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Berndorf Bäderbau supports the Austrian extreme athlete and apnoea diver Christian Redl in his activities.
His latest adventure: On 13 April 2015, he dived down to a depth of 30 metres in the Arctic at the North Pole without compressed air. His motivation:  To draw attention to this world in a puristic manner and without aids, as well as to sound out and overcome mental and physical limits.

The traditional Austrian company Berndorf Bäderbau becomes the latest and only Austrian sponsor of Christian Redl, extreme athlete and world record holder in various diving categories.
"Berndorf Bäderbau took the opportunity to raise awareness of the situation for the polar bear, which is also the mascot of our company. Raising awareness of this problem and its effects is the connection between Berndorf Bäderbau and Christian Redl“, Karl Narbeshuber, managing director of Berndorf Bäderbau emphasises.

Christian Redl is pleased about his only Austrian sponsor: "Extreme athletes are characterised by their high level of commitment along with careful attention to safety, perfectionism and creativity. These are characteristics that connect me with the company philosophy and brand of Berndorf Bäderbau."

Expedition under the sign of the polar bear - "Below Thirty" project
Christian Redl took on the challenge of the "Below Thirty" project together with the Australian photographer and diver, Marcus Fillinger. The pair wanted to be the first people to have dived at all three poles. Their aim is to dive to a depth of 30 metres at minus 30°C. The pair took to their icy missions outfitted with the most important equipment.
After months of preparation, the two left for Svalbard/Spitzbergen for 4 days at the start of April to prepare for the exciting challenge. On 11th April, they set out for their camp at the North Pole, the Russian base Barneo.
After several attempts, on 13th April, Christian Redl succeeded with the most successful and exciting dive to a depth of 30 metres for 1 minute under ice with a thickness of 1.80 m.
The water temperature of minus 2°C and the outdoor temperature of minus 30°C were two of the greatest challenges due to the wetsuit being just 5 mm thick.

In Redl's own words: The seabed is at a depth of more than 2,000 metres. You dive into black uncertainty. It's not until you come up that you're able to perceive the peculiarities and the range of colours from green and light to black. It was definitely one of my best underwater experiences."
Christian Redl's aim was not just to set another world record; rather, his main focus was to highlight the wonderful Arctic world and it's problems, as it is a special habitat that is worth preserving.

"Below Thirty" will continue in March 2016 at the magnetic North Pole and in 2017 at the magnetic South Pole.

New paths
Berndorf Bäderbau is taking new and exciting paths and is living up to its role as a trailblazer. "As the first company in the sector, our values and our philosophies are represented by testimonials. We want to create a bridge that we use to underline the special features of the brand and our product. We are setting out for new shores to spread our message and to strengthen our brand at the same time", explains Renate Wala, Marketing Manager at Berndorf Bäderbau.

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Berndorf, 28th August 2015




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