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Why build a diving board twice the Olympic height?

  • Published on Nov 20, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • The Montreal Olympic Sports Centre has a 20m (65ft) diving board. That's twice the Olympic height. Why would anyone need that? ◾ The Centre: parcolympique.qc.ca/centrespo... ◾ Thanks to @Lysanne_Richard
    Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  4 months ago +27461

    I did ask, and no, I couldn't throw the 360° camera down at the same time!

    • Paul Tunstall
      Paul Tunstall Month ago

      You shouldn't have asked. You should have just thrown it and asked for forgiveness after 🤣🤣🤣

    • Leonardo
      Leonardo Month ago

      You could have put it in the zipline...

    • 2Stroke Tyson
      2Stroke Tyson Month ago

      least nobody can say you didnt try

    • Buckethead
      Buckethead Month ago


    • Interstellarsurfer
      Interstellarsurfer Month ago

      It's amazing how many Canadians don't know English.

  • ElectroBOOM
    ElectroBOOM 4 months ago +10199

    The precision of diving from so high and landing so smoothly in water is incredible! I have been dropped on my back in water enough from just a meter enough to be scared of 2 meters for life, let alone 20 meters!

    • xidiffi YT
      xidiffi YT 20 days ago

      i feel on my belly from a 5 meter board it was really painfull so i feel your pain

    • Armin Gleißner
      Armin Gleißner Month ago

      10m is no big deal at all. Little 10 year old kids do it all the time. It is way easier than you think.

    • Tomás
      Tomás Month ago

      @Ezanee Gires Genious.

    • Ezanee Gires
      Ezanee Gires Month ago +1

      Pool bridge rectifier

    • H B
      H B 4 months ago

      @helmit14 You can't put voltage _into_ anything.

  • Cleric
    Cleric 4 months ago +5284

    Legend has it Tom is still up there to this day, wandering the scaffolding and trembling as he clutches the railing. It is said that if you stay still and listen closely, the railing will sway and wobble as you hear "I'm harnessed in, I'm harnessed in, I'm harnessed in."

    • Bruvian Ferrarius
      Bruvian Ferrarius 27 days ago


    • Generic Protagonist
      Generic Protagonist Month ago +3

      @Sable Saber I'd be like Beni from The Mummy, just pulling out symbols of every religion and praying in their respective languages. Lmao.

    • Thomas Kositzki
      Thomas Kositzki Month ago


    • Alèxia
      Alèxia Month ago

      Okay that actually made me crack up out loud XD

    • Shawn Benson
      Shawn Benson 2 months ago

      @Vina Waldren b j . n BHI

  • Travis Williams
    Travis Williams 3 months ago +1325

    It's one thing to drop like a stone, it's another to drop with such grace and do all those flips and turns. Absolutely crazy talent.

    • josh blahnamehere
      josh blahnamehere 23 days ago +2

      @6SecondSilence petty

    • Fred
      Fred 25 days ago

      i watch "freerunning schlappen" all the time. they dive from 25 meters aswell and do flips and stuff. but this is still something different. perfect landing and perfect flips. not an inch over or underrotated.

    • 6SecondSilence
      6SecondSilence 25 days ago

      @lakoka You don't seem to understand what 'talent' is. Anyone could do this. A dog could do this, if they were forced or trained to. Natural "talent" has zero bearing here.

    • lakoka
      lakoka 26 days ago +1

      @6SecondSilence its talent to even dare do this

    • 6SecondSilence
      6SecondSilence Month ago +1

      Zero 'talent' involved here. It's practice and work. Anyone could do this, but few choose (or have the means) to.

  • Anton Janus
    Anton Janus 4 months ago +735

    Tom just gave more publicity to Olympic diving than the Canadian Olympic Committee or the sport itself had ever done. Amazing exposé.

    • Alex H
      Alex H 25 days ago +5

      I once heard a stand-up comedian say that they should have a regular dude try all the Olympic sports, just to show you how hard it is and just to show you how easy the athletes make it look. Diving looks easy: you’re just falling! But it, like many things, is much harder than it looks.

    • A Supremely Unremarkable Brick
      A Supremely Unremarkable Brick Month ago +11

      @Cal Saves the World Ah yes, because every sport is simply business only. After all it's not like half the worlds population enjoys soccer recreationally lmao.

    • Shudder Fly
      Shudder Fly 2 months ago +57

      @Cal Saves the World It is good that the other sports of the world are not recreational. Nope. Strictly business.

    • minimuu
      minimuu 2 months ago +66

      @Cal Saves the World then what counts as a real sport

  • a b
    a b 4 months ago +714

    I would LOVE to see a video on the physics of what it takes to be safe jumping from that height

    • Danny Gilbert
      Danny Gilbert 20 days ago

      I've never dived from that height, but from 10 metres all it takes is squeezing every muscle in your body as hard as you possibly can

    • GeraltofRivia
      GeraltofRivia Month ago +2

      Open water generally isn't stationary. Pools will be a higher impact because of this.

    • NatsBigWorld
      NatsBigWorld Month ago +3

      ​@Alexabix that is terrifying

    • William Brennan
      William Brennan 3 months ago +26

      @Alexabix Also I think the flipping manuever actually slows you down by increasing air resistance

    • Admetus
      Admetus 3 months ago +8

      Probably the splitting of the water beginning from the toes and tensing of the muscles so that it doesn't beat your organs up.

  • Username McTypey
    Username McTypey 4 months ago +142

    Love how Tom restates facts about how safe he is to himself when he's afraid.

  • Lysanne Richard
    Lysanne Richard 4 months ago +26030

    Thanks for the chat Tom! It was a pleasure meeting you and have a chance to talk about my sport!

