Guillaume Néry is a world-famous free diver. In 2002, he first broke the world record by diving 285 feet in the Villefranche-sur-Mer harbor, in Alpes-Maritimes, France. He proceeded to break his own record yet again in 2006 by diving 357 feet in Nice, France.
For those of you who don’t know, free diving is one of the most dangerous sports. Divers take one long and crucial breath, then they plunge into a deep abyss. Countless of professionals have died from free-diving attempts and much more have ended up in crucial situations.
But the danger has not stopped Néry from free diving. In fact, the Frenchman was at it again last month when he plunged into the world’s deepest pool located in Padua, Italy.
Guillaume Néry Descends 131 Feet Underwater
After taking in one lungful of air, Guillaume Néry free dives into the world’s deepest pool.
The Y-40 “Deep Joy” pool in Italy was first introduced to the public on June 5, 2014. It is located specifically inside the Hotel Terme Millepini, a four-star hotel in the city of Padua. The pool is 131 feet deep, making it the deepest pool in the world. It contains underwater caves and a transparent underwater tunnel for guests to walk through. Néry is not the first free diver to explore the place. In the same year of its launch, Italian free diver Umberto Pelizzari was the first to measure its depth before the attraction was opened to visitors. Today, the Y-40 has opened its doors for scuba training, filmmaking, underwater photography, and other similar activities.
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Despite not being the first to explore this artificial paradise, Néry’s free dive was nothing short of beautiful. In the video, he can be seen gracefully dropping down this massive structure. He then leaps into the deepest section of the pool: a large, cylindrical area that leads to the bottom.
Cameras were able to capture the entire moment in crisp quality because the pool is a man-made structure. It looked as if it was a scene straight out of a science-fiction movie! Watch the moment unfold in the video below.