Episodes

  • Rami Bladlav is a top level athlete in Static Apnea competing for Sweden. He is nearing the 10 minute breath-hold mark.
    Today we talk about his journey from Iraq, to Mixed Martial Arts, to his passion for long breath-holding performances.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Rami is originally from Iraq, but grew up in Iran, then moved to Sweden at age 10/11
    Rami started sport with football, then eventually mixed martial arts.
    What is it like to be a fighter?
    Rami's fighting history.
    Rami has two young daughters.
    How did he come to discover freediving?
    Rami started off with a 187m DYN!
    He now focuses mainly on static apnea.
    Are there any similarities between STA and MMA?
    Did triathlon help with freediving, STA, lung capacity?
    Rami had a 9.5l lung capacity after packing last time he tested.
    Why static?!
    A question from Freediving Journal co-host Jordy Duncan about drive and motivation?
    Some chat about Rami's training methodology.
    Shout out to Erika Shagatay, episode #
    Shout out to Valdemar Karlsson
    How did Rami injury his breathing muscles with packing?
    Shout out to Akim Ladhari.
    How many times does he pack and how?
    Advice for those wishing to improve their statics.
    Rami's thoughts on hyperventilation.
    Thoughts on food and nutrition.
    Best supplements for STA.
    Rami's interesting mental strategies for dealing with long statics.
    Another question from Jordy about plans after the World Championships.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS
    Rami's biggest influences.
    Why does he freedive?

  • Guillaume Néry is one of the most iconic figures in the freediving world. A World Champion, world record achiever and a filmmaker who has introduced the underwater world and freediving to millions.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Guillaume grew up next to the sea in Nice, France.
    Does going naked in the bed improve breath hold ability?
    Meeting Claude Chapuis, his mentor.
    Remembering Loïc Leferme
    Pioneers of the freediving world.
    How were the big dives performed back in the day?
    Guillaume's current approach to depth progression.
    Guillaume's changing approach to training over the years.
    The universal understandings of the elite level freediver.
    The full story of Guillaume's 139m dive and accident in Cyprus in 2015.
    Why did Guillaume retire from competition after that incident?
    Is Guillaume Nery really back on the freediving competition scene?
    A question from Patreon supporter Maria about Guillaume's pool diving.
    Why don't we like pool training?!
    A question from Patreon supporter David about achieving relaxation and CO2 tolerance during filming videos.
    How involved in the artistic process is Guillaume when making videos with his former wife Julie Gautier.
    Guillaume has recently released a new book: Nature Aquatique, currently only available in French.
    Coral Gardeners video and ocean conservation work Guillaume is doing now, and what we can do about the issue of ocean degradation.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    Time and relaxation.
    Why does he freedive?
    Shout outs to Claude Chapuis and Loïc Leferme.

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  • Lily Crespy is a former molecular biologist turned freediving coach and instructor. She has represented France several times as an athlete in freediving competitions and is part-owner of the world famous Dahab Freedivers school.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Lily is from France.
    An accidental discovery of freediving, from pharmaceutical company to the ocean.
    Apnea Total on Koh Tao and a broken leg with a nice boy.
    Shout out to Julia Mouce at Apnea Bali.
    Shout out to JP from Freediving Planet and Thibault Guignes at Freedive HQ back in the day.
    The story of Stephen Keenan and his tragic passing from Lily's perspective who was there at the time on 22 July, 2017.
    Alessia Zecchini's attempted crossing of the arch at Dahab.
    How has safety improved at the Blue Hole in Dahab since this accident?
    Lily's own depth journey and taking part in competitions.
    Why did Lily decide to move from Dahab back to France?
    The therapeutic possibilities of freediving.
    EMDR as treatment for PTSD.
    How Lily is trying to integrate PTSD treatment with freediving experiences.
    Why is it so damn hard to teach freediving in France?
    About Enki, Lily's coaching services: www.enki-coaching.com
    Why not go to Corsica?
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - PATREON EXCLUSIVE
    Thanks to some special people.
    Why does Lily freedive?

  • Today we are joined by Croatian athlete Lidija Lijic.

