In 2012, whilst setting a new world record for plunging a staggering 252m without the aid of breathing apparatus, a devastating and life-changing error occurred for champion free-diver Herbert Nitsch, resulting in brain damage and a prognosis of being wheelchair-bound. But due to his incredible determination, intuition and remarkable self- discipline, not only did Herbert walk again, but he returned to free-diving.
In this episode, you will learn:
- How multi-world record holder Herbert Nitsch learned to free-dive.
- How his extraordinarily disciplined lifestyle enables him to hold his breath for over nine minutes.
- How a series of errors culminated in his fateful decompression sickness and subsequent brain damage.
- How he fought his prognosis of being a ‘wheelchair-bound vegetable.’
- Why he trusted his own ability to discharge himself from hospital and facilitate his own recovery.
- Why he supports the endeavours of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
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