Freediving in the Florida Springs

Waterlust's team of adventurers and ocean scientists learn to freedive with accomplished freediver Dr. Claire Paris.

June 22, 2016
in Travel

Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Jennah Caster and Laura Graham are ocean scientists and adventurers at Waterlust, a purpose-driven company that travels the world to create films about water. Recognizing a shared passion for sea-based adventure, marine science, and a love for all things water, Sperry has partnered with Waterlust to explore and embark on new adventures around the world.

In Waterlust’s latest adventure, the crew explored the sport of freediving with Biological Oceanographer Dr. Claire Paris, who is both an accomplished free diver and professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

With a mermaid-like ability to hold her breath for minutes at a time (her longest was 5 minutes and 33 seconds!), Dr. Paris is able to quietly conduct her research on larval fish in the ocean without disturbing them with an acoustically loud SCUBA system. Outside of the lab, Dr. Paris competes internationally in freediving competitions and broke a U.S. national record in 2015 by swimming 128 meters underwater in 3 minutes and 7 seconds without fins. 

The Waterlust crew set out with Dr. Paris to explore the Floridian aquifer to learn about freediving firsthand. Check out the crew’s video from their adventure with Dr. Claire Paris below.

Free divers Claire Paris and Ashleigh Baird circle the entrance of an underwater cave before a dive.

Dr. Claire Paris free dives and explores the caves of the Floridan Aquifer.

Free diving is all about balancing your mind and your body. Ashleigh Baird achieves both in this photograph.

Free divers use meditation to better preserve their oxygen supply by slowing their heart rate. Here, Jennah Caster finds balance and serenity on the floor of the springs.


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