The world's largest community dedicated to FreeDiving, Scuba Diving & Spearfishing - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 [VIDEO] Freediving the Arch at the Dahab Blue Hole Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:18 +0000

This week’s video is an old favourite from back in 2007.  World Champion Freediver William Trubridge freedives the arch at 55m in the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

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What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.

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TUSA Unveils Latest Crestline BCD Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:50:56 +0000

TUSA recently announced the release of its newest buoyancy compensator, the Crestline BC-0601.

Versatile and lightweight, the BC-0601 is designed for travel and recreational use.

The BC-0601 is made from 500D Cordura® material, making it tough and abrasion-resistant. Utilizing a wraparound jacket design, this BC is perfect for divers of all skill levels. The BC-0601 is also equipped with TUSA‘s durable-tilt valve power inflator and O.P.E.V. dump valve.

The Crestline BC is IR-3 compatible, convenient for many divers who travel frequently. The adjustable sternum strap sports a safety whistle, providing security and reliability. It also features a hide-able sizing tag on the shoulder strap, making the BC ideal for rental or training.

BC-0601 is available in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.

For more information about the Crestline BC-0601, check out

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Issue 3 of Freedive Magazine Now Available Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:23 +0000

The third issue of Freedive Magazine, the quarterly digital Freediving Magazine is out now.

Issue 3 is packed full of freediving stories, training tips and adventures from around the world. Including freediving with the Moken, life as an underwater photographer, freediving in Greece, equalisation tips from Linda Paganelli, pilates for freediving training video by Lousia Collyns and much more.

Download your issue now at

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Third Edition Of ‘Best Dive Job’ Contest To Launch Soon Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:49:41 +0000

The third edition of “The Best Dive Job In The World” contest will launch in the coming days, according to contest organizer and Indonesia-based dive outfit Blue Season Bali.

The lucky winner will get to train for free to become a PADI-certified dive instructor on the island of Bali. As Blue Season Bali says in its announcement:

This year we are running the competition again with more prizes and a brand new concept. The selected candidates will be chosen from the best 90 seconds video entries submitted on the theme of ‘Why I want to be a professional PADI dive instructor and WIN the Best Dive Job in the World.’

Participants are encouraged to demonstrate their keen sense of adventure, dive and travel experience, and their expertise with social media, marketing, photography and videography.

The competition opens on August 1st 2014 and will run until October 31st 2014.

Anyone 18 years old and certified as an Open Water Diver can apply.

In November 2014, eight finalists will be selected to go to Bali in late May 2015 where they will spend six weeks training to become certified PADI Divemasters and face various challenges during the final elimination week, according to Blue Season Bali.

Ultimately ONE lucky candidate will WIN the grand prize: A package which includes all training necessary to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer – free accommodation while in training, full set of Aqualung equipment, teaching materials …and a full-time work contract with Blue Season Bali.

PADI, Aqualung, and Suunto are just a few of the partners and sponsors. This year the Best Dive Job in the world is giving away prize packages worth in excess of $100,000USD including eight (8) PADI Divemaster internships, one (1) full-time work contract at Blue Season Bali, two (2) internships: Work experience program with Waow Cruises and Abyssworld, a complete set of Aqualung dive gear, several Suunto dive computers, helicopter tours, various land activities, hotel stays, and a trip for 4 to the Komodo National Park with Wunderpus Diving.

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Third Edition Of Best Dive Job Contest To Launch Soon scuba education training  PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer PADI news Divemaster Training Dive Instructor Training Blue Season Bali best dive job

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U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Diver In Bahamas Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:15:46 +0000

After 64 hours of looking, the U.S. Coast Guard last Wednesday suspended its search for a man who went missing during a shark dive off the coast of the Bahamas earlier in the week.

Sixty-four-year-old John E. Petty from Longview, Texas, went shark diving last Sunday night near West End, Bahamas with eight others but did not return, according to a Coast Guard 7th District statement:

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that searched alongside Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Coast Guard assets used during the search included:

Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter.

Dive gear believed to belong to Petty was found during the extensive search that covered more than 4,600 miles, lasting 64 hours of total search time.

An earlier Coast Guard announcement stated that “Petty was last seen 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas by one of the divers in the group.”

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[VIDEO] Just One Breath – MABUL 2014 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:00:40 +0000

This week’s video is the extended cut of the Malaysian Record attempts in Mabul, Borneo.  Entitled “Just One Breath” and created by the talented crew at Sea Dragons it shows a great example of team work, spirits and fun that can be had by Freedivers and their support crew as they break three National Records.

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What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.

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Mermaid Linden Reaches Kickstarter Campaign Goal Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:47:46 +0000

Children’s ocean “edutainer” and swimming safety advocate (and Friend & Contributor) Mermaid Linden has reached her Kickstarter goal to fund a second season of her popular “Mermaid Minute” web series.

A very excited Mermaid Linden tells

Today is a mermaid milestone in my life as a children’s ocean educator. I am overwhelmed in the most wonderful way by the outpouring of generosity from my friends, family, sea fans and strangers alike! I am sending out a heartfelt ocean of thanks to every single individual who helped my dream become a reality over the past 30 days. Thanks to you, I am equipped to create a mer-mazing season two of my beloved Mermaid Minute for kids, parents, teachers and ocean-lovers everywhere! My fins are flipping with excitement!!!

This season will offer a much higher quality program with the opportunity to learn in several languages, something which has been requested by my viewers from all over the world.

My wish is to make the magic of our oceans accessible through high-quality edutainment to any child with a computer at home, school and beyond!

The funds raised will be used to make Season Two of the Mermaid Minute web series available exclusively on YouTube, with subtitling in several languages. Each episode will be paired with an educational supplement, made available on Linden‘s website as a free PDF download, perfect for parents and teachers to provide to child viewers at home or in the classroom.

Mermaid Linden’s work and the Mermaid Minute series have been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, Hallmark Home and Family, Univision, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, BuzzFeed, New York Magazine, Latin Times, UK Daily Mail and more – in more than 15 languages around the world.

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Mermaid Linden Reaches Kickstarter Campaign Goal freediving education training  news mermaid minute mermaid Linden Wolbert kickstarter

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SCUBAPRO Introduces New, Modular Sidemount X-TEK BC Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:45:15 +0000

SCUBAPRO has introduced a new, modular system for its line of Sidemount X-TEC buoyancy compensators.

Developed in collaboration with leading Sidemount cave divers, the new system sports “a better streamlined shape, maximum manoeuvrability under water, less back strain, easier entry into the water and increased underwater safety due to the simple accessibility of the air supply,” according to the company.

All system components are sold separately and are fully compatible so that very diver can build his ideal configuration. In addition, there are two ways to carry weights on the Sidemount system. The X-TEK QR weight pocket system can be attached to the waistband of the jacket or using a the band on the rear side of the harness. The weights can simply be wrapped around the band and clicked in to place.

Divers can also use the Sidemount system as a backmount jacket as the harness is compatible with the stainless steel and aluminum X-TEK backplates. “This raises the possibility of connecting the X-TEK wing, the single tank adapter or double clamps with the harness to use it as a backmount jacket,” according to SCUBAPRO.

