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This or That: We Asked Young Nigerians About Skydiving and Bungee Jumping

The men who invented skydiving must not have planned it to be a thrilling experience. Those who like trying new things look forward to comparing skydiving and bungee jumping to see which one is the best. Also, what would you want to do for those who haven’t tried any?

Exhilarating activities like these will require the jumper to face their fears head-on. In both activities, you consciously decide to step off the edge and scream your lungs out.

Typical skydives are between 10,000 and 14,000 feet above the ground, and you can get up to 18,000. Drop zones exist in Nigeria, providing jumpers of all experience levels the opportunity to free fall and glide through the sky. But we know it’s not a typical activity for many Nigerians.


History of Bungee Jumping

According to legend, bungee jumping first appeared during the second world war on Pentecost Island in the South Pacific. The Europeans discovered that the natives did bungee jumping as one of their cultural traditions.

It all started when one of the natives, Tamalie, abused his wife, who decided to escape from him. She climbed a tree to hide, and he found her atop the tree where she had tied up lianas (vines) around her ankles. The moment Tamalie climbed up the tree to catch her, she jumped from the tree and was caught by the vines. But her husband jumped after her, hit the ground, and died.

From that day, men in the village started practicing jumping with lianas so women couldn’t outwit them ever again. They built a 28-meter high tower to practice jumping.


The sport was revived in the year 1979 by a few members of Oxford Dangerous Sports Club who made jumps from the 250-foot (76 m) Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. They had been inspired by the idea after discussing a “vine jumping” ritual done by certain natives of Vanuatu. It has since become one of the most daring sports people do.

In trying to choose between the two, there are things to consider.

1. It might surprise you

People who have a fear of heights feel more comfortable with skydiving than they do bungee jumping. This might be because the airplane or helicopter takes people so high up that when you jump for a skydive, you can’t see anything on the ground in detail.


In bungee jumping, you can see the detailed rocks, the water, and everything below, which can frighten and overwhelm you. Despite the fear of heights, skydiving might be the less scary option.

2. Timing

There happens to be a big difference in time when comparing both experiences. Bungee jumping lasts only a few seconds of swinging around, but skydiving is a more wholesome experience.

With skydiving, you get the experience of climbing altitudes in an aircraft, which can last for about 15 minutes. Then the initial freefall lasts for about 45-60 seconds before you deploy your parachute. When bungee jumping, you experience only the initial thrill of the jump and fall without any additional time to spend in the air, flying.


3. Which is a safer sport – skydiving or bungee jumping?

A lot of people feel skydiving is safer than bungee jumping. When you bungee jump, you are held on one leash that might cause somebody to realign. If the cord snaps, there is no backup.

Which do you think would be more fun?

Speaking with Nigerians, this is what they had to say;

Bungee jumping is like committing suicide. It’s definitely skydiving for me


I prefer the one wey dey tie my legs abeg, I no want wahala. At least my weight no go cut the rope unless person wan set me up


Definitely skydiving cause it’s less cringy and seems safer


Both of them are scary! But I prefer jumping from the sky. I won’t choose any sef, what kind of unnecessarily risk it that?


I choose skydiving, there’s just something about the idea of jumping out of an aircraft that I really like


I prefer parachute or sky diving, anyone. With Bungee I think the risk of obstacles is very high


Sky diving is all I’ve always wanted to do. I no fit do the other one, I dey fear make rope no cut


Skydiving is one of the most daring thing I have ever done. My tandem jump was a great experience and I have plans to try a solo jump

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Whenever I think about Bungee Jumping, I just have a feeling that the leash might snap if I try it. I don’t want my village people to laugh me. I also thing skydiving is more expensive


I just think they are extreme sports, and I don’t want to try either of them


On a close inspection of these answers, people actually prefer skydiving to bungee jumping. The reason, of course, is based on their subjective opinions.

With that said, Nigerians are not really keen on performing daring tasks, but I would like to know which they prefer. Which would you choose?

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Ngozi Nwaubani

Ngozi Nwaubani

She's usually found writing Sci-Fi and fun articles on entertainment and lifestyle.

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