The Current World Record Holder for Free DivingSeptember 17, 2008
These freedivers must be extroadinary men and have amazing sets of lungs. Yesterday I was waxing lyrical about Patick Musimu, but somebody very quickly pointed out that his record had in fact been beaten – 2 years later by an Austrian freediver and part time pilot, Herbert Nitsch who has held world records in seven of the eight apnea free-diving disciplines recognised by AIDA International and in 2007 was the current holder of three of the eight.
So, apologies to Nitsch, and congratulations to both men for their achievements.
Nitsch now holds the No Limits record, the prestigious title of “Deepest man on Earth” in which the diver can make use of a weighted sled to descend as far as possible and uses an air-filled balloon to return to the surface. Nitsch set the world record in Spetses, Greece in June 2007 when he descended to 214 m, beating his own record set the previous year at 183 m.
Nitsch worked hard in 2007. Not only did he set the record for the No Limit dive but he also set the Constant weight (No Fins) record during The Triple Depth in Dahab, Egypt, and went on to push the Constant record to 112m during the World Championships in Sharm. He also won the AIDA Individual World Championships.
This youtube is of Nitschs’ previous 183m personal record. I could not find one of his world record dive.