World renowned freediver, David Mullins, broke another world record this weekend with a 265m horizontal swim underwater with a monofin. That translates into 5.3 laps in the Olympic sized Naenae pool in Wellington, New Zealand. This type of event falls into the category of dynamic apnea, or holding your breath while swimming rather than floating motionless.
What’s more impressive? This world record swim was actually Dave’s third attempt of the day! According to a news report, the “first time, he went 100m before his goggles filled with water. Second time, he went about the same distance and wasn’t feeling quite right. No pressure, Dave” (source).
Take a look at the video below, his technique is amazing. As you might imagine, the most efficient way to swim underwater is the dolphin kick with a monofin. He makes several kicks in a row and then glides as far as possible to conserve energy. Mullins was underwater for just over 4 minutes for this swim, but his static apnea (holding breath without moving) personal best is 8 minutes 7 seconds.
So next time your coach gets on your case about coming up inside the flags, think about Dave’s 265m underwater swim, and hold that streamline a bit longer!