    Lidija is a 5 x world record holder, a World and European champion, a pilot, a climber, a mountaineer, an architect, a motivational speaker and a Sea Shepherd ambassador.

    The strength of the Croatian athletes in freediving is well known, Lidija is not an exception. We talked about her Jump Blue Days, running up mountains with a snorkel in your mouth, an incredible project in the Himalayas with Vitomir Maricic, her love of sport climbing and her possible plans for this years Vertical Blue....

    In this episode we discuss:

    Donny's first depth competition experience.
    New podcast incoming ... The Freediving Journal
    Course dates for Donny's Dahab trip.
    Lidija is from Split, Croatia.
    Starting to train freediving in Italy.
    Becoming part of the Croatian national team.
    Lidija has been competing for about 15 years.
    The super-high level of Croatian freediving athleticism.
    Competing back in the Jump Blue days!
    Lidija is a glider pilot.
    She works as an architect in the boat-building business.
    Another of Lidija's hobbies is serious alpine climbing!
    About running up mountains with a snorkel in the mouth.
    About a project with Vitomir Maricic, freediving in the Himalayas.
    After a pause Lidija is getting back into training for big performances.
    Is she also into depth?
    What complementary training supports freediving? Sport climbing is a big part of it.
    Thoughts about nutrition. Lidija is a vegetarian.
    Lidija's environmental work and work she does with Sea Shepherd.
    About Lidija's work as an architect on super luxury yachts.|
    What interests does she have outside of freediving?
    Lidija is planning to go to Vertical Blue in 2022.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    Options for coaching and workshops with Lidija.
    Motivational speeches and lectures.
    Why does she freedive?

  • Stig Severinsen has a degree in biology and a Ph.D. in medicine. He began experimenting with holding his breath as a child at the bottom of his parents’ pool.

    Stig has played underwater rugby at an elite level, he's been a freediving world record holder, he's broken a few Guinness world records, he was the first to break the 20m breath hold barrier on pure O2 among other feats of human endurance, and now he works on spreading the word about his system Breatheology, a set of tools and techniques derived from 3 specific areas;

    The art and science of breath control and yogaResearch on human physiology and neurologyModern sport exercise training and FLOW psychology.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Stig's been on Youtube and using the internet for education and spreading his work for a long time.
    Stig's background and how he grew up and got into the underwater world.
    The wonderful worlds of underwater hockey and underwater rugby.
    Stig's early friendship with Carlos Coste.
    Is Stig still keeping up with the contemporary freediving scene?
    Shout out to Johan Thelaus
    Reminiscences on the 'Golden Age' of freediving.
    Shout out to Umberto Pelizzari.
    What kind of training methods did Stig and friends discover back in the day?
    Attitudes to training these days.
    Early experimentation with nutrition.
    Stig has achieved many firsts including the first 20 minute breath-hold (pure oxygen assistance).
    What is Breatheology?
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive

  • On today's show is Jennifer Wendland, Jennifer is a current World Record-holding freediver from Germany and unless anything has changed since we recorded this interview two months ago, currently holds all of the German national records, and has done for quite a long time!

    We talk about how she manages to balance training as a top-level athlete while working a regular human job, we compare athletes of other sports and talk about what challenges she faced over the years and how she overcame them.

    The preamble to this episode contains a rant by Donny about politics and sport and references the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the country of Taiwan. If you are easily triggered by these topics then please skip to 13:39 to start the interview.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Jennifer is from Germany.
    A bit of a background in competitive swimming, underwater rugby.
    Was underwater rugby popular in Germany?
    Does underwater rugby help with freediving?
    Hypoxia in underwater rugby?
    Jennifer had all the German national records at the time of recording!
    Shout out to Only One Apnea Centre and Marco Nones.
    Trying to link professional life to professional freediving.
    Jennifer works for an energy company.
    A bad experience in Dahab and the resultant water-fear.
    Equalisation has been the main challenge.
    Otovents, EQ tools and equalisation exercises.
    Shout out to Martin Zajac (Episode #71)
    The potential of freedivers who are trained from a very young age.
    How does Jennifer structure her training year?
    Jennifer's take on nutrition.
    Comparisons with top-level triathletes and the importance of improving the engine in the chest.
    Jennifer has never had any problem with her lungs (good flexibility and caution).
    Does being a world record holder increase her stress level?
    Jennifer enjoys cycling, board games and reading in her free time, but doesn't have much free time!
    The politics of CMAS/ German freediving system, etc.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS
    Shout outs to Andreas Pap, Marco Nones and Martin Zajac

  • On today's show we are talking to Mr 10 minutes himself, Florian Dagoury.

