South African Amber Fillary, 46, has set up a crowdfunding page to help her break a women’s world record for the longest Under Ice Breath hold swim.

Fillary aims to swim for more than 50m/164ft under the ice. The South African is a passionate freediver and swimmer, and her love for the sport has helped her cope with an eating disorder, alcoholism, and bouts of suicidal depression.

The event will take place in Finland on March 21, 2019, at Lake Lahti, and will see Fillary attempt to swim more than 50m/164ft wearing only a swimming costume under the ice. The whole cost of the event is £15,500/~US$20,345/~€18,078.

Thankfully, various sponsors have helped with donations towards Fillary, meeting her funding target, yet she remains £6,000/~$7,850/~€6,998 short of her goal. If more funds are raised than are needed, the balance will be donated to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

You can donate to the event here.


  1. no one else ask for money when they want to break freediving records.
    and its free to swim..
    also under ice.
    as i see it its a part of beeing a freediver.
    actually al over the world people
    are have drugs and alcohol around and everyone can fall in to that.
    so for me its not a good enough reason to donate.

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