    • Sean Young
      Sean Young 59 minutes ago

      You are amazing lysanne you’re mental in the best way possible

    • Boco Corwin
      Boco Corwin 10 hours ago

      You're a badass

    • D Taylor
      D Taylor Day ago

      @lars göran how many times have you dive from 27 m? Actually how many times have you dived from 10 m?

    • D Taylor
      D Taylor Day ago

      @lars göran because the roof is in the way

    • C Mc
      C Mc Day ago

      You're amazing!!

  • QuarrelALT
    QuarrelALT 4 months ago +211

    There is a place on Charleston lake, canada (close to where I grew up) called Indian head. The natural formations in the rock make it look like the head, and has been a "rite of passage" for many, many years. It is about 75-80 feet (22-24 meters) from the water and a few people have died there not knowing how to jump it. My friend and I jumped when were young. Told to jump with shoes on or you could hurt yourself. So we did. I landed just fine, (what a rush) my friend came into the water on a bit of angle hitting his back on the water as he landed. Knocked the wind out of him and he could hardly swim after. We hailed a boat over and he took us to land. It can be really dangerous if just the smallest thing goes wrong. He ended up being ok, but had a sore back for a week.

    • Clara Mavila
      Clara Mavila 2 days ago

      ​@Tushe Hmmm I'd say brain injuries are worse, but those aren't fun either haha

    • Tushe
      Tushe 3 days ago

      Glad it ended good, imo back injuries are the worst (followed by knee injuries). 💀

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe 19 days ago +1

      Give a thought to the ancient ancestors who carved that rock into a head eons ago, like an ancient mount Rushmore, since withered to look natural.

    • Connection Lost
      Connection Lost Month ago +8

      I feel like the dumbest people are the ones responsible for naming landmarks.

  • Richard Farrer
    Richard Farrer 4 months ago +141

    I've done a (very basic) dive off a ten metre board (many years ago). I enjoyed that. I suspect that, forty years later, even getting up to the 20 metre board would cause me palpitations

    • Janet Farnworth
      Janet Farnworth 18 days ago

      I'm getting them just watching the video. 😵

    • RiptideV10
      RiptideV10 4 months ago +4

      The only time I jumped the 10m platform was on my 14th birthday, the view from the ground and the view from up there is so different.

  • Austin
    Austin 4 months ago +135

    The most interesting part of this video to me is how small her splash was. I mean that was like 2 feet? I splash bigger when I dive from 10-12 feet. Like the form to go in with such a small splash is crazy, literally a human bullet

  • Redarmy
    Redarmy 4 months ago +51

    One thing Tom has taught me over the years that's never explicitly said. Doesn't matter how many crazy places you go, you'll never lose your fear of heights.

    • Ryan O.
      Ryan O. 4 months ago +8

      It's not the heights...it's that sudden stop at the bottom that worries me!

    • H B
      H B 4 months ago

      With a bit of effort, you can rationalise all those fears down to negligible levels.

  • Jason
    Jason 4 months ago +54

    That dive was truly breathtaking, it gave me tingles down my spine. Absolutely amazing athletic ability to dive from that height. And a thank you Tom for showing the whole of Clip-Share that this facility exists in Canada, as I'm sure I'm not the only Canadian that had no Idea we had a 20m indoor high dive platform.

  • Henry Kent
    Henry Kent 4 months ago +34

    I’ve dived from that exact 5m board. It felt so high, it took me a day to work myself up to it. I never noticed the 20m board.

  • Terje Mathisen
    Terje Mathisen 4 months ago +24

    48 years ago I, together with two friends, started the diving club in my home town, since this got us dedicated training time in the city pool. We only had the standard 1 & 3 m spring boards and a 5m platform there so I never even tried 10m platform diving. I still make backwards volts from 3-7m cliffs but I would never even dream of dropping in from 15+m meters!
    That said, it was really nice to see that they managed to fit higher platforms into the old olympic facility!

  • MrBogus213
    MrBogus213 3 months ago +271

    This is my dream. I'm cripplingly terrified of heights. My body nearly shuts down from fear. What an experience that must be.

    • G G
      G G 10 days ago

      I feell it at the beginning am I’m not there. 😱

    • Mac godwin
      Mac godwin 14 days ago

      @UrsaMajorPrime what are you jumping over? I'd feel safe doing that over water but over concrete or something I'd be terrified.

    • UrsaMajorPrime
      UrsaMajorPrime 2 months ago +1

      The Marine Corps confidence course did that for me.
      12ft in the air and a rope 6 feet away I had to jump and grab.
      If I fail to even try, I don't become a Marine.
      It was a clarifying moment I will never forget.

    • Jay
      Jay 2 months ago +3

      Go for the GOLD!!!

  • Cédric G.-S.
    Cédric G.-S. 4 months ago +52

    As a Montrealer who's gone to the surrounding exhibits for years, I had no idea there was a 20m diving board there this whole time!

  • ArceusShaymin
    ArceusShaymin 3 months ago +12

    I gotta say, Tom, it was really interesting being able to see the two different points of view in this video; one from the athlete and the other from an official! It's interesting how different the perspectives are, even within the same sphere of influence. Great video!

  • A Different Angle
    A Different Angle 4 months ago +1390

    Mad respect for that lady. 41 and diving 20 metres like it's nothing.
    Absolute mad lad.

    • Adam O'Brien
      Adam O'Brien 2 months ago

      @Lysanne Richard 💦

    • marcoscolga24
      marcoscolga24 4 months ago +5

      Or mad lass if we wanna be technical

    • Ryan Matlock
      Ryan Matlock 4 months ago +40

      @Hanny Dart It's simple physics: time dilation as you approach the speed of light.

