Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt – September 3, 2013
William Winram set a new world record on Tuesday September 3, by diving 145 meters in variable weight, taking a weighted sled down and monofinning back to the surface. The record was broken during a special world record attempt week organized by Freediving World Apnea Center, located in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
It's time to celebrate ! Photo Alice Cattaneo
Winram’s total dive time was 3 minutes and 8 seconds. He easily completed his surface protocol to judges Grant Graves (USA) and Pim Vermeulen (NED) in less than 3 seconds.
By achieving 145 meters, Winram broke the former record by 3 meters. Multiple World record holder Austrian freediving legend Herbert Nitsch had reached the depth of 142 meters on December 7, 2009 in Deans Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas.
“I have struggled with equalization since the beginning of my career in 2005”, says Winram, “and it’s only for the past two years after working with Andrea Zuccari that I have been able to overcome that issue. With the world record today, I am very happy to have achieved this personal goal but I am most happy about the road I travelled to get here.”
William as he is about to start his descent to 145 meters - Photo Alice Cattaneo
AIDA Canada members Natalie Doduc and Søren Frederiksen were also present to add their safety skills to the team on location. They are well experienced and had already witnessed Winram’s last world record, this past May in Roatàn, Honduras. You can read more about the Variable Weight dive on the Enjoy Freediving website.
William Winram is not only an accomplished competitive freediver who has medaled at the world championships and broken world records, he is also involved in ocean conservation, particularly shark conservation. Recently named Ocean Ambassador for the Global Marine and Polar Programme of the IUCN, he is hoping this record will help him bring more media attention to the plight of these endangered apex predators.
He will be leaving Sharm el Sheikh in a few days to attend the GSCA (Giant Screen Cinema Association) International Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa, where he will be promoting the recently released Great White Shark 3D, an IMAX film featuring Winram and colleague Fred Buyle.
William Winram is a founding member of AIDA Canada, the Canadian national representation of the freediving international federation AIDA (Association internationale pour le développement de l’apnée), registered in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“William has become a mentor to not only many Canadians but many people around the world. Freediving and Ocean Conservation are just a couple of his passions that he excels at. He is truly someone we can all be proud to know represents Canada at the highest level. I would like to take this opportunity to send him congratulation from all Canadians.”
On a personal note I have been a longtime friend of William’s and I knew it was only a matter of time before William would set a World Record.
Vice President AIDA Canada
145 m – 476 feet
For those wondering what it would look like to look down into the water 145 m check out this Youtube video of the 70m tall rollercoaster ride at Canada’s Wonderland Theme Park called the Behemoth. Just picture in your mind that William’s depth as you go over the rollercoasters first drop is twice as deep as this drop is high.