Meet “The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe”

This Sunday, October 26, NGC joins world-champion freediver Stig Severinsen as he attempts to set chilling and unthinkable records.

On April 1, 2010, Severinsen became the first person in the world to hold his breath over 20 minutes, when he set an official Guinness World Record of 20 minutes and 10 seconds in a shark tank in Denmark. He has since improved the record to 22 minutes and has been crowned “The Ultimate Superhuman.”

Always pushing the limits of human physiology and psychology, his latest two Guinness World Records were set during filming of this Sunday’s special, The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe, when he swam 500 feet (in a wetsuit) and 250 feet (in Speedos) under the ice in Greenland—all on a single breath of air.

Combining yoga and his knowledge of physiology and peak performance in sports, Severinsen has created the online platform Breatheology® to raise awareness of the true power of breathing and breath holding.

A scientist himself, Severinsen always collaborates with leading scientists from around the world to unlock new secrets of the human body and mind, in order the use the results on a broader scale in prevention and rehabilitation and as a cure in various health scenarios (stress, illness, accidents, etc.), as well as to optimize sports and business performance.

He is currently in California to set up a new training program for soldiers and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Don’t miss The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe, premiering this Sunday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. ET. To lean more about Stig and his techniques, visit


  1. Madison
    October 27, 2014, 2:11 pm

    This is one courageous guy. How does one train the body to preform such a difficult task without harming the body? To be able to hold your breath for 20 min plus is hard to imagine, but to see this man break word records at ease is amazing.

  2. Jacqueline Marie Sams
    Citrus County Florida
    October 29, 2014, 10:21 am

    As our youngest son shows so much interest in Meet “The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe” we are very pleased to see, read, and hear about what is next. Our youngest son is 11 years old with a gift himself he shares in our hearts. His cares for others as he learns so much by reading and writing about Courageous People and their stories told. He is a Homeschooled Student who looks forward to one day meeting “The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe”. This would be a Story of his own he has mentioned if it was to actually happen would change his life of Memories and Moments to Treasured Ones. We are thankful as his parents to be blessed beyond in the lives of our 2 boys.
    With the oldest being almost 13 😉 He is one of his brothers biggest encouragers. Taking time out of his day to research things together with their Father & Grandparents has brought closeness in our lives sharing Together a Bond Beyond.