French world champion freediver Guillaume Nery has released a video of himself freediving in the world’s deepest pool—the Y-40 Deep Joy Pool. At 40 metres, it’s not only the deepest pool in the world, but one of the surrealist places to dive.
The pool located near Venice, Italy, was designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto and opened in June 2014. Its design is incredibly barren and is the complete opposite of anything you’d expect in the deep ocean.
In the video, Nery descends into the pool, past sunken blocks that look like high rise buildings, to reach a cylindrical hole which extends down to 40 metres below the surface. He then steps off the edge to fall, like a lead weight, to the very bottom, doing so on one single breath.
But his freedive was only half of the challenge. In order to film the experience, his wife, film director Julie Gautier, had to swim next to him and record the entire sequence, without using scuba equipment herself.
After under taking the challenge, Nery told Caters News:
I just love this place, it’s one of the most fascinating place to freedive in the world, even if its artificial. When you are in this pool, it feels like a science fiction scene, futuristic, and the water is so clear that sometimes you have the feeling that you are flying.