    • Izandai
      Izandai 4 months ago +11

      Mad lass.

    • Mat
      Mat 4 months ago +12

      Mad lass

  • t j
    t j 4 months ago +23

    I use to be terrified of heights. So To get over it I forced my self to go sky diving, bungee jumping, high diving etc and now I’m proud to say I’m still terrified of high diving 😬 perhaps its because you having nothing else attached to you or maybe just the fact you’re half naked and vulnerable but this is the only activity I’m still petrified of

  • Koffeey
    Koffeey 4 months ago +30

    It’s really cool to hear the guy from the Olympic park talk about making sure that the giant investment for the Olympics in the 70s should be something that still pays off today.

  • Anastasia Cooper
    Anastasia Cooper 4 months ago +12

    I got issues with my ears just jumping from 5 meters. While not being afraid of hights, nothing would get me to jump down that thing. I can't even imagine what kind of training you have to go through to make your body fit enough to just ... function after a jump like that. It's amazing! Tom really knows how to find interesting topics!

  • cobaltno51
    cobaltno51 4 months ago +23

    I think we all can agree on the awesomeness of the protagonist, but I am also awestruck by the beauty of that building! Granted the interior is a little to plastic-like and colorful (brings up association with nineties-/twothousands-fastfood-chains, but the monumentality combined with this graceful and elegant form, raw concrete and glass, wide spaces...fascinating!

  • Bigu Tubefan
    Bigu Tubefan 4 months ago +45

    Great job with the audio Tom - I felt the deep boom from the watery impact.

  • J. Malo-Roper
    J. Malo-Roper 4 months ago +8066

    "Because I am 41"
    That hit me like a tonne of bricks.

    • Tappajaav
      Tappajaav Month ago

      @Noa Binnendijk Yet it's also largely true. Someone who's physically active all their life can likely do far more at old age than someone who was couch potato for 40 years. Doing smart decisions improves your lifespan and quality of it, on average.

    • Gentle Seal
      Gentle Seal 2 months ago

      So will the water

    • Eric Jorge Arnez Inochea
      Eric Jorge Arnez Inochea 2 months ago

      Healthy living. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

    • Noa Binnendijk
      Noa Binnendijk 2 months ago

      @Alexander Roderick don't worry, this is a common misconception, that if you do everything right you'll be fully able for most of your life. I'm 19 and get sore walking downstairs. It has nothing to do with how you spend your life.

    • Nahadoth
      Nahadoth 2 months ago

      @dvrk I used to be an athlete like you, then I took a crippling blow to the knee. And now every bit of movement hurts. :D

  • wxcvbndu51
    wxcvbndu51 3 months ago +63

    I remember when I got old enough to jump from the 10m plank back when I was a kid, and I wasn't smart enough to not have my feet parallel to the surface of the water. Can't even imagine what it must be like with twice the height

  • Rhys Murray
    Rhys Murray 4 months ago +22

    I was thinking "sure, jumping off it would be scary but it couldn't be that bad"
    Then I saw her flip/twist off it. That is absolutely insane

  • Alèxia
    Alèxia Month ago +3

    This is exactly the kind of place I'd want to climb up and peek around in so thank you for taking us up there via camera!

  • Brando Calrissian
    Brando Calrissian 4 months ago +9

    Wow, I've jumped off a cliff that was 14 meters, but doing flips off 20 is insane. She's super talented.

    • Tappajaav
      Tappajaav Month ago +2

      Talented? She's been jumping all her life. That's the results of hard work that you're seeing here.

  • Mary S.
    Mary S. 4 months ago +8

    I've been there! Granted, it was over a decade ago on a school trip, but it was really cool. We had some free time to swim around in the shallow and deep pools (I jumped off the lowest high dive and it was terrifying), then they gave us all life jackets, turned on the jets(!) that they have in the pool, and had us run a safety exercise on how to group together in turbulent water.
    Behind the high diving boards, I don't know if it's still there, but there was a really deep column of water, maybe like 30m deep? I don't remember what it was for, maybe diving in the only-underwater sense. There was a plastic chair at the bottom that I guess had fallen in and no one bothered to bring it back. Very cool place, and a hell of a local swimming pool.

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe 19 days ago

      Chair at the bottom seems a standard challenge in that other meaning of diving. That said, it's traditional to make pools very deep just below high-diving platforms just to avoid hitting the bottom and getting hurt from that after surviving all the other dangers.

  • Aboundedsumo79
    Aboundedsumo79 4 months ago +1401

    Often when i see images and videos of old stadiums from previous Olympics, it's almost always horror stories of empty stadiums left to fall apart from disuse. So seeing one that is not only still fully usable, but accessible to the public, is a breath of fresh air. And the fact that it's from the 90's just makes it even cooler to me.

    • Cooe
      Cooe Month ago +1

      Everything in metro-Salt Lake City is still HEAVILY used. Park City is literally the home base of the official US Ski and Snowboard Team.

    • Girl Who Loves Fantasy
      Girl Who Loves Fantasy 4 months ago

      The 1993 (or 4) Olympics in Spain still has their pool in use!

    • König ist mein Name
      König ist mein Name 4 months ago +1

      @Niya Kouya And for me as a rower Munich is really iconic. This is the race course I rowed the most times and especially the race to the finish lines amazes me every time. Also they use this lake as a point for bungee jumping.

    • jangxx
      jangxx 4 months ago

      I guess it's a big difference if these sporting events happen in places where people live who actually care about and take part in the sport or if it's just done for sportswashing or other corrupt reasons (see the current World Cup for example).

