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"
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
Island of the Idols
"We Made It to the Merge!"
Individual Immunity S39 aaron t
Aaron Meredith
S39 missy t
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.


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