Tag Archive: apnea

Jul 31

The Extremes of Freediving Under Pressure

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“Pressure pushing down on me, pushing down on you…” Queen, Under Pressure Pressure affects all of us. It’s inescapable. So as freedivers, in a sport where water pressure compresses the air in our lungs to incomprehensibly tiny volumes and crushes our bodies, we not only have to overcome the hurdles of pressure, but teach our bodies …

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Jul 30

Team USA to Battle for Gold at Freediving World Championships

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“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything,”- Harry S. Truman   And so we send our American freedive team to battle the top athletes in the world for a chance at victory. On Sept. 7 six athletes, three men …

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Jun 20

6 Ingredients for The Perfect Freediver

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When looking at the accomplishments of divers like Natalia Molchanova or Herbert Nitsch, it’s easy to tell ourselves that they’re just freaks. “They must be built for this,” right? But even the greatest of the great freedivers hit roadblocks just like the rest of us. Herbert has had issues with decompression sickness. Natalia has blacked …

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Jun 05

Do Freediving Blackouts Cause Brain Damage?

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I recently wrote a post where I mentioned that blackouts “don’t cause brain damage,” and after some discussion I realize that I have been simplifying a very complicated topic regarding freediving and the associated physiology and research. In response to this I wanted to take a closer look at the results of blackout and the …

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May 29

A Comedic Look at No-Fins Diving by Grant Hogan

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I canʼt count the number of times Iʼve been asked why I choose to dive almost exclusively without fins. Typically I answer confusing questions like this one with blank faced stares or pose questions of my own, like the classic, “Why not?” Generally these tactics donʼt make much in the way of conversation so Iʼve …

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May 17

Stay Alive Freediving

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Yet another freediver has died while recreationally diving in late April of this year. 24-year-old James Alexander blacked out while diving with his brother off Solomon Bay in the US Virgin Islands. You can read the full story here.  Though this story and those like it are terribly sad and tragic, they’re depressingly common. I …

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May 11

Deja Blue III on CNN and Final Results!

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Even after the Deja Blue III competition has come to an end, there’s still lots happening for the athletes and coordinators here in Grand Cayman! Freelance photographer Logan Mock-Bunting attended Deja Blue to photograph the event and after taking some breath-taking photos CNN published a photographic account of the competition. You can see the full …

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May 08

Steve Benson Breaks the US Men’s Static Apnea Record at Deja Blue III!

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Only moments ago freediving competition newcomer Steve Benson broke the US Men’s National Record for Static Apnea with a breath-hold of 7:43! The record was previously held by Bill Graham of Hawaii at 7:39. Steve made the breath-hold look easy and barely showed any sign that the static was anything but pleasant until the very …

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May 08

More Videos from Deja Blue III- Watch Records Fall!

Yes, there’s more! Below are the videos of Grant Hogan, Nick Mevoli and Iru Balic breaking national records! Stay tuned for videos of Ashley and Wes breaking even more records!   Grant Hogan breaks the US Men’s CNF Record with a dive to 71m/ 233 feet     Nick Mevoli breaks the US Men’s CWT …

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May 07

More Records Falling at Deja Blue…

Yes, it’s still happening! More records have fallen! Ashley Chapman broke the World Record for diving to depth without fins to a depth of 65 meters! I’ve been waiting to post until the video was up online, but the internet has made uploading slow so I’ll update you guys here as soon as that’s available, …

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