Last year, Ken Stornes set an unofficial height record for "Døds diving" in Stryn with 40 meters. No one should replicate the stunt. It is indeed life-threatening, according to the Døds Federation.

Døds diving is one of the fastest-growing extreme sports in the world. This is attributed to the increasing number of competitions organized worldwide by the Døds Federation and the leading figures in this Norwegian-born sport who continue to push boundaries. These accomplishments are shared with a steadily growing fan base on social media.

Safety First

— For the Døds Federation, prioritizing safety is crucial, both in competitions where the maximum height is 13 meters and in our guidance for those engaging in Døds diving outside of competition. Døds diving is immensely enjoyable, especially when safety is ensured, says CEO of the Døds Federation, Paul Rigault.

The Federation has established ten safety rules they believe anyone interested in Døds diving must adhere to. This includes never jumping alone, always checking the takeoff point, measuring the height, and checking the water depth (see below).

— In a recent interview on the Norwegian late-night show Lindmo, Ken Stornes stated that before such a jump, one must acknowledge that things could go wrong. It's that extreme at such heights. In other words, it's life-threatening. We know Ken and recognize him as one of the best in the world in Døds diving. But it's important to remember exactly that. Therefore, no one else should attempt this after him.

The general recommendation from the Døds Federation is not to jump from heights above 10 meters outside of competition. They have long emphasized the importance of safety, whether Døds diving in competition or as a recreational activity.

Extreme Døds diving

Paul Rigault explains that Døds diving is like other extreme sports, and everyone must take time to learn the sport gradually.

— Ken Stornes also started small, just like the world's best ski jumpers once began on the 20-meter hill before flying 250 meters on skis many years later. Or a snowboarder who starts at the local ski resort before descending nearly vertical cliffs many years later.

Before the interview with Ken Stornes on Lindmo, the Døds Federation was in contact with the editorial team, emphasizing that the safety perspective should be clearly highlighted. This is to ensure that those who have started Døds diving, or their parents, understand how dangerous it is when the height surpasses 15, 20, or even 30 meters.

Safety in Competition

— Unfortunately, safety did not become a major theme on Lindmo, and it was also mistakenly stated that our federation has set the limit at 15 meters. Our recommendation is not to Døds dive from more than 10 meters.
Safety is paramount when the Døds Federation is set to organize ten Døds World Tour events and the Døds World Championship in Oslo this summer. All participants must undergo basic safety rules, and thorough assessments of heights and depths are made, with qualified safety personnel always present.

— Ken Stornes is a friend of the federation, a competition participant, and an inspiration to many. But we must emphasize that what he does is not what we are involved in. Ken performs the extreme variation of Døds dive, which is life-threatening for 99.9 percent of all others, stresses Rigault, concluding:

— If young and adult individuals find inspiration and head to Frognerbadet or Hauktjern in Østmarka after the World Championship in downtown Oslo, we hope they bring our safety recommendations, along with their swim trunks. Døds dive is the most fun activity one can engage in the water. But it is also a risk that we hope everyone takes seriously, he says.


  1. Never jump alone – in case you need assistance.

  2. Døds diving is about skills – progress gradually from the poolside, and don't go higher until you can perform a controlled jump.

  3. Always check the landing zone for obstacles – don't take unnecessary risks, and don't jump if there are waves and wind.

  4. Always ensure that someone can signal when it's clear to jump.

  5. Measure the height from the platform to the water surface if you are unsure.

  6. Check the stability of the platform and see if it's slippery.

  7. Always check the water depth – we recommend a depth of 5 meters for a 10-meter jump.

  8. Practice your tricks from lower heights to master them before attempting from greater heights.

  9. Don't attempt jumps over 10 meters – the risk of injuries significantly increases beyond this height, even with perfect landings.

  10. Do not engage in Døds diving if you have physical limitations or lack skills that could put you at risk, such as limited swimming abilities. Under no circumstances should you Døds dive if you are under the influence of medication, drugs, or alcohol.
For any additional information, please contact:

Paul Rigault
CEO at Døds Federation
Mobile: +47 943 09 285
Carina Vesterås