The World's Deepest Pool Is Scarily . . . Deep!

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If you like to showcase your superior diving skills you may want to check out Italy's Y-40 Deep Joy. As the name indicates, the depth of this newly opened pool extends down 40 meters (131-feet) - the height of a 12-story building or nine double-decker buses stacked atop each other!

The pool that is located at the Hotel Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, has a wide 21-meter (68-feet) by 18-meter (59-feet) surface and at first sight appears just like any other ordinary pool. However, as the swimmer goes beyond 15-meters (49-feet), it narrows into a circular well-like hole that plummets down a steep 28-meters (91-feet). As you may have guessed, the Y-40 is not for casual hotel guests seeking to cool off with a quick dip, but for scuba enthusiasts and free-divers looking to perfect their skills before going into the open seas. At the pool's bottom lie some underwater caves that enable athletes to practice their sub-aquatic landscape negotiating prowess.

What makes the pool even more unique is that it is filled with 4,300 cubic feet of thermal water from the nearby local springs that the area is well-known for. This means that despite its depth, the water is always a comfortable 32°C (89°F) to 34°Ç (93°F) alleviating the need for cumbersome wetsuits. A sunbathing platform on the deck, allows divers to take a breather following their scary plummets.

While the hotel does provide special scuba as well as free-diving lessons for novices brave enough to want to take the plunge, they realize that most people are just content to watch the experts. Hence, they have added a suspended transparent viewing tunnel where visitors can stand and gasp in awe, at those crazy enough to leap to the bottom.

For those fortunate enough to be present at the inauguration ceremony, it meant watching Italian world free-diving champions Umberto Pelizzari and Ilaria Molinari (who dressed as a mermaid), showing off their amazing skills! The officials at Millepini hope that Y-40 will transform Montegrotto Terme into a major international diving center. Given that it makes the world's previous deepest pool, the 34.5-meter (113-feet) Nemo 33 in Belgium appear almost shallow, they are likely to succeed in their mission!

While the world's deepest pool may be just for the brave, the world's biggest one is fun for all. Located at the Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarroba,Chile the half-mile long stretch of water that covers 20-acres and holds more than 66 million gallons, is the size of 6,000 standard size pools put together! It is so big that most guests don't even bother trying to swim across - They just use kayaks or small boats to get from one end to the other.

Resources: innovation.msn.uk, metro.co.uk, cnn.com

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2393 Comments
  • scienceiq
    scienceiqTuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:32 am
    That is not scary!!! Its just water. Plus there aren't any animals except humans in the water!!
    • pm-olm
      pm-olmThursday, December 19, 2019 at 1:26 pm
      That. Is. Super. Scary.
      • carebear0518
        carebear0518Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:31 am
        I do 13 feet but that is like 13 billion feat
        • snowball10sushi
          snowball10sushiTuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:34 am
          oh my goodness that is scary/ out of this world i don't think i'd survive swimming!
          • lovepup1
            lovepup1Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 11:31 am
            WoW!
            • meatlover24
              meatlover24Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm
              OMG so so amazing like I dived into a 12 foot pool but not a 10000000 million deep pool
              • sallyWednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:34 pm
                that is cool
                • garecicy-156950703897
                  garecicy-156950703897Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:53 am
                  my brain is exploding!!
                  • garecicy-156950703897
                    garecicy-156950703897Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7:52 am
                    i think i can go probaly 20 or 10 meters!!!!!, but not 40 meters!!!! those people have the crouage of a loin and the bravery of a eagle!!!
                    • kometyty-156950706674
                      kometyty-156950706674Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:36 am
                      that is so scary to do .If I was that person who had to do that I would already past out went I got in.I mean some people might think that's so cool be others like me think that's so cool but at the same time so scary. OK follow me!!