Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Amber Filary Sets New Under-Ice Freediving World Record


South African freediver Amber Filary this past weekend set a new Guinness World Record — women’s and men’s — for the longest under-ice swim with no fins, no weights (not even a neck weight) and wearing only a swimsuit.

Filary swam 90m (295ft) in a frozen lake near Kongsberg, Norway, surpassing Czech freediver David Vencl’s February 2021 record of nearly 81m (265.5ft).

Amber Filary
Amber Filary (Image credit: Fredrik Bournac)

The longest distance Amber did in training was 100m/328ft, but the team wanted to make sure she would manage to set a record on the actual day even if her nerves got to her, according to freediving instructor Arve Gravningen, the owner of and organizer of the attempt:

“She even had energy left at the end of the swim to give two thumbs up to the camera before breaking the surface.”

Filary’s team are already planning to set another record of 100m or more next year.

You can watch a video of her swim below, or check out Filary’s crowdfunding page.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.