Seals watch Trubridge WR attempt over breakfast

Seals watch Trubridge WR attempt over breakfast

By Maxence Jaillet The Lazy Seal Freediving Club held its breath as New Zealander William Trubridge attempted to dive deeper than his world record of 101-metre, Constant Weight without Fins (CNF) set four years ago. 20 members of the Wellington club shared breakfast on Wednesday morning at D4 on Featherston to see the attempt broadcast live from Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas. Chris Marshall, one of the club’s committee members and international freediving representative said the dive was a very difficult one to watch. “We knew he was always going to push to the plate. He is very good at equalizing; he is good at that part of the descent. The time for the descent as we could see from the television was pretty much spot on, but you could see on the way up that he was physically struggling.” Few minutes after his attempt, William Trubridge posted his dive’s profile online. He was recorded with an average speed of 0.89 metre per second while descending and a slightly slower ascent speed of 0.81 m/s. “At the end, somewhere around ten to fifteen metres from the surface, he realised that he would definitely not going to make the dive, so he signaled his safety divers (two deep safeties and one shallow safety) by pulling on the line, which disqualified him. That was the signal for the safety divers to bring him to the surface as quickly as possible so that he wouldn’t be out for long,” said Marshall. The experienced freediver reckoned that this was a difficult choice: “[Trubridge] could have kept swimming and then blacked out, but it would...

NZ Freediving Depth Nationals 2014: Video

Our colleagues up north in Auckland have put together this brilliant video from the Dive Wellington Beuchat New Zealand Depth Freediving National Championships that were held at Lake Taupo in March. There are plenty of Seals that feature in this video – so see how many you can spot! NZ Freediving Depth Nationals 2014 from Auckland Freediving Club on...

Radio programme on freediving

Radio New Zealand journalist (and Lazy Seal) Lynda Chanwai-Earle did a radio series on diving. One of them was on New Zealand Freedivers, including some interviews with Lazy Seal club members, and some top New Zealand freedivers like William Trubridge. You can listen to the long extended edit of the show below, or go to the original podcast web page which includes additional information and some links and images.  The full series includes stories on Navy divers, commercial paua divers, and the national police diver squad, and it can be found as podcasts on the Radio New Zealand...