Safety

In the last 3 years the sport of freediving has undergone a huge shift in attitude to accommodate new research and understanding about the risks involved, particularly in deep diving on a single breath. The deaths of several high profile athletes since 2010 has given freedivers a reputation in some circles as reckless risk takers but the reality is that Freediving safely involves only calculated risk, which is the same in any activity we can think of. In particular the issues of blackout and lung squeeze or pulmonary barotrauma have changed the way we think about Freediving Safety. Here you can learn about the latest research and developments in competitive freediving safety, as well as the basics of safety for recreational freediving and spearfishing with your friends.

Dr Otter's Riverbank mailbox is overflowing each week (honest) with questions from all kinds of furry little critters with freediving physiology related questions; but

I know I know, it’s been such a very long time since you heard from guru of freediving physiology and darling of riverbank critters, the world-famous Dr Otter.

So far, competition organisers have responded to the tragic death of Nicholas Mevoli in 2013 by looking for ways to exclude divers who seem to be at ri

Since the death of Nicholas Mevoli in 2013, the Freediving community has been searching for ways to accurately predict a Freediver’s risk of significant injury during competi