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Staying Aware Of The Safety Risks Of Zorbing

After several questionable incidents have occurred during zorbing rides, the safety risks have become better known across the world. Regulations have been put in place that analyzes the potential risks and warns those who are considering the extreme sport should anything occur. Safety bodies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the US have especially warned against the possibility of both suffocations inside the zorb or drowning when participating in aqua zorbing, which is done with the zorb floating on water with the rider inside.

Although many risks are posed when zorbing, the creators of the extreme sport, Dwayne van der Sluis and Andrew Akers of ZORB Limited have made it publicly clear that this could be heightened by the amount of zorb-style activities which are not affiliated with their brand. The Zorb Limited company is not immune to its own amount of risks, but the altering of rules, materials used and landscapes on which zorbing takes place could all contribute to the adding of risks to the safety reputation of the activity.

The various risks, especially for those who have existing medical conditions, have been advertised on various occasions, such as an announcement by the Queensland Health and Safety group in 2010. There may be a danger to any users of this product, but those with heart, lung or respiratory problems could be at an even higher risk. This is since it can easily occur that the oxygen levels within the zorb deplete during the ride, while the carbon dioxide levels increase as a result. It is the responsibility of every zorbing company to keep users informed of the danger potential that comes with the activity. Zorbing might be a fun-focused adventure, but safety in any extreme sport should always come first.

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The Necessary Safety Precautions To Be Take When Zorbing

Whether it’s a simple roller coaster ride at an amusement park or a ride in a speedboat, every adventurous activity requires a certain amount of safety precautions. This also applies to zorbing, be it on flat land, a hill or on a body of water. Zorbing may be an activity suitable for children as young as 7 years old, all that join in should put certain steps in place before taking part.

The co-owner of the original Zorb company, Andrew Akers, has stated before that no one has ever become nauseous to the point of getting ill during a ride. Whether true or not, it is best not to eat any heavy meals before going zorbing. Anyone with breathing problems or claustrophobia should also take caution, as the confined space inside the zorb can be intimidating, as well as become filled with more carbon monoxide than oxygen. Every ride is preceded by a briefing whereby the guide will give precautionary advice and prepare the riders for what lies ahead. Simple pieces advice includes not wearing jewelry as it could pierce the plastic zorb, but very few steps need to be taken as the experience has a high level of safety.

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