Extreme high diving made possible by turning the diver into a dart
Darko SavicJan 23, 2022
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A way to dive from extreme heights without injury (if done right). A diver straps something resembling a medieval jousting lance to their feet, effectively transforming oneself into a dart. Jousting lance cushions the blow.
Currently, the world record for highest dive is 58.8 m (193 ft). The World High Diving Federation advises that no one should dive from 20 meters (65.5 feet) or higher unless professional rescue scuba divers are standing by.
A new extreme sport for adrenaline junkies to have fun.
This contraption should enable dives that are significantly higher than the current world record.
How it works
Consider the anatomy of a dart (below). Replace the barrel and shaft with a human and strap the flight to their body, starting from their waist and ending around their chest.
The end result is something like this:
Make the flight look more manly and you have a new adrenaline sport:) The flight is made out of parachute fabric and is fluffy enough to cause significan air resistance. This helps the contraption point downwards.
Quick release straps open as soon as the contraption hits the water so that the diver's swimming can be unobstructed.
During the jump, the diver would hold their arms close to their body. They could be released from a helicopter or from platforms on top of suitable clifs.
it's not the fall that kills you it's the sudden stop (high G force) at the end. The jousting lance cushions the blow by piercing the water and gradually spreading it. The diver is eventually slowed down by friction coming from all sides rather than a sudden stop.
Tests and software
Crash dummy experiments would be done with different dummy weights, heights, body composition, etc. Eventually a real diver would be measured and the software would output:
maximum permissible height of the dive
The diver would then choose how high they want to go.