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Photo by Roman Castro

Photo by Roman Castro

“The ultimate goal isn’t how long you can stay down and how big a fish you can shoot. The ultimate goal is to get back home safe and alive.” – John Griffith, freediver and spearfisher

 

It was an easy warm-up dive to 51 ft (15.5 m) so the last thing I expected to happen was a lung squeeze. At  first my dive buddies and I were baffled at the blood I coughed up but we all agreed that it was probably just a little sinus squeeze so we began our quarter mile (330 m) swim back to shore. However, I knew something was terribly wrong when I realized that I was having an extremely hard time catching my breath. I wasn’t getting enough oxygen and my body was going into survival mode. Had it not been for a float to kick back in on, calm conditions and dive buddies, I’m positive that making that swim back to shore by myself could have easily cost me my life. It was a rude awakening to what could have happened had I been alone.

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Rescue1CMy gut said, “Don’t do it” and all of the alarms in my head were going off. That’s why I chose to participate in the dive that may have helped two people avoid injury or worse.

One of my freediving friends invited me to go out on a dusk-to-night dive with her and a scuba diver off of a precarious dive spot. I was immediately alarmed because that meant that there would be a solo freediver and a solo scuba diver; a combination that just didn’t sit well with me. Through text messages, I learned that the scuba diver was new to diving and it sounded like the two of them were going to be making the dive with or without me. Something disastrous was brewing and my gut instincts told me that I needed to be there. Continue reading

Ascent1bLIt’s a good sign when you’re diving so much your hair never has a chance to dry. It’s been a while since I last wrote anything but that’s also a good sign that I’ve been in the water a lot. I figured I’d take a break and do a little catching up before the end of the year. With that said, I’ve spent 90% of my in-water time freediving and the rest on scuba, including completing a Rescue Diver course (which I highly recommend!).

A few months ago I was irritated at my lack of progress in freediving and chalked it up to the fact that I couldn’t push limits because I wasn’t diving enough and I wasn’t diving enough because I didn’t have a dive buddy there to keep watch so I could push limits… So, finally I was lucky enough to find someone who turned out to be as passionate about freediving as I am. Long story short, we’ve logged a lot of dives.

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Dive Date Undisclosed

When I woke up, my diving radar told me that I wouldn’t be diving today. Slightly disappointed and a bit skeptical, I put my gear together and drove out to the beach to see for myself. Sure enough, conditions looked sketchy and divers attempting to get past the breakers were coming back in beaten and tired, but glad for their decision. Those that made it past the breakers said that the dive wasn’t even worth the effort as the visibility was sub-par (usually less than 5-7 feet).  IMGP1565

My buddy and I called the dive and I watched in awe as the rest of the morning unfolded. Continue reading

Two Worlds

We lay face down in the water, relaxed, peering through the depths of the ocean, heart slowing, perched on the boundary between two worlds. We inhale one final breath, slipping into the liquid world, fighting the upward pull of the world filled with our cares. We ease into a gentle glide with the ocean’s embrace, enveloping us and pulling us deeper – deeper into ourselves. We are one with the blue. We are freedivers.L3

We may dive for many reasons such as competition, hunting, photography, and almost always pleasure. In my search for knowledge Continue reading

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There is a funny image that pops into my head when I think of freedivers practicing dry static breath-holds and attempting to beat their personal bests. I imagine people on their couch, guys in their boxers and girls with wet toenails (how else do you spend your time waiting for your toes to dry?), holding a stopwatch and turning blue, much to the dismay of loved ones. I call this couch apnea. It makes me chuckle knowing that there could be brother and sister freedivers out there holding their breath with me and cursing the stopwatch just as I do when they take their first breath only to find out that they didn’t get as far as they’d hoped.

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882055_10200860250497697_238959579_oA year ago yesterday we embarked on our journey to the ocean by taking swimming lessons. My best friend had a fear of the water which he overcame by getting in the pool. Today, he’s a confident swimmer who has in one year not only overcome his fear of the water but now eagerly looks forward to the next time he can get in. We went from the pool to snorkeling every weekend and finally getting our scuba diving certifications. Neither of us had spent any time in the ocean in nearly two decades and even then, we’d never go past the surf. Diving is a passion that changed our lives but most importantly, overcoming our fears helped us to accomplish dreams. We encourage you, no matter what it is, to overcome your fears and a whole new world will open up to you. Continue reading

Lessons of the Day #1

I finally got the opportunity to break my personal best of 41′ on one breath. Today, I made it to 52′.
Some things I learned along the way: The ocean is like life, timing is everything – and sometimes timing just sucks and you lose a mask, so deal with it.
The best way to deal with an obstacle, like a giant 6′ wall of water, is to face it head on; ducking and holding on for dear life is acceptable.
Even if things don’t start off quite the way you hoped for, with persistence, you can still reach your goals – just don’t take your eyes off the anchor line or you’ll drift too far away.
52′ is great and I’m definitely ready for 60’+ but I know and respect my limits…Respect your limits – you still have to make it back to tell the story.
And finally, there’s no place like home – the big blue – even in its murkiness.
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Wet Kisses

class6MWWhen I first began my water adventures, I spent every weekend in the ocean snorkeling with my friend and future scuba diving buddy. We were like two alien beings hovering in the sky in their spaceships, looking down on an earth that we couldn’t truly be a part of. Only, our spaceships were 7mm wetsuits (cold Pacific water) and we were looking into the underwater world of the Cove. Continue reading

M1I was terrified that he was terrified. When I looked at him swimming toward me, pale as the moon with his eyes wide in fear, arms flailing and mouth gaping open, I knew I had to do something. I needed to make water fun. Continue reading

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