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Splash Back (also known as I Hold On and Back Splash) is a recurring individual endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: Nicaragua, and was modified for re-use in One World and Caramoan. It later returned to its original concept in Blood vs. Water and Worlds Apart.


Each contestant holds onto a rope whilst leaning out over a pool of water and balancing on a small platform. At designated intervals, the contestants will be lowered, increasing the angle at which they hang over the water (either by moving their hands down the rope, or by a crank automatically lowering them). The last person holding on wins the challenge.


The challenge debuted in Nicaragua as an individual Immunity Challenge. The castaways held on to a knotted rope, moving down to the next knot at five minute intervals. Jane Bright held on the longest by outlasting Chase Rice to win immunity.

In One World, the challenge was again used for individual immunity. In this variation, players held on to a handle on a rope behind their backs, and a crank turned by host Jeff Probst lowered the contestants face-first towards the water. Kim Spradlin last beat Kat Edorsson to win immunity.

This modified variation appeared again in Caramoan as the final six Immunity Challenge. Dawn Meehan won the challenge, beating out Brenda Lowe to win immunity.

The original version of the challenge reappeared in Blood vs. Water. Monica Culpepper outlasted Tyson Apostol and Laura Morett to win her second individual immunity, as well as reward.

The challenge reappeared in Worlds Apart as the final seven Immunity Challenge. Carolyn Rivera last beat Tyler Fredrickson to win the challenge and immunity.

The One World variation was again used in Island of the Idols, with the last male and the last female standing both winning immunity. Aaron Meredith beat out Tommy Sheehan to win immunity for the males, while Missy Byrd outlasted Elizabeth Beisel to win immunity for the females.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Stuck in the Middle"
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Jane Bright
One World
"It's Gonna Be Chaos"
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Kim Spradlin
"Don't Say Anything About My Mom"
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Dawn Meehan
Blood vs. Water
"Big Bad Wolf"
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Monica Culpepper
Worlds Apart
"Holding On for Dear Life"
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Carolyn Rivera
Island of the Idols
"We Made It to the Merge!"
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Aaron Meredith
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Missy Byrd



  • This challenge has only been used for individual immunity.
  • Brenda Lowe is the only contestant to compete in this challenge multiple times.
    • Coincidentally, this was the Immunity Challenge used in both episodes in which she was voted out.
  • Aaron Meredith is the first man to win this challenge.
    • However, this does not break the streak of women winning this challenge as Missy Byrd won it also.


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