Jumping off a bridge on your holiday? Here's some fast facts about this adventurous sport:
Keep reading to find out what travel insurance can help you with if you’re planning to go bungee jumping on your holiday.
If you find yourself in trouble, we might be able to help:
You won’t be covered for anything arising from your bungee jumping if:
If you’re not scared, you’re not doing it properly. If you can stand there on the lip of the Kawarau Bridge with a rope tied around your ankles, your toes wiggling above the precipice, the river rushing far below, and not feel some twinge of fear, then you’d have to question your sanity. This is not the highest bungee jump in the world. Not by a long shot. It’s not the scariest. It’s not the most extreme. But it is the original, and some would still say the best – and it’s frightening.
This is bungee jumping. It’s the act of leaping off something high and plunging towards Earth with only a large elastic band to save you. It’s a buzz; a serious thrill. It’s a different sensation to, say, sky-diving, where you don’t get that ground rush, where you’re so high above the ground that everything seems abstract and unreal. When you’re bungee jumping though, it’s real. The ground is real. The jump is real. And it’s amazing.
Kawarau Bridge, near Queenstown in New Zealand, is the world’s first permanent commercial bungee jumping site, set up the 1988. It’s now one of three jumps in the Queenstown area, along with the “Ledge”, a 47m jump, and the Nevis, a whopping 134m leap. The world’s highest commercial jump is currently in Macau, a knee-trembling 233m tumble from the top of Macau Tower. There’s also a 220m leap at Verzasca Dam in Switzerland, and a 216m drop from Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.
All of those are most definitely scarier than Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand. However, this is the original. It’s the OG. It’s a beautiful location, it’s easy to get to, it has an excellent safety record… and it’s still scary enough.
A licensed bungee jumping operator will have well-maintained equipment and strict safety practices. Avoid operations that don't look reputable. As with all adventure activities - safety first!
Reputable jump operators will be trained and qualified, so do exactly as they tell you to do. They’ve dealt with plenty of scared people before!
Wear comfortable clothing. If you opt to wear shoes, make sure they are enclosed and secure on your feet. And it’s your choice to wear a skirt, but chances are, it’ll end up over your head.
Accidents can happen when people hesitate or change their minds at the last minute, so stay focused. However, if you really can’t do it, make sure that you give the operator adequate notice.
You would have a provision to claim for Cancellation Fees and Lost Deposits of unused travel arrangements if you have to cancel your trip or your trip is shortened due to claimable events such as your injury or illness and the fees cannot be recouped from the provider. We do not provide cover if you forgot to set your alarm and sleep in.
We would not be able to provide medical cover for you if you are going against medical advice.
In an emergency, get yourself to hospital. As soon as it is possible, we advise that you or a member of your travelling party call our medical assistance team who will be able to liaise with you or the hospital.