Taking the plunge: Omar tries free-diving in frigid waters of ice-covered quarry


I get to Morrison’s Quarry in Chelsea, Que., just north of Ottawa, on a cold and blustery day. It feels like – 21 with the wind chill, and Philip Beauchamp is chainsawing a portal into the icy water below.

We’re about to jump in.

This is an extreme sport. Free-diving means no air supply — you need just one big breath and a whole lot of lung capacity.

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