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Tombstoning is a high-risk activity that involves jumping or diving from a height into water. It can be dangerous because:

  • water depth alters with the tide

  • the water may be shallower than it seems - submerged objects like rocks may not be visible

  • the shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim

  • strong currents can rapidly sweep people away

However, for those who wish to participate in tombstoning, taking into account the following advice beforehand can reduce the risks:
  • Check for hazards in the water. Rocks or submerged objects under the sea may not be visible through the surface.
  • Check the depth of the water. Remember, tides can rise or fall very quickly; it may start off deep enough but can quickly become shallower.
  • As a rule of thumb, a jump of 10m requires a depth of at least 5m.
  • Never jump while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure.
  • Consider the risk to others. Remember, young people could be watching and attempt to mimic the activity.
  • Check for access; it may be impossible to get out of the water.