Lonely Planet Writer

Hold your breath - an incredible look at the deepest swimming pool in the world

Guests of the prestigious Hotel Terme Millepini in Padua, Italy have been enjoying more than just the four-star treatment in recent times, as a visit to the establishment now enables visitors to get a glimpse of the deepest swimming pool in the world.

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The swimming pool is a stunning 131 feet deep. Image by Y-40
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The facility features underwater caves for special exercises and teaching. Image by Y-40

Measuring a stunning 131 feet (42 metres) deep, Y-40 The Deep Joy claimed the impressive title of deepest swimming pool in the world in 2014, when it was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. Open 365 days a year, the pool is as deep as a 13-storey building, while the site has facilities that feature specially heated thermal water that caters for free dive swimming without the need for wetsuits. It also boasts a large water mirror that measures 21 X 19 metres and four underwater caves for technicians to use. There is also a stunning suspended, transparent underwater tunnel that allows guests to walk through for surreal, breathtaking views of the underwater world.

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The diving pool is as long as a 13-storey building.
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A range of courses and workshops cater to different experience levels. Image by Y-40

Y-40 The Deep Joy also features a range of different depth platforms that cater for divers with different experience levels, while a number of training courses are available from basic to advanced diving. The site includes meeting rooms for learning, as well as a cinema and special areas for photography. A range of professional international and Olympic divers have visited the pool in recent times, taking to the water to experience it for themselves.

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The pool has heated thermal water that caters for free dive swimming without the need for wetsuits. Image by Y-40
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The pool attracted 100,000 visitors from all over the world in its first year. Image by Y-40

The pool also attracts many visitors from all over the world, having welcomed 100,000 visitors in its first year. Y-40 has also become a public cultural place for rock concerts, cooking shows, book presentations and parties, while two marriages have even taken place in the depths of the pool. More information on the pool is available on the Y-40 website.

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