(TruthSeekerDaily) Danish World Champion freediver, Stig Åvall Severinsen, has achieved a new Guinness World Record: Swimming a distance of 250 feet beneath the surface on a single breath. But throw in the fact that the swim is under three feet of ice cover, and the swimmer has no wetsuit–only a pair of Speedos. Stig Severinsen practices meditation techniques and has fined tuned his body to that of Tibetan Monks who can control their body temperature by meditation.
Stig Severinsen says of remarkable feat, ‘I just sleep almost, in that emptiness and that freedom. I kind of do everything in slow motion’
So remarkable that Stig Severinsen’s recent 1-minute, 26-second jaunt beneath an ice-covered lake in East Greenland, to an escape hole 250 feet away, has been recognized as a Guinness World Record. (Video is posted below.)
The previous record for a similar stunt, set by Stig in March of 2010, was 236 feet.
Severinsen, in the video, talks about the extreme danger associated with a swim during which the athlete reaches a point where there’s no turning back–he has to reach the escape hole.
“At this point I’m so numb, I’m paralyzed in my whole body and the coldness doesn’t matter,” he says. “I’m way beyond that point. And I have to just keep working, keep working, keep working.”
“I have only to focus on working. Pushing my body to the maximum limit. If your mind gets stiff, like your body, then the whole thing can be a disaster. Because if my mind freaks out, you’re going to panic, and panic is what kills.”
“I just sleep almost, in that emptiness and that freedom. I kind of do everything in slow motion.”
Said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness:
“For Stig, it has always been about pushing the limits of what a human body can do, and his record-breaking success is testament to his technique, attitude and physicality.”
The preparation, training and the record dive was monitored by a film crew and scientists for a feature titled, “The Man Who doesn’t Breathe,” to air later this month on the Discovery Channel.
Among Severinsen’s many other accomplishments was a world record for the longest amount of time spent underwater on a single breath, an astonishing 22 minutes: