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World record attempt by Peter Colat in Apnea diving in the Tannheimer Tal

World record attempt by Peter Colat in Apnea diving in the Tannheimer Tal

The Vilsalpsee in the Tannheimer Tal will be the scene of a world record attempt on February 4, 2023. Freediver Peter Colat plans to set world records in freediving.

February 04, 2023 - Swimming under the surface of a frozen lake without an oxygen tank is probably an absolute nightmare for most people. For Peter Colat, this project is a voluntary adventure. As one of the best-known freedivers in Switzerland, he was able to set three course world records in freediving under ice in 2018. Now, on Saturday, February 4th, he is planning to outperform the competition again in two freediving disciplines and secure his entry in the book of records. The world record attempts will take place at Vilsalpsee south of Tannheim.

Already in 1998 Peter Colat discovered the sport of free diving. This is the oldest form of diving, in which long distances are covered under water without breathing apparatus and with just one breath. The Swiss professional diver, who also works as a Padi Instructor, can now look back on a large number of successes in diving. Among other things, 15 overall victories in Swiss championships, five overall victories in international competitions and nine Guinness World Records in the areas of static, team and distance under ice. On the first Saturday in February, Colat now faces his biggest challenge to date: the Swiss would like to set two new world records in freediving under ice without fins. In the morning at 11:00 a.m. he will start with a wetsuit and on the same day at 2:00 p.m. he will face the water temperature of about one degree without a suit. The scene of the event is the frozen Vilsalpsee in the Tannheimer Tal, in whose closed ice cover the necessary diving holes are cut several meters apart. To ensure that everything runs smoothly and, above all, that the necessary safety is ensured, a trained safety and helper team of ten people is on hand.

More info: www.freediving.ch

Pictures: Sandra Vollmar