If you’re a thrill seeker, you might be considering taking an adventure holiday this year. From white water rafting and water skiing to bungee jumping and skydiving, there are plenty of adventurous activities that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. But be careful: some activities are far more perilous than others. Here are the top three most dangerous adventure holiday activities—and what you need to know to stay safe:
Shark Cage Diving
While the idea of swimming with sharks is certainly exciting, make sure you do some research before you agree to swim with these terrifying creatures. In many destinations, sharks are baited to the cage with bloody buckets of fish guts, a practice that increases their rage—and their appetite! A much safer practice is to use sound vibrations to attract sharks to the underwater steel cage where eager tourists are waiting to encounter these fierce beasts. While attacks are extremely rare, make sure your tourism provider does not feed the sharks to increase your safety on the dive.
Climbing is a dangerous activity in and of itself, but its perils are taken to a whole new extreme when the surfaces are made of ice, not stone. What makes ice climbing so dangerous is the unpredictable nature of frozen ice, which can range in texture from hard, thick sheets of ice—perfect for scaling frozen waterfalls—to soft, thin sheets that could lead to a fatal accident or severe injury. For this reason, the sport is best left to expert climbers who are in excellent physical condition.
BASE jumping is an adventure activity in which participants jump from fixed objects—buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs), relying on a parachute to break their fall. It is commonly cited as the world’s most perilous adventure holiday activity, with one in every sixty jumps resulting in a fatality. The reason the sport is so risky is that base jumpers achieve lower airspeeds than that of skydivers and thus have less aerodynamic control. They may also have trouble getting their parachutes to deploy correctly, thereby increasing their risk of accident or injury.
Tips for Staying Safe
Ensure your safety on your adventure holiday by doing a bit of research before you depart. Make sure your provider is accredited through a local tourism organization and carries public liability insurance in case you get injured on holiday and need to make a claim. It’s also a good idea to read the reviews of other travelers to get a better idea of what the experience will be like. Some adventure activities require special training, so make sure you’re clear on the physical demands of the activity before you try it. Should you become uncomfortable at any time, don’t be afraid to tell your tourism operator that you no longer wish to participate in the activity.