As our beautiful island nation of Maldives is celebrating its 50th year of tourism this year, we are faced with the reality and daunting fact that our islands are slowly being inundated by the sea. According to multiple reports from experts, at the current rate of global warming, almost 80% of the Maldives could become uninhabitable within the next 50 years. While ‘Neyvaa’ translates to ‘breath’ in our local Dhivehi language, we are also figuratively holding our breath as we are faced with existential uncertainty.
Therefore, Freedive Maldives in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism aim to raise awareness of the impact of climate change by conducting a freediving world record event. While Neyvaa 1 showcased the successful attempt for a Guinness World Record by 521 participants who practiced freediving simultaneously, Neyvaa 2 will return to set a new world record as ‘most people performing static apnea simultaneously’. Static apnea is a freediving discipline in which a person holds their breath underwater for as long as possible while floating on the surface of the water.
The event organisers also aim to raise public recognition of freediving and promote the sport as a safe and adventurous sport, by involving holiday goers and resort staff from participating resorts and thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies in our local community.