    • David Guthary
      David Guthary 4 months ago +2

      @Sam Aronow Yup, most of the venues planned to be used in the 2028 games were either already in place or in development regardless of the games prior to the city selection. This in addition to the extended preparation period means Los Angeles is mostly focusing on transportation infrastructure to accommodate increased demand during the games and improve transportation in the area in general.

  • Flower Dolphin
    Flower Dolphin 3 months ago +92

    I am terrified of heights, this made me feel dizzy just watching! I could never. Props to her.

    • Anthony Faye
      Anthony Faye 2 months ago

      I'm not afraid of heights, and my palms got sweaty watching this.

  • Dark Sec
    Dark Sec 4 months ago +5

    What an incredible lady, and so jovial while she's doing this. I love heights myself and always feel like jumping off when I'm somewhere high up. But it's just a feeling in my mind. I wouldn't dare jump off that board for real, it would mean a direct trip to the hospital!

  • Skydiving Squid
    Skydiving Squid 4 months ago +8

    I jumped off an olympic diving board (4 times) and as someone who is terrified of heights, it took everything I had. Two normal jumps and two dives. Absolutely bonkers. I was 21 at the time. Now that I am 31, I dont think I could do it again.

  • John Bobby
    John Bobby 4 months ago +107

    I remember jumping from a cliff with friends. One guy mesured it and it was 60 feet, almost 20 meters. We jumped with shoes on to avoid hurting our feets and it was awesome. Just have to jump far enough to avoid the rocks.

    • Tappajaav
      Tappajaav Month ago

      @Nick HV Well no. You don't really have to do it.

    • Tappajaav
      Tappajaav Month ago

      @Emir K No.

    • Nick HV
      Nick HV Month ago

      Was looking for this. Me and my little brother jumped from 15 meters off a waterfall when we were 10/12 years old. It was really scary but you just have to do it.

    • Emir K
      Emir K 2 months ago +4

      @Colin source

    • Colin
      Colin 2 months ago +4

      @eve-LL blyat I saw a video of someone dying doing that, then one by one his buddies jumped off the bridge to try and rescue him, as he was floating face down. They all came to the same fate.

  • logan
    logan 4 months ago +29

    It's nice to see somebody invest in something that they are hoping will benefit people 45 years down the road. If politicians did that they could make a really positive impact on the world

  • Sirius Kappa
    Sirius Kappa 4 months ago +4090

    I could sit down and dangle my legs at that 20m board but my body would physically not allow me to jump down there. What she's doing is nuts, props to her.

    • Na Ri
      Na Ri 4 months ago

      nope. not dangling any legs at this height thank you very much.
      I might be intrigued walking up there harnessed in, but that's all i can do.


      Although I'm not afraid of heights, I could not go anywhere near the edge, because something in the back of my brain would say "don't you wanna find out what happens if you jump down there?"
      I haven't had thoughts of Sudoku for almost a decade, yet the call of the void is still there and scares the hell out of me.

    • Scudo Smyth
      Scudo Smyth 4 months ago +1

      @Ashley Crow Honestly I would fall of, I cant go near and edge like that.

    • Richard
      Richard 4 months ago +2

      For a non-athlete it’s seriously dangerous to be up there. It’s like falling from two 2-story houses stacked on top of each other. From such height it doesn’t matter anymore whether its water or concrete you’re landing on. If you don’t enter the water perfectly vertical you’ll be in the hospital. So being a non-athlete, considering to jump off there, is same as considering jumping off two double story houses stacked on top of each other… That’s something you do when you don’t like life anymore.

    • Kurt Snyder
      Kurt Snyder 4 months ago +3

      This judge gives her a "10".

  • Jenny
    Jenny 4 months ago +4

    Lysanne Richard did a film called Always Higher about a 22 meter dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake. It was awesome. I saw it when the Banff film festival came to my city. Would recommend!

  • FrostyFrostySnowman
    FrostyFrostySnowman 4 months ago +5

    Tom is a lot braver than me getting up there and I have no words for how incredible Lysanne is for being fearless and her amazing jump

  • about8tentacles
    about8tentacles 4 months ago +4

    i really liked the length and editting of this one tom! it reminded me so much of older crt era interviews because you showed at length having a conversation while cutting to all the intresting facts or the other fast questions style interviewee. thanks as always☆♡

  • Maerahn
    Maerahn 4 months ago +4

    I'm not great when it comes to heights as it is, but heights over water FREAK ME THE HECK OUT. You're way braver than me Tom - after that one shot looking down, I'd NEVER have made it down again, I'd have been frozen in place.

  • Trap Johnson
    Trap Johnson 4 months ago +3

    I'd like to see a brief explainer video on the hand loop safety cable and how the overall mechanism works and operates.

  • Paul Hamilton
    Paul Hamilton 4 months ago +3439

    As someone terrified of heights, I remember standing on a diving platform and realizing that it isn't just the height of the platform that is frightening, but that you can see all the way down to the bottom of the pool. It makes you feel like you are that much higher up.

    • Thomas Kositzki
      Thomas Kositzki Month ago

      Yes, it adds another 5 meters. IIRC

    • Rain
      Rain Month ago

      @Nico Lala is ur pfp robot soldier tf2

    • SpydersByte
      SpydersByte 2 months ago

      @Cole.- I think thats more about disrupting the surface tension than making the surface visible

    • -Random_Sea_Creature-
      -Random_Sea_Creature- 2 months ago

      For me diving boards are actually less terrifying than normal drops, but that could be because I'm not afraid of the height itself, but I'm afraid of FALLING... And for some reason, falling into water is less scary for me than falling into, for example, an airbag...

