Written by Claudia Ryks
Jumping of a waterfall can be exciting, loaded of full adrenaline, or even become a good anecdote to talk about. But at the same time, this can be pretty painful if you do it wrong. As I did. Meh...
For this reason, first I will share with you some tips of how to jump from a waterfall, or cliff, according to my personal experience, jumping from a 15-meter-waterfall in Moalboal, Philipiness (the highest I've ever done in my life).
Second, I will share what I did well, what I didn't do very well. And finally, I'll confess what were some consequences of not jumping correctly. So let's get started with these important tips.
6 Tips to jump from a waterfall (or cliff) without pain:
1) Practice jumping in a pool or from lower spots first
I know this is quiet obvious, but you need to know how to swim! In my case, I swim, but I am not an expert jumping from high cliffs.
For this reason, in the Kawasan Falls, I practiced jumping from a 3-meters-waterfall, and then from a 5-meter-one, before jumping the 15-meter-waterfall. This helped me gain confidence, and learn what I did wrong to improve on the next jump.
2) Take as much previous safety considerations as you can
These bullet points are the ones that I can think of according to the day of these jumps:
Depth: Whatever it is, either a waterfall, cliff, high rock, make sure the place you will jump to, is deep enough. You don't want to hit a rock or branches at the bottom, and ruin your holidays.
Popularity of the spot: If it is a popular spot where people always jump from, then that's a good start.
Expert friend or guide: In Philippines, they don't let you jump if you don't have a guide. Man, and I'm glad I followed their advice. The guide or a expert friend can tell you the best spot to jump from, and in what direction is better to jump.
Life jacket: This helped me getting out of the water way faster, and I didn't go too deep. Otherwise, depending on the depth of the pool, you may feel the bottom with you tippy toes.
Clear the spot: Check if the pool is clear of swimmers before you jump, and get out of the way after you jump, so others don't wait too long for their turn.
3) Observe how other people jump before you do it
Observing at others can give you more motivation to do it, because you may think, "If they can do it, then I can do it!." Observing will also let you learn from their experience/mistakes.