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No, it’s not photoshopped: Freedivers sip coffee with sharks 30 meters under sea




Sipping coffee among sharks

(CNN) — Things which might distract you while having coffee with a friend: food in their teeth, attractive waiters, giant sharks circling your head.

It’s not a hallucination — this remarkable photograph of two men sharing a drink 30 meters below the water is part of an art project exploring the mysterious world of freediving.

You can read the whole article here and see more of Lia Barrets photos

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World Record for Canadian – William Winram

On the morning of May 25th 2013 William Winram showed up looking very relaxed as the first competitor of the day. He hung out on the big Catamaran  and chatted with the safety divers until he was able to get into the water for his warm-up.

I was one of the safety divers for this dive and was glad to see that William left the surface looking as relaxed as he had been an hour earlier. William’s duck dive looks so effortless and smooth and his finning is steady relaxed and a pleasure to watch. The grace must come from the thousand of dives he has done during the shark tagging with the Watermen Project and other shark adventures like the IMAX Sharks 3d movie.

William on his way to 94 meters - Photo Lia Barrett
William on his way to 94 meters – Photo Lia Barrett



Natalie  and I kept breathing up after William left the surface and even though we  had done these dives many times before there was more anticipation, because this was a fellow Canadian and a friend diving for a world record.
I left the surface 1 minuet and 10 seconds before William’s announced time and went down quickly to make sure to meat him at 30 meters. I could see William coming up when I was at about 15 meters and only got to hang for 5-10 seconds before William came up finning slowly, but steadily and still relaxed.

William broke the surface, took a few breath and did his surface protocol with ease – not a sign of any issues after this amazing dive.

Congratulation William, 94 meters with bi-fins – well done.

Natalie, William and Soren after 94 m bi-fins world record dive
Natalie, William and Soren after 94 m bi-fins world record dive


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Breathe – Great Freediving Movie with William Trubridge

I just finished watching Breathe, which arrived in my mailbox earlier today.

Great movie….

It is inspirational, funny, informative, beautifully filmed  and I enjoyed it throughout.

Dean’s blue hole is spectacular place to dive  and I don’t think anyone can watch this movie without being fascinated with freediving and what William is able to do.

I was on the Safety Team for the Freediving World championship at Deans Blue hole in 2009 so this stunning footage brought back lots of awesome memories.

I recommend that you buy this movie and watch it.



Martin Khodabakhshian (9-Time Emmy Award-winning ESPN producer) directs and produces this fascinating documentary that truly goes to new depths in the search for man’s physical and mental limits. Breathefollows New Zealander, William Trubridge as he attempts to break his own world record in the extreme sport of Freediving. William attempts to dive completely unaided to a depth of 300ft, almost to the bottom of the deepest blue hole in the world – “Dean’s Blue Hole” in the Bahamas.

Featuring candid interviews with locals who live in fear of the hole, interviews with William’s family members who are in constant fear for his life and stunning underwater footage of William in action, Breathe will literally leave you holding your own breath as William takes us on a journey to the depths of mankind’s fascination with the underwater world.


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Alexey and Natalia Molchanov – 2 New World Records in one day!

… News from deeperblue today, June 6. Official press release to follow soon!

Natalia Molchanova and her son Alexey Mochanov have broken World Records in Variable Weight (VWT) and Constant Weight (CWT) respectively.
Natalia improved 2m her on her previous World Record in Variable Weight of 125m by hitting 127m in 3 minutes 38 seconds.
Alexey claimed the Constant Weight title off Nitsch by adding 1m on the previous record to hit 125m in 3 minutes 52 seconds.