Underwater Mannequin Challenge

By Mark McConville

 

IS THIS the most incredible mannequin challenge yet?

Stunning footage has captured a group of freedivers frozen in time at the bottom of a 20-foot-deep pool without breathing equipment.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: IS THIS the most incredible mannequin challenge yet? Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
MOSCOW, RUSSIA: IS THIS the most incredible mannequin challenge yet? Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

The amusing video shows one diver surfing on top of another, divers relaxing on the bottom of the pool and others who appear to be frozen mid-fight.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

The clip also shows people closer to the surface of the pool as they cling to the side.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

The footage was taken by Russian professional freediver Alexey Molchanov (29) from Moscow along with some of his students. He used a Sony a7S2 with a 16-35 Zeiss lens and Nauticam housing.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

“I saw all those mannequin challenges on the internet and had friends who said we should do it,” he said.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

“And I thought why not? Let’s do it on the bottom of 20-foot depth pool.

“It was done as always by holding my breath. That gives me great mobility and freedom to move any way I want underwater.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

“Thanks to regular practice in freediving I can do for a few minutes without urge to breathe.”

Alexey runs a freediving instruction company called Freediving Federation education agency. He can hold his breath for a huge eight minutes and thirty-three seconds.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

Staying completely still underwater was not the easiest of tasks but Alexey and his students managed it.

“We had some problems to keep everyone very still,” he said.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

“Actually, my students did an amazing job. All together for practice and shooting it took 40 minutes.

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

“Everyone says it looks unbelievable. They cannot understand how it is possible but for trained freedivers, who are not even sportsmen, it is not a very hard thing to do.”

Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com
Alexey Molchanov / mediadrumworld.com

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