Deep Water Soloing is also known as ‘Psicobloc’, is a form of rock climbing practiced on coastal cliffs with an area of deep water to protect against injury. It is also known as Water Bouldering in some countries. This is a rapidly growing sport that really has very little to do with physical strength. The use of the right climbing technique involves the combination of body posture, movement, or hold used in climbing. You must be a really good swimmer so you can be strong enough to counteract the waves and swim to a safer place.
Below is the grading system, or the “S” grades for Deep Water Soloing:
- S0 – Safe Solo. This has an area of deep water.
- S1 – Pretty safe. Watch out for boulders and water depths.
- S2 – Not quite safe. Recommended during high tide. Pick a landing spot carefully.
- S3 – Dangerous. You will fall on shallow water which will make your fall painful.