  • SA
    SA 4 months ago +3

    Thank you once again for presenting such an informative show. Your videos are always interesting and fascinating 😊

  • Joshua Watts
    Joshua Watts 3 months ago +22

    Toms face during the interview, 18m up, was pricless. Trying to be polite and also holding of a heart attack.

  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrim 4 months ago

    Absolutely incredible and inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with the world 😮

  • L2K
    L2K 4 months ago +2

    I really like your videos. Nothing too controversial and always a lot of fun and super interesting. Thanks!

  • Shreeveda Consulting
    Shreeveda Consulting 25 days ago

    How on Earth, or the Universe, can Tom be so brave? Mind-boggling, literally & otherwise. Even watching this video in a comfy room, is very tough.😱👏

  • Kent Slocum
    Kent Slocum 4 months ago +3355

    It's so nice to see a former Olympic aquatic venue being used, instead of abandoned like in Brazil.

    • Christian Dickson
      Christian Dickson Month ago

      we take care of things in Canada..

    • OneManArmy
      OneManArmy Month ago

      This stadium was/is a complete mess though. It took until like 10 years ago to pay for the entire construction costs of it (built for the 1876 Olympics) and the building itself has so many structural issues that major renovations had to be done on it, hell renovations are always being done on it.

    • Lucas A
      Lucas A 2 months ago

      is not being used and we are still paying it

    • NotHandMade
      NotHandMade 2 months ago

      or Spain

    • Kent Slocum
      Kent Slocum 2 months ago +1

      @Luis Caldeira Brazil has always been famous--a disused Olympic venue isn't going to change that!

  • Bismarck
    Bismarck 4 months ago +4

    This summer I jumped from the classic 10 meter diving board. It was the highest I had jumped from with the second highest being like 3 meters. I just went up and did it, but this I don't know about. I would definitely give it a second thought standing up at the platform, though I would like to give it an actual try.

    • psirvent8
      psirvent8 3 months ago

      Are 10 meter diving boards accessible to everyone or is it only for trained or licensed divers ?

  • Wickerrman
    Wickerrman 4 months ago

    What a dive! Absolutely perfect and incredibly brave.

  • WinkingFirefly
    WinkingFirefly 4 months ago

    I used to live right next to that center a few years ago, I would walk by it every day on the way to the metro, and I had no idea there was a 20m diving board there all along. How cool to learn something new about my city. :D

  • Eedo Amitay
    Eedo Amitay 10 days ago

    Brilliant interview, so well paced and timed questions, especially the end. Lysanne has a fascinating story and life, great video.

  • Brian Maniora
    Brian Maniora 3 months ago +9

    Kudos to you Tom for overcoming your fear of heights.

  • Evan Lucas
    Evan Lucas 4 months ago +1915

    The self control it takes to throw yourself off a 20m high drop is incredible. I've done rappelling (aka abseiling) from that height, on an open wall where I was hanging free. Even knowing all the safety equipment was perfect it took a lot of self control to overcome my brain telling me to not do it.
    Believe it or not skydiving was actually easier despite the altitude being magnitudes greater. At that height the fall just seemed less real than 20m.

    • Vousie V
      Vousie V 4 months ago

      As they say, it's not the fall that gets you. It's the sudden stop at the end... And that is what your brain is warning you of as well.

    • x
      x 4 months ago +6

      @lars göran charming response....
      Respecting her effort does not disrespect others. Get a grip, mate.

    • Maxwell Cunningham
      Maxwell Cunningham 4 months ago

      Take a look at red Bull rampage. They do comparable sized drops but on bikes

    • Ghost Hin
      Ghost Hin 4 months ago +1

      I think at the height for skydiving, your brain just doesn't process the danger properly anymore.
      Our brain isn't evolved to process the environment at that kind of height so it doesn't feel the same danger like, for example, a tree top or even mountain top.

    • Phil Jury
      Phil Jury 4 months ago

      Oh definitely. I'm terrified of heights, but skydiving was easy. I did quite a few static line jumps and a few freefall while at university. Looking down you just see the earth, there's no frame of reference. And then under canopy is just bliss. But when you're on the edge of something, it is very real. Even 2 metres up I get the heebie jeebies.

  • ROV Canada
    ROV Canada 27 days ago

    All through my youth from the age of 6 and up through my 20's I was regularly diving from the 10m board, but seeing that 20m drop from my 55 year old eyes totally made my brain recoil in fear!

  • Asbjørn Tuxen
    Asbjørn Tuxen 4 months ago +1

    We got to give you some cred for going up there Tom. I know you don't like hights 😊 but every time you go up to hights you're pushing limits and getting used to hights! Keep doing what you do. That's how the divers also come to were they are to day. I am speaking from experience.

  • mrlister2000
    mrlister2000 Month ago +1

    Total respect to Lysanne for diving from that height.
    I get a nosebleed if I stand on a chair to change a lightbulb!!!
    Tom, at what height is it considered dangerous for someone to dive from?

  • Matthew Daub
    Matthew Daub 4 months ago

    The amount of control you have to have over your body to be falling through the air and only turn your body half a rotation is insane to me. I would be spinning uncontrollably if I tried that.

  • Discover Montréal
    Discover Montréal 4 months ago +3

    What an amazing video, I've been there many times and never even spotted the 20m!

  • AltF4Gaming
    AltF4Gaming 4 months ago +2501

    I always wanted to try jumping from higher than 10m but then again I already have to push myself hard to jump from there. Huge respect to Lysanne for still doing this at 41!

