Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Czech Freediver David Vencl Looks To Break Under-Ice Swimming World Record


Czech freediver David Vencl has announced plans to attempt to break Stig Severinsen’s eight-year-old Guinness record for swimming under the ice.

In 2013, Severinsen set the record of 250 feet (76.2 meters) underwater — without fins or even a wetsuit — below one-meter-thick ice on a single breath of air.

If COVID-19 restrictions allow, Vencl will attempt to swim 80 meters (262 feet) at the end of this month under the ice of Lake Weissensee in Carinthia, Austria.

In non-cold-water conditions, Vencl has swum 141 meters (462.6 feet), and has been training for the below-ice swim by working out with friends in Lake Barbora, Teplice in the Czech Republic.

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.