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Shallow diving

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 longest time decelerating, before hitting the bottom of the container where the water is held.

World recordEdit

  • Professor Splash (ne. Darren Taylor) successfully dove from 37.8 feet (11.52 m) into a paddling pool of depth 1 foot (30 cm) breaking his record for a successive 20th time.[1]
  • Roy Fransen successfully dove from 110 feet (33.5 m) into 8 feet (2.4 m) of water.


  1. ^ Thorne, Dan (2015-08-18). "w005:Highest Shallow Dive". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2017-06-25.