    • ThiefOfOranges
      ThiefOfOranges 4 months ago +13

      @lars göran who said she's the most amazing diver to walk the earth? You got some big incel energy.

    • lars göran
      lars göran 4 months ago +1

      In the world championships, men jump from a 27-metre-high (89 ft) platform while women jump from a 20-metre-high (66 ft) platform. But yes sure, she's the most amazing diver to ever walk the earth...

    • EmoJackLP
      EmoJackLP 4 months ago +3

      @chouseification ok, you convinced me... Never gonna jump of a bridge higher then 1 meter 😂🙈

    • chouseification
      chouseification 4 months ago +4

      @EmoJackLP much more so... at an indoor swimming pool, you have very clear water and know if you're safe below you... on a river, you did some safety dives to check for tree trunks right under your dive site, but of course stuff could move in the current while your group was jumping. That one train bridge over the Mississippi a friend had jumped many times, but he was drunk that day and not safe to jump - so I did it a few times solo while he sat in his boat by the shore. If I broke my back, I would have been a goner with that guy around to assist, but oh well...

    • EmoJackLP
      EmoJackLP 4 months ago +1

      @chouseification id imagine a bridge would be as "bad" (as in intimidating) as a tower at a swimming pool, right?

  • P W
    P W 4 months ago

    That was completely brilliant. Thanks Tom and Lysanne!

  • Alix
    Alix 2 months ago

    now I'm super curious what the effects of high diving on your body are. Does your body ever adapt to having to repeatedly recover from that?

  • jemand 1991
    jemand 1991 3 months ago +57

    I jumped from 5m once. I defenitly hurts a bit on the feet, I cant imagine how bad it is from 20m.

    • Sender melon
      Sender melon 2 months ago +6

      It's not as painful as you might think. More of a full body impact at that height that doesn't really hurt but more feels a jolt through your body

  • SM L
    SM L 4 months ago

    That is unbelievable and in my own backyard too!! Great job Tom!!

  • Brownsy67
    Brownsy67 4 months ago

    Tom, you are quite a brave soul. I've done highrise window cleaning, and have been a roofer with one bounce under my belt for about 10 years now. Watching this made my hands sweat in a way they haven't in a long time. Kudos eh.
    Lysanne Richard, you are nuts. Nice dive though.

  • Jan Schwendimann
    Jan Schwendimann 4 months ago +1778

    The contrast between Tom Scott in support and the diver that is going to jump down without any is hilarious

  • Dino Flagella
    Dino Flagella 2 months ago

    As someone terrified of heights. I had anxiety the entire time you two were on that walk way.

  • sixstringedthing
    sixstringedthing 2 months ago

    Aside from the amazing feat of athleticism on display here which was amazing, that interlocking-ring design of the catwalks is really cool!

  • Dominique Hamel
    Dominique Hamel 3 months ago +1

    I was born and raised in Montréal and I left to live in various cities in the province of Québec and in the 80's and 90's I went countless time to La Piscine Olympique (The Olympic Pool) especially during the summer when the temperature could reach 40 Celsius with the humidity factor (104 Fahrenheit). As I'm afraid of heights, I only went a few time to the highest normal height to jump into water. For the life of me I would never never never ever go to this insane height even if I wasn't going to jump. I'm 50 and slightly overweight so I'd probably die of a fear-induced heart attack.

  • TetraGton
    TetraGton 4 months ago

    The highest jump to water I've ever done was about that height. A few meters short from the full 20 meters. It was in an abandoned quarry after a climbing trip. I sure as hell didn't have the courage to do any flips, even though I've also done a lot of parkour.

  • TheOriginalBlue62
    TheOriginalBlue62 4 months ago

    The bucket truck I use at work is 20m at full height- I've dropped branches and things as we're working from there and the couple second lag always surprises me. Absolutely no way in hell I'd jump that distance.

  • DrD0000M
    DrD0000M 4 months ago +1265

    For the curious: "In 2015, Laso Schaller broke the cliff jumping world record. He jumped 58.8m (192ft) off the Cascata del Salto in Switzerland, reaching an eye-watering 76.4mph (122.31kmh) in the moments before he hit the water. "

    • ShloKing
      ShloKing 4 months ago

      @astrojeff You put enough pressure to something, it turns into a liquid. Whether that matter used to be solid or gas, compressive force will turn it into a liquid. Now. Concrete is more dense than water, but it can be compressed. What we're looking at here is not density and comparing those, we're looking at the percentage change in density in the material when compressive force is applied.
      Concrete has a compressive strength, in other people have calculated the amount concrete compresses under pressure and put it into a formula that tells them when it compresses under pressure and how much. Liquids do not have a compressive strength as any compression is on such a small scale to be next to immeasurable.
      I don't know about the whole water harder than concrete bit. Harder is still a really weird word without a direct term in physics to compare it to.

    • Lucien86
      Lucien86 4 months ago +1

      @Gabriel Ståhl But if you're (the pilot) in a small plane too much fear of the ground can be just as dangerous.. 😱😅⛽⏳😭⌛☠😇

    • astrojeff
      astrojeff 4 months ago

      @ShloKing I was replying to your statement, “water is incompressible. Concrete can certainly be compressed” and wondering whether this is why water is “harder than concrete” at higher impacts. I studied engineering and understand the difference between gasses and liquids/solids, that the latter are much less compressible than the former. But I was skeptical of your claim that seems to indicate that concrete is more compressible than water, or that concrete IS compressible and water isnt. Either your statement wasn’t clear (hence all the people commenting), or you need to explain why concrete would be more compressible than water, rather than explaining what we already know, that solids and liquids are less compressible than gases.

