Alison Outerbridge 2017-05-02 10:04:45
CLIFF DIVING IS A BERMUDAIAN RITE OF PASSAGE - AND VISITIORS ARE TAKING NOTICE As you leap off a cliff, flying for a nanosecond before plunging into crystal-clear water, you’ll realise you are on vacation. And not just any vacation, but a Bermuda vacation. The feeling of exhilaration is one you’ll want to repeat again and again. From a young age, Bermudians spend summers jumping in the water — off bridges, docks, rocks and cliffs. The bigger the jump, the better. Now visitors are getting in on the action, searching out great cliff jumping locales and taking their GoPros with them. So, where should you go cliff jumping? A favourite is Admiralty House Park on the north shore of Pembroke Parish. The residence, once lived in by the island’s British admiral, has long been a ruin; but the parklands surrounding it are perfect for exploring and feature tunnels, caves, a cove and tracks out to the cliffs. Follow the track to the left of the beach to jump off the rocks, or head for Clarence Cove and jump off the dock next to the beach. The limestone formations close to Tobacco Bay in St. George’s provide a launching pad for cliff jumping, too — rocks and small islands surround the cove, so you may have an audience when you jump off at high tide. Tobacco Bay is also a great spot for snorkelling, paddleboarding and kayaking, with rentals available at the seasonal beach house. Cliff jumping can be dangerous, so here are a few do’s and don’ts: -Do check and make sure it is high tide. -Do ask advice from locals. -Do check the depth before jumping. -Do wear swimming shoes. -Don’t dive headfirst. -Don’t jump after drinking alcohol. -Don’t jump by yourself; have a friend with you. -Don’t forget to record the moment and post it!
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