Freediving: Wet, Dark and Totally Transformational

It’s wet and dark all year round when you’re a free diver, so why does world champion—and double world-record holding—freediver, William Trubridge, keep going back for more?

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Buried Treasure
“I’ve discovered myself through freediving,” says Trubridge. “I’ve gotten to realise the potential of my own mind to achieve goals. To me, it’s been an incredible tool that’s allowed me to unlock what it means to be human and to have the most incredible experiences underwater with super-intelligent aquatic mammals.”

Feeling Directionless (But in a Good Way)
“It’s as wildly different to anything normal as walking on zero-gravity,” enthuses Trubridge. “When you’re in the water, you’re free to move in any direction. You’re not putting pressure on a specific part of your body to support your weight.”

No Worries
“The light levels are subdued and there’s no taste or smell. This forces you to reach inside yourself more. Less stimuli also means your brain is working less, so it slows. It’s quite common to have no thoughts of past woes or future worries—or any thoughts at all—when you free dive. That feeling is only enhanced the deeper you go.”

Timeless Classic
“With scuba you get all the clunky equipment and the constant presence of your own breathing, which is a hook back to terrestrial life. When you’re freediving, you don’t. When people have a fright and hold their breath they say time stood still. And to an extent that’s what you get under the water, freediving: You feel like you’re suspending time.”

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