One question that we're frequently asked is 'how do you find your jumps?'
Well, we're always on the lookout for new spots, rocks, islands and platforms to jump off. When we see a place that we think is suitable, we test it out. We pride ourselves on our robust safety measures so every jump that we do needs to be tested out extensively - I know, our job is tough right? So here's the method to our madness:
1. Check the depth.
It's of the utmost importance that you check the depth of the water that you're jumping into - generally speaking most jumps will work at high tide, but on a lower tide its not so easy to judge. We always take time to measure the depth with a small underwater mission before jumping.
2. Measure the Height.
Jumping is scary - that's a fact. If it wasn't scary, it wouldn't be fun.Every jump that you do is a huge achievement no matter how big or small (more often than not the small jumps are the best!) Before we test a new jump, we always measure its height to gain an understanding of how long we will be in the air and to anticipate the landing. One of most important pieces of safety equipment is our throwlines - these are compact bags containing a length of rope which we can use to assist our guests when swimming and climbing. They also double up as giant tape measures allowing us to see just how big our jumps are.
3. Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Once the depth of the water and the height of the drop are known, someone needs to tests it out.
Historically, the most scientifically sound way to decide who goes first is Rock, Paper, Scissors, and to this day, it's our most successful method of choosing who is going to be the jumping guinea pig.