6 Safety tips for cliff diving this summer
Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 9:18 am
Going off the grid and venturing into the wilderness with good friends is a must when the warmer months start to roll through. While there is ample room for fun around every corner – this landscape provides a much different terrain than the city centres most of us are used to.
Everyone wants to explore their adventurous side when it comes to cliff jumping. While this extreme activity is a lot of fun – people can succumb to peer pressure and make the plunge without taking into account the necessary safety precautions.
Here are 6 necessary safety measures that you need to know before making the big jump.
- Don’t go cliff diving alone. Take your friends along, in case something goes wrong.
- Make sure you wait for your friends to step out of the water before you decide to make the jump. This will make things easier for you to concentrate and will prevent hurting anyone. If you have a neoprene wetsuit bring it along. If you’re a beginner, bring your sneakers too.
- Check out how deep the water is. You can do that by engaging in a little research on that particular river or lake or simply ask someone that can help you with this information.
- As you start to come in contact with the water, remember to breathe out through your nose, not to let any water affect your breathing process.
- When your body hits the water, it should have a tight and dynamic shape. Keep your toes stretched and arms very close to your body, so you could slide freely and easily.
- It is recommended that you get a serious training from someone with experience at first and if you are indeed a beginner, start with relatively small cliffs. It also goes without saying – but you need to be a solid swimmer. You will be hitting the water at a high velocity and you need to be able to reorient yourself to come back to the surface.
While this is the quintessential summer activity with a good group of friends, it can also lead to very serious spinal cord injury if conducted haphazardly. Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions and always remain on the safe side if you are unsure of anything.
Spinal cord injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. Injuries to the spinal cord can be a complete spinal injury that robs a person from feeling, function or sensation below the level of injury.
If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, contact the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC for a free consultation. Call (416) 625-2122.