Bay man dives to record depth

THAT SINKING FEELING: Gletwyn Rubidge descends during  a free dive in preparation for the Eastern Province trials where he broke the South African Waters free-diving record -
THAT SINKING FEELING: Gletwyn Rubidge descends during a free dive in preparation for the Eastern Province trials where he broke the South African Waters free-diving record –

BRAINS, brawn and bravery allowed Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University physics lecturer Gletwyn Rubidge to break the South African Waters free-diving record at the Eastern Province trials.

Rubidge’s 74-metre constant-weight free dive (without a diving cylinder) trumped the previous record of former world record holder Trevor Hutton by a metre. Hutton is Rubidge’s mentor.

The South African Waters record is one of the hardest to conquer as a result of environmental factors such as riptides and low visibility.

Despite participating in the sport since 2000, father-of-four Rubidge, 46, said his record-breaking dive off the coast of Noordhoek at the weekend was no easy task.

“The dive was very hard. It felt more like I would imagine 80m to feel,” he said.

“I noticed slight negativity in my mindset, despite strong warm-up dives.

“I reached 70m and equalising failed, the pressure was seven bars, and my lungs were compressed,” the Essexvale resident said.

-Tremaine van Aardt

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