New Zealander William Trubridge breaks freediving world record
Monday, April 26, 2010
29-year-old New Zealand set a new record on Sunday, reaching a depth of 116 (380 ) in the Atlantic Ocean, holding his breath for four minutes nine seconds — breaking the world record for the deepest free immersion dive.from
Wearing a silicon-coated wetsuit, Trubridge plunged into world's deepest Bahamas. is 202 metres (663 ft) deep. Using breaststroke and fins to decend, he said “It was hard to get the tag from the bottom as I struggled with some ". "[I] wasted some time fumbling for the tag, then set off for the surface. I had to use my arms a little from 20m".in a bay west of on ,
Trubridge already held nine world records, and the dive put him into first place in the "Vertical Blue Suunto Dive-Off" competition. Earlier in the tournament he broke the record for a "constant weight, no fins" unassisted dive to 92m (301ft) — the first person to reach the 300ft unaided.
There are many different classes of freediving. For breath-hold diving, there is with- and without-fins, and with/without 'assistance', such as a weighted sled.
This record was for "Constant Weight Apnea with fins", where the diver cannot drop any weights during the dive, and follows a guide line, but cannot touch it. They may use fins to descend, but on the ascent they pull themselves up with the rope. Divers retrieve atag from a metal plate placed at a certain depth. The record was previously held by Austrian , who reached a depth of 92m (301ft) on 19 April 2010. The 'no limits' record, in which competitors can use a weighted sled, is 214m (702 ft).
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