Details include:

* Modular design with compact, independent wings in 12 and 20 liter capacity: So every diver finds his dream configuration.
* Wing made of 1000 DEN Cordura and inner bladder of Soltan: The materials are extremely robust, stretchy and durable.
* Soft Airnet backpack for maximum comfort: The open air chambers provide the padding for the backpack. As the water can drain away and the backpack does not produce any lift.
* Compatible with the X-TEK backplates: Conversion for backmount diving is easy.
* Eyelets, D-rings and handles made out of stainless steel. For guaranteed durability.
* Newly designed, balanced power inflator: Responds even faster.
* Newly designed, swivel, narrow elbow: For a better streamlined shape and an individually adjustable inflator position.
* Sufficient bungees and hooks for tanks and side bungees: Easy handling and a better streamlined shape.
* Harness with crotch strap: For the perfect fit.
* Special fabric cover: Optimises the shape and protects the wing.

Available at authorised SCUBAPRO dealers, for more info and pricing, check out SCUBAPRO‘s website.

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Shark Shield Opens First U.S. Office Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:36:16 +0000

Shark Shield this week announced the opening of its first U.S. office in St. Petersburg, Florida.

According to the company announcement:

After 12 years of leadership in the Australian spearfishing and dive market, we are now opening our U.S. office to support local U.S. spearfishers and divers and to educate other water sports enthusiasts on alternatives to shark culling and powerheads. Shark Shield has been protecting people and providing peace of mind for nearly 20 years, supplied over 20,000 units and have hundreds of user testimonials.

Shark Shield’s technology is based on more than 20 years of scientific research by some of the world’s leading shark experts and is used by the Australian Navy, U.S. Navy & Coast Guard and professional abalone divers and spear fishers around the world. The company recently signed Tom Carroll, two-time World Surfing Champion, as its brand Ambassador in the surfing and stand-up paddle board markets.

The three Shark Shield devices, SURF7, SCUBA7 and FREEDOM7 create an electronic shark barrier by using salt water as the conductor to produce an electromagnetic field that disturbs the sharks’ (ampullary) receptors used to find food. There are no known long-term effects to the shark from the electrical field, but the discomfort is enough to discourage interaction with humans. The field is not detectable by other ocean creatures like the catch you are hunting. As a result, many professional divers and spearfishermen use Shark Shield as their most important piece of equipment.

Shark Shield is currently being sold in dive shops and spearfishing stores. Retail prices range between $599 and $699.

Anyone wanting Shark Shield to visit their dive or spear club to present the company’s technology, as well as the independent testing results including video, should contact Scott Wilson, U.S. sales manager, via email at or by phone at +1.727.301.8835.

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A Discussion with James Nestor Author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:02:17 +0000

James Nestor is a San Francisco-based author who just recently published a book titled “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.” In it, he describes attending a freediving competition in Greece, learning how to free dive from Eric Pinon of Performance Freediving International and Ted Harty of Immersion Freediving, discovers how humans’ heartbeats slow when immersing their faces in water (the mammalian dive reflex or has he calls it, the “Master Switch”), swims with sperm whales and dives deep into the ocean in a custom-built submersible.

Nestor was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule promoting the book to answer some questions from

Tell us about yourself, how did you get into Freediving in the first place? Have you gone freediving since you finished the book? If so, where and when?

The first time I ever saw anyone freedive was at the AIDA world championship in Kalamata, Greece, 2011. I was sent there to cover the event for Outside magazine. It absolutely blew my mind. I had no idea the human body was capable of diving to such depths, for so long. The competitors seemed amphibious, half-fish. Even stranger, freediving seemed natural. Like these people were really meant to be down deep in the ocean. Like all humans were.

At the same time, the competition was also a pretty frightening spectacle. Many of the divers didn’t make it back to the surface in, shall we say, good health. Some had blood pouring out their noses, others had blacked out and had to be dragged to the surface. One guy resurfaced in cardiac arrest for a few minutes before he was resuscitated. Really frightening stuff.

Nonetheless, there was something about freediving that really mystified me. To go where few other people have gone, see things few others have seen. I wanted to learn more. I was lucky enough to meet a few more philosophical freedivers who approached diving as more as an underwater yoga, a meditation. It’s those folks — Hanli Prinsloo, Fred Buyle, and many others — the recreational freedivers who were using diving to explore the ocean, and in some cases, to conduct marine research, that really sparked my interest. They were the impetus to writing the book.

How weird was it for you to discover the “Master Switch” for yourself?

My biggest hangup with freediving was mental. For the first few months after Kalamata, every time I tried to dive I kept having flashbacks of those competitive divers who didn’t make it. I know that sounds whiney and melodramatic, but that’s what happened. It took me many months (and much training) to get past those recurring visions and to view freediving in a more holistic light. That whole underwater yoga thing. Once I figure it out, the ocean seemed to open up. I was hooked. I’ve been diving more now since I finished the book than I had while I was researching. This wasn’t just some oddball hobby I chose to write about; it was and will continue to be a big part of my life.

You describe in great detail in the book about your experiences at the World Championships in Kalamata. What other memories/anecdotes of your experience there didn’t make it into the book?

Well, that chapter is pretty long, so most of what I experienced is in the book! I was lucky enough to get a few days off of the reporting on the competition and hit the beach with some of the divers. We went surfing, explored some ancient Greek ruins, ate delicious food, drank a bunch of wine. It was great to meet competitive divers out of the context of a competition. The whole competition stuff seemed to offer a pretty myopic view of freediving, one driven mostly by numbers, egos, beating the next guy, that kind of thing. There’s enough of that stuff on land. It’s nice to leave that all behind when you enter the ocean.

The AIDA Team Freediving World Championships are taking place in Sardinia, Italy this coming September. What would you hope to see?

After watching Herbert Nitsch’s failed attempt to dive to -800 feet in 2012, I swore off reporting on any more competitions. That side of freediving doesn’t hold much for me anymore. I mean, I’m all for people doing what they want with their bodies; I just don’t have much of an interest in seeing it. I’ll stick with diving with dolphins, whales, seals, and other people. It’s the more yogic, meditative, and, I guess “spiritual” side of freediving that holds so much allure. And, diving for abalone is pretty fun as well.

What other memories/andecdotes of your experiences diving with sperm whales didn’t make it into the book?

I discovered, rather quickly, how absolutely hard and miserable it is to research marine mammals! Part of that misery is included in the book, but I didn’t want to harp on and on about it. It’s funny, you see a documentary of people swimming with dolphins or whales or whatever and you think, “Damn, I want to do that.” What you don’t realize, at least what I didn’t realize, is that for every minute you’re having some mind-blowing encounter with a whale, you’re spending about 100 hours in abject misery on a shadeless boat, eating stale bread, sunburned, and sick to your stomach. But that one minute is worth it. It’s life-defining.

You wrote about an awkward visit to the few remaining Japanese Ama freedivers. Have you been back to see them since you finished the book? Given what you now know about freediving, are there any new questions you’d want to ask them?

