INTRODUCING FREEDIVER HERBERT NITSCH THE DEEPEST MAN ON EARTH

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.


On June 6th, 2012, Herbert surpassed his own record with a No Limit dive to 253.2 meters (830.8 feet), but suffered from decompression sickness.

Herbert can hold his breath for more than 9 minutes and has set 32 world records in all of the 8 recognized disciplines – unrivaled achievements in the freediving history. He holds an additional world record in the traditional Greek freediving discipline Skandalopetra.

Unlike other elite freedivers Herbert is self-taught. He is a pioneer in every way. He developed his own freediving techniques over the years, a methodology that largely differs from the traditional styles. He brought many novel ideas and innovations to the sport, that meanwhile have become common elements in the current freediving scene.  READ MORE..

“Each time I think I’ve reached a limit....there is a door....it opens....and the limit is gone.”     Herbert Nitsch, Freediver

Herbert NItsch Scandalopetra

Summer 2013:  The traditional Greek stone-freediving is called skandalopetra. Herbert holds currently the world record of 107 meters, and went training to surpass this depth.

With world champion freediver Ilaria BONIN, President of the Rights of the Seas, Rosarita GAGLIARDI, PhD Professor and Coach of Ilaria Mike MARIC, and President of the Europe Evolution Cup Alessandro VERGENDO.

THE BLUE WILD - FLORIDA, USA

22-23 Feb 2014:  Herbert will give a lectures at “The Blue Wild”, the Ocean and Adventure Expo, “The Diving Event of the Year in Florida”.

Place: Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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Herbert Nitsch Paul Watson
Herbert Nitsch Sea Shepherd USA

SEA SHEPHERD USA

In November 2013 Herbert was visiting California and met with Captain Paul Watson and his team of Sea Shepherd USA. This was followed with a fun “Welcome Home” party for Captain Paul at a marvelous villa in Beverly Hills.

Sea Shepherd volunteers, supporters and boardmembers celebrated the homecoming of Captain Paul. Sea Shepherd has been forced to the courtrooms in defence of their Antarctic whaling campaign against Japanese whaling vessels that clearly surpassed their “quota” of allowed whale catch for “research purposes”. The courts decided that Sea Shepherd USA may no longer be involved in actions against Japanese whalers. Sea Shepherd Australia has taken over this important task.

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23 December 2013:  World Record-Holding Freediver Herbert Nitsch Joins Board of Advisors.  The “Deepest Man On Earth” Will Serve as a Member of Sea Shepherd’s Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is excited to announce Herbert Nitsch, the current freediving world record holder, has joined the organization’s Board of Advisors. Nitsch joins as a member of Sea Shepherd’s Ocean Advocacy Advisory Board.


Nitsch joins a board of talented athletes and dedicated ocean advocates including professional surfer and five-time Womens’ ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Tour world champion Stephanie Gilmore, world record-breaking freediver Enzo Maiorca, professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich, record-breaking diver Patrizia Maiorca, and 11 time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater.
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HERBERT JOINS SEA SHEPHERD’S ADVISORY BOARD

DUSSELDORF BOATSHOW

GERMANY

Join Herbert at the SEA SHEPHERD stand for meet & greet and photos.


Date:    Friday, 24 January 2014

Time:   15:00 - 16:00 hrs

Place:  Seashepherd, Standnr. G80, Halle 03

            Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany

Info: http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com

HERBERT ON DISPLAY AT THE

ONTARIO SCIENCE MUSEUM IN CANADA

Until late spring 2014, The Human Edge exposition features Herbert’s “buccal pumping” technique (also called “packing” or “frog breathing”) as a means to expand his lungs to thus augment oxygen intake. Herbert can increase his lung capacity from 10L to 15L this way.

HELP FREE DOLPHINS, SIGN THE PETITION

20 Jan 2014:  Dolphin freedom
In the wild, dolphins swim about 100km per day, and surpass Herbert’s record of 253 meters with ease. In captivity they can only swim in small circles and reach a maximum depth of 4 meters.

Help PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and please sign the petition online to prevent dolphin capture, sales & import to amusement parks and zoos in Germany. Your help is much appreciated. See Sea Shepherd for more dolphin freedom campaigns.

23 JAN 2014:  Herbert wrote letters to Directors of the Zoo-Aquariums of Nürnberg and Duisberg. He emphasized the importance for providing a humane environment for their captive dolphins, and to follow the example of Switzerland and other European nations to stop purchase, import and use of dolphins for circus shows in their zoos.

Considering that the current captive dolphins in Germany cannot be returned to the wild, Herbert supports PETA’s proposition to create a habitat for these dolphins in the Mediterranean, and free them from forced performances and free them from the small concrete basins they live in now.

                          2013-01-23 Press Release PETA.pdf      

HERBERT APPEALS IN GERMANY TO FREE DOLPHINS

Sunday, 09 March 2014, Hall 8:  Herbert gives a lecture about his freediving life, followed by a meet & greet at the Sea Shepherd stand.


