Exploring the Depths: A Freediving Adventure with Apneists UK at Y-40

February 2024 – an unforgettable month for us at Apneists UK as we had an exhilarating trip to Y-40, one of the world’s deepest pools located in Montegrotto Terme, Italy. This adventure was not just about diving deep; it was about exploring new limits, honing skills, and immersing in the vibrant freediving community.

Why Y-40?

Y-40, also known as “The Deep Joy,” is a diver’s paradise. It boasts a staggering depth of 42 metres , making it one of the deepest pools in the world. Designed specifically for freediving and scuba diving, Y-40 offers a safe, controlled environment ideal for divers of all levels to push their boundaries. With crystal-clear, thermally heated water, divers can focus solely on their breath and technique without the distractions of cold temperatures or poor visibility.

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The Journey with Apneists UK

Our journey began with a smooth short flight to Venice, followed by a scenic boat drive to the accomodation in Venice. The facility is an efficient easy train journey to Montegrotto Terme. Upon arrival, the welcoming atmosphere of the Y-40 facility immediately set the tone for an incredible experience.

Day 1: Acclimatization and Basic Skills

The first day was all about acclimatization. This session focused on relaxation techniques, breath-hold exercises, and familiarizing ourselves with the unique environment of Y-40. The shallow training areas, set at various depths, allowed students to gradually build depth safely.

Day 2: Deep Dives and Technique Refinement

With the conditions acclimatised, day two was dedicated to deeper dives. Under the careful supervision of our instructors, we descended into the abyss of Y-40. The sensation of diving deep, surrounded by the tranquility of the deep blue, was surreal. Our instructors provided personalized feedback, helping each diver refine their techniques, from equalization to streamlined positioning.


Tips for Future Y-40 Adventurers

  1. Preparation is Key: Ensure you’re physically and mentally prepared for the demands of deep freediving. Regular training and a healthy lifestyle will enhance your experience.
  2. Gear Up: Bring your own gear if possible. Familiar equipment can make a significant difference in comfort and performance.
  3. Stay Relaxed: Mental relaxation is crucial in freediving. Practice mindfulness and breathing exercises to stay calm and focused.

We also explored Venice, a bucket list destination

Venice, the Floating City, is a destination that captures the imagination of travelers from around the globe. With its intricate network of canals, historic architecture, and romantic ambiance, Venice offers an unparalleled experience.

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Why Visit Venice?

Venice is renowned for its unique landscape, where winding canals replace roads and ornate bridges connect picturesque islands. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a rich history and vibrant culture, making it a bucket-list destination. Whether you’re a history buff, art enthusiast, or simply in search of a romantic getaway, Venice has something to offer everyone.

Some of the Attractions we saw in Venice

  1. St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica, located in Piazza San Marco, is a stunning example of Italo-Byzantine architecture. The basilica’s intricate mosaics, opulent design, and the breathtaking view from the terrace make it a must-visit.

  1. The Grand Canal

No trip to Venice is complete without experiencing the Grand Canal. This main waterway snakes through the city, lined with grand palaces and historic buildings. A vaporetto ride along the canal offers an excellent overview of Venice’s splendor.

  1. Rialto Bridge

The iconic Rialto Bridge is one of Venice’s oldest and most photographed landmarks. It’s the perfect spot for a memorable photo and offers a fantastic view of the bustling canal below.

  1. Doge’s Palace

Explore the Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The palace served as the residence of the Doge of Venice and the seat of Venetian government. Don’t miss the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the palace to the prison.

Hidden Gems in Venice

  1. Libreria Acqua Alta

This charming bookstore is a hidden treasure. Books are stacked in bathtubs and gondolas to protect them from flooding, creating a quirky and memorable atmosphere.

  1. San Giorgio Maggiore

Take a short boat ride to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Climb the bell tower for a panoramic view of Venice that rivals those from St. Mark’s Campanile.


Venice is a city like no other, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and beauty. Whether you’re strolling along the canals, visiting iconic landmarks, or savoring local cuisine, Venice promises a magical experience. Plan your trip carefully, embrace the adventure, and you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

Our trip to Y-40 with Apneists UK was a remarkable journey into the depths of freediving. It was an opportunity to challenge ourselves, learn from experts, and connect with a passionate community. Whether you’re a seasoned freediver or a curious beginner, a trip to Y-40 promises an experience like no other.

For more information on upcoming trips and courses, check out our calendar and start planning your next underwater adventure today!

E-mail Steve@freedivers.co.uk