It’s hard to find anyone on the planet today who isn’t happy to have their picture taken, to be interviewed, to be the center of attention. Everyone’s favorite subject is him or herself. But not the Ama. These women were crabby, cold, and distant. It was actually refreshing. They didn’t care that I was writing a book and wanted to profile them. They had work to do; they wanted to go dive!

By the second day they softened up a bit and allowed me to come along and their morning rounds. It’s a humbling thing to watch a 70-year-old woman freedive down to the seafloor for a minute and yank prickly urchin from beneath rocks. And do this for three hours. The Ama are very different than the quaint, demure Japanese women promoted here in the West. They are the most bad-ass gang of grandmas the world has or will ever see. My heroes.

You write about learning that humans have an innate sense of direction that isn’t used much in our modern era. What other anecdotes about magnetoreception didn’t make it into the book?

Bees use it, birds use it, sharks use it. So do we. We just don’t get too much of an opportunity nowadays. You think about Polynesian sailors, how they were able to sail for months across the open ocean and always make it back home. They could only use the sun and the stars some of the time. Some days were cloudy; other days it rained. Yet these guys always made it to their destination.

And there’s the Guugu Yimithirr, an Australian Aboriginal tribe. Guugu don’t have words for “right” and “left” but they have words for “north” and “south.” The only way they could use their language is if they knew their exact location at all times. That’s a tough thing to do indoors or at night. But the Guugu did it all the time. Dozens of other cultures also used and continue to use cardinal directions in their languages. For thousands of years, this was the norm.

Recently, some scientists in New York found a receptor that they believe might be responsible for giving humans magnetoreceptive sense. This is an emerging science. I think we’ll know more in a couple years. It’s exciting.

The fact is, even if we do find we can sense the subtle energy in the Earth’s magnetic field, most of us probably won’t need it. Modern society is built on grids, with easily recognizable landmarks. It’s easy to know where we are at all time. When you don’t, you get our your phone. Our magnetoreceptive sense is latent and will probably become dormant very soon (if it hasn’t already) — just like our ability to hold our breath and dive deep to gather food from the seafloor.

What do you think of Fabien Cousteau’s recently completed Mission 31? You write about learning that having the body pressurized to 36 psi for an extended period can cause “mild delirium.” How whacked out do you think Cousteau and his colleagues were?

Anything to save Aquarius, to heighten the public’s awareness of the ocean and the research being conducted down there, is great. I’m really happy he did it. As far as the constant nitrogen narcosis, I can’t imagine how else Fabien could have survived in that cold, wet, metal box — eating wet Oreos and freeze-dried crap for a month — if he wasn’t whacked out on laughing gas!

You traveled a lot in the name of research for this book — Reunion, the Florida Keys, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc. Is there any place you went to that didn’t make it into the book? Why did you go there? And of the places you visited, which was your favorite to dive at?

Traveling just piques my interest for more travel. Every trip abroad I realize how little of the rest of the world I’ve seen, how I’m living in this little bubble of San Francisco, how there are all these other amazing places to discover on the globe, all the other oceans to surf or dive into. I have no favorite spots — I know that sounds like a cop out, but, really, each destination is interesting in it’s own way . . . except for the soul desert hole of the Dubai airport. That place blows. I’d be content never seeing it again.

Having said all that, Oman is on the top of the list now. I hear they have pretty good surf and the diving is spectacular. Culturally, it’s totally foreign to me, which is another attraction. To visit a county without a KFC, and meet people who have never heard of twerking — that’s all a big plus.

What’s next for you? Any other book projects on the horizon?

I’m currently revising the manuscript for foreign publication in China, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and others. There are a couple things the fact checker and I missed working under our insane and inhuman deadline. Most people won’t notice these little things, but I see them, and they drive me nuts. It’s sad — you get everything 99.9 percent right and all you can see at the end of it is that .01 percent that isn’t! All books have these issues; that’s how it works in this business. Still, no excuses. My focus now is to make the new e-book edition (which should be out in a couple weeks) and future editions 100 percent right. Meanwhile, I’m on book tour for the next couple months and then working on some magazine pieces . . . about, you guessed it, the ocean.

But my goal this year is go on a freediving expedition to some exotic, foreign country without a notebook and pen in my hand, just to be there, to be present in that experience without any other distractions. Don’t get me wrong — having my work life coalesce so closely with my personal interests is a dream, and I absolutely love my job. But sometimes it’s great to just have adventures for the sake of it. Eveyone seems to be determined to record every experience now — on social media, with cameras, blogs, and whatever. I’m certainly guilty of that! But I think it’s healthy once in a while to just turn it all off.

And that’s yet again another attraction to freediving: there’s zero cellphone reception when you’re in the water.

Many thanks again to James Nestor for talking to To purchase “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves,” click here for or check out your local bookstore.

Have you read the book? Agree or disagree with what he says in the above answers? Discuss below or in the Forums.

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US Freediving Announce Team USA 2014 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:50:08 +0000

US Freediving have announced the selection of the USA Freediving Team. The team consists of four male and four female athletes. Selection was based on application from athletes with performances from International Ranking List freediving competitions within the last eighteen months. The team will be representing the United States at the AIDA World Team Freediving Championships in Sardinia, Italy beginning September 17, 2014. Competition begins on September 20. This year’s team selection saw the highest number of athletes applying in US Freediving history with well over a dozen hopefuls submitting.

Francesca Koe, US Freediving Vice-President, says, “It is very exciting to see all of the enthusiasm and growing participation in our sport. Nowhere is this more manifest than the sheer number of applications we received this year for Team Worlds in Sardinia. We’ve got a great and diverse group of divers – I know they will represent the United States very well.

The USA Freediving Team members are as follows:


  • Ashley Futral-Chapman
  • Kerry Hollowell
  • Ashleigh Baird
  • ALTERNATE = Shell Eisenberg


  • Steve Benson
  • Kurt Chambers
  • Kyle Gion
  • ALTERNATE = Jonathan Lata

The USA Freediving Team is actively looking for major and minor sponsorship and donations. Donations can be made at the Team USA website.

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Rebecca Coales Takes UK Freediving Record Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:32:34 +0000

A long-standing UK female dynamic with fins (DYN) freediving record has finally been broken. On Saturday, July 6, 2014 at the Life Leisure, Grand Central 50 meter Pool in Stockport Rebecca Coales succeeded in doing something that no one has been able to do for the past five years: swim far enough horizontally on a single breath (in the pool using a mono-fin) to take the national record past 175 meters to a new UK best record of 179meters!  Looking extremely comfortable and controlled, Ms. Coales surfaced from her dive at the two minute and :36 second mark, demonstrating that the dive was not only well within her limits but that she perhaps has more to offer. (The previous female DYN record of 175m was set & held by Ruth Griffin since 2009.)

Rebecca Coales is a founding member of the Bristol Freedivers group where she trains with friends. A relative newcomer to the competition circuit, Rebecca only started exploring her freediving potential in the last 18 months — it all started with a no-fins clinic, and mono fin clinic with Steve Millard of the Apneists UK group, based in the North of the UK. Rebecca runs a Yoga website and offers yoga courses which seem to be the perfect cross training for freedivers.

