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A view of the 10-lane 50-meter pool at the National Swimming Center De Tongelreep

A Swimmer’s Paradise

Eindhoven, Netherlands, November 22-23, 2008

In the land of windmills, amongst what can only be referred to as cyclists paradise, you will find another paradise: the Nationaal Zwemcentrum De Tongelreep, nestled in the Noord-Brabant region.

They don’t call it Swimmer’s Paradise for nothing. This state of the art facility is complete with a 4-lane 50-meter training pool with underwater tracking cameras, a 25-meter pool with a moving floor (0-6 meters) and a 10-lane 50-meter pool with a depth of 3 meters. The latter is rumored to be the fastest pool in the world after Beijing’s Olympic swimming pool.

It is in this precise location that Immersion Freedive Academy and Shop‘s very own Pim Vermeulen and Susan Kluytmans decided to organize two events spread over one week-end.

First on Saturday evening, a special event called Dynamic No Fins National Record Relay took place in the high-tech 25-meter pool with the bottom set at 3 meters. Amidst eleven other competitors, William Winram claimed a new national and continental record in the finless discipline with a distance of 154 meters.

Second event of the week-end, the 4th Dutch Apnea Open took place on Sunday. This very well-attended event (55 competitors) combined Static apnea in the morning and Dynamic in the afternoon. Winram sprinted to yet another personal best. A distance of 205 meters gained him a new continental and national record. It was also a new pool record for the longest dynamic ever performed in Tongelreep. Total points between Static and Dynamic apnea granted William third place overall.

Very well-organized events. Kudos to the safety divers who were on the top of their game.