Radio Interviews. Pint & Online Content. Social Media


July 2018

Thank you VUE MAG NEW YORK for your summer issue cover story both print and online on my Freediving journey and into the world of plastic pollution and conservation. I am so grateful. 

Read here

WA REAL | One Hour Full Interview Podcast, International

18 January 2018

'Competitive Freediver, Julia Wheeler provides a fantastic insight into the mystical world of competitive Freediving. Julia shares how she got into the sport by chance, what training involves, how she prepares for competition and how these lessons transfer to other parts of her life. Also a professional photographer and environment champion, you can’t help but be drawn in with her enthusiastic approach and philosophy on life'



LADBIBLE | Redefining Entertainment & News For A Social Generation 

29 September 2017

790K Views Over 72 Hour Period

"Say goodbye to pristine beaches and look forward to plastic paradise, because here's the proof...

The amount of plastic trash in our oceans is truly disgusting. A change needs to happen"

- Julia Wheeler


BLUE WIN | Online News, Germany 

24 September 2017

Freitaucherin Julia Wheeler trainierte mit ihrer Kollegin vor der Küste Balis, als sie auf einmal in tonnenweise menschlichem Abfall schwamm. Nun teilt sie die erschreckenden Bilder mit der Welt – ein Weckruf.

TECH INSIDER | Plastic Pollution Video, UK

25 September 2017

[387K Views Over 5 Day Period]

Watch as three tonnes of plastic waste surrounds two freedivers while they train in Bali.


THE TIMES | Imagery & Footage Ocean Garbage 

29 September 2017

An Australian freediver was training in idyllic conditions off the coast of Bali when she realised that she had swum into approximately three tons of rubbish.

Julia Wheeler, 31, from Perth, filmed the floating plastic bags and bottles to raise awareness of the threat posed to marine life around the Indonesian island and encourage people to reduce their plastic usage. According to the World Economic Forum there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA | Images & Footage Online Article

21 September 2017

  • A Perth woman swam through human waste and three tonnes of garbage in sea
  • Free-diver Julia Wheeler was training in Bali when rubbish floated towards her
  • The 31-year-old said it was a 'real life nightmare' swimming in human waste
  • Ms Wheeler shared horrific photographs to give everyone a 'rude wake-up call'


BUSINESS INSIDER | Fastest Growing Business News Website, Australia

25 September 2017

Two freedivers were surrounded by three tonnes of man-made waste while training off the coast of Bali. 

Plastic bags, bottles, and even human waste were in the polluted waters. One of the divers described their experience of swimming in the waste-filled waters as a "real life nightmarish horror movie happening before my eyes."

It is estimated that over 7 million tonnes of plastic pollution is dumped into our oceans annually. 

RIGHT THIS MINUTE | Online Viral Content, USA

25 September 2017

Freedivers Julia Wheeler and Trista Fontana came across three tons of trash floating along of the coast of Bali, Indonesia. Besides being flat out disgusting, this pollution does a lot of harm to the fragile ecosystem of the ocean. The two drivers can't even surface without being covered in trash. 

MSN - ONLINE VIDEO | Julia Freediving Through Three Tonnes Of Rubish, Bali

20 September 2017

A stunning free-diver has described the ‘real life nightmare’ of swimming into approximately THREE TONNES OF MAN-MADE RUBBISH floating in the ocean. Julia Wheeler, 31, was horrified upon encountering the mass of human waste products including plastic bags, bottles, wrappers and containers that were trapping and suffocating marine life. The competitive freediver who can reach 50m depths in one breath, was training off the coast of Bali, Indonesia when a fellow diver, Trista Fontana, spotted the litter travelling towards them.

DAILY MAIL - GLOBAL ONLINE ARTICLE | Ocean Pollution & Freediving Focussed 

20 August 2017

'In the ocean, I feel more alive than I do on land': Meet the real life MERMAID who can hold her breath for four-and-a-half minutes underwater. Julia, who is an animal and environmental activist, hopes to change people's habits to protect and reduce the amount of damage done to the earth. She hopes her incredible aquatic images will change people's perceptions and help them to appreciate the beauty of the ocean.

'People need to know how much waste we produce and if we don't change our ways it will be too late, all of our waters will be ruined,' she said. 'There are over five billion particles of plastic in the ocean, everyone can do their own little bit to preserve the environment.



30 August 2017

Watch this stunning video montage of Julia freediving beneath the oceans depths with Manta Rays and exploring the sunken treasures of ship wrecks in the Solomon Islands and Komodo National Park.

Footage edited by MSN MEDIA 



30 August 2017 

Julia Wheeler was obsessed with the movie "The Little Mermaid" when she was a child. Over the years she trained herself to eventually hold her breath underwater for about 4 minutes and became an incredible free-diver. During that time in her life, she also managed to take courses in underwater photography. Today she finds herself in front of the camera and the subject of some amazing photos and videos.

Julia Wheeler


28 August 2017


Following a previous interview with Gillian O'Shaughnessy, Glenn chats to Julia about the plastic pollution issue facing our oceans, her current location and position at the AIDA Freediving World Championships  in Honduras and Julia's passion surrounding Freediving and it's underwater adventure zone. 

Julia Wheeler

ABC RADIO PERTH | 22 August 2017

JULIA INTERVIEWS BY Gillian O'Shaughnessy

How long can you hold your breath underwater? For some 30 seconds feels like a long time before they come up gasping for air. 

Julia Wheeler can hold hers for more than 4 minutes and is required to do so in the sport of freediving. She could be described as part mermaid or a human fish and trains hard before she plunges to the ocean depths in competition. 

Julia says freediving is about mind over matter and overcoming your fears and is the ideal sport to indulge her love of the ocean...

Julia Wheeler

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN | 17 August 2017


'Diving deep into the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean on a single breath, Julia Wheeler switches into “autopilot mode” and tells herself everything is going to be OK.

The air in her lungs is pushed to the back of her mind as she focuses on the methodical process of reaching her goal depth. “When you are freediving you are surrounded by the vast blueness of the ocean and you feel so vulnerable and small,” Wheeler said from Honduras...'



18 April 2017

"Be who you want to be or there’s no point being anyone at all."

Equal parts mermaid and wildlife warrior, Julia Wheeler is a certified adventure addict. Openly admitting to loving “the wild places”, this Australian-based photographer and competitive freediver is at her happiest when she’s either 30 metres below the sea’s surface or on the frontline of anti-poaching...



14 June 2017

One of America's largest online celebrity publishers contacted Julia, requesting to make a 1 minute feature of her Freediving journey and ocean conservation... 



16 January 2017

CAPTURING stunning underwater photographs comes naturally to Julia Wheeler, who has been practising holding her breath in the bath since she was a small child.

Now that skill has earned her third place in the women’s Australian Freediving Depth Nationals in Bali — despite the fact she only went there to photograph the event...

Julia Wheeler 

  • Freediver Instructor
  • Investigative Journalist 
  • BA Media & Communications
  • STCW95 
  • Stunt Double 
  • 4.5 Minute Breath Hold 
  • Take Three For The Sea Ambassador 
  • Motivational Speaker 
  • Professional Lifestyle and Underwater Photographer 
  • NIDA Graduate  
  • Dive Master 
  • Underwater Fitness Model 
  • 50M Depth Competitive Freediver 
  • Environmentalist