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Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record champion and "the deepest man on earth". This prestigious title was given to him, when he set the current world record for freediving at an incredible depth of 214 meters in 2007 ("No limits" discipline). So far Herbert has set 31 world records in all 8 of the 8 recognized disciplines and can hold his breath for more than 9 minutes - unrivalled achievements in the freediving history.

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Started freediving as a result of an airline luggage loss

not Austrian airlines

Competitive freediving

8 disciplines

how long you can hold your breath

how deep you can go

Recreational Freediving



Bubbles that scuba gear makes are very loud underwater

and scare the aquatic life away

1980's Luc Besson

The Big Blue

Built a custom diving rig

allows for fast descent

leaded fire extinguisher

incompressible foam used as return device

Coke bottle used to equalize the pressures of deep diving, exhale 20 seconds in, EQEX method, breath the air back in lower down

Built custom diving Goggles

big lenses in front of my eyes, correct and compensate for viewing gauges through water.

Through training, you can add 5 litres of air to over pressurized lungs

214 meter dive

You don't think alot

Oxygen is toxic

Nitrogen is narcrotic

How do you train for this?

increase apnea time

pressure adaptation

Stress Management

Motivation, exploring the underwater world, gliding through 3D dimensions, loosing the urge to breath, huge performance increase, exploring your limits, body and mind control