Having a “bucket list” is a great way to accomplish your personal goals and aspirations. If you’re looking to add a few items to your list, consider adding these four extreme sports to challenge yourself and accomplish things you never thought you could.
Despite what you may have heard, sky diving is actually less risky than you might think. Statistically speaking, sky diving is safer than your morning commute. Sky diving is a unique experience you’ll never forget, and will be a great conversation starter for years to come. Sky diving with your friends and family can be a great bonding experience and a team effort. Falling over 13,000 feet will be unlike any experience you’ve ever had on Earth.
If you can tolerate heights as well as overcome the mental challenge of free-falling, you must try bungee jumping. Experienced jumpers have said that the feeling you get while bungee jumping is both surreal and exhilarating. You may be afraid of the jerking motion of the cable, however those who have jumped before can tell you that it’s actually a very smooth ride. In addition, if you decide to make bungee jumping a more permanent hobby, the equipment is relatively inexpensive. You can purchase bungee shock cords starting at $15.00. (Be sure to have professional instruction before placing any bungee cord rope.)
If you’ve ever contemplated a trip to Norway, consider adding glacier climbing to your itinerary. Climbing itself is a challenging sport, and climbing a glacier is even more dangerous. However, if you are an avid climber and you enjoy spectacular views of nature, give this sport a try.
If the arctic climates are not appealing to you, consider a more tropical sport. SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving is a somewhat less demanding sport that can offer a one-of-a-kind underwater experience. Of course, there can be risks associated with the pressure of being under hundreds of feet of water, so you’ll need proper training. However, if you are willing to go through the training and certification process, you can swim with tropical fish, sharks, manta rays, dolphins and see breathtaking coral reefs.
There is no greater feeling in this world than conquering your fears and taking a risk. The adrenaline you’ll feel after checking one of these four sports off your list will be incomparable to any other. Trying any of these four extreme sports will leave you with a sense of pride and accomplishment you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.