Incredible New Guinness World Record – 24 Minute O2 Assisted Breath-Hold

Aleix Segura Vendrell Guinness World Record O2 apnea

The Guinness World Record for the longest underwater breath-hold has just been shattered – Aleix Segura from Spain held his breath for 24 minutes 3 seconds, after breathing Oxygen as part of his breath-up, on February 28th 2016 at the 17th Mediterranean Dive Show in Barcelona.

O2 assisted breath-hold is Guinness World Record and a different discipline to the Freediving discipline of Static Apnea (which Aleix is also a World National Record holder in with a 10min+ breath-hold).  In O2 assisted breath-hold the diver breathes pure-Oxygen for a period before the attempt and allows for much longer breath-holds than normally possible.

RELATED: Freediving Disciplines Explained

Speaking to after the event, Aleix said:

“The proposal for the record attempt arrived a number of weeks before the show. We gathered some info and as you can imagine the doctors warned us about the likely dangerous scenarios but I tested it with my safety team and everything seemed to work just fine with no problems, so we went ahead especially considering that I also got support from a specialized doctor and his fellows as well as a specialized ambulance by the pool in case of any problem.

I am happy to set this Guinness World Record because it involved not only me and Freediving, but also the work of many other people.  This remains a spectacle and experimental field rather than true apnea/freediving as a sport, which is what we all care about, but I hope it can be interesting and entertaining for people.”

The previous record was held by Stig Severinsen who set a 22 minute O2 assisted breath-hold in 2012 as part of a Discovery Documentary Goran Colak with a 22min 30sec breath hold in 2013.

Aleix Segura Vendrell Guinness World Record O2 apnea
Aleix Segura Vendrell Guinness World Record O2 apnea
Aleix Segura Vendrell Guinness World Record O2 apnea



View Comments

  • Two errors: Aleix doesn't hold the unassisted world record but a national record for Spain (Branko has the CMAS world record). And the previous O2 record holder was Goran Colak with 23:01.