Freediver Sets World Record with 81 Metre Swim beneath the Ice

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Freediver Sets World Record with 81 Metre Swim beneath the Ice
Freediver Sets World Record with 81 Metre Swim beneath the Ice Credit: Facebook

CZECH FREEDIVER sets a new world record with a staggering 81 metre swim beneath the ice.

A Czech freediver has broken the existing world record by swimming below a solid sheet of ice for an amazing 81 metres. The record attempt was made with him wearing nothing but goggles and swimming trunks while the freediver held his breath in the icy water for well over two minutes.

The new record was made by David Vencl, when he lasted for two minutes and 42 seconds beneath icy lake in the village of Lahost. The lake where the swim took place is a former quarry and the water came in at a numbing 3 Celsius. Speaking after the swim David said, “It was faster than I expected.”

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Due to issues with coronavirus restrictions the location of the record attempt had been altered as originally the plans involved a glacial lake in Austria, but this was not to be.

The previous world record had been set by Denmark’s Stig Avall Severinsen in 2017 where he swam for 76.2 metres.

Extreme Sports portal Adrex, explained how David had set the world record without the use of a wetsuit and other standard freediving equipment, they explained that, “Dave set a world record in the Pure Apnea association in under-ice swim without a wetsuit and in the most difficult conditions – i.e. without the cap and weights that freedivers are used to.”



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Alex Glenn
Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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