Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How to safely perform a cliff dive somersault

fig1.png
Fig2.png
Fig3.png
fig4.png

Whether you’re escaping an evil villain or simply showing off, a cliff dive is an impressive feat. British cliff diver Gary Hunt, who is competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on 22 May (Redbull.tv), explains how to safely perform an impressive plunge.

  1. “Remember, before doing a cliff dive, practise by starting with a small dive in a swimming pool with appropriate facilities and instruction. When you move on to a cliff dive, make sure the water is four metres deep in a large area by snorkelling around the landing site. Start with your feet right on the edge of the platform. Some divers curl their toes over the edge so they can push away better. Keep your chin up but with your eyes at a 45-degree angle down so you can see the water below.”
  2. “When you dive off, you need to time a thrusting jump forwards with your legs with a throwing motion with your arms to create the rotation in the air.”
  3. “To continue the somersault, adopt the tuck position by raising your knees and rotating your body as you fall. Then, when the somersault is complete, use your core strength to rebalance your body and adopt the vertical position ready for landing. Long before you approach the water, your body should be almost completely vertical.”
  4. “Enter the water feet first. You want your feet to be at a slight angle, as if you’re standing on your tip toes, to break through the water more easily. Your arms should be pressed to your body. Keep your body tight or the water will split your legs apart, which will be painful.”

Related

fig1.jpg

How to survive a close encounter with a lion

How To 1.jpg

How to expertly surf a huge wave

fig1-2.jpg

How to correctly swing a polo stick

Comments

More

Why failing your driving test is actually something to brag about

If only your 18-year-old self knew this

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jul 2017

David Attenborough's producer is filmed in shocking road rage attack

"Put your hands on the car and get ready to die"

by Gary Ogden
24 Jul 2017

Ivanka Trump has single-handedly redefined the word irony

Don't believe everything you read on the internet

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jul 2017

13 X-rated history facts you won't have learnt at school

Mozart once wrote a song called "Lick my Arse"

by Emily Reynolds
21 Jul 2017

The world has voted for its favourite colour

Get painting

by Emily Reynolds
21 Jul 2017

The five biggest turn-offs that ruin a date, according to singles

Keep a note

21 Jul 2017

Japan's First Lady did what anybody would do when meeting Trump

The greatest prank ever pulled

by Gary Ogden
21 Jul 2017

The 19 best-value places to head for a last-minute beach holiday

It's not too late

by Tom Victor
21 Jul 2017

The BBC has uploaded 40 hours of 'Planet Earth' footage

We all need this after a long week

by Emily Reynolds
21 Jul 2017

Should you be allowed time off for 'pet-ernity' leave?

Yet another reason you need a dog

by Gary Ogden
21 Jul 2017