What a man! GoddessLife is dedicated to empowering and celebrating women (with men receiving the benefits:), but that doesn’t stop me from recognizing extraordinary men and their amazing accomplishments.
Today in the Bahamas, New Zealander William Trubridge, accomplished what had long been regarded as an impossible feat: swimming to a depth of 100 meters, or 328 feet, on a single breath and with only hands and feet for propulsion. Trubridge named his long-planned endeavor Project Hector to raise awareness for Hector’s dolphins. This species of dolphins are the littlest in the world and face the threat of extinction, largely because of indiscriminate fishing methods and pollution.
Jacques Mayol (portrayed in one of my fave movies: “The Big Blue”) was first to reach this historic depth of 100 meters (also known as a hectometer). However Mayol used a weighted sled to descend and an inflated lift bag to return to the surface. Trubridge did not use swim fins; he wore no weights and required no heavy sled during the descent. Nor did he use an inflatable airbag to swiftly reach the surface after his dive. Rather, he set a new unassisted freediving record and achieved the historic 100-meter mark -- previously attained only in an assisted manner, with weighted sleds and airbags -- while wearing only a thin wetsuit and displaying remarkable power of mind over body.
Trubridge held his breath for 4 minutes, 10 seconds, from start to finish. At 100 meter (328 feet), the heart slows to 25 beats per minute and the brain has to fight the narcotic effects of pressurized carbon dioxide and nitrogen – the so-called ‘rapture of the deep’ that tempts a diver towards a fateful sleep. Using yoga and techniques such as visualization and mental programming Trubridge is able to keep his body going even when the mind is ‘not completely there.’ This depth is more than three times the depth limit for recreational scuba diving, and it would be considered suicidal to go this deep breathing from a normal scuba tank of air.
“Four years ago it took me three attempts before I set my first world record freediving without fins. Since then I have come a long way, both in depth (from 80 to 100 meters), and in my confidence and capacity to perform under pressure. I needed all of that experience today when I made my third attempt at the historic depth of 100 meters.”
Save the dolphins!
Posted on Mon, December 13, 2010
by Ms. Dolphina filed under