Safety first: 10 things you should keep in mind before going for adventure sports

From doing a proper warm-up to loosen muscles, to wearing the right clothing, experts tell you what to do before attempting adventure sports.
Ensure that you are wearing proper safety gear.(Shutterstock)
Ensure that you are wearing proper safety gear.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 21, 2017 11:51 AM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Be it white water rafting in Rishikesh or paragliding in Bir, there are plenty of adventure sport options in India. Riding a wave, jumping off a cliff, driving an ATV bike... the thrill that an adventure sport gives you is unmatched. However, when you attempt an extreme sport like cliff jumping and base jumping, you put your life at risk. Be mentally prepared and listen to instructions carefully to be safe, say experts.

Here’s a checklist shared by experts from digital marketplace Paytm Travel, travel meta search engine Ixigo and online experiential travel platform Wandertrails that you must go through if adrenaline rush is on your mind:

1) The most important thing is to be mentally prepared and excited about the sport you are attempting. Ask yourself if you actually want to do it or is it just peer pressure. Go ahead only if you are confident.

2) If you suffer from vertigo, acrophobia, asthma or any heart disease, refrain from attempting such sports. Make sure that you are in pink of health and in case of minor ailments, take your doctor’s advice.

Consider doing an activity in tandem with a friend or a family member to give you more confidence. (HT photo)
Consider doing an activity in tandem with a friend or a family member to give you more confidence. (HT photo)

3) Follow everything that your trainers say to avoid any unforeseen situation. Ensure that you are not making too much noise and the trainer is audible enough for everyone.

4) At times of sudden thrust or fall, you may temporarily injure your knees, elbows and other body parts. Ensure that you are wearing proper safety gear. Don’t forget your helmet. Wear appropriate protective padding, if possible. This could include knees pads, elbow pads and wrist pads.

5) A proper warm-up is needed to keep muscles and joints flexible. Be sure to warm-up the muscles you’ll be working.

6) Don’t wear clothes that have chances of tearing or that may be uncomfortable while doing the sport.

7) Don’t take pictures while doing the sport. It can be extremely dangerous. Focus on what you are there for and make the best out of it.

8) It’s better when you do it along with a friend or a family member. It not only gives you more confidence while attempting it, but in case of an unforeseen situation, having someone you can count on, can be very helpful.

9) Check about the company before you risk your life, ask as many questions as possible about their high safety and risk management procedures. Choose a company that has been in the business for a while and is popular among the masses.

10) Before you opt for any adventure sport, make sure you carry a valid photo ID with yourself to prove your age.

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