Tag Archive: competition freediving

May 19

Guest Post- Robert Lee: Tales of a competition safety diver

Robert Lee Freedives

Below is a guest post from good friend and safety diver, Robert Lee. Robert has been there for me, and many other divers, during record attempts, competition dives and more. He is one of the best safeties I’ve ever worked with and rescued me during my last blackout, during an unsuccessful record attempt to 83 meters/ …

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Jul 30

Team USA to Battle for Gold at Freediving World Championships

Freediving Team USA competition

“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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Jul 10

Ways to Screw Up a Freedive- Part 1

erin magee freediving national record

It was the first day of the Deja Blue III competition and I was on my way down to 81 meters/266 feet, a new National Record and personal best and the dive felt great. I relaxed and my ears, which had been giving me grief for a few days prior to this record attempt, finally …

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Jun 20

6 Ingredients for The Perfect Freediver


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 19

The 10 Commandments of Freediving

Freediving buddy

Inspired by a recent episode of my favorite radio show, “This American Life” hosted by Ira Glass, I have created my own digestible list of commandments related to our favorite sport.  Ren downloads episodes of this show for me to listen to while we are sailing.  What a swell fella! Never dive alone Obvious right?  …

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Jun 06

Herbert Nitsch in Chamber After Failed Freediving Record Attempt

Herbert Nitsch

Wishing Herbert Nitsch a fast recovery after an unsuccessful attempt to break the World Record in No-Limits today to a depth of 800 feet/ 244 meters. See the full story here: http://www.deeperblue.com/herbert-nitsch-receiving-treatment-after-failed-record-attempt/ See the World Record promotion video and story here:  http://www.deeperblue.com/herbert-nitsch-to-attempt-to-become-worlds-deepest-man/

Jun 04

A Look into the Future of Freediving

With every dive we are trying to find the deeper meaning of freediving.  We feel like part of the elite when we describe our esoteric sport.  We boast to our friends and families about five-plus-minute breath-holds and the meters upon meters that we swim straight down into the belly of Mother Ocean.  They talk about …

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May 29

A Comedic Look at No-Fins Diving by Grant Hogan


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 24

Freediving Blackout- What’s It Really Like?

Joe Blackout

I reached the surface from my 83m/272-foot freedive and vaguely remember hearing the judge shout, “Grab her!” before everything went blank. I was only out for about a second before I came back around, finished my surface protocol, told the judge “I’m okay,” then realized Robert, my safety diver, had ahold of my arm. “Ohh…I …

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May 18

How to Break a Freediving World Record

Ashley CNF 63 Cele sized

I had a lot of success breaking records last year at the Deja Blue II competition in the Cayman Islands.  In fact, I managed to break the national record in the discipline of CNF three times.  Once to 50 meters, once to 55 meters (a pan-American record) and last to 58 meters.  I exceeded, by …

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