By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

A swimming coach has been making waves after breaking the British underwater swimming record

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Record breaker: Alice Hickson swam 174m without taking a breath

Water baby Alice Hickson achieved the longest time for ‘freediving’ which involves swimming underwater as far as possible.

Masterstoke: The 25-year-old swimming coach beat her previous best
Flying the flag: Alice represented Great Britain at the competition

The 25-year-old from Bristol swam a breathtaking 174m on June 25, at the Individual AIDA Pool World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Poolside: The competition took place in Belgrade in Serbia

Alice’s masterstroke beat her own previous British record by 19m, after setting the standard just five days earlier.

She said: "I was excited to come to the championships as I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the competitive world of freediving and gain some experience.

Bristol-based Alice broke the record in the 'dynamic no fins' category

“I've only ever done one other competition so I didn't know what to expect, but so far its been amazing and totally overwhelming - in a good way.

The drugs don't work: Alice at dope control

“The day before the competition I started getting really nervous and doubted my ability to compete against some of the best people in the sport.

Talent pool: Alice with her fellow competitors

“But then I remembered why I was here - for experience and to enjoy it so I told myself just do your best that's all you can do.”

Alice, who works as a swimming coach and is studying occupational health, has now secured her place in the finals of the world championships.

She achieved the feat in the ‘dynamic no fins’ category of the sport with the current record of 226m held by polish male swimmer Mateusz Malina.