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Listen To ‘JUMP BLUE,’ A BBC Re-Imagining Of Freediving Champion Natalia Molchanova’s Final Dive

Ever wondered what a deep freedive would sound like?

Written by Hannah Silva and narrated by British actress Fiona Shaw (who played Petunia Dursley in the “Harry Potter” films), BBC Radio 3 has produced a hauntingly beautiful audio piece titled “JUMP BLUE,” that recounts a 101-meter/331-foot dive by freediving legend Natalia Molchanova.

“JUMP BLUE” also re-imagines Molchanova‘s final dive, who tragically disappeared during a dive off the Spanish coast in August 2015.

The producers interviewed many of the world’s leading freedivers to make the audio play, including Natalia‘s son Alexey Molchanov, Wiliam Trubridge, Ashley Chapman, Sara Campbell, Herbert Nitsch and others.

Shaw narrates:

“Now I am holding the moment, a strange sensation of inevitable love. There must be something I should remember, should try to hold onto, to take me back up.”

Ashley Chapman said this about the audio play:

“The immersive experience reminded me of why I freedive. And the voice…wow! That was pretty awesome.”

Herbert Nitsch sent his “congratulations on a great broadcast honoring the magnificent Natalia.”

The 20-minute program is an immersive listening experience which takes the listener down to 101/331ft, and is also an exploration of freediving from the perspective of the freediver.

To listen to the program, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at 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.