Jonathan is a professional freediver, underwater photographer, underwater cinematographer, underwater model, underwater stuntman, underwater stunt co-ordinator, freediving event safety officer, competition event organisor, scuba diving instructor and AIDA freediving instructor trainer. He has spent more than a decade living and breathing freediving at the highest level and working in virtually every aspects of the industry. He has worked on a variety of projects with international brands such as Xiaomi, Red bull, Maaji, Copa airlines, Suunto, Steinlager, ADIDAS and more. His images have graced the front pages of Oceanographic and Rolling stone magazines as well as countless online news platforms.
Jonathan's affinity with water started at an early age. He swam competitively during his childhood and in later years took up surfing and surf life saving.
He grew up in New Zealand but it was whilst traveling through Australia that he discovered the sport of freediving. It was also during this time in Australia that he became a diving professional, working as both underwater photographer and PADI Scuba Instructor on North Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.
Freediving remained his true passion though and in 2011 Jonathan made a decision to commit his life to breath hold diving. Within the year he was achieving depths greater than 70 meters, less than a year after that he had broken the magical 100 m barrier in the constant weight discipline. In 2012 and 2013, in only his second and third years of freediving he finished the competitive seasons with top 5 world rankings in both free immersion and constant weight. Jonathan has represented New Zealand at the 2011 and 2013 depth World championships and in 2013 was the winner of the bronze medal for mens free immersion. He was the winner of the prestigious Triple depth and Deep Dahab competitions in 2011 and continues to compete on a regular basis.
Jonathan is a world renowned safety diver. Member of the Vertical Blue safety Team in 2012, in 2014 he returned as Chief of Safety and Event manager for the competition referred to as 'The Wimbledon of freediving' by The New York Times. His team of expert safety divers raised the bar and brought a new level of professionalism to safety at high level freediving events. Since then he has featured prominently on the competition circuit as an organiser and chief of safety. Jonathan assumed the role of AIDA safety officer in 2017 and together with an expert panel they strive to improve the safety of freediving for all.
Jonathan has a strong background in teaching. As a coach/instructor Jonathan has had much success. So far he has helped athletes achieve six world records, more than 70 national and continental records, world number one rankings and world championship medals. He is an AIDA and PADI Instructor trainer, SSI Master instructor and EFR instructor.
He teaches and trains in various locations worldwide including Dominica, Egypt, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
“Freediving is not just a sport to me, it's a way of life. It has given me so much, taken me to places I never would have imagined. This is what I want to share. The underwater world is a gift and the only way to truly appreciate it is on one breath.''
110m Constant weight (unofficial)
105m Constant weight (official)
101m Free immersion (official)
105m Variable weight (unofficial)
65m Constant weight no fins (official)
Bronze medal Mens Free immersion World depth championships Kalamata Greece 2013
World number three Free immersion 2013
World number five Constant weight 2013
World depth number three combined depth disciplines 2013
Nominee for AIDA awards in three categories- Best male new comer, Best coach, Best Instructor
Winner Triple Depth Championship Dahab Egypt 2012
Winner Deep Dahab 2012
Winner FDD June mini-comp 2012
World number four Constant weight 2012
World number three Free immersion 2012
World depth number three combined depth disciplines 2012
New Zealand representative World depth championships 2011
Third place Static Danish Masters 2011
CMAS WR attempt Sofia Gomez, Blue Element 2017
Blue Element 2016
Steinlager "Return to the Deep" 2016, William Trubridge 102m WR record attempt
Vertical Blue 2016
Vertical Blue 2015
Vertical Blue 2014
Deep Dahab 2012
Chief of Safety Vertical Blue events, William Trubridge 126m WR attempt 2020
Chief of Safety CMAS World Championships, Kas, Turkey, 2018
AIDA Safety Officer 2017- current
Chief of Safety, Event Co-ordinator, Locations Manager Suunto Vertical Blue 2014
Chief of Safety 'Big Blue' Freediving competition, La Paz, Mexico 2015
New Zealand Depth Champs 2014
New Zealand Depth Champs 2013
Suunto Vertical Blue 2012
Freedive Dahab minicomps 2011
Coach/Instructor for five World Record performances:
2018 Sofia Sofia Gomez Uribe CMAS CWT bi-fins 86m
2017 Sofia Gomez Uribe CMAS CWT bi-fins 84m
2017 Sofia Gomez Uribe CMAS CWT bi-fins 83m
2014 Sahika Ercumen CMAS Variable weight no-fins 91m
2014 Sahika Ercumen CMAS Free immersion 72m
2013 Jeanine Grasmeijer AIDA Free imersion 90m
Coach/Instructor for 50+ National and Continental Records
AIDA Safety Officer
AIDA Instructor Trainer
PADI Instructor Trainer(freediving)
SSI Master Instructor
PADI scuba Instructor
Emergency First Response Instructor
Registered Industrial Electrician Australia/New Zealand