Leon – Thrill seeker groups! Would you join one?
There is a growing trend of people joining “thrill-seeker groups,” or groups of people who enjoy dangerous, thrilling adventures together. With these daring activities becoming more popular, would you join such a group? Read on to learn more about thrill seeker groups and what they do.
What is a thrill seeker group?
A so-called thrill-seeker group is for people who are interested in activities that may be characterized as dangerous. Group members can take part in a whole host of activities, such as cliff-diving, bungee jumping, paragliding, mountaineering, scuba diving, skydiving, backcountry skiing and ice-climbing. Each group is different and the activities that the members choose to do are based on both interest and training. For example, some sports like mountaineering and ice-climbing require specialised training, while others like bungee-jumping are possible to do in an afternoon outing.
Some groups also organise longer trips to adrenaline-inducing destinations, such as to a particular mountain for skiing or to a competition for a specific activity. These trips may even be extended into weeklong holidays, where a group of friends all go to a particular destination that is known for a specific activity, such as the Himalayas for mountaineering or Indonesia for cave-diving.
Who can join?
Membership depends on the rules of the group and what activities the current members enjoy. Some groups are more open to learning specific skills, whereby the group members will take a class or training workshop together. Other groups may expect new members to come with a background or specific knowledge of a sport and may deny entry for those who do not yet possess certain skills. This is particularly true of groups or clubs that are focused on one sport and attend competitions or events about that sport, such as a mountaineering club or rock-climbing group.
To see whether you can join, you can contact the group directly to see if there are any special skills needed. Since each group is different, each one will have different requirements for membership. If one group denies you entry, there are most likely others around that will be glad to have you join their ranks.
What are the risks?
In every sport or activity, there are risks. However, risk management, or abiding my certain safety standards is your key to determining whether the activities are safe. Before you attempt each activity, you should research the risks of each one and assess whether your group is following the safety standards. You should also use your own comfort level to decide whether you participate. Feeling safe should be your top priority, as you don’t want to have to fill out a form for head injury compensation later.
Other things to consider
Beyond safety concerns, you should also determine whether the other people in the group will be both friendly and responsible. In some cases, the culture of thrill-seeker groups is one of competition and one-upping each other. In other groups, people just want to hang out and try exciting new sports and activities together. You should think about which social experience is right for you and join the group that feels right. That way, when you’re climbing a wall of solid ice or bungee jumping at 50 meters, you’ll feel great knowing you’re having the adventure of your life while in the company of good friends.
Damien Smith – Thrill seeking enthusiast and proffessional copywriter/journalist