Take a bunch of top level Freedivers competing at the recent AIDA Pool World Freediving Championships, stick them in a 4°C (39°F) dunking pool, then add in Underwater Photographer Daan Verhoeven and you get some unique portraits.

The Freedivers look remarkably composed considering the shock of the freezing cold water.

Daan spoke to Peta Pixel recently about the portraits

“I wanted to capture the shock of submerging yourself into water this cold, it’s actually quite good fun and pleasant, but only afterwards. The initial feeling is overwhelmingly… well, shocking!”

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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