    • ShloKing
      ShloKing 4 months ago

      @astrojeff Already cited sources stating that the whole point of differentiating between gases and liquids (because both are considered fluids) is that gases compress, liquids do not. This is in fluid mechanics textbooks, on national geological survey sites, on Wikipedia pages about thermodynamics, etc.
      Of course according to non-classical physics such as quantum mechanics, everything is compressible. However for the sake of 99.999% of applications... Assume liquids are incompressible. This is why hydraulics work, this is a fundamental law, liquids exist due to pressure and the whole point is that a material is compressed until it turns into a flowy liquid mass that is as compressed as it can get (without assuming stupidly extreme temperatures or pressures where the normal laws of physics don't apply anyways) minus extremely negligible change that's barely even measurable on the scale of thousandths of a percent changes in density.
      To make your statement correct every solid and GAS is compressible. One of the defining traits of a liquid, again, according to fluid mechanics, is incompressiblity.

    • Arctic Fox
      Arctic Fox 4 months ago

      @Sambenmoser If you're going terminal velocity then yes, water simply can't shift out of the way fast enough, now matter how perfectly you dive. But it's less that and more the matter of when you fall unconscious from initial injuries or the pain, you'll drown. Hell, if you're unconscious you can drown in a puddle if it's deep enough.

  • Alice Reid
    Alice Reid 4 months ago

    This is possibly one of my favourite videos of yours, I really enjoy you interviewing interesting people!

  • Yvosaurus
    Yvosaurus 4 months ago +5

    Soyons fiers de notre Stade Olympique et de ses athlètes! :O

  • Immortal SoFar
    Immortal SoFar Month ago

    When I was young, I did a lot of diving 3-5m. In my 30s, I was t-boned by a Suburban in the ice and got checked out by the doctor. It turned out all the twisting of my neck as I hit the water wrong had left me with a very flexible spine which had saved me from further injuries in the accident so body impacts from diving aren't necessarily a bad thing.

  • IdleWild999
    IdleWild999 3 months ago

    Crikey dude, i was getting chills just watching this. I would struggle to walk out on that platform, heights in buildings just spin my head.

  • Mntryjoseph
    Mntryjoseph 2 months ago +1

    I'm afraid of heights. Made me nervous just watching you two on the platform!

  • Aaron
    Aaron 4 months ago +883

    Well done Tom! As a person who is also afraid of heights you are an inspiration. And imagine, you actually conducted an entire interview at the same time, incredible.

    • Pipsa Possu
      Pipsa Possu 4 months ago +1

      @SECONDQUEST well you do make a good point maybe i was a bit too judgmental

      SECONDQUEST 4 months ago

      @BCRox when you're incredibly intelligent and you can rationally say you are safe and overcome things.

    • Em.
      Em. 4 months ago

      @Aaron, check out the one he did for Pulpit Rock!

      SECONDQUEST 4 months ago +8

      @Pipsa Possu So then you know a large majority of people wouldn't do your job, which means you should be proud, not belittle people who won't do it. It's worthless to talk smack on people for not doing things we can do, it makes it look like what we do is easy which degrades the value of our work.
      Plus it makes you look like a jerk.

    • Ryan Payne
      Ryan Payne 4 months ago +6

      @Pipsa Possu Alright, you now know where a 20m platform is.

  • trustbuster23
    trustbuster23 20 days ago

    I've jumped off a 10 meter high dive, just once. Straight down, not trying to do anything but survive. It is an extremely intense experience. I cannot imagine doubling that height and then trying to do something athletic on the way down. This has to be one of the most extreme sports out there. There is absolutely zero room for error.

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe 19 days ago +1

      Survivable errors include hitting the water with the wrong body end (but still using the proper technique to break the surface), making fewer saltos than planned (but still becoming a vertical stick before impact) etc. So the margin for error is tight but not zero.

  • Thomas Florimonte
    Thomas Florimonte Month ago

    I'm not all that scared of heights, when I know there's a railing between me and the edge. I'd be scared my knees buckle... Great job Tom :)

  • Ryan Aun
    Ryan Aun 2 months ago

    Very cool to see! Tha ks Tom, I love these unexpected behind the scenes videos of stuff I'd never thought about. Though I'm also glad this was a regular video and not a feature on Tom Scott Plus. 😨

  • Piotr Duda-Dziewierz
    Piotr Duda-Dziewierz 4 months ago +1

    Oh my goodness! I've only tried the impact from hitting the water from the 3 meter platform, and that's quite enough for me 😅

  • Nick Dahl
    Nick Dahl Month ago

    Props for going up Tom, would be scared af myself and know you struggle with heights too

  • mytube001
    mytube001 4 months ago +1524

    Got a severe fear of heights. I dived from a 3 m (10 ft) springboard once. Absolutely terrifying! I felt like I was in the air for minutes! And the water hurt like hell when I landed. I am certain that I would die if I jumped from 10 m (30 ft) and I would shatter into fleshy fragments falling from 20 m...

    • Inconnu 49
      Inconnu 49 3 months ago

      @Lone Starr LMAO! Dont give 'em any ideas!

    • redorange
      redorange 4 months ago

      If you had severe fear of heights, you wouldn't have jumped from 3 m.

    • fin screenname
      fin screenname 4 months ago +2

      We had a wharf on the island in Maine we grew up on that everyone had to go off the top perch to prove their manhood at some point. Some were smart and did it at around high tide (15 to 20 feet). Others (me) did it at around low tide (35 to 40 feet+). Never do that again. You jump out, pause and then start to fall and just keep picking up speed until you felt the cold slap of Maine ocean water, hard. Then you go down. Down to water layers where it gets colder and colder. Now you were freezing, out of air because it was slapped out of you when you hit the surface and you are a long way from that surface where the air is. As I said I will never do that again.

