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Tips On Cliff Diving

The most exhilarating experience I’ve ever had was when I visited the Long Island, Bahamas. My family and I asked locals where an awesome spot to cliff dive was. They immediately smiled and told us about Dean’s Blue Hole. Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known blue hole with entrance below the sea level. The blue hole plunges 663 feet! This blue hole is actually a sink hole. Its diameter is 82-to-115 feet! So you can imagine my fear in swimming across it when we visited!

Dean's Blue Hole, located in Long Island, Bahamashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean%27s_Blue_Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole, located in Long Island, Bahamas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean%27s_Blue_Hole

The water surrounding the blue hole was crystal clear. The sand beneath out feet was also extremely soft. In fact, there was not much marine life in this area. We swam with snorkels across the blue hole and could see nothing but pure darkness from below. There was a cold water flow coming from the hole, which made it mysterious and terrifying all at once.

We learned from the locals that many tourists and inhabitants often jump from the cliff-side opposite from the sandy beach entrance. In fact, there is man-made trail carved out and worn from constant use.

After swimming for a while, my sister and cousin, Elise Wideman and Belinda Ressel, found the courage within ourselves to take part in this jumping ritual. We pushed up the hill and walked the trail leading to the cliff. The surrounding cliff is approximately 40 feet.

Elise Wideman jumping in mid-air from the 40-foot cliff at Dean's Blue Hole. I had already jumped and am already in the water down below.

Elise Wideman jumps in mid-air from the 40-foot cliff at Dean’s Blue Hole. I had already jumped and am already in the water down below.

We jumped, one by one. We jumped from 40 feet into hard water. The drop was so exciting! The impact was a bit painful. However, accidents do happen. Belinda improperly landed on her butt, which resulted in a chipped tooth.

Before conducting such a dangerous activity, it is important to know how to properly cliff jump to avoid a chipped tooth and many other more serious accidents. These may be just general tips and common sense, but they are good reminders and important information for beginners.

The first and foremost tip is to never go cliff diving alone. This goes without saying. The risk of getting hurt is high, and the last thing you want is to not have anyone around to help. My advice is to bring friends along even if they don’t plan on jumping.

Second, always make sure there are no swimmers anywhere near where you are jumping. You don’t want to land on anybody. Always scope the area and make sure your friends are a safe distance, if not all the way out of the water completely.

Third, if you’re a beginner, you’re going to want to wear sneakers. The water below you may feel like concrete among impact, especially from high jumps. Shoes help with the impact and also provide safety if, for any reason, your feet come in contact with the ocean floor and sharp objects.

Fourth, know that pressure may be an issue for your ears. Just be aware of that. Some people put drops of olive in their ears or silicone.

Fifth, always scope around the area and check how deep the water is. For example, we all used snorkels to swim around the area we would potentially land. If the water is no deeper that 4 meters, then I wouldn’t recommend jumping. The last thing you ever want to do is land on an ocean floor. Also be aware that some bodies of water have tides. Make sure the water is deep enough, even if you’ve been in that area before. Water levels may have changed.

Sixth, your body should be lucid as you jump. You want to have a tight body structure as you jump. Your arms should be tight on the sides of your body in a pin-like straight position. You should jump feet first. Diving head first anywhere is always dangerous, especially from heights of these sizes!

Seventh, your goal is to slide freely straight down into the water. When you impact the water, your toes should be stretch and your arms still tight to your side. Once you become experienced with cliff diving, you can loosen your body more. But always be mindful of different heights, and adjust your body accordingly. Just to be safe, always jump with a straight, tight body dynamic when exploring new heights.

Eighth, as you get closer to the water, blow hard out of your nose. Keep your mouth firmly closed and tight as to avoid chipping any teeth. I know, it’s hard not to scream and lose all of your breath, but it is essential you keep this fact in mind.

Ninth, when you land in the water, keep pushing your breath out of your nose all the way until your body stops moving down with momentum. This will keep water from getting in your nose. Swim to the surface and constantly breathe out from your nose.

Tenth, have fun. Motivate your friends, but never use peer-pressure. This is an amazing experience for everyone!

For an awesome video that depicted my personal experience exactly, visit http://icliffdive.com/deans-blue-hole-cliff-jumping-with-gopros/

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About Christy Wideman

Hello! My name is Christy Wideman, and I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. I graduated from Lecanto High School top 3% of my graduating class with summa cum laude. I am an assertive individual with high expectations of myself. I am an optimistic person who proactively gets things finished on time and in good quality. I work well with deadlines. I believe in turning every opportunity into a positive experience and every challenge into an adventure. I am focused on gaining all types of media, news, and writing experience. I discovered my passion for writing my senior year in high school upon applying for scholarships around my community. Since then, my enthusiasm for media and writing has flourished! I am constantly practicing reporting and gaining media related news experience and feedback here at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. During my graduation year of high school I attended dozens of scholarship ceremonies in which I gave multiple speeches about my high school career and potential future career. After applying for and receiving 20 award-winning scholarships from my community, I was even included in the newspaper various occasions. I have worked 150+ hours of community service, including working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and Invisible Children organizations. I have also spent a lot of time and effort with Hospice. Apart from the various services I have conducted, I have also been a member of multiple groups and organizations, including Key Club, the National Honor Society. I am currently also a member of the Florida Opportunity Scholars at the University of Florida. Finally, I engage myself in high-stung activities. I love water sports and have a passion for anything that involves receiving an adrenaline rush. My biggest strengths are involvement and familiarity. I never turn down the opportunity to learn through experience. For recreation I jet-ski, water-ski, wake-board, I go spelunking, surf, paintball, scuba-dive, tube, deep-sea fish, canoe, kayak, knee-board, etc. Being a Floridian, I have done a multitude of other activities such as: sailing, horseback riding, four-wheeling, iceskating, karate, wall-climbing, rifle-shooting, go-carting, camping, mountain biking, white water-rafting, and cliff-jumping. I am certain that any person with the understanding, experience and acquaintance with a specific area of focus will have the knowledge and ability to easily write about it with the goal to inform others. If you are interested in learning more about me or contacting me after seeing my site, visit my Contact Me page. Thank you again for visiting my media portfolio website.

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2 thoughts on “Tips On Cliff Diving

  1. Awesome post, Ronald! Your posts are extremely valuable to both of our adventurous followers !

    Posted by Christy Wideman | August 4, 2015, 5:35 pm

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