This Record-Setting Freediver Couldn’t Even Be Limited By Decompression Sickness

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To put this renegade diver’s accomplishments in perspective, the light in the ocean stops at about 200 meters, or 650 feet. Nitsch set a world record in no limit free diving — one of eight disciplines in the sport — when he descended 253.2 meters (830.7 feet) on June 6, 2012.

“You’re on your own and I understand that this can be scary,” Nitsch says of the depth, “but actually it’s not, because you’re thinking, ‘Okay, I got rid of all this trouble on the surface, all this mayhem there,’ and you’re on your own, you and darkness, peace, quiet… It’s really nice.”

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