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Fifty years ago, so little was known about the science behind freediving that the top divers in the world - who were diving less than half as deep as the best athletes today - were routinely told by doctors that they would certainly be killed by the pressure of the water around them. Since then, interest in freediving research, particularly in the areas of physiology and underwater technology have grown exponentially, with researchers like Erika Schagatay, Professor of Environmental Physiology, devoting considerable time and resources to researching the body's adaptations to depth, and a multitude of companies developing applications and devices designed specifically for freediving. You'll find a wealth of articles, videos, images and resources here.

The mammalian diving reflex is a unique set of evolutionary adaptations that are left over from the time when all life developed in the oceans.

Breathing is a multistage biological process that is designed to move air in (inhalation) and out (exhalation) of the lungs.

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

I first came across this question from by a very organised, very talented level 2 student (German, naturally) who not only wanted to know exactly why he felt much better on the ascent, but