Dive from the old bridge. Part I – A leap of faith

 Diving from the old bridge, Stari Most, started almost 5 centuries earlier, 448 years to be exact. It was considered to be a rite of passage into manhood, achieving feats of bravery, winning a certain lady’s favour,….kind of like knight jousting ceremony, except that it is a diving ceremony.

For me, with my aversion towards height, it is with awe that I watched the diver standing on the edge of the bridge ledge 24 metres high from the river. The diver took several slow breaths and then he executed an elegant dive towards the fast flowing cold river.

Every summer, there is an international diving competition from this bridge. This year, 2014, it will be held on the 28th of July.

Ps: Even professional divers have to be careful.

Posted on July 11, 2014, in Immersed in Nature, Others and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Wow, it looks so high and scary. The houses in the background along the bank looks rather charming too.

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    • Yep! To me, too! 😀 . The bridge is 24 but the ledge he is standing is about 1 meter higher. Hope you enjoy the video. 🙂 The shops in the background existed @ the same time as the old bridge, ottoman era.

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  2. OMG it makes me so nervous just watching this! :O

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  3. Scary! I don’t like heights either. But the bridge and the part of the city that is visible in this video look really nice and picturesque

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  4. It makes me nervous just watching them on a video no way known I could ever do this!

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  5. I never knew they dove from the bridge.!! Very cool.! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  6. So glad you stopped by my place – I will be coming back to visit! God bless!

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  7. Delicious blog. Thanks for stopping by my place. I shall read more.

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  8. I love you description of the diver taking a few breaths first. This captures the drama of it so well. Another superb video. The blue skies look beautiful – perfect back drop for the bravery of these divers.

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    • Many many thanks for your kind comments and your visits, coming from a playwright, am truly humbled! 🙂 Glad you love the video! By the way, am impressed with the range of emotions you depicted in a very short drama, “She Liked Pretty Things!” Your drama on “Dad Sold Our House On Ebay” also intrigues me!! 🙂 Wishing you a great week ahead! 🙂

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  9. I was lucky to see it live twice in beautiful Mostar. Divers are really brave and the show is quite something, btw thay are also quite smart and know how to make money thanks to rich tourists, they gather money from those who want to watch the jump 😉

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