Ice diver Amber Fillary

Amber Fillary heads back to Norway for second attempt at under-ice swim record

Freediver Amber Fillary hopes for a successful second attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest distance under ice on a single breath

One year after her thwarted attempt due to a knee infection causing her to blackout under the ice, Amber Fillary, current female Guinness World Record Holder for the longest swim under ice on a single breath, wearing only a bikini and goggles, is gearing up for another shot at glory in Norway. Set to take on the challenge on 2 and 3 March 2024, the South African freediver aims to break the current men’s record for the longest distance under ice on a single breath and establish a new record swimming under the ice with a monofin.

“I was devastated after last year’s attempt,” Amber reflects on her previous endeavour. “It’s quite soul-destroying putting in all of the work and sacrifices for them to not amount to anything, but that is one of the challenges with this, and I suppose any sport, especially one where you are trying to set a Guinness World Record.”

Despite setbacks, Amber’s determination remains unwavering. With her sights set on these formidable challenges, she is leaving no stone unturned in her preparation, including acclimatising to the colder European weather in Berlin before heading to Norway.

Two challenges in one day

Grappling a mixture of excitement and nerves, Amber anticipates the incredible feats lying ahead. “It will be intense getting into the icy water twice to do two breath holds in one day,” she acknowledges, “but I’m not getting any younger and want to give this my all!”

In a significant development, Carrick Wealth has joined Amber as her official sponsor for these record attempts, adding their support to her journey. Their involvement follows their sponsorship of renowned athlete Chris Bertish during his Transatlantic Stand-Up Paddle Board Crossing.

Furthermore, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has been announced as the official charity for the event. Amber’s endeavours will not only break records but also serve as a platform to raise vital funds and awareness for mental health through SADAG’s initiatives.

Amber’s record attempts are not just about personal achievement; they carry a deeper purpose. As a recovering addict and eating disorder survivor, she aims to raise awareness for mental health issues, particularly poignant after the global pandemic. Her message resonates: don’t let depression and addiction hinder your dreams.

For those interested in supporting Amber on her journey, sponsorship opportunities are available, and she has also set up a crowdfunding page to assist with funding.

For more information about Amber and her records, visit To donate to Amber’s crowdfunding page visit

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.