Two Freediving Records Set

“F.R.E.E. is happy to announce two New World Records! On Monday, September 10th, divers Erez Beatus (Israel) and Trevor Hutton (South Africa) both reached 46 meters/151 feet in the Unassited Constant Ballast category. With this dive, both divers broke the existing record of 45 meters/148 feet that had been set by David Lee earlier this year.

The dives took place in the waters off Coral Beach, Eilat, Israel. Mr. Erez Beatus dove at 11:00 AM and Mr. Trevor Hutton at 11:30 AM. Both dives were completed in identical times of 1:40 minutes. F.R.E.E. appointed judges Erman Akarsu (Australia) and Mutlu Gunay (Turkey) to verify these performances. In both record attempts, Mr. Akarsu was positioned at the bottom where he witnessed the arrival of both divers to the goal depth, and Mr. Gunay was positioned at the surface where he witnessed the departure from and return to the zero mark. Both dives were conducted in strict compliance to the F.R.E.E. rules and as such they have been accepted as the New Shared World Record in this category. F.R.E.E. is now waiting for the results of the anti-doping tests to complete the approval process for these records.

F.R.E.E. wishes to congratulate Erez Beatus and Trevor Hutton for their performances. The Unassited Constant Ballast category, which is a type of freediving only recognized and promoted by our organization, represents a tremendous physical challenge for the diver. The fact that both divers acted as a team reaching the same result, shows a level of friendship and comraderie which is quite refreshing in the freediving arena. We thank the divers and their Organizing Committee for the hospitality extended to our judges, and thank the event sponsors for their contribution in making these records happen. Mr. Beatus was sponsored by: Meduza Dive Center, Diver’s Village and Aqua Sport, and Mr. Hutton was sponsored by: Suunto Dive Instruments.

As is our tradition, F.R.E.E. will provide the needed space on our website, in the section “”Records Documented”” for both divers to share the story and images of their records with all other freedivers of the world.

Safe diving to all

F.R.E.E. International
http://www.divingFREE.com

Cliff Etzel

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

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