that’s part classroom, part in the air and complete a log book of 18 jumps with an instructor before going at it solo.
Ever wanted to plunge off the side of a building and snap back to earth by a rubber band? Someone was crazy enough to invent the sport of bungee and the first official jump took place back in 1979 off the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol by members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. Bungee jumping became available to the public shortly after in 1986 in New Zealand. Those kiwis, always looking for a rush.
A cross between skydiving and bungee jumping, BASE is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, aerials, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs). The act of leaping from solid objects and then being returned to the earth by parachute, BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than either skydiving or bungee jumping due to the lower speeds, closer proximity to the ground and less regulated area to land. Essentially there’s just less time to make a mistake, so it’s a sport reserved only for the most extreme daredevils. Awards are even given to those who’ve achieved a jump from each of the four categories.