Many people are convinced that freediving is just for a select group of "supermen" with 8 or more liters of lung volume... Indeed, it is always good to be fit and have a larger lung capacity, however it is certainly not a prerequisite for diving into 20 m depths or for swimming 75 meters on one breath and for enjoying all the beauty hidden below the water surface. You can basically say that it is great sport for everyone.


APNEAMAN STATIC CHALLENGE IN AQUAPALACE PRAGUE is a unique event that takes place in the Czech Republic. Athletes will be competing in the discipline of static apnea (i.e. to hold their breath as long as possible) under specific rules created for this special event.


You can find more about the rules below. For better idea, plase have a look at this video:


STATIC APNEA (STA) is a  freediving pool discipline. The diver holds his{her breath as long as possible in a resting position. The maximum time achieved by the athlete is measured.


Rules for Apneaman Static Challenge

  • Freediver is entirely submerged and static apnea must be conducted at a depth of 4 meters (assistance rope will be prepared)

  • Only dry warm up is permitted

  • No equipment is allowed (except of swimwear - neoprene swimsuit is not allowed)

  • Two athletes at each official top (OT) during heats

  • 12 minutes between each attempt

  • OTs shall be selected randomly and athletes shall be informed shortly before the start.

  • Top six athletes shall continue to the finals

  • Two athletes at each OT in finals

  • After emergion, competitor has to do the protocol within 15 seconds, visibly indicate signal OK and clearly say 'I am ok" to the judge. Protocol starts when airways are out of water.