Rebecca thanks everyone who came to support her at this record attempt, especially Aqua Sphere UK, the manufacturers of her dive suit of choice for longer pool dives. To set this new national record of 179m Rebecca wore an Aqua Sphere Aqua skin suit, which is ideally suited for this type of dynamic diving.

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Freediving Planet to Host Guillaume Nery Freediving Clinics in Philipines Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:30:40 +0000

Freediving Planet, the Freediving School based on Cebu Island in the Philippines, has announced that Guillaume Nery will be working with them to host a 3 day Freediving Clinic between 17th – 20th October 2014.

The Early Bird booking price of €700 is available till 15th July and includes:

  • Welcome pack
  • 3 full days of training and lectures with Guillaume Nery – 18, 19 and 20 October 2014
  • Entry pass for the Meet & Greet Guillaume Nery event on the evening of 17 October 2014
  • 4 nights accommodation (17, 18, 19 and 20 Oct.) in Marina Resort Beach Club sharing twin bed room good for 2 with breakfast included
  • Access to coastal dive sites and set up for the open water training
  • Your participation to the lucky draw sponsored by Ball Watch and Cressi Sub

For more information and how to book head over to the Freediving Planet website.

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[VIDEO] CMAS Freediving in Venezula Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:00:16 +0000

This week’s video shows that Freediving is very much alive and well in Latin America.  Filmed by Orlando Lopez at a CMAS event in Caracas (Venezula) this beautiful black and white video reminds us why we love Freediving.

Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us.

What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.

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[VIDEO] Carlos Correa – Colombian 68m National Record in Free Immersion Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:46:02 +0000

Colombian Freediver, Carlos Correa recently set a new National Record in Free Immersion (FIM) by diving to 68m in the 2014 Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition in Roatan, Honduras.  You can see the record breaking dive in the video below.

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Blue O Two To Conduct Liveaboard Galapagos Dive Trips In 2015 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:35:25 +0000

With the Galapagos Islands growing in popularity as a top dive destination, liveaboard dive operator blue o two have announced they will begin offering new trips to the islands next year aboard the M/V Galapagos Master in collaboration with Worldwide Dive and Sail:

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, an Ecuadorian National Park, and a biological marine reserve, the Galapagos is home to a wide array of marine life, earning it a top spot in the world for unique and varied underwater sightings. Hosting the new 7, 10 and 14 day ‘Master the Galapagos‘ itineraries including visits to some of the top sites in the Galapagos Islands, from Punta Shark Bay to the infamous Darwin’s Arch, the M/V Galapagos Master is sure to provide memories of a lifetime.

Originally built in 2004, the 32m long M/V Galapagos Master will be undergoing a complete interior refit to the highest luxury standards to be finalised by 2015, ready to sail some of the top dive sites in the Galapagos.  Welcoming a total of 16 guests, M/V Galapagos Master features eight air-conditioned cabins each offering an en-suite bathroom, in-cabin entertainment and ample storage. For your added convenience, M/V Galapagos Master offers cabins that can be used either as a twin or a double cabin.

A spacious indoor lounge located on the middle deck offers guests the perfect location to relax and unwind after a full day of diving. The indoor dining area brings guests a tantalising array of mouth-watering meals, complimented by the adjacent cocktail bar. Photographers on board the M/V Galapagos Master can take full advantage of the indoor camera set-up station which includes multiple charging points (US round pin plug). In addition, the fitted plasma screen television in the indoor lounge is set up for slideshows of underwater photography. Additional storage drawers to the aft of the vessel mean that even photography charter groups will have no problem finding enough space for their equipment. Alongside the decadent interior, the M/V Galapagos Master’s top sun deck offers stunning panoramic views of the Galapagos.

For more information about M/V Galapagos Master or to book a place onboard, contact blue o two via telephone at +44 (0)1752 480808 or email

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Maldives: ‘High Season’ In The Equatorial Far South Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:44:38 +0000

Planning on diving in the Maldives this Summer? Head to the Maldives in the equatorial far south!

The South West monsoon, which brings a wetter weather system to the Maldives from May to November, is moderated by the equatorial currents in the far south of the Maldives — so this is a perfect time to head to the southern-most atolls of Huvadhoo, Foammulah and Addu Gan.

Scuba Tours Worldwide have located their liveaboard, MV Sea Spirit, in the far south from August to October this year to take advantage of the lovely weather and to enjoy the fabulous diving.

“From July to October the weather in the far south is similar to that which we experience in the December to April ‘high season’ period in the central atolls — and the other bonus is that because the far south is so remote, you often don’t see another diver or boat for days on end! You can expect exciting diving, often planned around channel sites where there is good current, so we recommend at least 100+ logged dives and PADI Advanced or equivalent” said Rob Bryning, owner of Scuba Tours Worldwide.

The far south gives divers the opportunity to see dozens of grey sharks, eagle rays, white tips, zebra and nurse sharks plus green and hawksbill turtles, sting rays and even tiger sharks. There are also fabulous manta points and superb hard coral growth.

“Obviously the diving is dependent on visibility and sea conditions, which can be variable — but we’re old hands at working with nature and our Cruise Directors have the benefit of our 25 years of diving in the Maldives — so we’re all set to give you the best dive experience possible!” Browning added.

Scuba Tours Worldwide have 12 day ‘Equatorial Far South’ trips running from August to October at £2,669pp + international flights.

See their Special Offers page for details at

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[CARTOON] Now That I Am A Freediver I Feel Blessed Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:30:45 +0000

Welcome to our feature – Cartoon Of The Week.  Each week we will feature a new cartoon by Jerry King.  This week’s cartoon is “At first my unusually large lungs made me feel like a freak but now that I am a freediver I feel blessed”.

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[VIDEO] The Mermaid Minute Series 2 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:00:33 +0000

This week’s video is the kickstarter funding video for the real-life Mermaid – Linden who is seeking funding to kick start Series 2 of her amazing Mermaid Minute online edutainment series for kids.

Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us.

What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.

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7th Mediterranean Cup – It’s a Wrap Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:48:34 +0000

A little over three weeks ago a quite little village in the Southeast coast of the island of Crete, called Myrtos, became the focus of our Freediving community. Freediving Club Greece and Stavros Kastrinakis chose Myrtos for its access to deep, clear waters, the hospitality of the locals and the amazing scenery to host the 7th event in the Mediterranean World Cup series.

A total of 25 Freedivers from 13 Nations attended the event for shorter of longer stays and aiming to train, attend courses, sled dive and compete for the title of the 7th Mediterranean World Cup.

The winner of the event would be decided by adding their performance scores in all of the 3 AIDA competition disciplines Constant Weight, Free Immersion and Constant weight No Fins.

During the first two weeks of the event the focus was on training and as Variable ballast sled diving was available a few of the athletes such as British former record holder David Tranfield and Marc Lenoir from France decided to enjoy some deep sled dives reaching depths of 103m for Marc which is an amazing feat for the start of the season. Turkish Freediving star Sahika Ercumen also spent a week sled diving during the start of the Mediterranean Cup in preparation of her record attempt in July and reaching depths past 80m.

