The World’s Most Extreme Water Sports – Part 3

Cliff Diving

This is perhaps the most self-explanatory of all the sports on this list, cliff diving is basically finding a cliff or an extremely high place near water, standing on that ledge then taking a dive into the depths below. Simple but incredibly dangerous and as such the perfect activity for thrill seekers all over the world.

As you may be able to imagine this isn’t something new to the world, in fact as a sport it dates back as far as the 18th century (at least in recorded history) where it was first enjoyed by the Hawaiians, another jewel in their water sporting crown. The sport has seen more recognition recently thanks to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series which is an annual competition that was first established in the year 2009. All participants need is an iron will, a steely determination and the courage of a lion to participate, though high fitness levels and a flare for acrobatics will help too.

Deep Water Solo

It takes bravery to leap of these cliffs but it takes true grit to hold onto them and manoeuvre across without any ropes of safety gear. Deep Water Solo is considered by many to be the truest form of rock climbing. The only gear participants wear is a pair of climbing shoes (though clothes are usually worn too), other than that it’s simply a bag of chalk to give their hands grip. Free soloing is the only form of climbing more dangerous, essentially by doing it near water your providing yourself with a possible crash mat, aka the ocean.

Deep water Solo is practised all over the world by those brave enough to do it, it originated in Mallorca which is considered to be the finest destination to enjoy it in Europe. Other popular places to take part in this activity are Olympos in Turkey, Maui, Railay in Thailand and Pembroke in Britain. It takes immense skill to do this though so make sure you wrack up plenty of hours on the climbing wall before you give this a shot.

Freediving

Finally, we have freediving, a sport considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world, second only to base jumping. Freediving is the act of diving as deep as you can with no oxygen, simply holding your breath and making your way into the abyss. Many have died taking part in freediving, even professional divers.

But what’s so appealing about this dangerous activity?

When people dive deep into the sea, specifically beyond 60-70m they will begin to feel a certain sense of euphoria, a calming and relaxed feeling that is something of a natural high. This is because nitrogen gasses build up in the brain creating these sensations.

For anyone who considers taking part in freediving it is extremely important that you acquire enough training and experience before. This is not just training for diving but also of the mind as well, it takes an extremely cool head to deal with all the dangers this sport poses.

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