Amber Fillary, a professional swimmer from South Africa, has broken her own Guinness World Record for the longest swim under ice while holding her breath and wearing neither fins nor a diving suit. She broke the previous record by swimming for 90 metres (295 feet 3 inches) at Kongsberg, Viken, Norway on March 5, 2022, after two years of waiting. She attempted the first record in 2020 at Oppsj, Norway, with a distance of 70 metres (229.659 ft).
Amber Fillary went through breath-hold training at her local swimming pool, worked out at the gym, and ran to prepare for this record, according to the Guinness website. She spent five days in Berlin to get acclimated to the cold. She then relocated to Norway, where she began training by swimming in the same lake where she would eventually set the world record.
Amber’s passion, according to Amber, who is also an artist, is water, which she communicates via sports and art. She shared on her website, “Water calms me amidst my life struggles.” However, because she suffered from anorexia, bulimia, and depression, it has not been easy for her.
“I’ve struggled with anorexia, bulimia, and depression since the age of 15,” Amber writes on her website. “In my early twenties, primarily spent in treatment, I began to drink, overdose on medicine, and attempt suicide multiple times,” she said.
“Hold your breath with me as I swim a world record distance…,” she captioned an Instagram video of her record-breaking swim. It will only take approximately two and a half minutes to complete. Stay calm, don’t feel the cold, just concentrate on your thoughts and hold your breath… “Come under the sea with me.”
“Amber faced relapse and dread by concentrating on her next goal: breaking yet another world record to become a positive example for others,” according to the Guinness website.