Care for a dip in the pool?
Nemo 33 is a recreational diving center in Brussels, Belgium that is home to the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool itself consists of a submerged structure with flat platforms at various depth levels. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft).
It is filled with 2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30°C (86°F). It has several simulated underwater caves at the 10m depth level.
There are also numerous underwater windows that allow outside visitors to look into the pools at various depths. The complex was designed by Belgian diving expert John Beernaerts as a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational, and film production facility, and opened in 2004.
The pool has multiple levels of 1.5m, 6m, 10m and of course the 33m tower bottom. At the 10m level there is a tunnel in which there are three dry (cave) areas you can surface in. The tunnel leads to the 33m deep tower.
Exiting the tower you head into the tunnel and the 10m level. There are two small caves on the left and right and a very large dry chamber above them. You can surface in this dry chamber at the very start and finish of the tunnel.
Some statistics for the advanced viewers:
Water: 2.500.000 liters of spring water at 30°C
No chlorine smell
Decoration: Caves at -10m, three permanent bells of air under pressure (-9m, -7m, air renewed constantly) which avoid the need for repeated returns to the surface.
Diving aids: 250 anchoring points distributed in the tank
Lighting : Natural & artificial
Aqualungs are allowed, and used by most divers here...
... but freediving (no air supply) is also allowed. I have included a link to a video of a freediver in the pool. Start holding your breath when the diver descends and see if you can hold it until he surfaces again. To start the video, click HERE .
Many thanks to Ray McClure for providing this target.