'A kindergarten for divers': World's deepest swimming pool opens its doors in Poland

A diver swims in the world's deepest swimming pool in Mszczonow, Poland, on November 21, 2020.
A diver swims in the world's deepest swimming pool in Mszczonow, Poland, on November 21, 2020. Copyright WOJTEK RADWANSKI / AFP
By Alessio Dell'AnnaAFP
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The previous record belonged to a 42-metre-deep swimming pool in Italy. The new 'Deepspot' pool in Poland won't hold the record for very long, either.

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The world's deepest swimming pool opened on Saturday in the Polish town of Mszczonow, near Warsaw.

The swimming pool, called 'Deepspot,' is 45.4-metres-deep and filled with 8,000 cubic metres of water - more than twenty times the volume of a standard 25-meter-long pool.

The venue features reproductions of underwater caves and Mayan ruins, as well as a small shipwreck that can be explored.

Unlike ordinary pools, the 'Deepspot' complex can accommodate customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is considered a training centre for divers.

"There is no beautiful fish or coral reefs here, so it is not a substitute for the sea, but it is really a good place to learn and train in order to dive safely," said Przemyslaw Kacprzak, a 39-year-old scuba instructor who was among those attending the swimming pool's opening.

"And that's funny! It's like a kindergarten for divers!" he added.

The swimming pool is also going to be used by firefighters and the army.

The construction lasted two years and cost 40 million zlotys (€8.9 million). Around 5,000 cubic metres of concrete were used.

Despite its immense size, 'Deepspot' is however set to lose its crown soon, as a new, 50-meter-deep swimming pool, called 'Abyss,' is set to open in Merseyside, UK, in 2021.

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