Cliff diving in Jamaica.

I remember seeing Elvis diving off a cliff in one of his films & thinking how cool it would be to have a go.

Cliff diving in Jamaica.

The reality of cliff diving was less fun than it looked in the film & I would advise everyone not to try this. That said I have done it, although it could have been the last thing I did.

I was holidaying in Jamaica in 1992 & had gone to Ricks Cafe with a couple I had met at my hotel. They were a lovely couple & he was actually a goalkeeper for Plymouth Argyle. We sat having lunch & a cocktail & decided to jump off the cliff from the lower platform. After we did it a few locals helped us out & were giving us some good-humoured banter about going from the lower tier, telling us that the men went from the top platform.

Not being able to resist the challenge I walked to the top of the cliff edged out to the diving platform & jumped off. As I was going down I started twisting in the air & ended up belly-flopping into the water & knocking myself out. Luckily my new friends dived in & pulled me out. Badly winded I was helped to climb out by the Jamaicans who all cheered, clapped me on the back, took me back to the bar & bought me a large cocktail & a beer.

Cliff Diving, been there, done it, don't advise anyone else to give it a go.