    Florian is French freediver with more than 10 years experience in the sport and has reached in these last few years, the amazing performance of 10 minute in static apnea, his chosen discipline - a performance that very few in the world have achieved.

    Florian is based in Thailand, from where he joins me today. We'll hear about his journey as a freediver, his work in Thailand with his school Blue Immersion and how COVID has affected business there.

    We talk about the myocarditis he developed after his COVID vaccinations and how it has affected his athletic, breath-hold performances and we give advice to budding static apneists on how they can best improve their breath-hold times.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Florian was in Thailand for the recording, where has lived for 10 years.
    He started freediving at Blue Immersionm on Koh Tao, and eventually took over from Akim Ladhari.
    How are courses happening now during these tough COVID times?
    Florian is from France, in the suburbs of Paris.
    How did Flo come to focus on Static?
    Deep diving in Song Hong Lake, Thailand.
    Did Flo have a great static in the beginning, or did he have to train himself up from a more average performance?
    He hardly takes any days off from training static!
    Did he engage in much sport before he discovered freediving?
    Florian has achieved more than 10:30 minutes in static.
    The COVID vaccine, myocarditis story.
    There is no anti-vaccination message here.
    How did a previous bout of COVID affect future freediving performances?
    What 'official' protocol was followed to heal from the myocarditis?What is a typical week of training like for Flo at the moment?
    Training almost every day in static?
    Experience with over-training.
    Florian's method of pre-dive 'light' hyperventilation.
    3 best pieces of advice to improve your static and bonus!
    Nutrition and the crazy weight loss/fasting involved in the biggest performances.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS plus what Donny thinks of the French and how was it being featured on the world's biggest podcast?
    How to get in touch with Florian.
    Shout outs to Branko Petrovich, Aharon Solomons, Eric Fattah and his girlfriend.

  • Petar Klovar is a World Record breaking Croatian competitive freediver. In the 2022 CMAS World Championships he dived an incredible 92m in CNF (Constant Weight No Fins).

    In this episode we discuss:

    Is Croatia trying to take over the freediving world?
    Petar has gone from 70 to 90+ metres in 2 years of CNF!!
    He has a good background in swimming.
    Petar is from the coastal city of Rijeka in Croatia.
    Gym training for appearance and a spell in kickboxing.
    How has focusing on freediving affected Petar's physique.
    How did he get into freediving as a sport.
    What have been the highlights of Petar's freediving career so far?
    How much deeper can Petar go? He has his sights on the world record!
    How does the dolphin kick advantage or disadvantage Petar on his dives?
    What were Petar's equalisation problems and what did he do to overcome them?
    The value of daily dry equalisation practices.
    How is Petar preparing for the next season?
    Petar's experience with COVID19 and the after effects.
    What does Petar do in his 'normal human life'?
    Follow Petar's girlfriend's IG page for tattoo art! @ana_petko_witch
    Petar's take on nutrition.
    His experience with lung squeezes and the reasons for them.
    How he spends his free time.
    He and Ana both love bouldering.
    Find out more about coaching from Petar at adriaticfreediving.com
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    Shout out to Petar's supporters.
    Why does he freedive?

  • On today's show we have a Freedive Cafe favourite returning to the show. Founder of Immersion Freediving and the Freedive Live Podcast, Ted Harty came back and we had a conversation sharing some of our experiences and advice regarding the instruction of freediving.

