As a respiratory arrest time it was relatively short, certainly for Stig Severinsen, but a recent horizontal dive by the seasoned Danish freediver broke an earlier distance record of 25m and was just recognized by Guinness World Records (GWR) as ” Record of the day “excellent

Severinson, now 48, undertook his “2020 Dive” over a distance of 2020m to represent the past “wild and challenging” year and to “end it positively”

With a monofin from the Mexican resort of La Paz in Baja California, he completed the longest open water dive that was ever done with a single breath – that’s more than eight lengths of a standard swimming pool.The previous GWR record of 177 m – a little more than seven pool lengths – was set up four years ago by Venezuelan Carlos Coste

“It is so amazing to see how so many people are inspired by this dive That is exactly why it is important to set goals and pursue your dreams! “Said Severinsen yesterday (23 December) The author of the influential freediving manual Breathology teaches breathing techniques for high performance as well as physical and mental rehabilitation

Freediving divers using bio fins have made considerable dives over long distances over the years, but under the pool conditions recognized by the AIDA governing body – both Polish freediver Mateusz Malina and Panagiotakis Giorgos from Greece have reached 300m

Severinsen is a long-time Guinness World Record holder and has been praised by the organization for the difficulties of the challenges he undertook

In October 2013, he set two records for respiratory arrest underwater in the icy Qorlortoq Lake in Greenland – the first with a wetsuit and fins and the second a day later only with swimming trunks. At water temperatures of 1 ° C, he covered distances of 1525m and 76, each 2 m in approx 1 m depth

GWR says Severinsen, who has a maximum lung capacity of 14 liters compared to an average of 5 to 6 liters, contributed to scientific research “by allowing scientists to test and evaluate what was going on with his body extreme physical and psychological stress happens ”

“When Covid-19 hit the world almost a year ago, I was looking for a way to show that the pandemic was not an excuse to forget our priorities for nature or to prepare our ambitions”, says Severinsen “On the contrary – that’s why I spent the time training and developing myself and my message”


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