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Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch

The perfect diver
Languages : English, German

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  • The Deepest Man on Earth
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  • We are “Homo Incredibilis”

Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record holder and “the Deepest Man on Earth”. This prestigious title was given to him when he then set the world record for freediving at an incredible depth of 214 meters (702 feet) in 2007 in the No Limit discipline. He surpassed this world record with a No Limit dive to 253.2m/830.8ft in 2012.

On June 6th, 2012, Herbert surpassed his own record with a No Limit dive to 253.2 meters (830.8 feet). During the dive, well after having reached the
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Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record holder and “the Deepest Man on Earth”. This prestigious title was given to him when he then set the world record for freediving at an incredible depth of 214 meters (702 feet) in 2007 in the No Limit discipline. He surpassed this world record with a No Limit dive to 253.2m/830.8ft in 2012.


On June 6th, 2012, Herbert surpassed his own record with a No Limit dive to 253.2 meters (830.8 feet). During the dive, well after having reached the planned depth, Herbert fell asleep due to nitrogen narcosis. Before reaching the surface, the sled automatically stopped at 10m/33ft. Because he did not react, safety divers took Herbert off the sled and subsequently woke him back up. Because he missed the planned one-minute underwater decompression stop, Herbert suffered from severe decompression sickness (DCS-type 2) resulting in multiple brain-strokes. With a prognosis of remaining a "wheelchair-bound caredependent patient", he dismissed himself from longterm facilitated care, and took his healing into his own hands. Two years later, against all odds, Herbert is training and deep-freediving again.

High safety standards and detailed planning are always part of every dive Herbert makes. Herbert was an airline Captain for the Austrian Airlines Group for 15 years, a profession where check-lists and worst case scenarios were on his daily schedule.
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