Water-related Guinness World’s Records

Here are some water-related Guinness World’s Records for you to enjoy and learn more about human abilities. Humans can sometimes achieve so much more than you would ever think! Check out this list!

Longest swim under ice – breath held (no fins, no diving suit)

How long can you hold your breath underwater? Thirty seconds? A minute? Imagine doing that while swimming under ice, unable to reach the surface if an emergency occurs. One man attempted it despite all the dangers and succeeded, holding the world record for this rarely performed act!

The Dane Stig Åvall Severinsen set the Guinness record for the longest swim under ice with held breath of 76.2 meters (250 ft), in Qordlortoq Lake (Lake 40) on Ammassalik Island, Sermersooq Municipality, in eastern Greenland on 17 April 2013. The ice, between 80 and 100 cm (2.62 and 3.28 feet), made it absolutely impossible to break through for surfacing.

Stig Åvall Severinsen

According to Severinsen, concentration and calmness helped him reach his goal. He keeps his body and mind under complete control to avoid panicking at all cost. In his opinion, panic is one of the main killers in these situations.

Longest Distance Swam Underwater in One Breath

After Severinsen’s performance, you might think it easy to hold your breath without all the ice –  well, a much longer distance underwater holds the Guinness record for that.

Venezuelan Carlos Coste set the record for the longest distance swum underwater with one breath in open water near Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, on 9 September 2016.  Since 2010, he had held the previous record as well with 150 meters, and later broke that with 177 meters (580 ft 8.5 in). The dive lasted three minutes five seconds. Most people can’t even hold their breath that long even not doing physical activity like swimming.

Carlos Coste

He also holds the title of First AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea) Depth Individual World Champion. He won the world championship, setting a new world record in constant weight with 105 meters, celebrated in Nice in 2005. He broke the AIDA world record for variable weight free-diving, with a 140-meter immersion in the Red Sea off Egypt, on 9 May 2006. Clearly, Coste doesn’t shy away from challenges.

Longest wave ride (tidal bore)

As water records don’t get set only under the water, Guinness records from above the water surface can prove just as impressive! It’s hard enough to keep your head under water, but in some cases keeping it above can become a challenge. Just take a look at James Cotton’s achievement!

On 10 March 2016, the Australian Cotton set the world record of the longest surfing ride on a river bore, 17.2 km (10.6 mil). The massive wave on the Kampar River is called Bono and goes by at 20 km/h (12 mph) and 2.5 m (8 ft) high, making it one of the most impressive river waves in the world. The annual Bekudo Bono River Surfing Festival gives international surfers the chance to break the world record. If you feel up for it, maybe take a closer look!

James Cotton

The record attempt served to raise funds for the Human Variome Project, which aims to share genetic data to save lives and to reduce certain diseases. It took James 64 minutes to break the previous record of 12.2 km (7.6 mi) held by Steve King, toppling it by an extra 5 km.

Most barefoot water-skiers pulled behind a single boat

On 10 September 2017, a group of 32 barefooters set the world record for the most barefoot water-skiers pulled behind a single boat. They received the official title in March 2018.

In September 2017, they teamed up outboard motor manufacturer Evinrude to set a new Guinness World Record. In order to pull them all at the same time, they equipped a boat with three 300 hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines.

The barefoot water-skiers

All the water-skiers had to remain barefoot for a minimum distance of 300 meters to achieve the title. They completed 450.

In addition to deserving the title for the most barefoot water-skiers pulled behind a single boat, Guinness recently awarded titles for Evinrude powered efforts including most strap doubles water-skiers water skiing simultaneously (22 couples, 44 people), and most sit-down hydrofoil riders towed behind a single boat (28).

The longest wave surfed by a dog

After all those Guinness records challenging the limits of the human body, check out this funnier one! Normally dogs do not exactly qualify as aquatic animals, but Abbie Girl counts as no average dog. Yes, she surfs! And enjoys it!

She holds the title of the longest wave surfed by a dog on open water – 107.2 meters or 351.7 ft. Abbie Girl – owned by Michael Uy from the USA – broke the record on 18 October 2011, at the third annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California. Over fifty dogs participated in the event, so some other competitors may have come close to breaking the Guinness record that day. But Abbie stood out.

Abbie Girl

An Australian Kelpie rescue dog, Abbie Girl needed to ride a minimum 27.4 m (30 yards), equipped with a GPS tracking device. As it turned out, she doubled the planned distance and surfed a total of 60 meters (65.62 yards), setting a new world record for the longest wave ever surfed by a dog in open water.

Now you can see what some athletes – or even dogs – can do! And you know what numbers you should outshine to break the Guinness world record!

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