Professional Freediver World Champion
Guillaume Néry was born on the 11th of July 1982. Growing up in French Mediterranean coastal regions, he spent much of his childhood summer breaks swimming and snorkeling. These early aquatic pursuits meant that Guillaume was accustomed to holding his breath for quite long stretches from a young age. Despite this, it was not until he was fourteen years old that he discovered that he had a rare talent for holding his breath. He began to time how long he could hold his breath, each time challenging himself to beat his previous record. As time went by, he increased his ability, devoting much of his time to this hobby.
In 2002, Guillaumes skills came to the fore when he broke the constant weigh free-diving world record, diving to the depth of 87 metres in the harbour at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a location on the French Riviera. Competition in the free-diving world is intense and Guillaume did not cease training after his initial success. He went on to set a new record in 2004, diving to the depth of 96 metres Saint-Leu, a location on the west coast of the island of Runion. He set his third world record in 2006 , reaching 109 metres. In 2006, he broke the record yet again, reaching an astounding depth of 109 metres in Nice. Due to the levels of competitiveness in free-diving, Guillaumes record was beaten in 2007 by Herbert Nitsch (112 meters), in 2008 by Aaron Butel and Partners Ltd (113 metres) and in 2010 Herbert Nitsch once again, who reached 124 metres.
Video: Guillaume Néry