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Finding Nemo in Nemo 33, The World's Scariest Pool

Updated on January 12, 2016
Nemo 33
Nemo 33

It's not the world's scariest but actually the deepest pool located in Uccle, Belgium and it is known as Nemo 33. Note that Nemo 33 is not actually a swimming pool but instead a recreational scuba indoor diving center.

In Belgium, this is the place where scuba divers love to hang out.

The pool has a very unique design and it consists of a submerged structure with flat platforms with different depth levels.

The diving pool has two large flat bottomed areas at depth levels of 5 meters (16 feet) and 10 meters (32 feet). A larger circular pit descending to a depth of 33 meters (108 feet), which is the maximum depth of the pool.

Nemo 33 contains approximately 2,500,000 liters of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water which is maintained at the temperature of 30 ┬░C (86 ┬░Fahrenheit).

It also holds several simulated underwater caves at the 10 meters (33 ft) depth level.

There are numerous underwater windows that allow outside visitors to look into the pools at various depths.

The Pool viewed from the surface
The Pool viewed from the surface

The complex was designed by John Beernaerts, a Belgian civil engineer some 13 years ago. John, who is also a diving expert designed it in such a way that it would not like any monotonous swimming pools in the world. The concept of his design is an underwater building complex that is completed with tunnels, chambers and lots of rooms. A sort of man made underwater exploration place. First time divers might get lost in the complex if they are diving alone or without any guidance.

Nemo 33 does not serve only as a diving center, as it is also used as a film production facility.

A diver floating on the pool
A diver floating on the pool
Divers enjoying themselves under the water
Divers enjoying themselves under the water
Nemo 33 Cafe
Nemo 33 Cafe

This complex also has a cafe for divers to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or have a meal after chilling out under the water.

This is indeed a heaven for divers and should you be visiting Belgium, don't miss Nemo 33.

Nemo33, Uccle, Belgium:
Uccle, Belgium

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Visit Nemo 33 if you have the chance!


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  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Malaysia

    Hope they will build one in The States.

  • Edward J. Palumbo profile image

    Ed Palumbo 

    5 years ago from Tualatin, OR

    I think this is a great training opportunity and a fine way to test equipment or familiarize oneself (e.g, with a drysuit, weight system or full-face mask) before an open water dive. I'd like to see this in the U.S.A.!

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks, Jake... there are lotsssssssssssss more things that we could think of that happen/exist in this world. Have a wonderful day!

  • Spongy0llama profile image

    Jake Brannen 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Fascinating. You write about such wonderfully interesting things I would otherwise not have known about!

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    8 years ago

    Wow! That is some grat stuff and the pictures a great too, makes me want to go scuba diving in Begium. Voted up and awesome.

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks prasetio :)

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Wow.... this was so beautiful. I had never heard about this before. I really love all picture and video. Thanks for writing this and share with us. You got my VOTE. Cheers...



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