One of the resident schools of fish you might encounter during a training session
Natural born freedivers. It’s the only way I can describe these two.
Sometimes I just don’t know how to deal with these kids. #igiveup
So we recently just learned about this hipster thing, collective global art project, another silly internet craze, or whatever you want to call it, here we are snail planking it. #Romblon #SnailPlanking
And we’re back on the island!
When it’s so glassy that there isn’t a ripple on the surface, you can look up from under and see the clouds.
Karel’s signature stance.
We may be a bunch of lazy freedivers here, but Kyla is still so ready to take on the freediving instructor course. New personal best of 44 meters with many more training days to go. Way to go Kyla!
Naomi Gittoes’ beautiful artwork made it to the island of Romblon in the Philippines!
Antso the tightrope walker. #Freediving #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Basking in good atmosphere during our return trip from a full day of epic freediving adventure around nearby islands. #Romblon #Adventure
These three guys were being too friendly so we abandoned our training line and just played with them for a while. #Romblon #Freediving #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Reliving the ancient times of skandalopetra diving with team Omniblue Freedive. Skandalopetra diving is a breath-hold dive aided by a stone tied to a rope. It dates back from ancient Greece and was used by sponge fishermen. #Freediving #Romblon #Philippines
And just like that, freediving season is here. Have a great weekend everyone!
Part Five: The Farewell.
First morning of the 7-day freediving training stage in beautiful and charming Romblon. Sylvain wakes up the team with light breathing and stretching exercises.
Well done on an easy and clean morning dive to 57 meters, Mikhail.
Cris on ascent during a short session where he managed to set a new personal best. #Philippines #Freediving
Told them there was a bottle of beer at the bottom. Of course, Louis bolted down the fastest. Romblon misses you already, Louis. See you next year.
And so we begin the season with smiles and epic water conditions.
Proper breathe-up before every dive relaxes the body and the mind making each dive easier, safer and more enjoyable. This fundamental relaxation skill is just as important on shallow dives as it is on much deeper dives like this one. #freediving #philippines
The party the night before continues underwater.
It’s a jungle down here!
World’s first bamboo-carbon fins prototype currently being tested here in Romblon waters by Sylvain Bes of Omniblue Freedive. Credits to Benjamin Angeloni, the engineer behind the epic design.
Mirror, mirror… who’s the silliest freediver of them all?
Our team’s fresh, healthy and simple breakfast of porridge with mangoes, bananas and raisins in a fresh young coconut bowl.
Sof feeling completely free after completing all the requirements for the #SSI Level 3 course.
How to be a real badass at 55 years old.
When it’s glassy… with Dominique & Sander.
Sunset panoramic shot of the bay.
Dominique working on her freefall into Romblon’s deep blue.
We find that Parisians look way cooler with local wooden goggles. Photo by Valerie L.
We don’t like classrooms so we decided to visit another island to do the freediving final exam. Here’s Janis completing the exam at Tuburan Community, perhaps the coolest and most chill place in the province. Congratulations, Janis! Welcome to freediving! And big thanks to Tuburan for welcoming and hosting us.
During warm-up, Sylvain Bes of Omniblue Freedive hung at 10 meters for 5 minutes on a single breath.
We hardly ever use a boat for training sessions; but when we do, our boat men join in the party.
Raced them to the bottom. They won. #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Hanging at a relatively shallow depth is one of the usual warm-up routines freedivers use at the beginning of a freediving session. Hanging helps trigger the mammalian diving reflex which helps the body adapt to each dive. And, if you’re lucky like on this session, you might find yourself amused by a turtle that’s even more amused by you. Maybe next time we’ll get the turtle in the shot too.
David working on his form during an SSI level 1 course.
Too late for the Aquaman lead role audition.
Just hanging out on a lazy day.
It is said that dairy products and alcohol increase mucous production which may make equalization difficult, but we say consumption of both to celebrate a perfect dive is certainly good for you. Congratulations on a new personal best of 50 meters (164 feet) on a single breath, Kyla. And thanks, Sylvain of Omniblue Freedive, for the celebratory wine and cheese.
Sylvain Bes of OmniBlue Freedive talks about technique during a training camp at Dumagat Freedive.
Exploring the waters around surrounding islets in search of more places to play in. #Romblon #Freediving
Good morning, everyone! Have an epic weekend!
Just a nice glassy day.
Niels working on his form and technique during his #SSI Level 1 course.
Romblon channel at sunset.
Part One: The Swim.
Bubble ring blowing training to end an epic freediving session just makes it even more epic.
These curious squids have become our regular spectators.
A panoramic view of our water entry point. How do you enter the water?
Sita & Aline practicing constant weight and free immersion dives during an SSI Level 1 Freediving course.
Island style freediver with wooden goggles and bamboo noseclip vs. the modern style freediver. I think it’s pretty obvious who has better style, no? #Freediving #Philippines
Erwan working on his constant weight no fins (CNF) technique. This depth discipline is considered to be the most challenging because the freediver performs the dive without pulling on the rope, without fins, and without variable weight to help with the descent.
Niels checking out the reef just below during ascent.
And with a bit persistence, you learn to run it eventually.
Friday goof around session.
Early morning stretching with Sylvain Bes and team OmniBlue Freedive during a training camp.
Playtime with Mathilde & Sof.
Team smiley :) Thanks for the photo, Denen!
Romblon Sunset is our favorite color. Romblon’s Deep Blue comes second. #Romblon #Philippines
When a spadefish hijacks your training line and shows you how it’s done.
Kyla cruising over a bed of corals.
When mother nature decides it’s not a day for depth training, working on improving your breath hold is always an option in our natural static pool. Holding your breath underwater should never be attempted without proper training and supervision.
Part Two: The Warm-up.
With scrap plywood fins and wooden goggles, our boatman shows us how it’s done.
This kid wanted to play a little farther from shore on his birthday so we did. Not only did he do a fun variable weight dive to 65 meters, he also managed to do an easy free immersion to 62 meters. Happy Birthday, old man! Beers on you!
Breathing and relaxation exercise with Michal & Karl. Both held their breaths for nearly 4 and a half impressive minutes! Not bad at all for first timers!
The newest member of the Dumagat Freedive team. Mostly he’s been busy murdering anything that moves and considerably smaller than him, but in time we’re hoping that he’d learn to do other things.
A properly executed duck dive allows you to dive down without much effort.
Dominique while training in 30°C water temperature and 30m visibility.
Coffee and all things sugary – some of the things freedivers do without for the love of the sport. But it’s Sunday and we’re going wild. #DumagatFreediveSunday #FreediversGoneWild
Two things we have plenty of: fresh air and clean water.
Probably the closest thing to being in space.
Water conditions straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Kyla making small adjustments with her fins as she freefalls into Romblon’s deep blue.
When the sea is as glassy as it’s been lately, you learn to walk just under the surface. #Romblon #Freediving #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Sometimes a lone fish, a passing turtle, a school of sardines, or a pack of very curious squids, we freedive for moments like this.
Benjamin of team Omniblue Freedive looking epic on a dive with skandalopetra. Skandalopetra diving is a breath-hold dive aided by a stone tied to a rope. It dates back from ancient Greece and was used by sponge fishermen. Photo by Sylvain Bes.
Karel when he’s somewhat serious.
Part Four: The Ascent.
Part Three: The Descent.
Gen and Niels during an easy training session. Thanks for sharing the photos, guys!
Team Omniblue with a little bit less jet lag. :)
Team Omniblue at Dumagat Freedive
Play more. Have an epic weekend, everyone!
Checking out some of the cool local underwater features.