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Can we hold our breath under water for 5 minutes without an oxygen tank?

Can we hold our breath under water for 5 minutes without an oxygen tank?
Beth Watson from County Durham (Age: 5-14)

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One Response

  1. There are web references which show various answers to how long humans can hold their breath underwater. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4983768.stm
    http://www.bancroftians.net/cgi-bin/obacms3.pl?id=5217
    http://www.h2o.tv/press/NEW%20FREEDIVING%20WORLD%20RECORD%20PR%2017%2006%2004.pdf
    Two of them indicate that it is possible to exceed eight minutes.

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