South African freediver Amber Fillary will attempt to set two new Guinness World Records next month.
On March 4th, 2023 Fillary will try to break her own current world record for the longest swim under ice on a single breath — 90m/295ft — with a 110m/361ft attempt in Norway.
Immediately after, she plans to do a separate attempt for a world record for the longest swim under ice on a single breath using a monofin — 125m/410ft.
“I am really excited to be getting back under the ice again this year, it truly is my happy place. These two record attempts are very exciting and very scary at the same time. It will be intense getting into the icy water twice to do two breath holds in one day, but I’m not getting any younger and want to give this my all!”
In November 2022, Fillary went to the 91.44m/300ft Tooting Bec Lido, one of the United Kingdom’s oldest outdoor swimming pools, where she set a new record of swimming the length of the pool plus a little bit more — 104.8m/343.8ft — on a single breath.
“It was such an honor to be able to go back to where it all started and use the swim as part of my training for the new attempts. The water, while not frozen over yet, was below 10 degrees, making it a great training swim!”
The driving force behind Fillary’s record attempts is to raise awareness for mental health issues plaguing so many people in the world, particularly after the global pandemic. As a recovering addict and eating disorder survivor, her key message to those she interacts with is to not let depression and addiction get in the way of achieving great things and live your dream.