Date: 18/04/2017

Cliff diving is often seen as a form of art, with divers leaping gracefully from a platform and manoeuvring their body and limbs into beautiful positions before vanishing into the water as if by magic. But behind the art lies a whole lot of science. Height, speed and g-force, as well as aerial awareness, timing and physical strength all play a huge role in creating the most perfect, aesthetic and, of course, safe dives.

Ahead of the new 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, watch the clip and discover what the athletes put themselves through every time they leap from up to 27 metres.