    So this episode may offer up some helpful or insightful information for new or aspiring freediving instructors and my even hold a few gems for experienced instructors too.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Ted has moved to Georgia!
    About the 2022 Freedive Live Summit
    Conversing on the art of instruction:
    Walk through the first open water session.
    Pre-dive session briefings.
    Saving money by not losing gear!
    The surface buoyancy test/surface safety test.
    Randomising rescue practices.
    Safety and equipment checks done before and during the session.
    The biggest beginner instructor mistake.
    How do you cope with student anxiety and water fear?
    A question from Patron Andrea Claussen... How do you deal with students who lack patience and have a tendency to push too hard (and risk injuries)?
    Managing varying abilities during a course, one student going ahead of another...
    What are some ways to make the whole experience more fun for the student?
    Why we're not covering EQ in this conversation.
    Managing student expectations.
    What separates a good instructor from a great one?

  • MT Solomons is a link to the early days of deep freediving before the modern competition era, along with her partner at the time Aharon Solomons they were there in the time of Pipin and Audrey, Umberto Pelizzari and Davide Carrera, a young Martin Stepanek was around, Kirk Crack, Tanya Streeter, a whole host of freediving royalty, a time when things were simpler in the world and also in freediving, when freediving was still very exploratory and deep diving logistics and training were being figured out as they went along.

    You'll also hear about the shared history I discovered I had with MT and Aharon with a place called Agios Pavlos in southern Crete in Greece, which blew my mind, and then we'll move on to talk about MT's life in Baja, Mexico, where she is running unique freediving training courses and we talk about her experiences with plant medicines and the ultimate potential of the deep diver outside of just training and performances.

    In this episode we discuss:


    MT was back in the UK for the holiday season when we spoke.
    About the Huniquin people, Ayahuasca ceremonies.
    How MT discovered freediving.
    Our shared history of Crete, Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Derek Ireland and shout out to Helen and Phil at Yoga Rocks.
    https://www.yogaholidaysgreece.com
    How Aharon Solomons introduced her to freediving in Crete.
    Diving with a yellow submarine!
    The days of early deep diving with Pipin Ferreras, Martin Stepanek,Umberto Pelizzari, Davide Carrera and Tanya Streeter.
    How MT got started in Mexico.
    The ecology and weather of the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez.
    How diving works in MT's area and the experience on offer.
    MT's relationship with plant medicine and how that experience ties in to the experience of freediving.
    The deeper experience of freediving and the possibilities of deep human diving.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - PATREON EXCLUSIVE

  • World Record Holder Vitomir Maričić returns to The Freedive Cafe to answer the legendary Training Talk questions!

    We also discuss his experiences with nitrogen narcosis and decompression illness.

    The Training Talk Questions are:

    What is your favourite freediving discipline and why?
    Do you have a coach and who do you train with?
    Do you periodise your training through the year?
    What kind of dry training do you do?
    Do you have a dry EQ practice, if so, what kind of exercises?
    Describe your favourite pool training sessions, if you train in the pool.
    How do you structure depth training sessions and how does it change through the year or the season?
    What are you doing, in your mind, in the 2 minutes before your deep dives?
    Do you do warm up? How? Or why not?
    Do you pack? How many times?
    At what depth do you begin your freefall?
    Do you count your kicks or strokes?
    Hands up or down on the ascent?
    Do you exhale before surfacing or remove the noseclip before surfacing?
    Do you do recovery or hook breathing?
    What is your experience with narcosis and how do you deal with it?
    Have you ever experienced decompression related symptoms?
    Do you drink coffee, alcohol or smoke?
    What is the one piece of nutrition advice you would give?
    Do you take any supplements?
    What lifestyle or mindset change helped you improve more than anything else? Which person, or persons have influenced your own approach to freediving the most?
    What do you like to do on rest days and do you have any strategies to speed up your recovery? Describe your deepest dive in detail.
    What is your favourite memory so far from your freediving journey?
    What was the best place you ever freedived?



  • Originally aired on Thrivers Podcast exactly one year ago, in this fascinating interview we discuss James Nestor's latest book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.

