Record attempt at Kongsberg

Reigning world champion Amber Fillary (48) from South Africa is in Norway to set a new world record in swimming under the ice. On Saturday, the goal is a solid improvement on her own record.

Reigning world champion Amber Fillary (48) from South Africa is in Norway to set a new world record in swimming under the ice. On Saturday, the goal is a solid improvement on her own record.

March 2, 2022

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– Amber came to Norway on 19 February, and the very next day she started training in Mysutjern south of Kongsberg, says Arve Gravningen.

He is the owner of Fridykker.com and a judge for the Norwegian Diving Association, and has a finger in the pie in most things that happen in apnea.

Amber Fillary

The work of preparing the dive site in Mysutjern has been going on since mid-February, and many volunteers have lined up before the record attempt.

Several holes have been made in the 40 centimeter thick ice, tensioned safety lines under water and of course the 110 meter long course is very accurately measured.

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Amber Fillary is the reigning world record holder after she swam 70 meters under the ice in Oppsjø in Asker in February 2020. The record is registered on the Guinness World of Records.

She also holds the South African records in static apnea with 6 minutes and dynamic apnea without fins with 138 meters, both set in the pool.

Watch video of the record dive:

Divers from Drammen Sports divers line up as safety divers, and also assist in filming the record attempt. Arve Gravningen is also a safety diver, with a bottle on his back.

– Now she has two training days left, so the exact length of the record attempt will be decided. She walks for either 95 or 100 meters, he says.

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– I am my own head when I swim in the icy water under the ice. I do not even feel the cold, says Fillary in a video on Dagens Næringsliv.

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Free diver Stanislaw Odbiezalek from Drammen will also swim under the ice, and goes for a new personal record of 80 or 90 meters in with monofin and swimming trunks.

– If you want to attend the record attempts on Saturday 5 March, you are most welcome, says Arve Gravningen, and adds that Amber Fillary’s dive will start at 12 noon.

Mysutjern is a half hour drive south of Kongsberg. Remember to calculate a little extra time, as it is a long way to walk from the road and out on the ice.

Fortunately, you do not have to swim in one degree of water in just your swimming trunks, but still remember to bring warm clothes and shoes.

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