The Cruel Sea (also known as Dressed to Keel) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.


One person from each tribe will swim out, then race up a platform, dive into the water, retrieve a ring, and bring it back. The next person from the tribe will then do the same. Once a tribe has collected all their rings, two tribe members will attempt to land those rings on posts. The first tribe to finish wins.


The challenge debuted in San Juan del Sur as an Immunity Challenge, where one person from each tribe swam out to collect one of four rings. The two remaining members must then attempt to land all four rings on posts. Although the tribes were relatively even collecting their rings, Drew Christy hatched a plan to throw the challenge for Hunahpu, allowing Coyopa to win their first Immunity Challenge and send Hunahpu to Tribal Council.

The challenge reappeared in Ghost Island, again as an Immunity Challenge. Two members from each tribe swam out to collect a bundle of three rings. Once both bundles have been retrieved, the entire tribe must swim out, where two members must attempt to land all six rings on posts. While Yanuya came in first handily, a close race ensued between the Malolo and Naviti tribes. Ultimately, Malolo pulled out a narrow victory, sending Naviti to Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
San Juan del Sur
"We're a Hot Mess"
Tribal Immunity S29 alec tS29 baylor tS29 dale t
S29 jaclyn tS29 josh tS29 wes t
Ghost Island
"Gotta Risk It for the Biscuit"
Tribal Immunity S36 chris tS36 jenna t
S36 laurel tS36 sebastian tS36 wendell t
S36 angela tS36 desiree tS36 kellyn tS36 michael t
Edge of Extinction
"Fasten Your Seatbelts"
Team Reward S38 julie tS38 lauren tS38 rick tS38 wardog t
Julie, Lauren, Rick, & Wardog



  • An orange tribe has won this challenge both times it was a tribal Immunity Challenge.
  • Edge of Extinction is the only season to have this challenge take place post-merge and as reward.


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