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The name is Nitsch. Herbert Nitsch. Or you can call him Mr. 29

The “Flying Fish” of Austria secured an astounding 29th World Record  today at the Suunto Dive-Off competition in the Bahamas. Herbert Nitsch was as cool as a cucumber as he pulled down the line at Dean’s Blue Hole and sank to 114 meters to capture the world record in the discipline of Free Immersion or FIM.  This 29th WR-notch in Herbert’s belt  came during the 2010 Vertical Blue  competition which is where an assortment  of the best freedivers in the world compete to stretch the limits of what’s possible by humans in the underwater realm. 

Herbert Nitsch completed his free immersion dive in 4 minutes and 11 seconds. He surpasses his own previous record in FIM of 112 meters – which he also accomplished at Dean’s Blue Hole in 2009.  

Herbert Nitsch - December 2009 WR

Nitsch is a contender in all of the disciplines and is expected to do very well in Constant Weight. Herbert’s top competition in CWT, Martin Stepanek, is not actively competing at this year’s Vertical Blue event, but will be on-site to coach champion freediver Niki Roderick.

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.