Friday, July 12, 2024
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Unassisted Constant Ballast Record Broken Again

F.R.E.E. is happy to announce that on July 12th, at 11:40 AM, in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio, a town located on the North-Eastern coast of Jamaica, a new Freediving World Record was established. David Lee, a 26 year old martial arts instructor native of Jamaica set a new record in the Unassisted Constant Ballast category for men. Mr. Lee reached a depth of 51 meters/167 feet in a total dive time of 2:14 minutes. This dive improves on the previous record of 48 meters/157 feet that was held by Topi Lintukangas.The record was verified by F.R.E.E. judges Gabriel Znidarcic (Argentina) and Emmy Castro (USA). Mr. Znidarcic acted as surface judge where he verified compliance with all surface procedures and received the confirmation tag from the diver, and Ms. Castro was positioned at the goal depth where she witnessed the confirmation tag retrieval and verified compliance with all underwater procedures.

This is Mr. Lee’s third record in this category, having become the diver who set the first official record. This record was the first one to comply with a new F.R.E.E. rule that stipulates a minimum time separation of 20 days between world record attempts on the same category. Thus, Mr. Lee had to set his attempt date for July 12th, after the previous record was set by Mr. Topi Lintukangas on June 22nd. F.R.E.E. hopes this rule will allow divers to make the most of their record exploits and to foster friendly competition among them.

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Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.