What do freedivers do for a living? Is it possible to make money freediving? Do freedivers rely on donations to survive? Do freedivers work in the real world? I’ve been asked these questions so many times that I decided to make a film about it. I recently completed a freediving teacher course in Bali and have never been more excited about the freediving industry and where the sport is headed, so here are my thoughts! I also show you what goes on behind the scenes when creating freediving content.
Freediving, also known as freediving, freediving, free diving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving, is a type of underwater diving that involves holding one’s breath till resurfacing rather of using scuba gear.
Aside from breath-hold constraints, freediving depths and duration are limited by physiological consequences such as immersion in water and exposure to high ambient pressure.
Traditional fishing techniques, competitive and non-competitive freediving, competitive and non-competitive spearfishing, freediving photography, synchronized swimming, underwater football, rugby, hockey, underwater target shooting, and snorkeling are all examples of freediving activities. Competitors strive to achieve large depths, times, or distances on a single breath in a variety of “competitive apnea” sports.
With the exception of the occasional usage of reeds and leather breathing bladders, freediving without the use of mechanical gear was the only option in ancient times. Decompression sickness and blacking out during a breath hold were issues that the divers experienced, just as they do today. Ancient tribes used freediving to acquire food, harvest resources like sponge and pearl, restore sunken valuables, and aid war battles.
Since at least the time of Plato, freedivers have been harvesting natural sponges near the Greek island of Kalymnos.