Stig Severinsen has a degree in biology and a Ph.D. in medicine. He began experimenting with holding his breath as a child at the bottom of his parents’ pool.
He started swimming at the age of 6 and was awarded National Champion four years in a row at 9, 10, 11 and 12. From 1993 – 2003 he played underwater rugby and was a member of the Danish national team.
During university studies in Barcelona, Spain in 1998 – 1999, he played underwater hockey on the Spanish national team.
A fascination with long breath holds underwater drew him to the world of free diving
Stig Severinsen breaks the AIDA Freediving World Record Dynamic Apnea without fins (DNF) in Aarhus, Denmark, swimming 166 meters on a single breath.
Stig Severinsen breaks the AIDA Freediving World Record Dynamic Apnea without fins (CNF) in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, swimming 61 meters with a constant weight
Stig Severinsen breaks the AIDA Freediving World Record Dynamic Apnea (DYF) in Aarhus, Denmark, swimming 225 m on a single breath with fins
The first version of the bestelling Breatheology book is published in Danish (Træk Vejret – mere energi, mindre stress) is released for Danish speakers.
Stig Severinsen launches the Breatheology online platform during the Copenhagen Diveshow and Travel Fair 2010 with the goal to become the world's leading community for all aspects of breathing and breath holding.
Stig Severinsen became the first person in the world to hold his breath for over 20 minutes when he held his breath for 20 minutes and 10 seconds in a tank full of sharks at the Kattegat Centre in Grenaa, Denmark
The first publication of Breatheology "The Art of Conscious Breathing" is published in English which lays the groundwork for the Breatheology Method and becomes a bestseller.
Stig delivers a talk at TEDxCopenhagen titled How to Hold Your Breath for 20 Minutes where he goes into detail how he manage to hold his breath for more than 20 minutes long and how controlling our breath means controlling our lives.
Stig Severinsen reclaims his title as he holds his breath under water for 22 minutes during the production of the Discovery Channel show "Superhuman Showdown" in London and earning him the title Ultimate Superhuman
The Breatheology Acadamy course - the frontrunner of the popular Breatheology Fundamentals course - is made available online for the first time, allowing people from all over the world train whenever they want through online video training.
Stig Severinsen breaks the Guinness World Record - Longest swim under ice - Breath held (Fins and diving suit) - swimming a distance of 500 feet (152.4 meters) below one meter thick sheet of ice at Qorlotog Lake in East Greenland.
Stig Severinsen breaks the Guinness World Record - Longest swim under ice - Breath held (No fins and no diving suit) - swimming a distance of 236 feet (76.2 meters) below a one meter thick sheet of ice at Qorlotog Lake in East Greenland.
PTSD and anxiety training is a very important area for Breatheology to engage strongly in and support. I firmly believe we need a completely new approach to PTSD treatment since the current “system” is clearly not working. Drugs and screwing up an unbalanced brain and hormonal system will never cure…
31 enthusiastic students start with the first day of the very first Breatheology Instructor Program with Stig Severinsen
Stig delivers a talk at TEDxOdense titled Breath Holding is the New Black where he puts his world record breaking ice dive in perspective, uncovers the hidden potential of breath holding and gives his opinion of the mainstream approach to treatment of PTSD and addiction.
Breatheology has now been officially approved as a treatment for addiction at the Cedars at Cobble Hill, Residential Addiction Treatment Facility just 2 months after Tyler Huston´s completed his certification as a Breatheology Instructor.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Breatheology has made Stig's best-selling eBook "The Art of Conscious Breathing" and the specially crafted Breath Training in Corona Crisis course available for free. In addition, Breatheology has donated 5000 Airofit devices to Danish citizens at risk.
Finally, after many years, the logical follow-up to the immensely successful Breatheology Fundamentals course has been launched: Breatheology Advanced. This course offers the ability to continue learning about breath and is the logical next step towards the Instructor Program.
Stig Severinsen sets the Guinness World record for longest distance swam underwater with one breath (open water) at 202 m (662 ft 8.7 in) in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, on 26 November 2020. The record has been verified and made public on December 22, 2020. Link to Guinness…