Records have tumbled in the opening days of the 2018 Deja Blue freediving competition.
Some of the world’s best breath-hold divers have converged on the Cayman Islands for the annual competition, which coincides with the country’s national championships.
Already, in the first few days of the tournament, divers have performed seemingly impossible feats.
Japanese athlete Tomoko Fukuda became the fifth woman in history to reach the depth of 100 meters (328 feet) on a self-propelled dive. American Nate Leazer held his breath for more than seven minutes in the static breath-hold section of the competition.
Brazilian athlete Adriana Brandao set a new national record for her country, swimming 109 meters (358 feet) underwater without fins in the Camana Bay pool.
Cayman Islands freediver Richard Collett continues to monopolize the islands’ records table. He broke three of his own national records.
Mr. Collett, who is now sponsored by water sports equipment company Cressi, said hitting 62 meters (203 feet) on a single breath was his highlight so far.
“I’ve been very focussed on becoming the first Cayman athlete to break the 200 feet barrier, so that has been the biggest thing.” He said he had been training six days a week in preparation for the competition
“I think most people with a little bit of training can get to 30 meters. To go to 60 meters and beyond takes a lot of work.”
There are several other Cayman Islands–based athletes in the competition, including U.S. native Kurt Randolph, a previous winner of Deja Blue. Cayman Islands Freediving Association president Jeremy Walton is a judge in the competition.
The events culminate with the final round of competition Sunday.