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 Survivor: Nicaragua as an individual Immunity Challenge. The contestants held onto a knotted rope, moving down to the next knot at five minute intervals. Jane Bright held on the longest by outlasting Chase Rice, winning the challenge and immunity.

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

This modified variation appeared again in Survivor: Caramoan at the Final 6. Dawn Meehan won the challenge, beating out Brenda Lowe to win immunity.

The original version of the challenge reappeared the following season in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Monica Culpepper outlasted Tyson Apostol and Laura Morett to win her second individual Immunity Challenge. Monica also won a reward of hamburgers, hog dogs, french fries, and soda, but as an act of kindness, Monica gave up the reward and allowed her tribemates to have the food and drinks instead.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Worlds Apart for the final 7 Immunity Challenge. Carolyn Rivera last beat Tyler Fredrickson to win the challenge and immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Stuck in the Middle"
Individual Immunity S21 jane t
Jane Bright
One World
"It's Gonna Be Chaos"
Individual Immunity S24 kim t
Kim Spradlin
"Don't Say Anything About My Mom"
Individual Immunity S26 dawn t
Dawn Meehan
Blood vs. Water
"Big Bad Wolf"
Individual Immunity S27 monica t
Monica Culpepper
Worlds Apart
"Holding On for Dear Life"
Individual Immunity S30 carolyn t
Carolyn Rivera



  • 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.
  • Only females have won this challenge.
  • Out of the 5 winners, Dawn and Carolyn Rivera are the only people to not be on a blue tribe in their Survivor career.


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