Women are urged not to go down waterslide after world champion diver ignored the 'no women' sign

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By Kim Novak

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Women have been warned not to go on a popular water slide due to the shocking injuries it could cause.

Australian diving champion Rhiannan Iffland, 32, recently shared a hair-raising video of her trying out a water slide that women are banned from going on.

The slide, which is at Austria's popular Area 47 adventure park, prominently displays a sign instructing women not to go on that particular attraction because of some pretty nasty side effects it could have.

GettyImages-491138325.jpgSome water slides can have terrifying side-effects. Credit: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images

Area 47 contains a selection of "extreme" activities, including bungey-jumping, canyoning, and white-water rapids, as well as Europe's "fastest waterslide", which boasts speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph).

The slide comes with a warning telling women not to use it, due to reports in recent years about horrific injuries caused by high-pressured water entering a female body as they speed down certain slides.

As well as the risk of injuries, women can also end up with infections caused by foreign bodies in the water after experiencing what has become known as a 'waterslide enema'.

This has led to certain attractions only allowing men to use some of the more extreme water slides, however, Iffland wasn't put off by the risk she was taking by sliding down Area 47's biggest slide.

She shared a video of her at the top of the slide, adding in overlay text: "Apparently women are not supposed to do this slide."


The diver, who was wearing a colorful one-piece bathing suit, then lined herself up at the mouth of the slide, holding on to the grab bar overhead and making sure to cross her legs and feet tightly, before launching herself down the chute.

The seven-time consecutive Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion added in her caption: "

“Here for a good time not a long time! Another YOLO moment,” she captioned the clip.

Her comments were soon flooded with people warning her of what could happen, as one commented: "I got the worst enema on that slide bahhaha you are brave girl."

Others added: "The amount of people that don’t understand why women aren’t supposed to go on this slide is scary!" and: "The reason women wear wetsuits when waterskiing."

One joked: "No women allowed- unless you are a cliff diver because then you are used to it."

GettyImages-521347296.jpgThe high speed and pressure of the water can be dangerous. Credit: Scott T. Smith/Getty Images

Iffland told News.com.au that she didn't intend to encourage others to flout the rules, explaining: "It was never my intent to mock the safety regulations of this waterslide.

"A person’s safety is paramount and I am constantly weighing up any danger with my job. To suggest otherwise, is wrong."

While the danger can be minimised by making sure you keep your legs firmly crossed on the way down - which is easier said than done when going at such high speeds - others have experienced the horrifying side of extreme water slides.

Parents of an eight-year-old girl who allegedly lost half a litre of blood on a waterslife at the WhiteWater World park, next to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast are suing the park over the alleged incident.

A separate lawsuit has also been filed by a woman against Disney after she developed a "painful wedgie" while having a go on a waterslide in Florida.

Stay safe out there, folks - and definitely heed the signs.

Featured image credit: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images

Women are urged not to go down waterslide after world champion diver ignored the 'no women' sign

vt-author-image

By Kim Novak

Article saved!Article saved!

Women have been warned not to go on a popular water slide due to the shocking injuries it could cause.

Australian diving champion Rhiannan Iffland, 32, recently shared a hair-raising video of her trying out a water slide that women are banned from going on.

The slide, which is at Austria's popular Area 47 adventure park, prominently displays a sign instructing women not to go on that particular attraction because of some pretty nasty side effects it could have.

GettyImages-491138325.jpgSome water slides can have terrifying side-effects. Credit: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images

Area 47 contains a selection of "extreme" activities, including bungey-jumping, canyoning, and white-water rapids, as well as Europe's "fastest waterslide", which boasts speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph).

The slide comes with a warning telling women not to use it, due to reports in recent years about horrific injuries caused by high-pressured water entering a female body as they speed down certain slides.

As well as the risk of injuries, women can also end up with infections caused by foreign bodies in the water after experiencing what has become known as a 'waterslide enema'.

This has led to certain attractions only allowing men to use some of the more extreme water slides, however, Iffland wasn't put off by the risk she was taking by sliding down Area 47's biggest slide.

She shared a video of her at the top of the slide, adding in overlay text: "Apparently women are not supposed to do this slide."


The diver, who was wearing a colorful one-piece bathing suit, then lined herself up at the mouth of the slide, holding on to the grab bar overhead and making sure to cross her legs and feet tightly, before launching herself down the chute.

The seven-time consecutive Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion added in her caption: "

“Here for a good time not a long time! Another YOLO moment,” she captioned the clip.

Her comments were soon flooded with people warning her of what could happen, as one commented: "I got the worst enema on that slide bahhaha you are brave girl."

Others added: "The amount of people that don’t understand why women aren’t supposed to go on this slide is scary!" and: "The reason women wear wetsuits when waterskiing."

One joked: "No women allowed- unless you are a cliff diver because then you are used to it."

GettyImages-521347296.jpgThe high speed and pressure of the water can be dangerous. Credit: Scott T. Smith/Getty Images

Iffland told News.com.au that she didn't intend to encourage others to flout the rules, explaining: "It was never my intent to mock the safety regulations of this waterslide.

"A person’s safety is paramount and I am constantly weighing up any danger with my job. To suggest otherwise, is wrong."

While the danger can be minimised by making sure you keep your legs firmly crossed on the way down - which is easier said than done when going at such high speeds - others have experienced the horrifying side of extreme water slides.

Parents of an eight-year-old girl who allegedly lost half a litre of blood on a waterslife at the WhiteWater World park, next to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast are suing the park over the alleged incident.

A separate lawsuit has also been filed by a woman against Disney after she developed a "painful wedgie" while having a go on a waterslide in Florida.

Stay safe out there, folks - and definitely heed the signs.

Featured image credit: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images