Saturday, February 4, 2023

321FREEDIVE Conference Day 1 Recap

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Day 1 of the first annual 321FREEDIVE Conference in Cocoa Beach, Florida saw a plethora of speakers discussing various aspects of not just freediving but technical diving as well.

Space Coast Freedivers Founder Jennifer Morgan, who created the conference, introduced each speaker. The organization’s mission is to bring “Freediving Excellence in Education” to the mainstream by providing events, scholarships and support to those that may not otherwise have the accessiblity.

Space Coast Freedivers founder Jennifer Morgan kicks off 321FREEDIVE Conference
Space Coast Freedivers founder Jennifer Morgan kicks off 321FREEDIVE Conference

Tunisian Walid Boudhiaf, who last August set a men’s continental record in the Constant Weight with Bifins discipline, talked about setting and achieving freediving goals.

Wwalid Boudhiaf at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Wwalid Boudhiaf at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Francesca Koe, DeeperBlue.com’s editor at large, talked about her work both in kelp restoration as well as being a competitive freediving judge.

Francesca Koe speaks virtually at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Francesca Koe speaks virtually at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Dr. Antonio Paris talked about his work using scuba diving for scientific research, specifically looking at what appeared to be a meteor impact crater in the waters off Miami, Florida.

Dr. Antonio Paris at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Dr. Antonio Paris at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Scott Flory talked about being a safety freediver during competitions and the equipment he uses to keep athletes safe.

Scott Flory at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Scott Flory at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Woody Alpern discusssed how to plan for technical dives, including cave diving and all the specific equipment he uses as well as prepping for such a dive.

Woody Alpern at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Woody Alpern at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Tanner Pederson talked about how to prepare during the countdown right before a competitive freedive and what to do during the 45-minute period before going underwater.

Tanner Pederson at the 321FREEDIVE Conference
Tanner Pederson at the 321FREEDIVE Conference

Tune in tomorrow for a recap of Day 2, which will feature talks by champion freediver Enchante Gallardo, instructor Ted Harty, DeeperBlue.com founder Stephan Whelan on digital media and marketing, Dr. Bezo Silva on diving medicine and more!

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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