    James Nestor originally appeared on episode #19 of The Freedive Café when we discussed his previous book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How did the Coronavirus situation affect the release and promotion of the book?
    Was James nervous to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast?
    What is the basic premise of Breath?
    What is the scientific backing for the information in the book?
    Why is mouth breathing so detrimental to health?
    The experiment documented in the book which James took part in with Anders Olssen.
    Traditional Native American views on mouth breathing.
    Practical advice on how to work with nose breathing.
    The earliest modern pulmonauts.
    Why should we be breathing LESS, rather than MORE!
    Link to Patrick McKeown interview on The Freedive Cafe Podcast.
    The story of Emil Zátopek.
    All about breathing slow and the 5.5 second rule.
    The importance of chewing your food properly!
    The right time and place for hyperventilation.
    Can CO2 be breathed for therapeutic reasons and to treat anxiety?
    What interesting titbits didn’t make it into the book?
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS! Patreon Exclusive.
    James has another idea for a book!
    How can people find out more about James and his books?

  • Chris McKay was Chief of Safety at the 2021 AIDA World Championships in Cyprus and runs Freedive Tulum in Mexico.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How was Chris' whole experience of the AIDA WC 2021 in Cyprus?
    Did the issue with Taiwan flag negatively affect the athletes?
    Chris is from Queensland in Australia.
    A start in freediving through spearfishing.
    Enjoying depth but not competing.
    Comparing freediving to climbing.
    Chris came from a safety and rescue training background, working in adventure tourism.
    Talking about organising safety at Vertical Blue.
    Which competition memories stand out most for Chris.
    Remembering Sayuri Kinoshita.
    How has the safety situation changed over the years in freediving competitions?
    Identifying potential problems with divers and predicting possible negative dives.
    Chris' most challenging experiences during comps.
    Is there anything missing from rescue techniques in freediving education?
    A Patreon question from Mauricio about 'bad spots'.
    A Patreon question from Kai about rescue techniques.
    A Patreon question from Jan about becoming certified as a safety diver.
    A Patreon question from Christian about safety divers not taking part in competitions.
    Shout out to Linda Paganelli.
    A Patreon question from rescue swimmer Dalen about diving alone.
    About Chris' set up in Tulum, Mexico.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    How to get in touch with Chris?
    Freedive Tulum

  • Tom Peled is a breath coach and freediving coach from Tel Aviv, Israel. Join us for this fascinating conversation on the power of the breath, working with trauma, helping athletes to their peak performance and much more.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Shout out to Madison and Alice Modolo
    Tom is from Tel Aviv, Israel
    He joined the Navy when he was 18 and eventually became a scuba instructor.
    Discussing the diving conditions off the coast of Israel.
    Did Tom get involved in the competitive scene?
    Meeting up with Aharon Solomons!
    The research phase begins...
    How Tom's teaching methodology developed.
    How does Tom define breathwork and how is it applied?
    Helping victims of trauma with breathwork.
    Inspiration from the oxygen advantage method.
    How breathwork is integrated into the athlete's training strategy.
    Hypoventilation and reduced breathwork.
    When complementary training is and isn't useful.
    Tom's thoughts on the benefits of running.
    What a year of training would look like?
    Respiratory health, treating asthma, COPD with breath work.
    Tom's take on respiratory training devices.
    Tom's thoughts on supplementation, what is garbage and what is worth taking? Creatine, beta alanine, citrulline, NAC, ashwagandha.
    Mental work, long distance athlete's mentality.
    Talking about the 2 minutes before the dive, the "breathe-up".
    Hyperventilation - is it always bad?
    How to get in touch with Tom and get some coaching.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    Tom's plans for the future.
    Why does he freedive?

  • Julia Mouce, Freedive Cafe favourite returns for her fourth appearance!

    Julia is the owner of Apnea Bali freediving school on the island of Bali, Indonesia and one of the most highly regarded professional freediving coaches in the world.

