Well not for too long, because the title is not a call to action and I’d hate to have you go unconscious and miss the fun. You see the air we breathe contains oxygen that feeds our brains and keep us alive. This is why we can’t hold onto our breath forever. Most times, our breathing is managed automatically by our brains because they really need this to happen.

Most adult folk can hold their breath for up to 30 seconds. We don’t recommend you test yourself to the limit. However if you are not on any medication, are in perfect health and have a buddy standing by you, you can try it until you really have the urge. To measure seconds imagine saying “one breath in, one breath out” for the first two seconds, and so on.


Online Breathing

According to the Guinness Book of Records the all-time world best for not breathing is held by a Danish gent called Stig Severinsen, who stayed underwater for 22 minutes. We definitely don’t recommend you try this because if you breathe in water you drown, period. At the top of this post there’s a picture of him not breathing water in, although I wouldn’t say he’s looking like he’s having fun.

Some tribes make a living out of diving free, and they get better at holding their breath with each generation. This could be self-intended genetic engineering, although I also think if you believe it, you can do more. A good example of this would be the Bajau people who live in Southeast Asia on the water. They spend around 60% of their time diving up to 30 meters deep and pulling out sea cucumbers and fish to eat, and pearls they sell.

Water Baby

Water Baby.
James Morgan

The have been called the “last of the sea-nomads” because they live in houses on stilts in the middle of the ocean, and don’t get upset when a typhoon knocks them down. They have been children of the water for so long that their bodies have adapted. They can see clearly beneath the surface, and can keep their breath for 5 minutes without even thinking about it. You can see by these lines a picture of a Bajau water baby playing with his pet shark.

Unlike people who fight wars, pollute the air with carbons and slash down rainforests, the Bajau people are a peaceful lot who adapt to nature. They sort the water-pressure problem out by deliberately rupturing their eardrums, which works a treat except their hearing goes down too.

Life is not easy for them, and they are taking strain because the oceans are getting fished out. I hope the nanny planet leaves them alone in their world where spirits live in tides and currents. Unfortunately there are a bunch of do-gooders who want to “civilize” them. I sure wish they wouldn’t. Some things are best left alone.