Adventure Sports Safety
Also known as extreme or alternative sports,
adventure sports are hugely popular among those who love seeking an adrenaline
rush. They involve a certain amount of danger being risk-orientated, and it is
this danger that is so appealing to enthusiasts. Many travellers choose their
destinations because of the alternative sports on offer, with snowboarding,
white water rafting, and bungee jumping being popular.
The down side of such sports is the potential for
injury. Cuts and bruises pale into insignificance when compared to fractures
and muscle damage, and injuries can cut a holiday short and result in medical
evacuation. Taking a few precautions may be tedious but will ensure that
holiday enjoyment lasts until that final flight home.
One of the most popular adventure sports this
century, bungee jumping, gives an adrenalin rush like no others, and thrill
seekers have safely thrown themselves off bridges, waterfalls and cliffs
attached to just a piece of elastic. The risk of injury is always present, so
make sure that equipment is checked properly before a jump and ensure that more
than one connection is used to hold the jumper.
The bungee site should be free of obstacles and
those supervising the jump must be experienced. First aid and rescue equipment
should be on hand, and basic training must be offered before the jump ... and it
goes without saying that anyone planning on making a jump should be checked by
a doctor beforehand, to make sure they are physically fit enough for the
Skiing and Snowboarding
Involving high-speed adventure on the slopes, snow
sports expose participants to various dangers and many thrill seekers put
themselves at risk by being unprepared or lacking basic knowledge. Being
reasonably fit for snow sports reduces the threat of injury as does being
honest about one’s abilities and not overestimating experience.
Make sure that equipment is chosen carefully and ask
for advice if unsure. Avoid eye damage by choosing suitable sunglasses or goggles
and keep the body warm with a suitable hat, gloves or mittens, and a sturdy
waterproof set of trousers and jacket. Wear an avalanche beacon in Alpine areas
and never ski away from civilisation. Taking breaks and avoiding skiing or
boarding when tired will lessen the chance of injury occurring.
White water rafting, great white shark diving, and
canyoning are all heady experiences guaranteed to get the heart pounding and
that all-important adrenaline ‘buzz.’ Make sure those companies offering these
sports offer full training, harnesses, and suitable headgear and that an
instructor is always present. Look for businesses with qualifications and
recommendations and avoid any where equipment looks shoddy and uncared for.
There are many more adventure sports on offer and
basic principles apply to all. It goes without saying that all extreme sports
should be fully supervised with first aid and CPR certified guides or
instructors. Businesses should hold a licence and adequate insurance and guides
should possess knowledge about the terrain. If in doubt, look for an