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Breath-hold ice diving - video

Not long ago, we wrote about the record-breaking ice dive in which Frenchman Arthur Guérin Boëri swam 175 metres in one breath under a sheet of 50-centimetre ice. However, it is also worth pointing out the current world record for diving under ice in one breath to depth. It belongs to the Russian Konstantin Novikov,
Published: December 26, 2017 - 14:14
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:14
Breath-hold ice diving – video

Not long ago, we wrote about the record-breaking ice dive in which Frenchman Arthur Guérin Boëri swam 175 metres in one breath under a sheet of 50-centimetre ice. However, it is also worth pointing out the current world record for diving under ice in one breath to depth.

It belongs to the Russian Konstantin Novikov, who in 2015 dived to a remarkable depth of 65 metres. That was already two years ago, and meanwhile a contender to take over the title of record holder in this category has emerged – it is New Zealander Ant Williams. Additionally, he wants to attempt to set the record at the very North Pole!

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Although the exact date of his dive is still unknown, he has adopted a training programme to adapt to diving in sub-zero conditions, which runs until 2018, and is looking for a special suit that will give him adequate thermal protection while allowing plenty of freedom of movement.

We know that there are plans to attempt to better the record in 2018, but what depth will it be? He hasn’t revealed that yet, but with the ability to dive 240 metres in a pool, 100 metres deep in a warm sea and having the ability to hold his breath for over 8 minutes, we can expect it to be well under 65 metres. He publishes up-to-date information about the project on your website.

Freedivers do not dive under ice just to set records. Diving under ice increases the strength of the diving reflex and can even double the speed of physiological processes associated with it. Although at the same time this means that we will feel the need to take a breath faster, experienced freedivers diving under the ice, gain even a few more moments of maximum “slowing down”, which brings a blissful feeling of relaxation.

If you would like to experience this “freezing” feeling, remember about safety. We dive under the ice only with handrails and proper belaying. Just like the Czechs do on the video above.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
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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