As the weeks progressed the Mediterranean Cup was lucky getting day after day of excellent weather which made training progression easy for all the athletes. It has to be mentioned that the dive site position in the South of the Island of Crete (right in our little Mediterranean Sea) placed the Freedivers out in open waters, which can make deep diving conditions a challenge, and really tests the athletes. This year however the athletes were receiving a treat practically every morning with great day after great day of calm seas and no currents.

As it reached the competition week more athletes arrived giving a buzzing atmosphere to Myrtos. The event allowed for 5 depth competition days with a free choice of discipline every day and an extra mini comp of Static apnea on our day off during the week.

Most athletes focused on collecting points quickly for the overall ranking by doing dives in each of the three disciplines during the first 3 competition days and using the spare 2 comp days to increase their total point count with deeper dives in the same disciplines. Seasoned athletes Jesper Stechmann (DEN) and Liv Philip (UK) quickly gained the lead (Liv only managed to attend one week of the event due to work obligations with 3 days out of her week being competition days but still managed to rack up amazing results) with solid performances across the 3 disciplines. Closely following in the ranking sheet were Yaron Hoory (ISR), Tim Money (UK) and Jakob Galbavy (AUT) for the men and Desiree Balfelt (DEN) and Georgina Miller for the ladies. This ranking order was maintained until the end of the competition with 1st places going to Jesper and Liv while Yaron and Jakob got 2nd & 3rd place respectively and for the ladies Georgina Miller finished 2nd and Desiree Balfelt 3rd.

It must be noted here that the 7th Mediterranean World Cup this year was scheduled as the first of the two events that make up the AIDA Freediving Cup Circuit with the 2014 AIDA EuroCup which starts in Kalamata, Greece (the site of the 2011 & 2013 AIDA Depth World Championships) on August the 25th. The results of the coming AIDA EuroCup will be added to those of the Mediterranean World Cup to give us the Freediving Cup Circuit winners that will compete for a total of €4500 in cash and great prizes (custom wetsuits etc).

It must be noted that several athletes chose to compete with the main aim of setting National Record or getting good AIDA ranked performances at the event. Portuguese Freedivers João Filipe da Costa and Cesar Bettencourt “battled” it out with unprecedented camaraderie setting a total of 5 National Records in Free Immersion and Constant weight No Fins (FIM 60m & CNF 42m, 45m and finally 50m for Joao and FIM 65m & CNF 45m for Cesar). Polish Freediver (and amazingly talented graphic artist) Monika Zawistowska started off timidly but ended up breaking the National Record for FIM several times and taking it down to 52m by the end of the event.

During the competition week a Static Mini-Competition was also planned that saw some amazing performances – Seasoned athlete Aris Ioannidis came close to the 7minute mark with a winning performance of 6:55 and competitors from yesteryear Kimmo Lahtinen (AIDA International President) and Stavros Kastrinakis (event organizer) showed that they still had some breath hold left in them with Statics of 6:16 and 6:00 respectively. For the ladies Georgina Miller surprised everyone with an amazing new National Record (UK) of 6:27 and Desiree and Monika shared the podium with 5:09 and 4:03 respectively.

This brought to an end an amazing Freediving event which has set the tone for the 2014 competition season.

Organizer Stavros Kastrinakis had this to say about the event “The organizers of the 7th Mediterranean World Cup would like to thank Kimmo Lahtinen and Marie Martinez-Lahtinen for doing a fantastic job judging the competition and our event Hyperbaric Doctor Dr.Stavros Marakis who provided medical coverage for the event and showed a level of care for the athletes that was above and beyond the normal duties of an event doctor – a big THANK YOU to all of you.  Our next meeting is in less than 9 weeks in the calm blue waters of Kalamata for the 2014 AIDA EuroCup – see you there!!!”

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Mermaid Linden Launches Online Campaign For Kid’s Ocean Education Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:02:13 +0000

Children’s ocean “edutainer” and swimming safety advocate (and Friend & Contributor) Mermaid Linden has just launched her very first Kickstarter campaign to support Season 2 of her YouTube exclusive web series, Mermaid Minute, which teaches kids about a variety of ocean topics one minute at a time. Her campaign is live now, and ends on July 17th at 6:00PM Pacific Standard Time. If successfully funded, her project will allow millions of children around the world to enjoy fun, quality ocean edutainment online, for FREE!

To learn more about Linden’s project, visit her campaign home page, pledge and share here

To watch season one of Mermaid Minute or learn more about Linden’s work with granting wishes for ill children, educating children about our oceans and freediving around the world with aquatic creatures as her mermaid self, visit

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Georgina Miller Sets New UK Record in Static Apnea Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:49:35 +0000

Holding your breath requires patience. Holding your breath for six minutes and :27 seconds requires an internal strength and steel most people don’t have – but Georgina Miller does. Just this week in Crete at the 7th Annual Mediterranean World Cup gorgeous George proved she had the focus and skill needed to further the UK national record in static apnea by an additional seven seconds (improving upon her own record-setting performance of six minutes and :20 seconds from 2012.)

I give enormous thanks to Daan Verhoeven for all of his help, love, advice, incredible pictures and fantastic coaching. I have been struggling with competition nerves for a while with this one (my static attempt) so it really makes all the difference to be in a relaxed environment.” the British beauty shared. “Stavros Kastrinakis has organized an amazing 7th Med World Cup series, making the athletes feel relaxed and supported. Good performances and records are really only possible with the help of friends, coaches, safety and organization. So thanks to my friends at London freediving too for your support! 

Watch Georgina’s extremely clean performance below; her flawless surface protocol belies any nerves and indicates that she has more gas in her tank to go even further. “I was nervous beforehand so I had a higher heart rate, but I managed to get through it by concentrating on one step at a time, rather than looking at it as a target,” George quipped… “positive thinking during the hold is really important to me and Daan kept reminding me of how cute our dog Beans is!” offers our heartiest congratulations to Georgina, on her new national record and an overall successful comp.

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George at the 7th Med World Cup

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[VIDEO] Spearfishing with the SpearHeads Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:00:35 +0000

This week’s video is the introductory episode from the South Florida Spearfishing Crew the Spearheads.  Subscribe to their Video Channel on YouTube for more episodes.

Got a great video to share? Feel free to contact us.

What is Video of the Week? Our aim is to showcase one video every week that shows off the best (or just plain interesting) about Freediving, Scuba Diving or Spearfishing.

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7th Mediterranean World Cup – The Competition Hots Up Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:49:58 +0000

The 7th Mediterranean World Cup is well into its 3rd week – The Competition Week and amazing weather is letting a cool group of freedivers achieve some pretty impressive dives for early in the freediving season!

The Mediterranean World Cups or more affectionately known in our freediving world as the Med Cups are now into their 7th year and organizer, Stavros Kastrinakis of Freediving Club Greece (organizer of the 2011 & 2013 AIDA World Championships), was happy to welcome a great group of 25 freedivers from 13 Nations in this year’s event organized in the sea outside the village of Myrtos in the south of Crete. The weather this year has provided the group with amazing conditions to train and compete, as most days we encountered calm seas with no current and temperatures of around 23C which were allowing us to dive with suits as thin as 1,5 and 2 mm with ease.The Med Cup events are structured with 2 weeks of organized training followed by 1 week of depth competition which this year allowed for 5 competition days with a choice of any of the 3 disciplines (CWT/CNF/FIM) on any of the competition days. This allowed athletes who want to train on one discipline to have multiple attempts to achieve a PB or a national record and for those that want to try to win the 7th Med Cup trophy more than one dive in each of the 3 disciplines. (Note the winners of the Med Cup are the freedivers – man & woman – with the highest total score in the three disciplines CWT+CNF+FIM)

Parallel to the main competitive schedule the Med Cup included 2 weeks of Variable sled diving where seasoned divers David Tranfield and Marc Lenoir achieved depths past the 100m mark and Turkish Freediving star Sahika Ercumen spent one week training for her upcoming VAR record attempt in July.

