British Diver Breaks Depth Record On A Single Breath

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Diving to New Depths

A woman from London has set a new freediving world record after swimming 96m (318ft) below the surface of the ocean and back in a single breath. Sara Campbell, 37, from Wandsworth, spent 3min 36sec submerged off an island in the Bahamas.

The dive in the Vertical Blue contest took her down the equivalent of the height of Big Ben’s clock tower.

In October 2007 she smashed all world depth records within 48 hours, after only nine months in the extreme sport. Her latest feat, is known as the constant weight world record, in which the diver must use just a monofin – a mermaid like tail – and their own power.

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A Little Known Sport: Underwater Hockey

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Here is a movie showing some freestyle underwater hockey 

A little known sport, underwater hockey is what some divers like to do during the winter months when the outside water is too cold for diving. The sport was invented in Great Britain during the 1950’s when some British divers were looking for ways to stay fit during the winter. The result: An intensive and beatiful sport practised around the world leaving us with some striking images.

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Steve Fossett’s Super Secret Flying, Diving, Space Bound Submersible

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 Steve Fossett’s Flying, Diving, Submersible Invention

Unbeknownst to most of the world, the late super rich adventurer Steve Fossett had started work on an amazing flying submersible that would one day theoretically touch the stars. More importantly, however, was that the design would have allowed adventurers and scientists alike (and most importantly Fossett himself, of course) to venture into the deadly depths of the Mariana Trench, some 36,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. Sadly, the design was put on hold immediately after Fossett went missing about one year ago, but that hasn’t stopped San Anselmo inventor Graham Hawkes from detailing the project that Fossett tapped him to create two years before his death.

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Silly Sports

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Walking Hard

An Irish lawyer determined to make the world a sillier place has launched the race to stage the inaugural Paddy Olympics with madcap challenges like backward running and underwater swimming.

“Nonsense makes sense,” said Colin Carroll as he sent out bid documents to the mayors of Boston, London, Beijing, Paris, New York and every city in Ireland, trying to tempt them to host the surreal sporting extravaganza.

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