The pool that just opened in Poland might be a perfect way to get over your fear of the deep end — or it could be your biggest nightmare. Deepspot, located south of Warsaw, is officially the world’s deepest pool, holding around 213,000 gallons of water and going as deep as 148 feet below the surface. Deepspot has underwater caves, a shipwreck, and fake ruins for divers to explore, as well as a simulated “blue hole” — the deepest point in the pool.
Deepspot is available for everyone, from beginners to professional, with an interest in diving. But if you don’t feel like getting your toes wet, there’s also an underwater tunnel for spectators to tour the pool while staying dry. Surrounding conference rooms, training rooms, and hotel rooms also have a view of the pool’s interior.
Polish diving instructor Przemysław Kacprzak said, “There are no magnificent fish or coral reefs here, so it is no substitute for the sea. But it is definitely a good place to learn and to train in order to dive safely in open water.”
Deepspot will take the title of world’s deepest pool from Y-40 The Deep Joy in Italy’s Hotel Millepini, but its reign won’t last long. A pool called the Blue Abyss is currently under construction in England. It’s slated to open in 2022, be 164 feet deep, and double as a commercial astronaut training center.
A version of this article was previously published on April 3, 2019, and was updated on December 4, 2020, with more information.