15:00hrs: Lecture on behalf of AIDA, Austria

16:30hrs: Meet/greet at the Sea Shepherd Stand


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Messe Tulln, A-3430 Tulln, Messegelände

March 2014  Sein Element ist da, wo sich Seehase und Fuchshai Gute Nacht sagen: Herbert Nitsch, Weltrekordhalter im Apnoe-Tauchen. Im Juni 2012 hat der heute 43-Jährige bei seinem Weltrekordversuch von über 250 Metern vor der griechischen Insel Santorin einen Dekompressions-Unfall erlitten, vergleichbar mit mehreren Schlaganfällen. Er lag danach im künstlichen Koma, saß Monate im Rollstuhl. Sein Gang ist immer noch etwas staksig, und wenn er zu schnell spricht, verschluckt er das eine oder andere Wort. Aber das ist sehr viel mehr, als ihm seine Ärzte zugetraut hatten: Der Weg zurück war schwierig, und er ist es noch. Aber der ehemalige Berufspilot war bereits wieder Schnorcheln – natürlich in 30 Metern Tiefe. Ein Gespräch über das Trainieren auf der Couch, die Einsamkeit in der Tiefe und den unverbesserlichen Autodidakt in ihm.  2014-02 Galore.pdf

HERBERT’S INTERVIEW IN GALORE MAGAZINE

TULLN BOATSHOW VIENNA, AUSTRIA

HERBERT INTERVIEWED BY DEEPER BLUE

March 2014:  John Liang had a brief talk with Herbert after his lecture at the Blue Wild expo in Ft. Lauderdale: For world-class freediver Herbert Nitsch, recovering from his fateful June 2012 dive has been a long, slow process. Speaking to a packed room at the recent Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nitsch spoke about being confined to a wheelchair for the first six months of his convalescence before taking his health back into his own hands.

“I realized the doctors’ treatments . . . wasn’t the best,” he said. “They didn’t know what they were doing, so I figured no one else knows my body better than me. . . . Very soon I didn’t take any medicine any more.” Read more...

RED BULL DVD/BluRay “Back from the Abyss”

15 April 2014: Red Bull released the touching and beautiful documentary “Back from the Abyss” on DVD or BluRay (German with English subtitles). It tells the story about Herbert’s 830ft/253m No Limit worldrecord dive in Santorini, followed by severe decompression sickness and months of recovery. Against all odds, and against all medical prognosis, Herbert regained his life back from being a wheelchair patient to freediving again.
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April 2014  Als Treffpunkt hat er das „Yamm!“ am Wiener Universitätsring vor- geschlagen, ein vegetarisches Selbstbedienungsrestaurant. Bei der Begrüßung legt Herbert Nitsch die LED-Lichter seines Fahrrads auf den Tisch. Ein gutes Zeichen, denkt man, immerhin kann der Mann schon wieder Rad fahren.

Bis vor Kurzem war völlig offen, ob der Weltchampion des Freitauchens nach seinem lebensbedrohlichen Unfall je wieder auf die Beine kommen würde. „Sie müssen sich um mich keine Sorgen machen“, sagt der 43-jährige Österreicher, „ich tauche wieder 40 Meter tief.“  2014-04 Gala Men.pdf

SKANDALOPETRA

INTERVIEW WITH HERBERT IN GALA-MEN

06 April 2014 Herbert was present during the premiere of the beautiful film Ocean World, featuring several short-films by talented directors, held at the MAK in Vienna.
On the panel after the movie from left to right: Julie Gautier (freediver, movie director and wife of Guilaume), Guillaume Néry, Sascha Kollnreiter (movie director), Amanda Bluglass (movie director), Herbert, Sebastian Steudtner (Big Wave Surfer and  Ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation). The panel discussion was moderated by multilingual Heinz Reich of ORF/FM4-radio.

VIENNA “OCEAN WORLD” PREMIERE

10 April 2014 Hundert Meter unter Wasser herrschen Extrembedingungen für den menschlichen Körper. Eine Taucherbrille würde einen solchen Unter- druck erzeugen, dass die Augäpfel in Gefahr wären. Die Lungenflügel werden durch den Druck fast faustgroß zusammengepresst. Der Österreicher Herbert Nitsch (43) und sein französischer Kollege Guillaume Néry (31) gehören zu den wenigen Menschen, die sich ohne technische Hilfsmittel in solche Tiefen wagen und weiter.

Die Gefahren sind ihnen bewusst. Néry hat seine Passion fast aufgegeben, nachdem ein Tauchfreund gestorben ist. Nitsch sehnt sich trotz seines Unfalls (siehe Info) nach dem Tiefenrausch. Kurier 2014-04-10.pdf

HERBERT & GUILLAUME NERY  IN KURIER