15 storeys down: Poland to get world’s deepest swimming pool
Polish company FlySpot, which specialises in “indoor skydiving”, is planning to open a pool for divers in the outskirts of Warsaw this autumn.
The DeepSpot project will stretch down 45m – about as far as a 15-storey building – making it 5m deeper than Y-40 Deep Joy, the present record holder. This project, which opened in Montegrotto Terme in northern Italy in 2016, is the present holder of the Guinness World Record.
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The pool will contain 8,000 cubic metres of water, the equivalent of 25 Olympic swimming pools, and will be the centrepiece of a hotel and conference centre. It will be open to the general public, but the main market will be serious divers.
Bartek Wiecek, FlySpot’s marketing manager, told Xinhua: “Engineers will appreciate the scale of the challenge associated with the construction of such a pool. It’s a piece of extreme engineering.”
One of the retaining walls will have to resist the gravitational force of 180,000 tonnes of soil, he said.
The company also runs a wind tunnel where people can simulate parachute jumping while remaining fairly close to the ground.
Image: The Deep Joy pool in Italy (Boaretto Group Hotel & Resort)