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August 14, 2013 Last updated: October 15, 2018

How to Make a Rope Swing and Fly Like Tarzan: An Illustrated Guide

1. Gather materials: 1. Thirty feet of nylon rope, at least 1 inch in diameter. 2. A sturdy tree branch at least 8 inches thick that leans well out over the water – ideally 10 or 15 feet. 2. Clear the area of debris and test the water. The depth should be at least 8 ft. Make sure there are no rocks or logs in the landing area. 3. Use a running bowline know to secure the rope to the tree. It’s a durable know, and won’t strangle the tree. 4. Use a double overhand knot at various heights for hand grips while swinging. Be sure to have one each for kiddos, teenagers, and adults. 5. Test your weight on the swing and do a few smaller, low velocity jumps to make sure it will hold. 6. To gain maximum distance and height, make sure you let go before you hit 45 degrees. The ideal degree has many variables, but stick with between 30-35 degrees and you’ll fly through the air like Tarzan.

Summer is swiftly coming to an end. One of the ways to enjoy the last of the warm weather weekends is to take an afternoon by the lake or river and make a rope swing. Safety is paramount, and close behind is gaining maximum height and velocity. We show you how to do both. See you at the ol’ swimming hole!

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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