Venezuelan Swimmer Smashes Free Diving Record

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Earlier this week, Venezuelan free diver Carlos Coste swam his way into the Guinness Book of Records by diving to a depth of 492ft. (150 meters) without using any breathing apparatus.

The 34-year old competitive diver performed his daring dive by swimming through one of the tunnels of the colossal underwater cave network of Dos Ojos (two eyes) that lies on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Equipped with just a monofin to provide thrust and a torch to guide him through the dark waters, Carlos completed his amazing feat in just two and a half minutes, holding his breath the entire time. While that seems like a lot, it was a piece of cake for this amazing free diver who has trained himself to hold his breath underwater for seven whole minutes!

Carlos who had been training for this event for about three years says that the diving at such depths is not about going as fast as one can, but about finding a steady pace and being in the best hydrodynamic position.

Needless to say, the triumphant diver was thrilled after he was done - Not only had he more than doubled the 75 meter depth that he needed to achieve for the record books, but he had also done it by combining his love for speleology and swimming. Pretty awesome!

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177 Comments
  • RavenclawThursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:56 am
    WOW! That was so cool.
    • jinkim0808
      jinkim0808Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm
      Interesting! Very cool!
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:46 pm
        Interesting!
        • 00020019
          00020019Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:32 am
          Awesome
          • swagger99yolo
            swagger99yoloTuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:13 am
            wow.
            • Mac and cheese Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:31 am
              That water looks creepy
              • mr.eWednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm
                if anyone like this try to do it at a 9FT swell thats how i practice
                • mr.eWednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm
                  i can hold my breath for 5 min lol im rlly good
                  • winter
                    winterTuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:55 am
                    It's easier to hold your breath right after exhaling, instead of taking a huge breath, because then the air hurts your throat.
                    • pooSunday, March 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm
                      cool I want to do that