On the competitive side of things, world class athletes Jesper Stechman (DEN) and Yaron Hoory (ISR) are leading the overall ranking of the event with Tim Money (UK) showing solid results in 3rd position and amazing newcomer Cezar Bettencourt from Portugal closing up in 4th place having already achieved 3 National Record in this competition. Joao Felipe Costa has also achieved 2 National Records for Portugal putting pressure of Cezar which is expected to culminate in the coming days.

In the women categories Liv Philip (UK) has managed a very impressive overall score in all 3 disciplines with just 3 competition dives (CWT 55m, FIM 50m, CNF 40m) which puts her in the lead for overall winner after participating for just one week at the Med Cup due to a busy work schedule. Desiree Balfelt (DEN) and Georgina Miller (UK) are closing the top 3 for the women separated by just a few points. French Champion Aurore Asso has been training hard to reclaim her French CWT record and is already close to the 70m mark and Polish newcomer Monika Zawistowska has just set a National Record of 52m in Free Immersion.

With two more competition days left, this is just the start of it all as the Med Cup this year is the 1st segment of the 2014 AIDA World Cup Circuit organized by Freediving Club Greece. The second event is the 2014 EuroCup which will start on August 25th in Kalamata, Greece and the joint results of the two events will give us the World Cup Circuit winners who will be claiming impressive cash prizes and amazing freediving gear gifts!

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Wakatobi Resort Plays Surrogate Parent To Sea Turtles Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:47:38 +0000

When Mother Nature needs a bit of help, Wakatobi‘s caring staff play surrogate parent to tiny sea turtles.

Sea Turtles can live to be 100 years old, but most don’t survive their first few days. In the wild, the tiny hatchlings typically encounter a gauntlet of predators as they hatch and make their way from beachside nests to open water, and they remain especially vulnerable those first few months of life. When nature is in balance, this attrition is a normal part of the circle of life. But when turtles become threatened by factors such as habitat loss, or predators like fish and birds, they may need a little extra help to maintain a normal population. This is where Wakatobi Dive Resort has stepped in.

A head start for turtles?

“We’re delighted at finding more and more female sea turtles crawling up onto Wakatobi’s beach at night and laying eggs,” said nursery caretaker Sayafrin.

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The primary caretaker for the turtle nursery is Sayafrin (above holding a baby green turtle). Photo by Didi Lotze

For the past couple years we have continued to witness increasing numbers of adult turtles on the surrounding reefs, and particularly on the House Reef at Wakatobi. And we’re delighted at finding more and more female sea turtles that make their way onto the beach at night to lay eggs. One might conclude that due to the decline in habitat elsewhere, combined with Wakatobi‘s ongoing protective measures for our waters, the turtles are coming here to find the environment they need to thrive. Therefore, we put a head start program into place and built a turtle nursery, which is managed by resort staff, to help give these tiny ancient mariners a better chance at survival in the wild.

Recently we are finding more and more female sea turtles laying eggs on Wakatobi‘s beach at night. Using their hind flippers, they will dig a circular hole in the sand (typically 40 to 50 centimeters (16 to 20 in) deep). Afterward, the female fills this hole, or nest, with a clutch of soft-shelled eggs – one by one until she has deposited around 50 to 200 eggs, depending on the species. Some species, like the hawksbill turtle, have been reported to lay 250 eggs. Once the eggs are laid, she re-fills the nest with sand, smoothing the surface until it is relatively undetectable visually. The whole process takes 30 to 60 minutes. She then returns to the ocean, leaving the eggs untended.

When the Wakatobi security team patrols the beach at night they look for signs of new nests. When one is discovered, a small fence is erected around the nest site to stop people from accidentally walking over it and to keep would-be predators out. The fences remain in place until after the baby turtles hatch, which could take from 45 to 70 days, depending on nest conditions and temperature. Once the hatchlings emerge from their shells they make their way to the surface.

Under normal circumstances, once the baby turtles have succeeded in digging themselves out of the sand, they make a mad dash for the ocean and do not slow down until they hit open water. However, at this time their lives face the greatest perils — from a gauntlet of predators in the sand (like crabs and lizards) to birds in the air (seabirds and wading birds), and fish on the reef. But those slated for Wakatobi‘s nursery will take a different path.

Once signs of a hatch are noted, the tiny turtles are collected as soon as they emerge, and moved to the holding tanks. The Wakatobi nursery was created when a former greenhouse near the staff quarters was fitted with a large water tank with a seawater circulation system. The tank is divided into two sections, with one half reserved for the smallest turtles, which are only 5cm to 6cm long when they hatch. The youngsters are fed a diet of salad, seagrass and a little raw fish. Water is changed regularly to keep the tanks clean, and they are moved to the other half of the tank as they grow. In all, they are kept for about a year.

Ancient mariners of the sea

“More turtles were hatched in Wakatobi in 2014 than ever before. So far, all the turtles raised in the nursery have been green sea turtles,” said Sayafrin.

Often referred to as “ancient mariners,” sea turtles will migrate hundreds of miles between feeding and nesting grounds; some swim more than 2,600 kilometres (1,600 miles) to reach their nesting beaches. Sea turtles spend much of their first five years out in the open ocean. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass beds like those fronting Wakatobi Dive Resort. They feed on a wide range of animals and plants, and are mostly omnivorous in their adult life, except for the green sea turtle, which is herbivorous, changing from a carnivorous diet when they are young. Hawksbill turtles are regular reef dwellers because they like to feed on sponges and other organisms that live on the reefs. Hence, we often see hawksbills at Wakatobi.

Green sea turtles are still considered to be an endangered species throughout much of their range, so the youngsters are a welcome addition to the wild population. One of the identifiable features of the green turtle is their blunt, bullet-shaped head. As compared to a hawksbill, which sports a shell that is more serrated on the back, the green turtle has a smooth shell. Hawksbill turtles are also a common site on Wakatobi‘s reefs.

“The day we find hawksbills nesting on the beach we will be there to give them a helping hand as well,” said Sayafrin.

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For the past couple years the resort has continued to witness increasing numbers of adult turtles on the surrounding reefs, and particularly on the House Reef at Wakatobi. Photo by Didi Lotze

Doing their part

“When we release the turtles, at about a year, they are more prepared to survive in the wild,” according to Sayafrin.

By the time they are ready to be returned to the ocean, the young turtles will be 25cm to 30cm in length, and much more capable of surviving in the wild. They are on their way, but it will take almost another two decades for them to reach full sexual maturity. When they do reach adulthood they are marvelous divers, and some, such as green turtles, are capable of staying under water for as long as five hours even though the length of a feeding dive is usually five minutes or less. Their heart rate slows to conserve oxygen: nine minutes may elapse between heartbeats.

