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Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive With Johanna Nordblad

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Freediver Johanna Nordblad attempts to break the world record for distance traveled under ice with one breath in this documentary.

The trailer begins with a shot of the diver sitting on the ice, getting ready to jump into the water at the ice hole. Behind them, two men begin the countdown. The lady believes in her mind that “Girls can do anything men can do,” and the trailer depicts a freezing island covered in snow and a lady swimming beneath the ice to see how far she can dive from one ice hole to the next on a single breath.

About Johanna Nordblad

Johanna Nordblad is a Finnish designer, ice diver and freediver. Prior to ice diving, Nordblad began her freediving career in 2000 and has since competed in World Championships with the best freedivers in the world. In 2004, she broke the female record for freediving with fins (dynamic) by swimming 158 metres in 6 minutes and 39 seconds. Nordblad was also the men’s national freediving team’s captain and coach, preparing them for the 2014 World Cup in Italy. Her current dynamic freediving record is 192 metres, set at the 2013 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. She also set a world record with a static breath hold of 6 minutes 35 seconds at the 2015 World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Johanna Norblad
Fulmarke, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Nordblad was in a cycling accident in 2010 and broke her leg. On the advice of her doctor, she began cold-water treatment (ice therapy) in 2013. In the 2000s, she began freediving beneath the Arctic ice. On March 14, 2015, she broke the Guinness World Record for females by diving 50 metres under the ice in the 2 °C cold water of Lake Päijänne while wearing only a swimsuit and mask. Nordblad resides with her son Kasper on Lauttasaari Island, Helsinki, Finland.

This Johanna Nordblad documentary series will launch on May 2022 on Netflix.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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