How Do Cliff Divers Conquer their Fears?

Sergio Guzman
An insight into the strategies and coping mechanisms used to fight fear

The idea of a cliff diver being scared may sound strange to some, considering that these brave athletes leap from platforms up to 27m high. But beneath the cool exterior and steely determination, to some extent, lies the fear or knowledge of what could go wrong. How the divers manage or channel those nerves and fears is one of the most crucial aspects of this dangerous and demanding sport, especially in a place so daunting as Serpent's Lair in Inis Mór.

Watch the clip and discover how different athletes use varying psychological strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with their fears.