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Bungee Jumping vs Skydiving | Which is More Dangerous?

When it comes to adventure sports, bungee jumping and skydiving are definitely the two most considered activities by travellers and thrill-seekers.

However, one of the most critical factors impacting their decision is which of the two is more dangerous.

In this article, I’ll be comparing bungee jumping vs skydiving and exploring the fatality rates of both. That way you make the decision of which of these adventure sports you’d like to try as your next adventure,


Is Bungee Jumping Dangerous?

When considering bungee jumping for the first time, one of the biggest questions beginners ask is:

“Is bungee jumping dangerous?”

The tricky thing about this is that friends, family and relatives will very quickly chime in with their opinions and recommendations.

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Some adamantly stating how crazy you are to even THINK about doing it, and how they know someone, who knows someone, who had a bad experience.

Yet, in many cases, they’ve never actually tried it themselves.

Unlike those people, I have actually done bungee jumping before, and not just once but 4 times! I have done 3 bungee jumps in New Zealand and 1 bungee jump in South Africa.


Here’s some footage from my experience bungee jumping in New Zealand:


Despite experiencing it for myself, I can of course, understand why people view bungee jumping as dangerous.

Sure, having your feet tied together by an elastic rope and diving head first towards the ground is not exactly risk-free. But when we look at the statistics, we do see a different story.

Given the state of modern technology and the strictness of protocol these days, the fatalities and injuries attributed to bungee jumping are less than often expected.

In case you’re not convinced, check out the stats that I was able to gather below.

They may help to shift your beliefs.


Is bungee jumping more dangerous than skydiving?

Bungee Jumping vs Skydiving – which is more dangerous?

The Fatality Statistics of Bungee Jumping:

After hours of research, I realised that the frequency of bungee jumping deaths is actually pretty low.

If it’s your first time bungee jumping, you’d be VERY unlucky to have something go wrong during your jump.

According to Best Health Degrees, the estimated death ratio is 1 to 500,000 jumps.

To put that in context…

Here’s how bungee jumping compares to some other popular adventure sports, from most dangerous to least dangerous.

  • Hang Gliding: 1 in 560
  • Canoeing: 1 in 10,000
  • Mountain Hiking: 1 in 15,700
  • Bicycling: 1 in 140,845
  • Bungee Jumping: 1 in 500,000

As you can see, the chance of you dying bungee jumping is miniscule compared to the number of successful jumps that are done every day!

You’re also more likely to have an accident canoeing than bungee jumping, which I’m sure many of you have already tried before.

If you’d like to give bungee jumping a go, there are many locations all over the world where you try it.


Here are some other great options to check out:


Now let’s turn our attention to skydiving.

Is Skydiving Dangerous?

Similar to bungee jumping, skydiving is another adventure sport that gets a bad rep for being high risk. It too involves plunging head first towards the ground.

And to make things even more frightening…

Instead of having a rope tied to your ankles, you wear a harness hoping to death that your parachute opens on cue.

And the cherry on top, you jump from 12,000-15,000 feet above the ground rather than from 100-200m.

Here’s some footage from my experience skydiving in Australia: 

Scary, ey!

Sure, when I frame it like this sounds freaking terrifying. However, technology has advanced a ton over the last 20-30 years and the instructors you tandem dive with are very experienced at what they do.

You must also keep in mind that most adventure companies, who specialise in skydiving, have very strict safety procedures and protocols that they follow.

Their mission is to ensure that you have a very safe and fun experience. Otherwise, customers would never go back and they’d never make any money.

Similar to bungee jumping, let’s take a look at some statistics below.


The Fatality Statistics of Skydiving:

As we did earlier, let’s now compare skydiving to bungee jumping, in terms of fatality statistics.

Using the same source mentioned above, skydiving is said to have a fatality rate of 1 death per 101,083 jumps.

That’s less than 1 death for every 100,000 jumps!

This means that, again, you would have to be pretty unlucky to die when skydiving.

Let’s now add that into the list of other sports and see where it sits.

  • Hang Gliding: 1 in 560
  • Canoeing: 1 in 10,000
  • Mountain Hiking: 1 in 15,700
  • Skydiving: 1 in 101,083
  • Bicycling: 1 in 140,845
  • Bungee Jumping: 1 in 500,000
  • Skiing: 1 in 1,4000,000
  • Snowboarding: 1 in 2,200,000

This gives you a clear indication of where the two sit in terms of injury and risk. However, I’d like to add one more thing into the mix to blow your little cotton socks off.


Bungee Jumping vs. Skydiving - is skydiving more dangerous?

Like me, you probably drive a car right?

Yep, well have I got some news for you.

I did some research into car death fatalities and associated statistics.

Did you know? According to Budget Direct, in 2020 the global average of road fatalities from car accidents is 18.2 deaths per 100,000 people.

Here’s a visual graph showing the breakdown of deaths per 100,000 people, within a select number of countries:

Fatality Statistics for Driving vs. Bungee jumping and Skydiving

So based off the above stats, you’re:

  • 18 times more likely to die driving to work compared to skydiving and
  • 91 times more likely to die from driving when compared to bungee jumping

Crikey, I don’t think I’ll ever drive again!

Just kidding.

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BUT if you do have the courage to drive everyday of the week (now knowing the stats), I’d suggest you overcome your fear of bungee jumping or skydiving.

Instead, just GO DO IT!

If you’d like to give skydiving a go, there are many locations all over the world where you can try it.

Here are some great examples to check out:


In Conclusion – 

What is More Dangerous – Skydiving or Bungee Jumping?

In conclusion, the fatality statistics associated with bungee jumping vs skydiving reveal that skydiving is in fact more dangerous than bungee jumping with nearly a 5x greater chance of dying (Skydiving = 1 death per 101,083 jumps | Bungee Jumping = 1 death per 500,000 jumps).

However, as highlighted above, the risks of dying whilst doing either of these adventure sports is extremely low, with less than 1 death per 100,000 successful jumps.

This compares to 18.2 deaths per 100,000 people as a result of a car accident.

I hope that this article has helped to put the risks of these two adventure sports into perspective, and give you the confidence to try these incredible adventure sports for yourself.

Try not to let the opinions of others prevent you from ticking something amazing off your bucket list.

If you’d like to read more about bungee jumping or skydiving you can check out some of our other articles below:


You can also watch more videos of my experiences bungy jumping, skydiving and doing other adventures on our Youtube Channel.

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