Diving 160 Feet Under Water — With No Scuba Gear

Watch as Stig Pryds holds his breath for nearly three minutes in this amazing freedive POV video.
By Josh Sampiero

Hanging out in the Bahamas can be pretty spectacular, especially when you're having a swim above Dean's Blue Hole, the world's deepest known salt water blue hole (a water-filled sinkhole with the entrance below the water level). While treading water above the hole, it's natural to wonder how far you could dive down into it, but without scuba gear, how far could you actually get? More accurately, how long do you think you could hold your breath while doing it?

For Danish freediver Stig Pryds, that answer is downright incredible. Watch the video above for stunning POV footage of his dive 49 meters, or 160.76 feet, into Dean's Blue Hole.

Stig Pryds comes up from below
Coming up from the depths © Daan Verhoeven

“When my dive is going well, I have nothing in my head,” says Pryds, a freediving competitor. “You let yourself go to the water. There’s no fear of the water.” The Dane’s calm demeanor is certainly evident in the video.

Pryds, who occasionally holds his breath for over seven minutes in training exercises, reminds us that the dive he’s taking us on above is hardly record-setting — in fact, for him, it’s a walk in the park.

You have to make sure you’re using only the muscles necessary to dive — otherwise you’ll use up precious oxygen

“Most of my deep dives are 90 meters, 95 meters (over 310 feet) or more,” he says. “After a 50 meter dive, I’ll be able to dive again later that day.”

Of course, the relative "ease" of this dive is what allowed him to attach a GoPro camera to his chest as he freefalls into the depths — and be chased by freediving cameraman Daan Verhoeven.

The famous Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas
Dean's Blue Hole from above © Daan Verhoeven

But while it’s a run-of-the-mill dive for Pryds, for the uninitiated, it’s a look into another world, one where light barely penetrates and water no longer offers buoyancy.

While coming up, Stig is the picture of serenity
And coming up... © Daan Verhoeven

Preparing to enter that world takes a lot of practice, and clinical knowledge of one’s own body and how it will react.

“You have to know your body incredibly well,” says Pryds. “You have to make sure you’re using only the muscles necessary to dive — otherwise you’ll use up precious oxygen. You need to be in ultimate control of your body.”

But the most important part? Get lots of air, then take it easy. “The more relaxed you are, the easier everything is.” After watching this video, we believe him.

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