Day in the life of a Jump Master

Matty Mills, aka Millsy, tells us about an average day at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy as a Jump Master for AJ Hackett Bungy NZ.

It’s an early start and the sun has not quite hit the Kawarau Bridge yet, the lads are dragging the big blue bins out that have the Bungy cords coiled up inside them, ready for the day ahead. I thoroughly check the cords, making sure all the carabiners snap back into place and the knots that hold them to the bridge are tight.

A few hours into the day, the sun is shining, the music is pumping and the crowds are out in force watching the next jumper of the day. The jumper has their feet tied together and I’m trying to persuade them to touch the water. Persuasion successful. I promise to keep their feet dry. I set the shock cord for a water touch, make the final safety checks and walk the jumper to the edge! 3,2,1 a few seconds of gravity doing its work and then splash! Into the river to the knees! A big cheer from the crowd as the jumper is lowered into the boat. A big smile to the camera and another happy Bungy jumper!

And promise kept they still have dry feet!

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