Hold Your Breath! Freedive Maldives to Launch Neyvaa 2, A New World Record Attempt

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13 Dec, 2021

Freedive Maldives, the first local freediving school in the country is set to execute Neyvaa 2 in 2022, an attempt to set a new world record as ‘most people performing static apnea simultaneously’.

Static apnea is a discipline in which a person holds their breath underwater for as long as possible while floating on the surface of the water. In 2022, the Golden Jubilee of Maldives Tourism, Neyvaa 2 will execute static apnea as a group performance for the very first time in the world.  The main goals are to promote the passion for the sport and highlight Maldives on the map for freedivers worldwide. The multi-location event is targeted for resorts and resort staffs.

Neyvaa was initially held on 1st October 2019 and was a successful attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the highest number of freedivers diving together simultaneously with 521 participants. The event was participated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Cabinet Ministers, Parliament Members, World Champion Freediver Willian Trubridge, former female national record holder for Australia, Alana Caskey and Singapore Freediving record holder, Jonathan Chong. This record is the sole world record held by the Maldives in the field of sports.

Participating resorts in Neyvaa 2 are required to provide accommodation, food and travel for two trainers for four days. The trainers will visit the resorts to conduct a four-day training programme, which includes static apnea training, safety diver training and training the trainer. Participants will also prepare the dive setup on the event day and assist with the marketing of the event. Benefits to participating resorts include logo being featured on event marketing posts and main backdrop, awarding of certificates, option to have guests participate and more.

Freedive Maldives plans to record a documentary throughout the whole event, from planning to execution process, gathering interviews from major stakeholders, resorts and participants. The documentary is planned to be released on Netflix/Amazon Prime and YouTube.

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