First Commercial Skydiving Center in the United States
Published: July 5, 2016
Trying to decide between skydiving or bungee jumping? Both are fantastic sports for anyone who wants an adrenaline rush. We discuss which is scarier here.
Both skydiving and bungee jumping are done from a height. Skydiving - jumping from an airplane - is usually done from around 13,000 feet in altitude, while bungee jumping - jumping from a platform with a bungee cord - is more like a couple of hundred feet.
For people with a fear of heights, the true altitude makes little difference. Jumping from a height will always be scary.
There are some people who would say bungee jumping is scarier. This is because you usually do your first bungee jump on your own and have to take that step off the platform by yourself. Skydiving, on the other hand, is usually done attached to an instructor for the first time, so it's up to them to take that step out of the plane.
The truth is, there are few people who can say hand-on-heart that they don't get butterflies in their stomach just before a jump - whether it's a bungee jump or a skydive. The payback for taking that step is the incredible feeling you get as you fall from a height and the freeing weightlessness before your parachute opens or bungee cord kicks in.
If you're considering trying one of these sports for the first time, you're probably wondering... is skydiving or bungee jumping more dangerous? The truth is, whether we're skydiving or bungee jumping, we have to put faith in our equipment. For skydivers, there's the airplane which needs to take us to altitude and the parachutes we use to bring us safely back down. For bungee jumpers, it's the harness and cord that we're trusting to stop our fall.
For skydivers, there is the reassurance of years of research and the highest standard of equipment. The technology behind skydiving equipment has progressed so much in recent years, making it more reliable than ever before. Plus, we jump with two parachutes with one acting as the backup should we need it.
For bungee jumpers, it's a similar thing; years of research and development has gone into producing the equipment used by bungee jumpers. The main difference that some people cite as being the reason bungee jumping is scarier is that you're reliant on one cord, not two parachutes.
It can be difficult to put trust into equipment. But in both sports, there are regulations and training that mean we're all expert in checking and maintaining our equipment, so we needn't be fearful of failure because we can deal with it even if it happens.
The biggest thing that we find people are scared of prior to their first skydive is the fear of the unknown. If you haven't skydived before, and despite doing your research and hearing stories from others, you still don't really know what's going to happen and that can be scary in itself.
The same is true of bungee jumping. Both of these sports are outside of the ordinary and that can seem really scary. But it's also what makes them both so awesome.
Often, when we fear something, it drives us to put even more of ourselves into it and we get so much more out! So when it comes to the question of bungee jumping vs skydiving, both are scary for different reasons and both offer incredibly rewarding experiences. To fully answer the question, you'll have to see for yourself!
If you're located in the Boston area and are ready to cross skydiving off your bucket list, we would be honored to share that experience with you! View our skydiving prices and book a tandem skydive at Jumptown today!