When the temperature is soaring and the summer sun is blazing, nothing feels better than diving into a cold pool or lake. To go suddenly from painfully hot to blissfully cool is just one of life’s great pleasures, right up there with cracking open a cold one after a long afternoon of yard work, or taking a half day at work heading into a three-day weekend.
Of course, if you’re not careful, if you get too cocky, a nice refreshing dive can turn into pain and humiliation in the blink of an eye. One extra jump on that diving board, or one extra step in your running start, and the next thing you know you’re writhing in pain and everyone on the internet is laughing at you.
Then again, compiling this list of diving fail GIFs really made my week. So at lease these epic failures brought joy to someone’s life.
Check ’em out, because I bet they’ll brighten your day, too.
At first I thought maybe the guy was scared of diving, and the terror gave him a heart attack. But as you can see, he pops right up out of the water. So I guess he's just a spaz.
25. The Heart Attack
That's what you get for wearing a speedo.
24. Slippery when wet
One bounce? Great. Two bounces? Ok, sure. Three bounces? Come on, dude, you're just pushing your luck at that point.
23. Still wet, still slippery
It's like he decided in mid air that he wanted one more bounce, but he'd already committed to the dive.
22. Backyard smoothness
That diving boarding doesn't seem to have a whole lot of spring to it, either, so that's going to leave a mark.
21. More backyard smoothness
That's what you get for showing off, Larry. That's what you get.
20. Atomic Self-Inflicted Water Wedgie
It would have been a perfect cliff dive if the water had only been, oh, ten feet closer. As it is, this woman performs the rare backflop.
So many questions, here. Why is a guy going off a diving platform at an indoor swimming pool in a kayak? How did he get the kayak up there? Why did they let him do it? And, most importantly, what the hell did he think was going to happen?
18. Kayak Dive
"I'm on a boat! I'm on a boat! Take a good hard look at this motherf#@&in b—oooooooooh, ooooooooow."
I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a bellyflop from the 10 meter platform before. Still, I have to give the guy credit, cause I wouldn't even have the guts to jump from three stories.
16. Olympic Bellyflopping?
I think Mr. Pasty here is new to the Polar Bears Club.
15. Ice Dive
That guy in the last GIF shouldn't feel so bad. It happens to the best of them. As for the bear, he's probably thinking "global warming MY ASS!"
14. Polar Diver
He prepares so thoroughly, psyching himself up, getting ready for the daring maneuver. Then he fails so miserably. It's just hilarious.
13. The back-breaker
The best part about this is one is that there are so many people watching. I wish the GIF showed their reactions.
12. Out of runway
Who could have seen this coming, right? By the way, when you're diving off a chair, maybe make sure it's facing the pool. It wouldn't have made a difference for this guy, but still.
11. Chair Diving
If you ever see somebody get a running start before diving or jumping into a body of water, do no look away. There's a 50% chance you're about to see an epic fail.
10. The Running Start, Part I
I can't be sure, but I think this guy may have seriously hurt himself here. His body just kind of crumples up and goes limp.
9. The Running Start, Part II
This poor guy had an audience, too. See those three creepy old dudes standing off at a distance?
8. The Torpedo
This dude badly underestimated the distance to the water on this dive.
7. A little short
This guy made the same mistake as the last guy. But at least he crosses his legs and puts his hands behind his back afterward, making it look like it was all part of the plan.
6. Also a little short
Apparently misjudging distances isn't something only adults do. This kid also has a spatial awareness problem.
5. Yep, short again
Oh man, this kid takes the freakin cake. That's one of the 5 or 6 funniest things I've ever seen in my life.
4. Ridiculously short
The lesson here: if you ever find yourself cliff diving, do not—I repeat—do not try to get a running start.
3. Bouncing rock
The kid probably had a pretty sore neck the next day.
2. Backflip fail
So. F#@$kign. Awesome. This one takes the top spot due to the utter stupidity of doing a backflip into 2 feet of water. It's just classic.
1. The Shallow End
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