Mostar Bridge Dive
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 11, 2013 6:14 AM Last Post By: itsnotpossible
Feb 4, 2012 3:53 PM
Feb 4, 2012 4:00 PM
Feb 4, 2012 5:11 PM
2I met some divers in Mostar a few months ago (some of them were still diving, others retired). They told me there have been a few women divers in the past, but whether the locals would let you dive (as a non-local) is another story!
The arch of the bridge from where they dive is around 24 metres in height - I don't remember how deep the river is at this point (I think it was around 6 metres deep, but don't quote me on that). Some of the divers spoke of hitting their legs at the bottom of the river when diving in feet first.
Also, the river is very, very cold all year round, so bear that in mind as well.
It would be best to speak to the divers about this when you get to Mostar, if in the unlikely chance they do let you dive off the bridge, expect to pay some money to their club. If you're serious about this, bring as many credentials as possible (e.g. your cliff diving record).
The best place to watch a jump is from the diver's clubroom, which is in a watchtower right beside the bridge. They are friendly guys, and are well worth talking to. It was a highlight of my visit talking to the divers and drinking coffee with them.
Oh, people have died before from diving off the bridge. Or been seriously injured.
Feb 11, 2012 12:18 PM
3One of 7 women, Mrs. Sabina Vasic jumped from the bridge in July 1962
Use Google translator from Croatian to English to read the article.
If you have never jumped with parashoot, do not attemped to jump from Old bridge, you might become disabled person. You won't be able to walk for whole rest of life.
High of over than 40 meters makes very strong hit at the surface of the water. Any unstabile enter in the water might to broke your main bone or arm. You have to learn tehnique of jumpings from older jumpers first. You have to hit surface of the water with your legs or if jum is at head, you have to hit surface with your arms to make litle bit lower strongest of hitting at the surface.
Sep 23, 2012 10:27 AM
4We have had four deaths since May 2012 ,including an Australian 22 year old who's body was not
Found for 18 days .It turned up12miles downstream.Around 5%
Of non professionals have died this year .Better to talk to the police before the
Jump club for facts .
Also after a tv was aired in Australia by two comedians , the jump was made to
Look fairly safe. What you didn't see on that program fro
'Hamish and Andy ' was the divers who did safety check on the water before they dove.
It is not safe , but if you must jump. Do it directly after a pro has , so you know
Your back won't be broken by a branch etc on impact.(it's not deep)
This is how my jump didn't end in major injury ,only a knee injury .
Sep 23, 2012 10:35 AM
5I do urge you to get facts before a jump is made ,
You would be safer attempting a Basejump than the Mostar bridge
Jump. The bridges jump club you are paying 25 euro to jump is NOT a place
To get facts .Do you think they care if you break your pelvis ?
Talk to the police/local guides for advice .
Best of luck if you do jump .
Aug 11, 2013 6:14 AM
6I jumped off the bridge a couple of days ago, it's something I've wanted to do for 24 years so I knew before going I had to. I met another couple of guys in Corfu that did the jump last week and someone else yesterday who jumped.
Anyone, male or female (not overweight) can jump off the bridge as long as you show it a little respect.
I've jumped many times from high rocks up to 18m but according to the locals the river was low and on the day the height was 28m.
I paid the 25 euro plus gave the guy a 10 euro tip for training me and to be honest it was money well spent. In total they spent about three hours with me including talking, training and after the jump. You get a certificate and your name in a book, I'm the 867th person to jump off since the bridge was destroyed during the Yugoslavian wars.
After the training jumps I was confident and committed and I don't feel like there was really any danger as long as you know what you are doing. The river is 5m deep so you wont touch the bottom, even if you did it would be so gentle it wouldn't hurt (my friends and I used to jump 12m into 2.5m of water, you touched the bottom as you would if you jumped off a table). They check the river for branches or anything you can land on, there is someone spotting you from the bottom, another at the top and someone else to keep the tourists away from you while you prepare to jump.
You always hear stories of people dying but there is nothing in the news, I heard so many stories on the way there (one of a guy who jumped 27 times in 3 days) but almost all of them are made up.
Anyway, compared to a zip line or any of the other similar priced activities I would choose this any day, it was definitely an experience I will never forget.
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