British freediver Harry Chamas has set a new national record in the No Limits freediving discipline in Kalamata, Greece, with a dive to 120 meters/394 feet.
On September 18, Chamas descended on a weighted sled running along a rope to a depth of 120 meters, under the supervision of a safety team. The sled incorporates a scuba air cylinder and a large air bag. On reaching the target depth, he inflated the air bag with air from the cylinder, which then rushed him to the surface.
“As a coach, I believe in breaking diving down and mastering each aspect of freediving individually. This can be done by focusing on specific skills, the different stages of a dive or the mental processes that occur on a dive. I do the same with my own diving and this No Limits dive means I have experience of extreme depths before ever venturing there in the traditional disciplines. The dive itself was fantastic and I am honored to have had this moment in the depths of the ocean. I plan to spend the next few years exploring new questions about my physical and mental capabilities and reach 100+m in [Constant Weight] and [Free Immersion]. I would like to thank everyone I have spent time with in the water. I have learned something from everyone and I thank the whole team here at Freedive Club Greece, David Tranfield and the British Freediving Association.”
The previous British No Limits record of 101 meters/331 feet was set by Jim Lawless in 2010 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Chamas began freediving in Australia eight years ago and is a freediving coach. He set a national record last year in the Variable Weight (descent on weighted sled with ascent by finning or pulling on the rope to the surface) freediving discipline, reaching a depth of 105 meters/344 feet.