William Trubridge

World champion & world record holding freediver

"I have a relationship with the depths,they beckon me beyond my means,cold dark vacant pressure,forever night, endless dreams."
Born
May 24, 1980
Nationality
UK, New Zealand
Height
185cm (6’)
Weight
75kgs (165lbs)
Lungs
8.1L (2.1Gal)
  • BSc (Physiology, Genetics)
  • Apnea Academy Instructor, AIDA Instructor Trainer
  • Fluent: English, Italian

History

William learnt to swim at the age of 18 months, and was freediving to 15m by the age of 8, but didn't begin serious training for the sport until 2003. Initially he trained in Italy with Umberto Pelizzari and other members of the Italian Apnea Academy, helping to found Apnea Academy International with English translations of the texts.

In 2005 William was the first freediver to dive at Dean's Blue Hole, now recognised as the world's premier freediving venue, and site of the annual Vertical Blue event. There he broke his first world record in the discipline of CNF (Constant Weight No Fins) in April 2007, diving to 81m. Since then he has broken this record multiple times. In 2010 he became the first human to descend to 100m (330 feet) during Project Hector, an event aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of New Zealand's critically endangered Hector's and Maui's Dolphins species.

In July 2016 he furthered this record to 102m (334 feet) as part of the Steinlager "Born to Defy" project, which was broadcast live to New Zealand television.

William also holds the world record in Free Immersion, with 124m (406 feet), set at Vertical Blue in May 2016.

Personal Bests in Competition:

CNF (depth with no fins)
102m (334ft)
CWT (depth with monofin)
121m (397ft)
FIM (depth pulling on line)
124m (407ft)
DNF (distance with no fins)
186m (610ft)
DYN (distance with monofin)
237m (778ft)
STA (stationary breath hold)
7 minutes 29 seconds

Freediving Records Timeline

World Records (18):

  • 81 m (265 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 9 April 2007
  • 82 m (269 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 11 April 2007
  • 84 m (275 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 4 April 2008
  • 107 m (351 ft) Free Immersion, 8 April 2008
  • 86 m (282 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 10 April 2008
  • 108 m (354 ft) Free Immersion, 11 April 2008
  • 88 m (288 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 10 April 2009
  • 90 m (295 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 3 December 2009
  • 92 m (301 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 19 April 2010
  • 116 m (380 ft) Free Immersion, 22 April 2010
  • 95 m (311 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 26 April 2010
  • 96 m (314 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 10 December 2010
  • 100 m (328 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 14 December 2010
  • 101 m (331 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 16 December 2010
  • 121 m (397 ft) Free Immersion, 10 April 2011
  • 122 m (400 ft) Free Immersion, 30 April 2016
  • 124 m (407 ft) Free Immersion, 2 May 2016
  • 102 m (334 ft) Constant Weight without fins, 20 July 2016
william trubridge freediving records timeline