High diving is the act of diving into water from large or extreme heights. High diving can be done as an adventure sport (as with cliff diving), as a performance stunt (as with many records attempts), or competitively during sporting events. It recently debuted as a sport at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona. Men jump from a 27 metres (89 ft) high platform while women jump from 20 metres (66 ft) platform. High diving has been labeled a separate sport from regular diving by FINA.
The first female world champion in this sport was Cesilie Carlton of the USA who won with a total score of 211.60.
There is considerable debate surrounding record claims for the highest dive, which largely revolves around what constitutes a valid dive. The following is a list of dives that are contenders for the title.