HOLDING your breath, especially underwater, can be extremely hard. 

But not for Croatia’s freediver Budimir Šobat who has broken the Guinness Book of World Records not once, but twice.

Budimir Šobat broke the world record for breath holding underwater


Budimir Šobat broke the world record for breath holding underwater

How long can humans hold their breath underwater?

Without training, humans can hold their breath for about 30 to 90 seconds underwater.

A person can practice breath-holding to increase their lung capacity, and there are training guidelines to help those who wish to learn to hold their breath for longer periods.

Training usually takes several months.

Some may use these training techniques for advanced military training, free diving, and swimming.

Divers and professional athletes who practice regularly can hold their breath longer.

If you are practising in water, be sure to consider your safety.

This could include swimming with others and having someone close who can perform CPR techniques should you become unconscious

What is the world record for the longest time breath held under water?

Croatian freediver Budimir Šobat has achieved the world record for breath-holding underwater.

A relative latecomer to the sport of freediving, he didn't begin competing until 48, which is long past the age most professional athletes call it quits.

In February 2018, he broke the world record for holding his breath underwater for 24 minutes and 11 seconds.

However, on March 27, 2021, Šobat went back to the pool determined to smash his own record—and succeeded with a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds.

His motivation for breaking the records was to raise awareness for relief efforts in Croatia following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in December 2020.

“We have a huge problem here in Croatia with earthquakes. The situation is serious,” he said. “We hope to raise some money for people in need because earthquakes [destroyed] the whole city of Petrinja.”

Preparing for his attempt, Sobat said he spent six days a week training.

“This journey is tough and full of unexpected situations where you can easily get stuck,” he said.

As with previous attempts, he added that he wishes to use his platform to raise awareness for autism, which his daughter Saša lives with.

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