Vertical Blue

Coordinates: 23°6′23″N 75°0′31″W / 23.10639°N 75.00861°W / 23.10639; -75.00861
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Vertical Blue
Dean's Blue Hole during Vertical Blue 2008
GenreSporting event
VenueDean's Blue Hole
Location(s)Long Island
Coordinates23°6′23″N 75°0′31″W / 23.10639°N 75.00861°W / 23.10639; -75.00861
CountryThe Bahamas
Inaugurated2008 (2008)
FounderWilliam Trubridge
Organised byWilliam Trubridge and AIDA International
SponsorsSuunto (2012-2017)
Origin ECN (2018)

Vertical Blue is a invite-only elite freediving competition which has been held in The Bahamas at Dean's Blue Hole since April 2008 by freediving world record holder William Trubridge. It is an AIDA International or CMAS in 2021 judged competition and has been the venue for multiple world and national records for athletes coming from countries all over the world.


Vertical Blue is a depth competition which consists of the freediving depth disciplines of free immersion (FIM), Constant weight without fins (CNF) and Constant weight (CWT).[1]

The event has been held at Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas and was organized by William Trubridge with AIDA International providing judges.[1][2][3]


Vertical Blue 2008[edit]

Vertical Blue 2008 was announced in February 2008 and was held from 1 to 11 April in the same year. It was attended by competitors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Switzerland and the United States. A total of 23 national and 3 world records were achieved.[2][3][4]

Vertical Blue 2009[edit]

Vertical Blue 2009 was held from 1 to 9 April 2009 and was attended by competitors from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the United States.[5][6]

Vertical Blue 2013[edit]

On November 17, 2013, American freediver Nicholas Mevoli died after attempting to set an American record during a Vertical Blue competition at Dean's Blue Hole.[7]


  1. ^ a b "EVENT DETAILS Vertical Blue (2018)". AIDA International. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Haith, Sara-Lise (19 February 2008). "Trubridge announces first ever competition in Bahamas". Deeper Blue. limited. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Event details, Vertical Blue 2008". AIDA International. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ Trubridge, William (April 2008). "DAY ELEVEN - it's a wrap (including Official Results)" (PDF). Vertical Blue. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Vertical Blue 2009 - Day 2. Sara Campbell World Record In Women's Constant Weight". 2 April 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Event info Vertical Blue 2009". AIDA International. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ Skolnick, Adam (November 17, 2013). "A Deep-Water Diver From Brooklyn Dies After Trying for a Record". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2013.

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