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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.

Welcome to the static wall. Continue reading

Evolving Back to the Water

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There is nothing quite like looking into the eyes of someone who is sharing their last dive adventure and seeing the sparkle of passion light up their soul. That sparkle (sometimes coupled with a far-off, dreamy stare) was one of the first things I noticed when talking to scuba divers about their fervor for the water and the things in it. The second thing I noticed was that there was something about that enthusiasm that went deeper and drew me further into their eyes than when I spoke to anyone else about their favorite pastime. Continue reading

Crystal freediving

PADI free diving school based on Koh Tao, Thailand

SpearoBlog

chronicling the scuba and freediving love affair with the ocean

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Our present day adventures while we plan our sailing adventure

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