    Today we focus on the art of instructing freediving, from the beginning level, to coaching athletes at the top of their game.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Discussing the AIDA World Championships in Cyprus.
    Advice for instructors:
    Don't talk too much!
    Always say something positive.
    Don't get too serious with the students.
    Dive with your students.
    Don't discuss theory on the buoy.
    The value of putting the students feet first.
    Advice for coaching those struggling with EQ.
    Tips on coaching duck dives.
    Developments in freediving as a sport.
    Coaching and its value.
    Training smart and training silly.
    How negative performances can influence future performances.
    Finding the right coach to suit your personality.
    Don't be too proud as a coach.
    About the current situation for Apnea Bali and Julia in Bali.
    About Julia's coaching services.
    Julia still has a few coaching spaces left!

  • Fatima Korok is a World Champion freediver from Hungary.

    She first appeared on the show on Episode #110 and now returns to dig deep into her training methods with a special Training Talk episode.

    The Training Talk questions are:

    What is your favourite freediving discipline and why?
    Do you have a coach and who do you train with?
    Do you periodise your training through the year?
    What kind of dry training do you do?
    Do you have a dry EQ practice, if so, what kind of exercises?
    Can you handsfree? How deep?
    Describe your favourite pool training sessions, if you train in the pool.
    How do you structure depth training sessions and how does it change through the year or the season?
    What are you doing, in your mind, in the 2 minutes before your deep dives?
    Do you do warm up? How? Or why not?
    Do you pack? How many times?
    At what depth do you begin your freefall?
    Do you count your kicks or strokes?
    Hands up or down on the ascent?
    Do you exhale before surfacing or remove the noseclip before surfacing?
    Do you do recovery or hook breathing?
    What is your experience with narcosis and how do you deal with it?
    Have you ever experienced decompression related symptoms?
    Do you drink coffee, alcohol or smoke?
    What is the one piece of nutrition advice you would give?
    Do you take any supplements?
    What lifestyle or mindset change helped you improve more than anything else?
    Which person, or persons have influenced your own approach to freediving the most?
    What do you like to do on rest days and do you have any strategies to speed up your recovery?
    Describe your deepest dive in detail.
    What is your favourite memory so far from your freediving journey?
    What was the best place you ever freedived?

  • On today’s show we have another amazing girl joining us, you know the girls are really the ones leading the way in terms of exciting freediving these days, and Alice Modolo of France is no exception.
    This year at the famous Vertical Blue competition she achieved the first ever 100m dive for a french female athlete and topped that off with a CMAS world record in CWT bifins with a dive to 95m.
    Alice has had a long and interesting journey in freediving, at one point giving up the sport for several years to focus on her career, then ultimatley giving up her career to focus on the sport. We’ll hear all about the process she has gone through to bring her mind, her breath and her body into alignment with what is necessary to be a world record making freediving athlete.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How it’s more complicated to teach freediving in France.
    A good performance at the French Championship and great year at Vertical Blue for Alice.
    Hats off to Alenka Artnik.
    Alice is from France and started freediving when she was 23 years old.
    Seasickness and issues with the water.
    Taking a 4 year break from freediving to pursue her professional career.
    Coming back stronger than ever.
    Alice is a dentist, but quit her job to pursue freediving!
    The benefits of working with a mental trainer for athletes.
    The influence of trauma on your performance as an athlete.
    Deep freediving is also facing fears and facing death.
    Shout out to one of Alice’s coaches Tom Peled.
    Talking about yoga for flexibility.
    Strength training is important but softness and relaxation is more important.
    The importance of not overtraining and focusing on the specific training needed.
    Alice’s approach to food and nutrition.
    What does Alice do in her free time?
    The impact of working with Federico Mana on her equalisation skills.
    A question from Patreon supporter Marc Sodoyer.
    A question from Patreon supporter Joshua about her mask/goggle set up?
    Shout out to Stavros Kastrinakis at Freediving Club Greece.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - PATREON EXCLUSIVE SECTION
    Another question from patron Marc!
    Why does Alice freedive?



  • Gary McGrath is and English competitive freediver. His first appearance was episode #109.

