Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Gletwyn Rubidge, a prominent lecturer and researcher at Nelson Mandela University, has once again placed South African freediving on the global stage with an impressive dive to a depth of 83 meters and dive time of 2 minutes 50 seconds. Competing in the Aida Freediving World Cup organized by Freediving World Sharm in Sharm El Sheik, Rubidge showcased his exceptional skills alongside dozens of international athletes during the intense six-day competition featuring various freediving disciplines.
Today, on May 16, 2023, established a national record in the “free immersion” category. In the discipline of Free Immersion an athlete is allowed to ascend and descend on the dive by pulling on a rope fixed to a desired depth. No fins are used and they must complete the dive wearing the same weight. Demonstrating flawless surface protocol, Rubidge earned a coveted white card for his country, signifying his adherence to the strict standards set by the sport. His achievement not only highlights his personal accomplishments but also serves as an inspiration to the growing South African freediving community.
While accustomed to training in the challenging and chilly conditions of the Port Elizabeth coast, Rubidge is relishing the serene and ideal conditions of the Red Sea, where the competition is taking place. In an enthusiastic response to his remarkable performance, Rubidge expressed his hope that his achievement would contribute to the expansion and development of the South African freediving community.
Freediving, an exhilarating and demanding water sport, requires individuals to explore the depths of the ocean and one’s self- all on a single breath. Rubidge’s accomplishment not only underscores his individual talent and dedication but also serves as a testament to the ongoing progress of South African freediving on the global stage.
As Rubidge continues to make waves in international freediving competitions, his remarkable achievements serve to inspire aspiring freedivers, putting South Africa on the map as a force to be reckoned with in the world of freediving.