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Free diver hits bottom of world's deepest pool

By T.K. Randall
July 21, 2017 · Comment icon 7 comments

How long can you hold your breath ? Image Credit: YouTube / Guillaume Nery
A new video shows veteran free diver Guillaume Nery descending 131ft underwater on only one lungful of air.
If the thought of being deep underwater without any breathing apparatus whatsoever makes you uneasy, this new video, which was released last week, is sure to leave you feeling breathless.

The Deep Joy Y-40 pool at the Hotel Terme Millepini in Padua, Italy, is the deepest man-made swimming pool on Earth. Descending to a depth of 40 meters, the pool is frequently used for filmmaking, scuba training, underwater photography and other similar things.
In the video, Nery, who is no stranger to holding his breath underwater for several minutes at a time, can be seen casually dropping down the pool's various ledges before leaping in to the final, deepest section of the pool - a cylindrical area which leads straight to the bottom.

The water is so clear during his descent that the footage has an almost dreamlike quality to it.

Incredibly, this isn't even Nery's deepest dive - back in 2011 he managed to set a new record by descending 117 meters underwater - that's almost three times the depth of this pool.

Source: Nerdist | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by clare256 6 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid 6 years ago
He should get a job as Aquaman's stunt double!
Comment icon #3 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 6 years ago
Presumably two lungfulls. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Susanc241 6 years ago
Does anyone know how long he had to hold his breath for this? Can't see that stat anywhere. Very impressive how ever long.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Boozemonkey 6 years ago
He is clearly mermaid man, but where was barnacle boy??
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dark_Grey 6 years ago
Bonkers. I have a major fear of dark, deep gives me anxiety lol the video is cool to watch
Comment icon #7 Posted by Noxasa 6 years ago
Being a SCUBA diver and somewhat interested in underwater activities, I've watched free diver competitions and they are remarkable feats.  It's not only remarkable to get down on one breath but it's equally remarkable to save enough to get back to the surface safely.  In the competitions the divers hold on to a drop weight to go down and then use an inflated air bag to come back up.  They don't move a whole lot when doing it to conserve oxygen.  I question his ability to move so much on a single breath if he also had to make it all the way back up to the surface.  I would have liked to see how... [More]

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