    This is a Training Talk episode. The Training Talk questions are:

    What is your favourite freediving discipline and why?
    Do you have a coach and who do you train with?
    Do you periodise your training through the year?
    What kind of dry training do you do?
    Do you have a dry EQ practice, if so, what kind of exercises?
    Describe your favourite pool training sessions, if you train in the pool.
    How do you structure depth training sessions and how does it change through the year or the season?
    What are you doing, in your mind, in the 2 minutes before your deep dives?
    Do you do warm up? How? Or why not?
    Do you pack? How many times?
    At what depth do you begin your freefall?
    Do you count your kicks or strokes?
    Hands up or down on the ascent?
    Do you exhale before surfacing or remove the noseclip before surfacing?
    Do you do recovery or hook breathing?
    What is your experience with narcosis and how do you deal with it?
    Have you ever experienced decompression related symptoms?
    Do you drink coffee, alcohol or smoke?
    What is the one piece of nutrition advice you would give?
    Do you take any supplements?
    What lifestyle or mindset change helped you improve more than anything else?
    Which person, or persons have influenced your own approach to freediving the most?
    What do you like to do on rest days and do you have any strategies to speed up your recovery?
    Describe your deepest dive in detail.
    What is your favourite memory so far from your freediving journey?
    What was the best place you ever freedived?

  • Claire Paris is a competitive freediver and professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her research is dedicated to biological oceanography and ocean conservation and we'll go into that in detail in the show. If you wanted to know how pelagic fish begin their lives or what the difference is between phytoplankton and zoo plankton and how important they both are to the health of the planet, you'll find that out too.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How was Claire's experience at Vertical Blue this year (2021)?
    Claire is originally from the south of France.
    A quick detour into the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton.
    Claire is currently a professor of marine science at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
    Donny is not a scientist, he's a dumbass.
    Talking about the Splash Facility in Miami.
    How Claire is teaching young marine scientists to freedive in order to do their research, and do it safely.
    How did Claire get in to freediving?
    Meeting Will Trubridge at the Blue Hole.
    Meeting Natalia Molchanova and how she inspired and motivated Claire.
    Why deep diving is not easy living in Miami.
    The joys of drift diving in the open ocean.
    Claire maintains her diving fitness with exercises every day.
    Claire hasn't had any problems with lung squeezing so far.
    Claire talks about her research done at Dean's Blue Hole.
    Potential secret passageways at the bottom of the Blue Hole.
    The incredible negative changes Claire has witnessed in the health of the ocean over the years.
    The problem of bringing awareness to conservation issues.
    An appeal to spearfishermen and women to be sensible with their catches.
    A question from Patron and Claire's husband Ricardo about what she would do with a 12 month sabbatical.
    A question from Patron Stephane about how she stays motivated to freedive.
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    How to get in touch.
    Why does she freedive?

  • Tom Ardavany first contributed to the Vertical Blue medical team in 2012 and has been part of the team many times since then. He has also been present as a medic at many other top-level freediving competitions including Blue Element in Dominica.

    Tom is an expert in the field, and brilliantly educates us on everything from lung squeeze and athlete monitoring protocols as well as the unforeseen and strange situations that have taken him by surprise over the years.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Tom is based in the Seattle area.
    What kind of freediving do they have up there?
    How did Tom get started as a freediver's medic?
    Tom's first time at Vertical Blue was a real eye opener.
    Tom's history in freediving competitions.
    Shout out to Leigh and Bill Baker.
    Shout out to Jani Valdivia.
    The wide range of medical situations can occur during a competition.
    A DCS experience and a popped lung through stretching.
    What have been the most challenging experiences?
    Has a diver's nutrition ever been though of as a potential cause of problems?
    Since the death of Nick Mevoli how has safety and medical in freediving competitions developed?
    What screening procedures are there and what follow up procedures?
    What is the protocol after a suspected lung barotrauma, official guidelines?
    Hemoptysis is coughing up of blood.
    What are the steps from deep blackout, to platform, and further...
    A diver cannot be moved without a pulse and why.
    We've come a long way in terms of freediving instruction and medical care.
    Being part of a safety team is great experience to up one's safety game.
    Shout out to Gary McGrath.
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