Photo: Will Trubridge (NZL) during his
world record-breaking dive 116m in the free immersion discpline,
at the Vertical Blue freediving competition/ Image by DeeDee
Trubridge spent 4 minutes, 9 seconds under
water without the aid of oxygen, using a form of breast stroke
to propel himself and claim the world record for the Deepest
free immersion dive.
In the free immersion (FIM), divers must
retrieve a Velcro tag from a metal plate, which is lowered
by rope to the announced depth. They are not permitted propulsion
equipment such as fins but can use the rope to pull themselves
down. Wearing a specially designed silicon-coated
Trubridge dived to 116m below the surface and, despite
taking a few extra seconds to pull the Velcro tag from the
plate, completed the dive in 4min 9sec.
The depth was verified by a Suunto D4 dive computer.
This is Trubridge’s tenth world record and his first in FIM
“It was hard to get the tag from the bottom
as I struggled with some narcosis,” said Trubridge. “But it’s
great to have the free immersion record again.”
Earlier this week William
Trubridge set another world record in the "constant
weight" discipline. Trubridge became the first person to dive
on one breath without fins to a depth of over 300 feet.
Trubridge’s new record puts him ahead in
the Suunto Dive-Off, a competition held during Vertical
Blue to find the best all-round freediver. Divers
score points based on the ratio of their dives in three freediving
disciplines to current world records.
Trubridge trains and teaches free-diving at Dean's
Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas from November to May. He
is an instructor for the Apnea Academy presided over by Umberto