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Diving interview with famous diver for you! We are pleased to present you a diving interview with famous diver Sebastian Marczewski who has a Europe diving record dived on 240 meters deep. We wish you inspiration for your world diving record after reading.

“A hero from Afghanistan”

Editorial Team: Many people would like to get to know you better. Can you tell us something more about yourself?

Sebastian Marczewski: I’m 39 and diving is my passion. I’ve been a M1 LOK CMAS diving instructor for 21 years now. I began my adventure with diving on Lake Hańcza. This is where I came from.

Editorial Team: Apart from the fact that you dive, you are also a professional soldier and have an additional hobby – climbing, that is. Can we risk saying that you need a large dose of adrenaline in your life?

Sebastian Marczewski: Yeah, it would be correct to say this. Before I got injured in Afghanistan in 2009, I would frequently go climbing in the mountains, but always by myself, cause I don’t like crowds. Also, it was only when I was by myself that I felt a full symbiosis with the mountain. I have never been a great climber and I’m still not one, but the mountains would always attract me. The same is with the depth and risk that are inevitably related to such situations. This drives and stimulates action in me. However, adrenaline only turns me on in case of risk, not risk-taking, which is a huge difference.

Editorial Team: You got injured in Afghanistan. As far as we know, such missions are attended by volunteers. What was the reason of your decision to go to the war zone?

Sebastian Marczewski: I’ve always followed the rule that when I do something, I put 200 per cent into it and the same is with the military service. In my opinion, every soldier should prove himself in a war zone, on the front line. And I also seeked going precisely there. This is why I decided to go to Afghanistan as a combat team commander.

“The key is a strong psyche”

Editorial Team: It is said that human psyche is most important in extreme situations. What sort of feelings are released in a human who is fighting for his life or health, when he’s injured? Is it humility, or maybe great will to overcome the adversities?

Sebastian: The fear comes first. The questions arise: will I live or not? Will I get fit again? Then comes the prayer and asking God for life and health. Once I’m through with this, I need huge internal stubbornness and struggle. But all of what I’m describing must be founded on a great and steel pillar – a strong psyche. This is the most important thing. You can be a world champion in many fields, but if your psyche does not survive, you slowly burn and then die.

Editorial Team: We remember the case when the Polish climbers died. That incident resulted in a social discussion regarding the reasonability behind risking death. Has climbing, which is your second hobby, also caused any threats? What is your attitude to risk?

Sebastian: I always comment it the same way as Jerzy Kukuczka wrote in his book entitled My Vertical World: ‘I won’t give these moments away at any cost, and if I have to overcome obstacles on the way to the top and face the border between calculated risk and risk-taking which is never to be determined, then hard luck, I agree.’ Yes, this is calculated risk rather than risk-taking. We may risk, but this has to be sophisticated, people die everywhere, both in the mountains and under water. The border between life and death is thin; therefore, it always has to be calculated reasonably.

Editorial Team: We know you as a person with strong character. What would you say if we asked you what kind of person a winner must be, as well as what features and preparation he or she needs to have?

Sebastian: The main features are, first of all, strong psyche, humbleness in pursuing the goal and respect for challenge, determination, training, training and training once again, as well as a great team of people who support you. There’s obviously also knowledge about the challenge and faith in victory. If someone does not have the faith, they will die in a trench.

Preparations for the new diving record

Editorial Team: You are preparing to beat the world record in diving. The challenge you are facing is 340 m. Do you see any risk related to health, equipment or your public image in it?

Sebastian: Yes, there’s always a risk, especially with this type of diving. One thing must be remembered – apart from fantastic equipment and great people, with such diving you also need a bit of luck to make it all work. Of course there’s a large health risk, because something may always go wrong. However, the statistics show that 98 per cent of accidents happen through the fault of a human being, and only 2 per cent are caused by equipment, so you need to keep this in mind. When it comes to the public image, I’ve never said that ‘I’d do it’. I’ve always repeated that ‘we’ll try to do it, but not at any cost.’ If we do 301 m, this will also be some success.

Editorial Team: You want to register record breaking on a video camera and carry it out in the presence of an international committee. Do you consider the fact that something may go wrong?

Sebastian:  I try to register all my dives, although it does happen that I fail to make a recording, because I have not received the equipment I’d paid for on time. I had such a situation before diving at 240 m in Italy. Going back to your question, there’s always something that may go wrong. I know it, cause such risk is included in this sport. It is only when you realise the risk that the likelihood of success increases.

Editorial Team: Many people follow your achievements and wait for information about you. Is there something you’d like to tell them?

Sebastian: To all those who support and keep their fingers crossed for me, I’d like to thank with all my heart for the huge amount of energy and tell them that a common boy from Stalowa Wola named Sebastian will make it. I often think about all these people and I’ll try not to fail them. I’m really happy that I can help sick kids or those in need with the stuff that I’m doing, cause every human being is worth just as much as he can give from themselves. Let us always remember that.

Editorial Team: Thank you very much for the time you gave us and we wish you further success. We will definitely report your further career to the fans.

Łukasz Głowacki

I’ve been diving for almost 10 years. The underwater world won my heart quite quickly. From the very beginning I wanted to be a good diver and partner, so I kept practising until I got a Master Scuba Diver PADI degree. I dive in hot and cold waters around the world. The thing I like most about diving is the sense of weightlessness and possibility to dive in the depths. I’m not too demanding when it comes to the landscapes, although I do enjoy their diversity, so I like diving in different places and conditions.

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