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In summary, the diver has an initial velocity and a bouyancy: use kinematics. Assumes negligible drag and no losses entering the water.The question would apply for an object which was incompressible and streamlined. In that case you could equate the Kinetic Energy with FD where F is the bouyancy force and D is the depth reached. But there would always be some energy losses so the depth would be less than this calculation would suggest.Once a diver has reached a particular depth, he/she will become negatively bouyant as the air in the lungs is compressed. For most people, this depth will only be two or three metres, max. After that depth, they would just keep sinking (
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How can one calculate the maximum depth a diver (jumping to water, like cliff diving) reaches if he stays in the same position that he used when entering the water, and does nothing to stop more quickly?
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Back-of-envelope ... the diver has an initial velocity and a bouyancy: use kinematics.
Assumes negligible drag and no losses entering the water.

Fuid models can get as complicated as you need them. Did you have a particular situation in mind?
 
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When I was a kid, I was negatively buoyant...
 
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Once a diver has reached a particular depth, he/she will become negatively bouyant as the air in the lungs is compressed. For most people, this depth will only be two or three metres, max. After that depth, they would just keep sinking (a very handy fact for free divers).
The question would apply for an object which was incompressible and streamlined. In that case you could equate the Kinetic Energy with FD where F is the bouyancy force and D is the depth reached. But there would always be some energy losses so the depth would be less than this calculation would suggest.
 
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sophiecentaur said:
Once a diver has reached a particular depth, he/she will become negatively bouyant as the air in the lungs is compressed. For most people, this depth will only be two or three metres, max. After that depth, they would just keep sinking (a very handy fact for free divers).

Perhaps in a fresh water. In a sea water at these depths I am positively buoyant even with a 2 kg lead weights on my belt.
 
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Sophiecentaur, thank you for your answer. Two things come to mind, first is the problem with the buoyant force that will not be constant, because the volume of the body will decrease with depth because of compression; second, the way in enter water is important for hydrodynamic resistance, so you have to sum to the buoyant force the hydrodynamic force resistance (1/2*rowater*Velocity^2*Cd*Area, being that velocity will also not be constant, as it will decrease with depth because of resistance and boyant force). Is this not the case? How should one deal with this problems?
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What is the maximum dive depth that a cliff diver can safely reach?

The maximum dive depth for a cliff diver depends on several factors, including the height of the cliff, the speed of the dive, and the water conditions. Generally, most experienced cliff divers can safely reach depths of up to 100 feet. However, it is important for divers to always assess the conditions and risks before attempting a dive.

How do you calculate the maximum dive depth for a cliff dive?

To calculate the maximum dive depth, you will need to consider the height of the cliff, the angle of the dive, and the speed of the dive. The general formula is: Depth = (Height of Cliff x 0.5) x (1 + (Sin Angle of Dive x Speed of Dive)). However, it is recommended to consult with a professional and use specialized equipment for a more accurate calculation.

What are some tips for calculating the maximum dive depth for a cliff dive?

When calculating the maximum dive depth, it is important to consider the height of the cliff, the angle of the dive, and the speed of the dive. It is also important to take into account the water conditions, such as depth, temperature, and currents. Additionally, it is recommended to use specialized equipment and consult with a professional for a more accurate calculation.

What are some safety precautions that cliff divers should take when attempting a dive?

Cliff diving can be a dangerous activity, so it is important for divers to take proper safety precautions. This includes thoroughly assessing the conditions, using specialized equipment, and having a trained spotter on the ground to assist in case of an emergency. It is also important to have proper training and experience before attempting a dive.

What are some potential risks and hazards associated with cliff diving?

Cliff diving can be extremely risky and hazardous if proper precautions are not taken. Some potential risks and hazards include hitting the bottom or rocks, getting caught in underwater currents, and experiencing injuries from impact with the water. It is important to always assess the conditions and take necessary safety measures before attempting a dive.

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