Releases take place near the original location of the nest. Several of the first batches of turtles released came from a trio of nests located on the south beach, beyond the guest bungalows. Two more recent nests were laid on the northern part of the beach directly in front of Bungalow Three.

In addition to this new nursery, Wakatobi‘s Collaborative Reef Conservation Program has made great strides in maintaining the healthy status of the surrounding reefs. This area, which stretches over 20km (12.5 mi) of reef and dozens of dive sites, was also designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2012. All these measures add up to a favorable environment for sea turtles to thrive.

Wakatobi‘s nursery program will allow both humans and sea turtles to coexist on the resort’s white sand beach, while also ensuring that future generations of turtles will survive to delight divers when they come together on the reefs. The turtle nursery is now one of the highlights of the resort tour, which is offered to guests each week. Guests are also welcome to visit the nursery at any time on their own.

To learn more about Wakatobi Dive Resort and the Collaborative Reef Conservation Program, check out the resort’s Making a Difference blog.

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Win Lifestyle Divegear from Divesangha Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:27:06 +0000 has teamed up with the amazing new Diver Fashion and Lifestyle Clothing Brand Divesangha to win one of 2 prize packages of T-Shirt, Shorts and Drybag.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.

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Scuba Renaissance With The New Oceanic Omega 3.0 Regulator Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:50:55 +0000

It smells like salt, it smells like home. The Mediterranean Sea that dances around the coast forming many “Calanques” (coves) near Marseilles is the only water around the world that feels like home. This is the place where I first disappeared in the blue, skin diving with my cousin Olivier when we were young. In Carro some 1,000 years after the Romans made it a quarry, I slapped my first tank on to dive over the limestone bottom, getting mesmerized by schools of cuttlefish. The Mediterranean is fierce, you can get out of the harbor in Carry-le-Rouet and have Caribbean flat seas or deal with open ocean conditions similar to the ones in the Channel Islands in California when you get back from diving in Anacapa Island at 4:00 p.m. and the channel is making you regret that hefty bowl of chili you had for lunch. The fast changing conditions due to our tumultuous mistral wind are a good thing for what I’m trying to do: a test dive with the new Oceanic Omega 3.0 regulator.

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The Omega 3.0 with its slick side exhaust combines form and function. While the FDXi pneumatically balanced first stage claims to deliver easy breathing at all depths, the second stage looks like something that could very well be in James Cameron’s next Avatar movie. This piece of gear looks good, but most importantly it belongs to a new era of scuba diving where divers use well-thought-out, comfortable and efficient hydrodynamic equipment.

The Mediterranean Journey

Although we anchored close to the coast, we sat in over 150 feet of depth. The water visibility at 35 to 40 feet is not ideal but is good enough. Surface current is slight, running to the south; we have a line in the back as it makes it safer and easier to organize our two groups.

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My cousin Olivier, our dive leader Lionel and I jump into the water as the other group just surfaced. We drop progressively, following the bottom floor topography to the wall. In what seems like the blink of an eye, we find neutral buoyancy at 155 feet in the darker shades of blue. We shine our lights on the wall and discover a cornucopia of life: majestic sea fans, bright orange sponges and dalmatian nudibranchs.

I slow down my breathing to get closer to a small school of Gilt-head breams. The Omega 3.0 air delivery is smooth, from the surface to 155 feet I felt no real transition in my breathing, just a constant flow of resistance-free air supply. Thanks to the orthopedic mouth piece, it is comfortable but also feels very light in my mouth. I have rarely experienced such constant and balanced air delivery on a dive — bubbles are flying behind me giving way to an undisturbed field of view.

I am a happy diver.

Lionel is doing the lobster dance, mimicking antenna on his hood with one hand while pointing to a small crevasse at the bottom of the wall with the other. Olivier is flashing his light and we now see three familiar critters rocking out to our bubbles. My breathing is so effortless that I suddenly become weary of my air consumption; I check my gauges to find that I still have 1800 Psi. We all do a gauge check and decide to ascend toward shallower pastures. The rest of the dive is mellow, cruising over a shallower reef at 50 feet, swimming in and out of schools of rainbow wrasse. We surface at the boat’s stern some 50 minutes after immersion. We are all happy and excited about the dive but the brisk 57°F water made us hungry for lunch.

It is 3:30 p.m. when we get to the next anchorage in Niolon’s Cove. The wind is getting stronger and seas are rough with whitecaps as far as the eye can see. As we are gearing up and bouncing around the boat, I keep an eye on my cousin’s tank while he puts it on. We decide to stay in one group this time. Our dive is in 60 feet of water, the visibility has dropped and the surface current is stronger than this morning. Lionel insists that we descend following the anchor line and wait at the bottom. One by one we follow our fierce leader down the line. While I wait by the anchor at the bottom, I am greeted by an inconvenienced octopus, noisy bubbles are too much for him and a small cloud of ink later he disappears into the grassy bottom. We start kicking vigorously toward the reef with a deceiving forward thrust, this dive is definitely more physical than the first one.

It is time to put the Omega 3.0 through a heavier workload. As I kick harder into the current, the regulator side exhaust is a nice perk preventing any kind of free-flow. My heavy breathing is not scaring away the pneumatically balanced first stage, on the contrary the Omega 3.0 is stepping up to the plate delivering effortless breathing. After a 25-minute trek around a massive rock, Lionel and I find some protection from the current to admire a beautiful school of anchovies flashing silver lights throughout the water column. We rest there for a moment somewhat hypnotized by the beauty of this underwater ballet. The rest of the group catches up with us as one of the divers is giving us the low on air sign. I am satisfied with my work out with the Omega 3.0, we turn around and head back to the anchor line and end a great day of diving the Mediterranean sea.

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The Hawaiian Experience: Turtle, Shark and Rock’n’Roll

This time it is from the shore and in warmer seas that I decided to challenge the Omega 3.0. Kauai might not be the first destination one might think of when going shore diving, but Whaler’s Cove or “Landings” — the way locals call it — is probably one of the finest shore diving I have ever done. To spice things up, I decided to put the Smith Aerospace X-15 hydrofoil monofin into the equation. I have always been fascinated by underwater hydrodynamics and how to make a human more efficient underwater. Diving with a hydrofoil is a lot more efficient as its energy to forward thrust ratio is far superior to scuba fins. It also helps to lower the holy air consumption and is just plain fun.

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The morning I set out to dive with my girlfriend Brooke, we awoke to a windy day. The Cove is fairly protected from the elements so we knew we could go diving, but we had our doubts on the visibility. Surprisingly, after a few kicks passing the turbidity caused by the river mouth to our backs, we enjoyed 40 feet of visibility. A slight resistance as I inhaled called my attention, I quickly realized I had forgotten to turn the predive switch to dive mode. I rotated the ring next to the second stage and was greeted by a nice and now familiar airflow. Brooke was checking out a Moray eel in the reef so I decided to test out my hydrofoil propulsion. I pressed down on my toes and the upstroke immediately brought some speed. A guitar riff was now playing in my mental playlist; Cake was loud in my mind: “He is going the distance, he is going for speed,” the hydrofoil in motion was working its powerful magic, and I was flying over the reef.

