Londoner breaks British freediving file within the Bahamas



Londoner has damaged the British freediving file at a prestigious competitors within the Bahamas.

Forty-one-year-old Gary McGrath used a monofin flipper and held his breath for greater than three minutes to swim down 112m on the Vertical Blue contest to interrupt the British file.

Organising physique Aida judged his effort was clear and offered him with the white card to recognise he had damaged the earlier file of 111m.

Mr McGrath, from Twickenham, mentioned: “Diving under 100m is a very distinctive surroundings, it’s my remedy.

Gary McGrath

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“This yr has been extraordinarily difficult for my psychological well being and freediving has helped me overcome that for certain.

“At depth I’ve full isolation from the on a regular basis world we reside in. Down there it’s simply me and nature. It’s that escape that each one freedivers crave.

“There are moments of utmost psychological readability and purity that I can solely obtain when underwater. The movement state {that a} deep dive permits me to expertise is exclusive and addictive.”

Freedivers descend underwater on a single breath of air and the atmospheric strain on their our bodies will increase as they go deeper.

At 112m deep the strain is 12 occasions higher than the floor, that means the air in Gary’s lungs would have shrunk to lower than a twelfth of its authentic quantity – across the measurement of a golf ball.

Freedivers prepare to deal with the physiological strains positioned on their our bodies by their sport, and Mr McGrath makes use of his background of yoga and meditation to assist his bodily and psychological preparation for deep dives.

Extra reporting by PA.

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