    • Adrian Zgripcea
      Adrian Zgripcea 4 months ago

      I used to love jumping from 5 m when I was 10. Very few from my swimming class dared it, at that age it felt more like 20 m 🤣

    • GTAmaniac
      GTAmaniac 4 months ago +1

      Good on you for conquering you for beating your fear, even if it was only once, meanwhile i have been jumping from 2+ meters (highest I've ever gone was 12 to 15 meters, but i haven't encountered any higher cliffs where you're not guaranteed to hit the wall or bottom if you jump) since before i knew how to swim (i would just surface and climb onto dad's back) so from when i was 3 or 4.

  • EdinMike
    EdinMike 4 months ago +5

    As someone who did a 10m diving board as a 9 year old kid here at our Commonwealth Pool… I would be soooo tempted to try this 😅

    • Paroseni
      Paroseni 4 months ago +1

      Commonwealth in Victoria?

  • Francis Behnen
    Francis Behnen 4 months ago

    But wait, how did you go back through that ladder where your harness wasn't connected Tom? That bit seems terrifying to do backwards.

  • Amores
    Amores 24 days ago

    The most terrifying thing for me is the wobble of the structure. Going up to a very high waterslide or something like that is way worse than actually going down.

  • Dewiz
    Dewiz 3 months ago +3

    One of the sad things is that from 1976 to 1990, this venue was home to the worlds finest Velodromes, where I spent many a Friday or Saturday night riding the 47° banking

  • Jordan Neal
    Jordan Neal 2 months ago

    That's gotta be such a terrifying rush. I don't think I could ever get over the mental hurdles required to jump from that high.

  • Eric Borduas
    Eric Borduas 4 months ago +1809

    As a native of Montréal I could not help but laugh at the "winter can be harsh" statement.

    • H B
      H B 4 months ago

      @jk Snow would be alright, but a bit cold.

    • V.T.
      V.T. 4 months ago

      @Ben Gagnon no it’s not. And no we are not still paying for it. Get over it we are not in the 80s anymore.

    • Ben Gagnon
      Ben Gagnon 4 months ago

      En tant que Québécois, I could not help but laugh at the "when you pay more than a billion dollar for Olympic facilities". That's an understatement. We are still paying for that more than 45 years after. and we will still be paying for that for the next decades... The Olympic Stadium is a disaster. It has been since the days it was being built.

    • The_kiler_goose
      The_kiler_goose 4 months ago +1

      @Tommy Soprano this may just be me being used to sudbury and shanon (30min nord of quebec city) but i currently live on the south shore of montreal and can say espcialy with the current year it is quite warm for me compared to what i am used to. granted ive never left the east coast of canada so i could just have a small word view when it comes to tempature

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  • Boxhawk
    Boxhawk 2 months ago

    Huge props to Tom for doing this. My palms were sweaty just watching.

  • Ryan Roat
    Ryan Roat 4 months ago +1

    Montreal. Great to see that facility continue and expand. Can't wait to get back up there.

  • Francis Plante
    Francis Plante 4 months ago

    So cool to see Tom in Quebec ! Hope you had fun here! And thanks for make md learn new things about my home 😁

  • Clewin Stÿrer
    Clewin Stÿrer 4 months ago +1

    I really appreciate your effort to show us the world despite your obvious uncomfort being high above the ground. I remember the scenes up on the rooftop of the opera... I don't laugh, I feel you. And I'm thankful that's you not me high above there 😅

  • mozxz
    mozxz 3 months ago

    Usually in pools like this, you will see people standing at the end of the tall platforms, trying to convince themselves to jump, sometimes they can stay there for 15 minutes before going back down via stairs,
    I used to have a fear of heights, my best advice is to just jump, keep walking until you go over the edge and keep arms tightly to you body so you dont grab onto something.
    because once you start thinking, its too late, and you can't do it.
    At least that's what I do whenever I have to jump into a pool from a high place.

  • Helena de Vries
    Helena de Vries 4 months ago +731

    "its not something you do because someone asks you
    its a feeling that youve gotta do it"
    >immediately heads for the door toward the jump
    Most natural reaction Ive seen in ages, love it! Same with the zipline down. Cool video! Very inspiring to hear olympic stadiums are investing in staying relevant.

    • John DoDo Doe
      John DoDo Doe 4 months ago +3

      The Barcelona stadiums have become successful event venues supplementing the large exhibition venue elsewhere in that city. I have been in the city for 3 events in past decades, and they clearly have a great overall organization workforce. Unfortunately, a few city activities aren't keeping up.

    • Safe-Keeper
      Safe-Keeper 4 months ago +17

      Her saying she wished she could zipline down with her shoes is the most circus thing I've heard in a long time.

    • Roonie222
      Roonie222 4 months ago +23

      Olympic Park is really fun and I highly recommend checking it out if you ever end up in Montreal. I went there once in college and there are facilities like they mentioned but also a zoo and museums and other cultural things in the complex. Absolutely worth the visit.

  • Crowny
    Crowny 4 months ago +1

    I just watched the 2022 Cliff Diving World Series Finale in Sydney last month. Lucky it took place during my short stay there. Haven’t seen anything like this before. Greetings from Germany🇩🇪 and Australia🇦🇺

  • Sean Work
    Sean Work 4 months ago +1

    I love the videos where Tom has to confront his fear of heights.

  • Tjaldelama
    Tjaldelama 4 months ago

    High diving is truly a spectacle! The Red Bull event in Copenhagen is 27 meters, it's insane...