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Dive Masters (also known as Diver Down, Deep in Thought, Octopus' Garden, Holy Diver, Crossroads, Coming Up for Air, A Bit Dinghy, and Water Sports) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Vanuatu and has since reappeared in Micronesia, Philippines, Cagayan, Millennials vs. Gen X, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Ghost Island, Edge of Extinction, and 41.


Each tribe must retrieve items attached to an underwater rope, with each progressive item being deeper than the one before it. The first tribe to retrieve all their items and finish a final task wins the challenge.


The challenge debuted as the first Reward Challenge after the tribe switch in Vanuatu. The contestants had to pull themselves along a vertical underwater rope, retrieving markers along the way. After ten minutes, the tribe with the most markers won Pringles, beer, and a trip to the waterfalls of Vanuatu. Although the challenge was closely fought by both tribes, Lopevi ultimately collected the most markers, winning the challenge and reward.

In Micronesia, four members of each tribe had to dive down to a 9.1 m long steel cage that contained coconuts painted in tribe colors and with letters on them. Once all the coconuts had been retrieved and put in a floating bin, the bin had to be pulled back to shore. The four remaining castaways would unscramble a word puzzle using the letters on the coconuts. Malakal defeated Airai after Malakal's strongest swimmer, Ozzy Lusth, took his time to move all the coconuts to the end of the steel cage for easier retrieval to win a reward of chickens.

The challenge reappeared in Philippines, as an Immunity Challenge. One by one, the castaways, had to dive down and retrieve eight wheel-shaped puzzle pieces clipped to an underwater rope. Once all were collected, they used the puzzle pieces to identify a mystery eight-letter word ("treasure"). Kalabaw solved the puzzle first, and was soon followed by Tandang, sending Matsing to Tribal Council for the third straight time. In addition to immunity, Kalabaw and Tandang also got fishing gear, while Kalabaw, who finished first, also earned a canoe.

In Cagayan, the challenge was once again used as an Immunity Challenge. One member from each tribe would dive to retrieve a buoy in the water. Once all five buoys had been brought back to the platform, one tribe member had to shoot the buoys into a basket out in the ocean. Solana easily cruised to victory, with the challenge coming down between Aparri and Luzon. Though most of Aparri was trying to throw the challenge, several members of Luzon, most notably J'Tia Taylor, struggled. This allowed Aparri target Cliff Robinson to unknowingly save himself, sending Luzon to Tribal Council again.

In Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was the first Immunity Challenge following the tribe expansion. All members of each tribe had to dive to retrieve a buoy in the water, then swim to a platform. Once all five buoys were on the platform, one tribe member had to shoot the buoys into a basket out in the ocean. The tribes were given the possibility to attempt to hook the basket closer to the platform, making the shooting easier. Vanua quickly fell behind due to CeCe Taylor and David Wright both taking a lot of time to bring their buoys to the platform, allowing Ikabula and Takali to win immunity before Vanua could toss a single buoy into their basket.

In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, three members of each tribe had to swim out to a floating net ring. They would then have to dive down and maneuver sets of puzzle pieces and bring them to the remaining two members. The two remaining members then would then use the pieces solve a signpost puzzle featuring several previous Survivor locations. Soko came from behind to take first place, followed by Levu, sending Yawa to their first Tribal Council.

In Ghost Island, two pairs from each tribe had to race through a series of obstacles in the water. They then had to dive to release two sets of buoys. Another member then need to gather up all of the marked buoys to the finish, where the last four members needed to shoot all eight in a basket. Malolo fell behind after James Lim struggled to release the second set of buoys 8 feet below before a reluctant Donathan Hurley managed to do so. This gave Naviti time to get all of their buoys in easily, sending Malolo back to Tribal Council.

In Edge of Extinction, each tribe member must swim out to a ramp, then dive into the water to release two buoy puzzle pieces. Once they have their puzzle pieces, they must pull a pontoon to a platform, where they must use the pieces they collected, and two additional pieces already on the platform, to build a buoy pyramid. Although members from all three tribes struggled to release their buoy puzzle pieces, it was the Lesu tribe who had the most difficulty, allowing the Kama and Manu tribes to pull ahead. Though with Kama and Manu unable to figure out the puzzle, Lesu was eventually able to collect their pieces and catch up. Kama eventually finished their puzzle first, and immediately started coaching their former tribemates on Manu. However, Lesu, with the benefit of being in between the other two tribes, also started copying Kama's puzzle and finished theirs before Manu, allowing them to win their first immunity and sending Manu to Tribal Council.

In 41, one member of each tribe had swim out directly to a buoy, to retrieve a key underwater before swimming to a platform. Two other members would then traverse an obstacle course in the water to make their way to the same platform. Once all three were across, the final two members had to use the key to unlock a set of puzzle pieces they would need to solve a turtle puzzle. All three tribes started out neck-and-neck before Tiffany Seely struggled to get across the balance beam, putting Yase in last. This gave Luvu and Ua time to solve their puzzles first to win fishing gear and immunity, sending Yase back to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!"
Tribal Reward S9 chad t.pngS9 chris t.pngS9 johnk t.png
S9 julie t.pngS9 lea t.pngS9 twila t.png
"That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!"
Tribal Reward S16 amanda t.pngS16 ami t.pngS16 cirie t.pngS16 eliza t.png
S16 james t.pngS16 jonathan t.pngS16 ozzy t.pngS16 parvati t.png
"This Isn't a 'We' Game"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S25 carter t.pngS25 dana t.pngS25 dawson t.png
S25 jeff t.pngS25 jonathan t.pngS25 katie t.png
S25 abimaria t.pngS25 artis t.pngS25 lisa t.png
S25 michael t.pngS25 pete t.pngS25 rc t.png
"Our Time to Shine"
Tribal Immunity S28 alexis t.pngS28 jefra t.png
S28 jeremiah t.pngS28 lj t.pngS28 morgan t.png
S28 cliff t.pngS28 lindsey t.pngS28 sarah t.png
S28 tony t.pngS28 trish t.pngS28 woo t.png
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Idol Search Party"
Tribal Immunity S33 bret t.pngS33 hannah t.pngS33 jay t.png
S33 michaela t.pngS33 sunday t.pngS33 will t.png
S33 adam t.pngS33 figgy t.png
S33 jessica t.pngS33 ken t.pngS33 taylor t.png
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"I'm a Wild Banshee"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S35 cole t.pngS35 desi t.pngS35 jessica t.png
S35 joe t.pngS35 mike t.pngS35 roark t.png
S35 alan t.pngS35 ashley t.png
S35 ben t.pngS35 chrissy t.pngS35 jp t.png
Ghost Island
"Can You Reverse the Curse?"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S36 angela t.pngS36 bradley t.pngS36 chelsea t.png
S36 chris t.pngS36 desiree t.pngS36 domenick t.pngS36 kellyn t.png
S36 morgan t.pngS36 sebastian t.pngS36 wendell t.png
Edge of Extinction
"It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever"
Tribal Immunity S38 aurora t.pngS38 joe t.png
S38 julia t.pngS38 julie t.pngS38 ron t.png
S38 david t.pngS38 kelley t.pngS38 lauren t.pngS38 wardog t.png
"Juggling Chainsaws"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S41 danny t.pngS41 deshawn t.pngS41 erika t.png
S41 heather t.pngS41 naseer t.pngS41 sydney t.png
S41 brad t.pngS41 genie t.png
S41 jd t.pngS41 ricard t.pngS41 shan t.png




Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me