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How to Jump at The Clam


So, what is the trick of jumping The Clam. I'll start with some beginning cliff jumping pointers from some guy named Stu.

"Cliff jumping is an extreme sport and by nature is dangerous. You owe it to yourself to make it as safe as possible. I try to follow several commonsense guidelines. If you are new to the sport, I recommend starting slow, going along with someone more skilled, and coming up with your own guidelines. Just for reference, here are mine:"

  1. Know your own ability. Don't push it.
  2. Take gradual steps. Before you jump off a 50 ft. cliff, jump off a 25 foot cliff.
  3. Always swim your landing spot before you jump it. Check the depth, pick your target, and swim around for obstacles.
  4. Know your physics. Your fall will be parabolic. Throw small stones to imitate your leap, get an idea of where jumps that are too long or too short might land. On high jumps, it seems to me that most people travel less horizontally than they expect. Per #1, don't jump for any targets that aren't double the size of your margin of error.
  5. Land with your feet together and arms crossed over your chest or firmly at your side. Arm-slap is extraordinary common for beginners.

Those are great recommendations, but The Clam has other complications that many don't think about.

Rules of jumping at The Clam:

  • Never jump in the winter or during a storm. (Most important rule)
  • Snorkel around The Clam and get to know were rocks stick up and what the different depths are for the different jumps.
  • Don't hesitate - to be explained...
  • Follow the tides, they can make a large difference in the depth of the water. Only jump when there is a medium tide or higher.
  • Don't jump at night
  • Don't drink and jump. I know that can be part of the fun, but with any extreme sport, you really don't need an impaired judgment when you put your life at risk.
  • Don't jump alone.

The most important thing to remember about The Clam is, NEVER jump in the winter time. Why you ask? Several reasons.

  • The water is cold, real cold!
  • The ocean is more turbulent
  • The surf can be big
  • Less people are around (Including Lifeguards)
  • It can be almost impossible to climb up the cliff walls when the surf keeps knocking you down.
  • If you get in trouble, chances of rescue are greatly reduced.

I made this mistake when I was in High School and it almost cost me my life.

As far as I know, three people have died "at" The Clam. Take note that I don't say from "jumping" at The Clam.

The three were within the last couple of years. These poor souls didn't die from jumping, they died from drowning in the winter surf. You argue that it was from the jumping that killed them, but you should read my story of how I almost died...you will understand.

Hesitation (explained) - So what does it mean to not hesitate when jumping you ask?

The old saying goes: "There are two categories of Cliff Jumpers: Grand Master and Stuff On Rock."

"If you fall you are Stuff, if you jump your a Master." Most of the accidents I have seen at The Clam were a result of someone running and then trying to stop. You will lose your footing and then fall of the cliff. Most of the jumps at The Clam require having some forward momentum to clear the cliff on the way down.

Click here to watch this real media video of what can happen if you hesitate

Once you start to make your approach, just go with it. Give it all you got and make that leap. Keep in the back of your mind that you will be safer landing in the water than rolling down the cliff.

Good luck out there guys & gals, let's all be Grand Masters!