The man who breathes like dolphins

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Stig Severinsen: the man who nearly doesn't breathe | Photo: Severinsen Archive

In 2012, Stig Severinsen, the "human dolphin," broke the record for the longest time breath held underwater in a London pool.

The man who doesn't breathe spent 22 minutes submerged using a special technique that he has been developing for ten years. But he has done more.

The 41-year-old Danish also holds the record for the longest underwater swim, that is 500 feet (152 meters and 40 centimeters) completed in two minutes and 11 seconds, in a frozen lake in East Greenland.

Severinsen has also designed "Ultimate Surf Survival," a training program exclusively aimed at surfers and big wave surfers wanting to improve breathing techniques in extreme ocean conditions.

An average person breathes 20,000-30,000 times per day, so the simple act of filling our lungs is quite relevant in our lives.

That is why Stig Severinsen - freediving world champion, Ph.D. in Medicine, and founder of "Breathelogy" - wants you to look at breathing with new eyes.

"It is surprising how little attention the breath and all its facets are given in sports training, teaching and education," Severinsen reveals.

"This may be because our Western culture has no tradition of considering something as diffuse and "airy" as the breath."

202.0 Meters in 2020

In 2020, Severinsen set a new record in longitudinal swimming underwater - 202.0 meters.

This mark is the longest distance any human has ever swum in the ocean in a single breath.

Stig has been training for the record since the start of the pandemic year, and as world events took a turn for the worse, it only made him more dedicated to bringing a glimmer of hope.

The distance of 202.0 meters is no coincidence. It's a symbolic gesture to the current year and how precision and dedication lead to results.

Stig Severinsen is 1.85 meters tall and weighs 80 kilograms. He lives in Aalborg, Denmark.

His breathing control techniques include yoga and meditation.