I started to do some heavy kicking and the Omega 3.0 did not miss a breath, effortlessly providing the perfect amount of air while trailing bubbles away from my face to my left side and behind me. By the time I got back to Brooke I had a “I-am-having-fun-with-my-new-toys” smile on my face, I switched gears and resumed to a slower cruising speed as we headed East on the deeper end of the reef.

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Visibility was starting to drop when we had a peekaboo moment with a nice sized white tip shark, and discovered two big green sea turtles hanging out under us on the sea floor, this dive was getting better and better. We continued to cruise the 40 feet deep reef at a gentle pace for a good 50 minutes. The coral wasn’t pristine, which is probably due to the sediments coming from the river mouth but it looked pretty healthy. The reef life was abundant with several baby spotted eels, flowery flounders, green sea turtles and a plethora of tropical fish. We had plenty of air when we decided to surface, but the visibility had dropped below 20 feet and we still had a very busy day of exploration ahead.

“This was a fun dive!” were the first words coming out of Brooke’s deregulated mouth.

I smiled and nodded in agreement, it was an extremely fun dive. Combining the Oceanic Omega 3.0 and the X-15 hydrofoil monofin from Smith Aerospace is a hydrodynamic match made in heaven. We felt lucky as “mama watta” had once again provided a fantastic playground and blessed us with its abundant and colorful marine life.

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The Aftermath

Diving with the new Oceanic Omega 3.0 was a truly enjoyable experience, its small form factor and low drag is in accord with my hydrodynamic diving philosophy.

The pneumatically balanced first stage does breathing wonders at depth and in high workload situations, maintaining a constant breathing effort through any type of situation. The side exhaust design makes for a bubble-free field of vision enhancing the diver’s interaction with the marine environment and making it the perfect regulator for the underwater photographer and videographer.

The build and design are solid and attractive; a detail like the Matflex hose confirms that the Omega 3.0 is made to last. The lightweight second stage with a swivel combined with an orthopedic mouth piece bring the final touch for the Oceanic Omega 3.0 to never leave my dive bag.

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DEEP ANATOMY: Where Freediving and Performance Meet Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:09:45 +0000

The Playground NZ in association with Suunto Vertical Blue 2015 announce the Call For Applications for Deep Anatomya special symposium on Long Island, in the Bahamas in April 2015. Artists, academics, and athletes are invited to participate in a two-week long incubator of new dialogues between extreme sport, performance, and a Caribbean island community. (A  thoughtful format– sensitive to the needs of athletes (and the competition), was designed to ensure the highest level of participation by offering a two-day symposium after the conclusion of  VB2015 such that athletes will be unencumbered of any pressures heightened during the comp.)

The Playground is a performing arts production company in New Zealand with a strong history of initiating and leading cross-over arts projects; such as the annual Performance Arcade on Wellington Waterfront, and the acclaimed art-science collaborations SLEEP/WAKE and The Waking Incubator. Playground director Sam Trubridge will work on Deep Anatomy with his brother William Trubridge: world-record breaking free-diver and director of the annual Vertical Blue freediving championship in The Bahamas. Dubbed by New York Times as “the Wimbledon of free-diving”, this event uses the unique geography of Dean’s Blue Hole as the site for this competition, where athletes step off the sands of a pristine Caribbean beach into 208 meters of water. Artists, athletes, scientists, and academics from around the world are invited to submit proposals to participate in this groundbreaking event, which is included in Fluid States: the Performance Studies International (PSi) #21 circuit of globally dispersed conference events.  Athletes registered in Vertical Blue 2015 can participate for free, but will still need to submit proposals to Deep Anatomy if there is a specific contribution that they want to make to the creative portion of the event.

Stay tuned to DeeperBlue for more updates on this exciting, collaborative development and download the application pdf here if you’d like to offer your submission.

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James Rogers Joins RAID International Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:24:37 +0000

Diver training agency RAID International recently announced that James Rogers has been appointed to the position of Distributor for the U.K. and Malta with responsibility for RAID business development in that region.

Beginning on June 1 and based in Newcastle and London, Rogers has started to work alongside U.K.-based and RAID International Training Director Paul Toomer and the RAID International Team to promote RAID globally, applying his expertise and experience to grow and advance the business of diving, according to a company announcement:

James started diving in 1991, with a Bristol based dive centre and joined PADI in 1993. In addition to being an Open Circuit Instructor, James qualified as a SCR Instructor in 1997. He worked extensively with Douglas Nash, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PADI UK to grow and advance the UK dive market. He served in various positions at PADI including Distribution Co-ordinator, Sales Consultant, Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Field Services and Director UK Business and as such worked directly with most UK dive centres.

James is also well known internationally. In his near 20 year tenure with PADI, James Rogers was a regular attendee at international functions including all the UK Dive Shows and DEMA.

RAID already leads the way with the first fully online training platform; however it’s the redesign of the RAID courses alongside the new executive and key staff acquisitions that is truly exciting for the industry. James said: “RAID is utilising best practises of diver education and delivers a full range of diver training courses in ways never seen before. Simply put, it’s a “must” explore situation for all Dive Centres. Remember RAID speaks to non-divers as only a purely B2C online business model can, and allows its Members to train divers professionally whilst strengthening, not weakening, the dive training experience”.

RAID has the philosophy to build its international and local teams with experience staff that know the business on the ground. So RAID executive now consist of individuals like James who have a wealth of industry understanding and personal energy to serve RAID customers and continue to improve the industry for everyone’s benefit.

Rogers isn’t RAID‘s only recent hire. The company announced earlier this month that Mike Wells (formerly SSI‘s International Training Director of Freediving) would joining them beginning July 1st.

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Alejandro Lemus Wins Olmeca Open and Sets New Freediving Record for Mexico Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:05:39 +0000

This past weekend 30 freedivers descended upon Veracruz, Mexico to particiapte in the Olmeca Open, a pool freediving competition. Many of the athletes put forward strong performances and chief among these was Alejandro Lemus who not only won the competition overall but also achieved a new national record in dynamic-no fins (DNF). Completing a DNF swim of 134 meters with a dive time of three minutes and :13 seconds Lemus improves upon his own record which he set last year.

All of this success for Alejandro comes quickly on the heels of another record-setting performance that he offered in Free Immersion (FIM) at the second annual Caribbean Cup – a depth competition hosted on Roatán where Lemus pushed the Mexican national FIM record down to 85 meters. (Lemus had been hoping to set a deeper Constant Weight record as well but got foiled & frustrated by being a half of a second too slow on executing his surface protocol.)

I am very excited to now be in the select freediving group of athletes who have achieved a dynamic swim of 200+ meters (even though I was not given the title due to a penalty for surface grab), which makes me even more pleased that I successfully achieved a new AIDA Mexican record in dynamic without fins DNF 134 meters! Thanks to all who made possible this!

DeeperBlue congratulates Alejandro on all of his athletic accomplishments.

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Photo © Grant Graves

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