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William Trubridge, BSc, MNZM
AA Instructor, AIDA Instructor Trainer


Born          May 24, 1980
Nationality  New Zealand, UK
Height        185cm (6’)
Weight        80kgs (176lbs)
Lungs         8.1L (2.1Gal)
Languages   English, Italian

William learnt to swim at the age of 2, and could freedive to 15m at 8 years old, but didn't begin serious training for the sport until 2003. Initially he studied in Italy under Umberto Pelizzari and other members of the Italian Apnea Academy, helping to found Apnea Academy International with English translations of the texts.

In 2005 William was the first freediver to dive at Dean's Blue Hole, now recognised as the world's premier freediving venue, and site of the annual Vertical Blue event. There, in April 2007, he broke his first world record in the discipline of CNF (Constant Weight No Fins), diving to 81m.

Since then he has broken this record multiple times, and in 2010 he became the first human to descend to 100m (330 feet) during Project Hector, an event aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of New Zealand's critically endangered Hector's and Maui's Dolphins.

In July 2016 he furthered this record to 102m (334 feet) as part of the Steinlager Born to Defy project, broadcast live to NZ television.

William has also broken the world record multiple times in the Free Immersion discipline, most recently with 124m (406 feet) at Vertical Blue, in May 2016.


In 2019 he became the first person to complete an 'underwater crossing'
of a major channel, swimming only underwater over the course of
934 breath holds to cross the Cook Strait between New Zealand's
North and South Islands in 9 hours 15 minutes.

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DNF   186m      horizontal distance no fins
DYN   237m      horizontal distance with monofin
STA    7:29       stationary breath hold

CNF   102m (331ft)      diving no fins
CWT   121m (397ft)      diving with monofin
FIM    124m (406ft)     pulling on rope


9/4/2007  –  81m CNF 

11/4/2007  –  82m CNF

4/4/2008  –  84m CNF

8/4/2008  –  107m FIM

10/4/2008  –  86m CNF

11/4/2008  –  108m FIM

10/4/2009  –  88m CNF

3/12/2009  –  90m CNF


19/4/2010  –  92m CNF

22/4/2010  –  116m FIM

26/4/2010  –  95m CNF


10/12/2010  –  96m CNF

14/12/2010  –  100m CNF

16/12/2010  –  101m CNF


10/4/2011  –  121m FIM


30/4/2016  –  122m FIM

2/5/2016   –  124m FIM


20/7/2016  –  102m CNF

World Record Attempts

Vertical Blue 2008

Vertical Blue 2009

AIDA World Championships 

Vertical Blue 2010

Project Hector

Vertical Blue 2011

Vertical Blue 2016

Steinlager Born to Defy

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