Shallow diving

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Shallow diving is an extreme sport, whereby enthusiasts attempt to dive from the greatest height into the shallowest depth of water, without sustaining injury. It is typically associated with travelling circuses along with the strongman, performing animals, clowns and other such attractions.


Divers aim to hit the water horizontally in a manner akin to the Belly flop. This spreads the impact over the greatest surface area, and achieves the fastest deceleration.

World record[edit]

  • Professor Splash (ne. Darren Taylor) successfully dove from 36.6 feet (11.15 m) into a paddling pool of depth 1 foot (30 cm).[1]
  • Roy Fransen successfully dove from 110 feet (33.5 m) into 8 feet (2.4 m) of water.


  1. ^ "BBC News - Shallow diver breaks world record for paddling pool jump". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2012-08-13.