In this dramatic footage, a world freediving champion is captured jumping into the world’s second deepest underwater sink hole. Guillame Néry is seen standing at the edge before jumping in like an aquatic animal, without scuba gear and simply holding his breath. In the video, the freediving champion seemingly reaches the bottom of the 660ft (200 meters) hole before swimming back to the surface.
Filmed in 2010 by the Frenchman’s girlfriend and a fellow freediver Julie Gautier, the event takes place at the Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, that is believed to be the deepest ‘blue hole’ in the world with an underwater entrance. A few years ago Néry revealed that he didn’t really reach the bottom of the hole, and was just filmed that way for artistic reason. This however doesn’t make the film any less impressive as he had to hold his breath for minutes on end.
The concept of freediving is to go underwater diving without any scuba gear or breathing apparatus. In order to breathe for minutes, freedivers go through sophisticated mind-body control techniques to push self-induced aponea (the science of not breathing) to the limits. Some freedivers are able to hold their breath for more than 20 minutes.
The holder of multiple of these records is Stig Severinsen, who is nicknamed The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe. While diving he uses his ‘State of Zen’ technique to control his breathing. In October 2012, Mr Severinsen broke the record for the longest time breath held voluntarily by a male by spending 22 minutes with his head submerged in a pool in London.
Check out the video of freediver Guillame Néry swimming at the Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas below.