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Ant Williams with a record breaking ice dive! - video

Australian freediver Ant Williams has set a Guinness World Record for the deepest dive under ice. The Melbourne-based athlete reached a depth of 70 metres during a dive carried out in the north of Norway, under ice, in water temperatures close to 0°C! Two years ago, Williams travelled to Finland, where he decided to see
Published: March 28, 2019 - 16:59
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:00
Ant Williams with a record breaking ice dive! – video

Australian freediver Ant Williams has set a Guinness World Record for the deepest dive under ice. The Melbourne-based athlete reached a depth of 70 metres during a dive carried out in the north of Norway, under ice, in water temperatures close to 0°C!

Two years ago, Williams travelled to Finland, where he decided to see what the differences were between free diving in normal conditions and dives conducted under ice.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”When I first saw how much the freediving world record was under the ice, I was surprised that it was only 65 metres and started to wonder why there was such a difference…”[/blockquote]

As he explains, the level of difficulty under the ice increases due to several factors. The key one, of course, is the cold. With a temperature of 0.2°C, it’s really hard to get into a state of mind that allows you to achieve a good result. Disturbed thermals and breathing severely limit the athlete’s ability.

Williams also draws attention to the darkness, engulfing the athlete with every metre and making it difficult to see anything.

[blockquote style=”1″]”No light means diving in total darkness. For more than three minutes you are completely isolated from the world around you.”[/blockquote]

I owe my success to the efforts of my amazing crew. These guys worked for many months to help me prepare for this dive.

Source: abc.net.au

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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