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Guinness World Record holder Amber Fillary is getting ready to put on her South African swim cap again to achieve back-to-back world records.


South Africa (06 February 2023) – While cold water swimming and ice plunges may have become one of the latest health trends, 50-year-old South African, Amber Fillary, is taking things to a new level.

As the current Guinness World Record Holder for the longest swim under the ice in a single breath, wearing only a bikini and goggles – 90m – which she set in March 2020 in Norway, Amber has set her sights on achieving two new Guinness World Records this year.

On the 4th of March, Amber will be in Norway again, to not only attempt to beat her current record, by swimming more than 110m in a single breath but then get straight back into the water to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest swim under ice on a single breath using a mono fin.

“I am really excited to be getting back under the ice again this year, it truly is my happy place,” says Amber Fillary. “These two record attempts are very exciting and very scary at the same time. It will be intense getting into the icy water twice to do two breath holds in one day, but I’m not getting any younger and want to give this my all!”

In November last year, Amber returned to the pool that started her love of ice water swimming, the 91,44m Tooting Bec Lido, one of the United Kingdom’s oldest outdoor swimming pools, where she set a new record of swimming the length of the pool and a few extra meters – 104,8m to be exact- on a single breath!

“It was such an honour to be able to go back to where it all started and use the swim as part of my training for the new attempts,” says Fillary. “The water, while not frozen over yet, was below 10 degrees, making it a great training swim!”

The driving force behind Amber’s record attempts is to raise awareness for Mental Health Issues plaguing so many people in the world, particularly after the global pandemic. As a recovering addict and eating disorder survivor, Amber’s key message to those she interacts with is, to not let depression and addiction get in the way of achieving great things and living your dream.

For more information about Amber and her records, please visit

Amber is also currently looking for sponsors to join her on her next record attempt, if you would like to partner with her on this amazing adventure, please contact Amber at She has also set up a crowdfunding page to help with her funding – if you are able to help her out, visit

Sources: Supplied
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