Neyvaa2: 547 participate in world record free-dive event in Maldives


Photo: Fayaaz Moosa, Mihaaru

Over 540 people held their breath in water for one and a half minutes, in world-record freedive event held in the Maldives on Saturday.

Neyvaa2 is an event by Freedive Maldives in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism aim to raise awareness of the impact of climate change. The record attempt its ‘most people performing static apnea simultaneously.’ Static apnea is a freediving discipline in which a person holds their breath underwater while floating on the surface.

The event was held at 12 locations: Crossroads Maldives, W Maldives, Amilla Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Soneva Fushi, Sun Island, Royal Island, Paradise Island, Grand Park Kohdhipparu, Jumeira Olhaheli, Filitheyo, and One and Only Reethi Rah participated in the record-breaking event.

Maldives President, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, also participated in the event by attending at Crossroads Maldives.Herbet Nitsch joined the free diving event, alongside Freedive Maldives founder Fahd Faiz.

The event took place at 16:30 simultaneously across the country. Official numbers of participants are to be confirmed by Freedive Maldives.

The event was held to commemorate Maldives Tourism’s Golden Jubilee – 50 years since tourism began in the country. The event used #1breath4theoceans hashtag to raise awareness on climate change, and how it can impact small island nations like the Maldives.

This is the second free dive world record by Freedive Maldives. In the first Neyvaa event, 521 event freedived simultaneously.