Offbeat Video

By Ben Walley


A freediving pro with a fear of heights came up with a creative method of facing his fears.

This brilliant video shows the moment that diver Adam Stern, 28, climbed a colossal wall of limestone… underwater.

The Australian professional free diver is ranked 5th in the world and holds numerous Australian records.

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He captured this video in Barracuda Lake in the Philippines early this year.

Adam said: “I am 100% scared of heights! I made a few jokes about getting over my fear so my wife told me to climb the cliffs in the lake – so I climbed them underwater.

“It’s the first time I’ve climbed underwater and it’s super easy and very fun.”

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“It’s an incredible lake made up of limestone. The limestone walls have an awesome and unique look to them.

“I compete in competitions where athletes dive as deep as they can on one breath.

“I hold 4 Australian records and was ranked 5th in the world for 2016 in the Men’s with fins category. I can dive to 104 meters on one breath.

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“The lake is 45m deep. The first 14 metres is fresh water, then there is a halocline and it becomes salt water – It’s quite a unique spot.