I have a theory. Some of you may have heard this before, but I’m fairly certain freediving is present in most mainstream movies and television shows these days, and I’m not just talking about movies like The Cove. Though dear to many of our apnea-loving hearts, freediving remains a niche sport, within a larger niche sport (scuba).
Yet even so, the idea of being able to hold your breath for minutes at a time and dive to the bottom of the ocean fascinates and captivates even those who aren’t yet willing to put their heads underwater. Just look at how many people turned up to watch David Blaine hold his breath in a sphere in 2006.
I’m compiled a list of some of my favorite freediving movie/television moments below, but please feel free to post new ones too! Theory and all, I’m still always surprised to hear about some movies that include freediving!
Okay, no big surprise here. Guy has gills. Guy lives in world covered by water. There’s bound to be freediving in that one.
Well, I guess technically it’s not freediving if he’s got gills. Eh, I’ll still count it.
In one episode Charlie attempts to break the world record for breath-holding. Apparently he can hold his breath for seven minutes! (And that’s without training!)
In one of the Harry Potter movies Harry eats “gillyweed” and grows fins and gills. I’ve been on the lookout for gillyweed ever since but I think it’s illegal everywhere except California.
#4- South Park- PiPi’s Splashtown episode
Kyle claims to be able to hold his breath for impressively long times and eventually is told he has to dive to the bottom of a pool of…well, it’s not water…to save everyone in the park! Watch out though, there’s some misinformation about decompression sickness in this episode.
With the world completely flooded John Cusak has to save everyone by freediving into the bowels of the rescue ship to free the main door gears from an entanglement. I think this movie might just be the prequel to #1 on this list, Waterworld.
So there are the first five, but please post more if you know of some! I’m always game to watch some incidental freediving.