Infographic: The anatomy of a freedive

What happens to your body during a freedive to 100m? Check this infographic to find out.
Just a few more feet...
Will Trubridge comes up from the deep. © Munoz
By Tarquin Cooper

Freediving is a sport that's both thrilling and completely serene. It's the art (and science) of descending to unseemly depths on a single breath using only one's own body power. 

Multiple record-holder Will Trubridge is one of the masters. He says: “I love freediving because it's an opportunity to escape from gravity, sound, light (if you go deep) and even the sensation of time passing. A deep freedive can be like a dream, in that all the rules of reality seem changed.”

As you can imagine, it's a little more complicated than pinching your nose, closing your eyes and taking a deep breath. The infographic below gives an idea of exactly what happens during those three intense but serene minutes of a world-class freedive.

Of course, just as a mountain isn't climbed until you're back down, a dive isn't finished until you're back up. After Trubridge's lungs have collapsed to the size of oranges, he's still got to ascend – and make sure he doesn't black out on the way to the surface. 

To learn more about freediving and see more of Trubridge's underwater adventures, head to his website. The details for this infographic are taken from a successful 120m dive he made during the Suunto Vertical Blue competition in Dean's Blue Hole.

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Infographics by Christian Schalauka.

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