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Mehgan Heaney-Grier To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Her Record-Setting Freedive This Week

If you ever wanted a chance to chat with badass freediver Mehgan Heaney-Grier, you’ll get your chance this week.

This coming Friday will be the 20-year anniversary of Heaney-Grier‘s setting the first-ever U.S. freedive record for both men and women in the USA.

In the waters off the Florida Keys in 1996, Heaney-Grier dove to 155 feet/47 meters on a single breath of air.

To celebrate the anniversary, and in preparation for the release of Season Two of her Discovery Channel hit series “Treasure Quest: Snake Island” that premieres November 4, 2016, Heaney-Grier will be streaming live on her Facebook page this Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10pm U.S. Eastern time.

During the live Q&A session, she will be take questions from fans about freediving, her record dives, and the upcoming “Treasure Quest” season.

Mehgan Heaney-Grier will be chatting on Facebook this week.
Mehgan Heaney-Grier will be chatting on Facebook this week.

An original inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, Mehgan grew up in the Florida Keys and was just out of high school and working as a fashion model at the time of her record-setting freedive. Shortly after, she had guest-starring appearances on television shows like the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Baywatch,” and feature articles in publications such as Life, People and Outside Magazines.

Reflecting on her record, Heaney-Grier says:

“It was all such an exciting time! I was just a kid, but was very dedicated and set out on a mission to push my limits, to really see how far I could go. I learned so much about myself from the whole experience — my strength, determination, and my undeniable passion for the ocean and adventure. It really set the course for my life.”

Mehgan works as the “Treasure Quest” Expedition Team Divemaster and Anthropologist in search of lost Incan gold in the waters of South America.

Check out the video below of her record-setting dive, and go to her Facebook page on Friday to take part in the chat. You can also read a brief interview Heaney-Grier did with last year in the days leading up to the premiere of “Treasure Quest” here.

20-Year Anniversary of my 155' Record Freedive - a first for the USA!

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.


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