A guide to "cliff" diving in Amsterdam

A guide to "cliff" diving in Amsterdam, including options for jumping from canals and bridges or taking indoor diving classes

Written in December 28, 2022 - 🕒 3 min. read

Last year, I wrote a blog post about where to find the best cliff diving spots in Benagil, Portugal, and let’s just say I was a little bit hooked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Cliff diving is the ultimate mix of excitement and adrenaline. So, when I heard that Amsterdam also has some great opportunities for this thrilling activity, I knew I had to check it out.

Whether you’re a seasoned cliff diver or just looking for a new and exciting activity to try, Amsterdam has plenty of options for all skill levels.

In this blog post, we’ll provide an overview of the different options for cliff diving in Amsterdam, as well as some important safety considerations.

Jumping from canals and bridges

Amsterdam’s canals and bridges offer some prime spots for cliff diving, with heights ranging from 1 to 11 meters. The Pythonbrug and Het Stenen Hoofd are two popular locations for this activity.

Now, it might not be strictly legal, but it’s a common activity among locals and tourists alike. The cool waters of the canals provide a refreshing break from the summer heat, and the views from the top of the bridges are absolutely breathtaking.

Diving from indoor pools

If you’re more of a controlled environment kind of person, don’t worry, Amsterdam has you covered. The Noorderparkbad and Sloterparkbad both have pools that are suitable for diving, and the Sloterparkbad even offers skilled classes through the Indoor Cliff Diving club.

This club is a great way to learn new techniques and improve your skills in a safe, indoor setting.

Indoor Cliff Diving classes

During the class, you’ll start by learning the basic diving techniques on a trampoline before moving on to the diving platform, which ranges from 3 to 10 meters. The platform is a safe and controlled environment, allowing you to focus on perfecting your dive without the added stress of external factors.

As you progress through the class, you’ll have the opportunity to try different dives and increase the height of the platform. Before you know it, you’ll be confidently diving from heights of up to 10 meters!

Not only is indoor diving a thrilling and unique activity, it’s also a great way to challenge yourself and build confidence. Plus, the indoor setting means you can enjoy this activity year-round, regardless of the weather.

The experienced instructors at Indoor Cliff Diving will teach you the proper techniques for a successful dive.

Prices and schedule

The Indoor Cliff Diving club meets every Friday and Sunday at the Sloterparkbad, and offers a range of classes for all skill levels.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to try diving for the first time, or an experienced diver looking to perfect your technique, there is a class for you.

Prices for classes depend on the package you choose, but trust me, they are very affordable and well worth the experience.

Safety First

No matter where you choose to cliff dive in Amsterdam, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Always check the depth of the water before jumping, and be sure to follow any rules or guidelines set by the location where you are diving.

It’s also a good idea to have a trusted buddy with you to help spot you and ensure your safety.

With a little bit of caution and common sense, cliff diving can be a thrilling and enjoyable activity in Amsterdam.


Cliff diving in Amsterdam is a unique and thrilling activity that offers a unique way to experience the city and a variety of options for all skill levels.

Whether you choose to jump from the canals or take a class at the Indoor Cliff Diving club, I hope you have a good time. Just remember to always prioritize safety and follow any rules or guidelines set by the location where you’re diving. With a little bit of caution and common sense, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the excitement of cliff diving in Amsterdam.


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Sebastiaan on 8/14/23

Pablo do you need to take indoor cliff diving classes for jumping from the larger heights, or are they always accessible? As a local I also reccomend: This spot is not legal, it is an old ship building crane of 14~17 meter. I also reccomend Buiksloterdraaibrug