Posted by: bluesyemre | May 15, 2020

#Freedive videos by #DaanVerhoeven

Sofía Gómez Uribe is a Colombian world record holding freediver. She has a freediving school in Dominica called Blue Element, where we made this video. She dropped down to around 60 feet and ran back up. See more of Sofía here:

Music is ‘Nosebleed’ by Tomas Herudek.

Cenotes are a unique and delicate eco-system and deserve a respectful touch. We shot this video on breath hold with minimal equipment in several cenotes over several days and for each different one, we asked permission of the owner and whether we could touch the environment or not. In some cases, it was clear it was just rock or sand or sunken trees, but some looked liked stalactites – which are fragile and should not be touched. Turns out most of these were petrified stalactites, which had become solid rock and were fine fine to touch, long as we were mindful. In general, though, of course it’s best not to touch anything when swimming (or running) in environments you don’t know well. We tried to inform ourselves best we could and when in doubt, we stayed well clear of formations we weren’t sure about – it’s obviously not worth risking a unique environment for a video. Sofía Gómez Uribe is a world record holding freediver and highly trained athlete; probably best not to try and recreate this without serious training, and the type of safety in place that we had. Music is “Brash Gentleman” by Tomas Herudek.

William Trubridge is a world record holding freediver, the deepest man in the category without fins. This is footage from 2014, when he was training to break his record. William trains in Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. Find out more about William here: Filmed on breath hold by Daan Verhoeven Music is ‘Molecule’ by Michael FK

In times of reality seeming grey, you can focus on your most colourful dream. Sofía Gómez Uribe is a Colombian freediving champion and world record holder. You can find more about her here: Alena Konecna is a Czech freediving champion and world reccord holder. You can find more about her here: The music is by Bruno Bavota from his new album ‘Get lost’, the song is called ‘(dis)connected’. His website is here: Shot on breath hold by Daan Verhoeven

Professional freediver Stig Pryds explains why he loves doing what most people would think is very, very scary. Music by Henrik Johannessen find his youtube here… The dive site is Canyon, in Dahab, Egypt. Safety divers are Sun Young Kim and Diana Garcia Benito. Logistics by Dahab Freedivers Filmed on breath hold by Daan Verhoeven

Afa Zhang ( ) is a freediver, dancer, underwater performer, and mermaid. During the Infinity Depth Games in Cyprus he attempted a 30 meter/ 100 feet dive by AIDA standards. As far as i know (but it’s hard to find data on this), it’s the deepest dive ever attempted by one of the merfolk. Music is ‘See me fly’ by Roza.

Cenotes are a delicate eco-system, connecting Mexico’s groundwaters to the ocean. They feed much of the Yucatán province by an inter-connected link of caves and underground rivers. They are under threat being polluted by pesticides and fertilisers. More information about how you can help is here: The Cenote is played by Camila Jaber Music is by Iván Rodríguez Expósito…

Alice Hickson is a 30 year old mental health practitioner from Bristol, and a freedive instructor. She has set all the UK pool records, but up till now hasn’t had a chance to explore her potential for depth freediving. This is why she came to Cyprus, to the Infinity Depth Games, where within a week she broke the UK depth record for Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) twice, first with a dive to 57, then to 60 meters. The previous record of 56 meters stood for 12 years and was set by Sara Campbell. Music is ‘Dive’ by Phototaxis Camera by Daan Verhoeven

Blue sharks are listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN Red List. This is mostly due to them being bycatch in the fishing industry. The species actually poses no threat to humans, and it is very rare that bites occur. As such, they are generally safe to swim with, and to show the world their beauty and their plight for survival, the people of organise trips to dive with this beautiful creature. More information on shark conservation can be found here: Shot on Gopro and Insta360: Music is ‘Blue Ocean’ by Runar Blesvik

Freediver and author Anna Von Boetticher exploring 2 cenotes in Yucatan, Mexico. One cenote is Angelita, a famous spot in Tulum, the other one is a lesser known one we’ve been asked to keep secret. As always when interacting with the environment, we asked local authorities what we could and could not do, so as not to damage these special places. All exploration and filming was done on breath hold, under strict supervision of professionals. Our guide and safety in Angelia was the excellent El Matt: Music is ‘Blue’ by Loya.

Sayuri Kinoshita was a world record holding freediver. Here she dives into Dean Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas, where the sand off the beach can drop 200 meters down into an underwater cavern. Sayuri died in Okinawa on Monday the 15th of July 2019 after a fall. Music is Falling Stars by Martin Puehringer.

During the last day of the Infinity Depth Games in Larnaca, Cyprus, freediver Pavlos Kourtellas of Infinity Freediving Cyprus dove to 75 meters with a monofin, and set a new national record for Cyprus.

The USAT Liberty is a wreck off the coast of Bali. Freedivers Marese Secades and Georgina Miller explored it during Adam Stern’s deep Week. Music is by Fjodor. Camera by Daan Verhoeven.

Freediver Anna Von Boetticher swims in Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas. Music by Fons Beijer

Exploring the caves of Kardamyli, and the relationships between fear and love, while freediving.

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