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Free-diving—not my hobby

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I was having an email conversation with a reader, and the topic of freediving came up. The world records in freediving are amazing, and the movie The Big Blue is entertaining, but the idea of it…. I don’t know. Competitive freediving seems to me like posting a sign at every sharp curve on the road that states the highest speed the curve has been successfully driven.

Of course, hobby and work freediving is a fine thing. But competitive freediving? Bad news, it seems to me. He notes:

Freediving has a long history as a means of finding food or other products from water. Most famous are perhaps the Japanese Ama pearl divers, but even today there are still small human populations still relying on it. Some of these live in South-East Asia, such as the Orang Suku Laut (also known as Sea gypsies or Sea nomads). The competitive side of freediving is a lot more dangerous, as the dives performed by competitors are much more extreme and the occasional accident usually ends really bad. However as a hobby it can be a fantastic way to see what underwater life has to offer. Snorkeling is an increasingly popular pastime.

Written by Leisureguy

1 September 2007 at 8:49 am

Posted in Daily life

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