World record for breath holding every year increases. Thanks to special training, athletes show phenomenal results in freediving, a discipline for holding breath under water.
Below we look at world records of freedivers. Some of them will simply amaze you, as they border on fiction.
Lovers of the very very most will be interesting.
Top 10 world records for breath retention
All the following records are officially registered. Their results can be easily verified.
In the tenth place of our ranking is the French swimmer Stefan Misfud. In 2009, he stayed under water for 11 minutes and 35 seconds.
An interesting fact is that he was the first to break the record of Mark Stepanek's Czech - 8 minutes and 6 seconds, set eight years earlier.Stefan Misfud
Back in 1959, Foster raised the bar that could not be overcome for many years. In some incredible way, he lasted 13 minutes and 40 seconds without air.
It is worth noting that Robert was not a professional diver, but was a simple electronic technician.
Gaychyunas was also not a freediver, but this did not prevent him from being on the list of record holders for breath-holding. In 2007, the Latvian magician showed a sensational number.
Arvydas together with his assistant chained and placed in a glass container filled with water. As a result, the girl was able to stay under water for more than 12 minutes, while the illusionist was left without air for 15 minutes and 57 seconds.
After the stunt shown, many thought about whether it was an illusion, or if a person really managed to achieve such incredible performance. An interesting fact is that even professional athletes were amazed by what they saw on stage.
David Blaine White
David Blaine is also an illusionist. Obviously having seen the performance of his Latvian colleagues, he wanted to break their record. He publicly stated that in 4 months he would be able to perfectly learn the art of freediving, after which he would set a new world record.David Blaine White
Curiously, David was able to keep his word, having been under water for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. At the moment he is the only magician who managed to hold his breath for so long.
Italian Niccolò Putignano was obsessed with setting a new world record for breath-holding. For 2 years, he devoted all his free time to training. In addition, the guy did not miss a single freediving tournament.
In 2010, he stayed under water for an incredible 19 minutes and 3 seconds, surpassing Blaine's achievement by almost 2 minutes.
In just 2 months, Kolat set a new world record for breath-holding. The Swiss was left without air for 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
Brazilian Riccardo Bahi overtook the previous freediving record holder by exactly 3 minutes. He held his breath for 22 minutes and 21 seconds.
However, the Brazilian record was not discussed for so long, but all because it was quickly surpassed by another athlete.
From early on, Thomas trained to hold his breath, for which reason he was able to set a new record - 22 minutes and 22 seconds, which is a second longer than the previous participant. It took only one second to appear in the Guinness Book of Records.
Croatian Goran Kolak is a 10-time freediving champion. The last time he managed to hold his breath for 22 minutes and 30 seconds. Due to this, the palm in this competition passed to him.Goran colak
In 2016, Segura did the unthinkable. By some miracle he managed to stay under the water of a fantastic 24 minutes and 3 seconds. Position for today, he remains the absolute record holder of the world in breath-holding.
Whether someone can surpass his result - time will tell. However, it is difficult to believe that you can not breathe even longer.Alex Segura
What is static apnea
Apnea is the scientific name for breath-holding, synonymous with freediving. The duration of apnea in an ordinary person does not exceed two minutes.
However, with intense training, athletes can increase this figure several times.
What happens to the human body without breathing
A long breath hold in our body leads to a series of reactions. At such times, the diver goes through 3 stages:
- Cramps of the diaphragm. In the first minute, the amount of carbon dioxide in the body increases dramatically, so that the brain gives the command to take an immediate breath. When the diver manages to overcome this desire, he moves on to the next stage.
- A burst of energy. Convulsions cease, and the body is experiencing a new surge of strength. This is due to the fact that the spleen, trying to fill the oxygen deficiency, releases about 15% of blood enriched with oxygen.
- Fainting. In the normal state, our brain uses about 20% of all oxygen entering the body. With a lack of air, the brain simply turns off. Professional swimmers claim that they manage to hold their breath for so long due to an artificial “deactivation of consciousness”.
Unique instances of breath holding
- In 1990, the 70-year-old Russian was left without air on land - 22 minutes.
- In 1991 there was a very interesting case, the controversy around which continues to this day. 70-year-old Indian yogi Ravindra Mishra dived to the bottom of the reservoir, where he allegedly could fall asleep for 6 days. However, since this record was not confirmed, the record holder for breath-holding is still Alex Segura.
Use and harm of breath holding
- In the process of apnea, metabolism slows down, thereby improving the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
- Breathing exercises increase alertness and allow you to focus on the main task.
- One minute is enough for the brain to begin to feel a serious lack of oxygen.
- During oxygen deficiency in the blood begins to increase the level of carbon dioxide.
Dangers and Contraindications
Persons suffering from certain diseases are strictly forbidden to practice long breath holding. Such illnesses include:
- diseases of the nervous system (epileptic seizures);
- diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems;
- coagulation problems;
- tendency to uncontrolled apnea - stop breathing during sleep.
How to learn to hold your breath for a long time
If you want to learn the art of freediving, then you should pay attention to the recommendations that follow professional athletes:
- lose weight;
- practice holding your breath on land;
- master any breathing exercises;
- quit smoking.
The best exercises for holding your breath under water
These exercises will help you increase lung volume:
Cleaning the lungs of carbon dioxide
- Lie on the floor and relax as much as possible;
- take a smooth deep breath / exhale;
- Continue the exercise for 2 minutes.
Slow heart rate
- exhale, then inhale sharply;
- hold your breath for half a second and repeat the procedure;
- do the exercise 3-4 times;
- gradually increase your breath hold.
When you feel that you can move from land to water, do not forget about some important rules:
- always move smoothly;
- keep calm even in the event of convulsions (panic will only aggravate the situation);
- when in a horizontal position, never lift your head, as this will squeeze your arteries;
- Do not try to sharply set the "world record", but on the contrary, start small and gradually increase the duration of classes.