A panoramic view of our water entry point. How do you enter the water?
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.
When a spadefish hijacks your training line and shows you how it’s done.
During warm-up, Sylvain Bes of Omniblue Freedive hung at 10 meters for 5 minutes on a single breath.
Niels working on his form and technique during his #SSI Level 1 course.
Dominique while training in 30°C water temperature and 30m visibility.
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.
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
These curious squids have become our regular spectators.
Niels checking out the reef just below during ascent.
Sof feeling completely free after completing all the requirements for the #SSI Level 3 course.
Part Three: The Descent.
Mirror, mirror… who’s the silliest freediver of them all?
Friday goof around session.
Gen and Niels during an easy training session. Thanks for sharing the photos, guys!
Raced them to the bottom. They won. #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
We hardly ever use a boat for training sessions; but when we do, our boat men join in the party.
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.
And with a bit persistence, you learn to run it eventually.
Sita & Aline practicing constant weight and free immersion dives during an SSI Level 1 Freediving course.
And so we begin the season with smiles and epic water conditions.
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.
Kyla making small adjustments with her fins as she freefalls into Romblon’s deep blue.
One of the resident schools of fish you might encounter during a training session
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.
Just a nice glassy day.
Our team’s fresh, healthy and simple breakfast of porridge with mangoes, bananas and raisins in a fresh young coconut bowl.
A properly executed duck dive allows you to dive down without much effort.
Natural born freedivers. It’s the only way I can describe these two.
We find that Parisians look way cooler with local wooden goggles. Photo by Valerie L.
Two things we have plenty of: fresh air and clean water.
David working on his form during an SSI level 1 course.
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!
Probably the closest thing to being in space.
Basking in good atmosphere during our return trip from a full day of epic freediving adventure around nearby islands. #Romblon #Adventure
Too late for the Aquaman lead role audition.
Part Two: The Warm-up.
Kyla cruising over a bed of corals.
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.
Team smiley :) Thanks for the photo, Denen!
Antso the tightrope walker. #Freediving #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
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!
Good morning, everyone! Have an epic weekend!
Naomi Gittoes’ beautiful artwork made it to the island of Romblon in the Philippines!
How to be a real badass at 55 years old.
When it’s glassy… with Dominique & Sander.
Early morning stretching with Sylvain Bes and team OmniBlue Freedive during a training camp.
Well done on an easy and clean morning dive to 57 meters, Mikhail.
When it’s so glassy that there isn’t a ripple on the surface, you can look up from under and see the clouds.
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
And we’re back on the island!
Sometimes a lone fish, a passing turtle, a school of sardines, or a pack of very curious squids, we freedive for moments like this.
Part One: The Swim.
Team Omniblue at Dumagat Freedive
When the sea is as glassy as it’s been lately, you learn to walk just under the surface. #Romblon #Freediving #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Just hanging out on a lazy day.
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!
The party the night before continues underwater.
Water conditions straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Sunset panoramic shot of the bay.
Playtime with Mathilde & Sof.
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
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
Bubble ring blowing training to end an epic freediving session just makes it even more epic.
Karel’s signature stance.
Part Five: The Farewell.
Cris on ascent during a short session where he managed to set a new personal best. #Philippines #Freediving
Romblon Sunset is our favorite color. Romblon’s Deep Blue comes second. #Romblon #Philippines
Romblon channel at sunset.
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.
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
Checking out some of the cool local underwater features.
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.
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.
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.
Play more. Have an epic weekend, everyone!
With scrap plywood fins and wooden goggles, our boatman shows us how it’s done.
Karel when he’s somewhat serious.
Exploring the waters around surrounding islets in search of more places to play in. #Romblon #Freediving
And just like that, freediving season is here. Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s a jungle down here!
Team Omniblue with a little bit less jet lag. :)
Part Four: The Ascent.
Sylvain Bes of OmniBlue Freedive talks about technique during a training camp at Dumagat Freedive.
Sometimes I just don’t know how to deal with these kids. #igiveup
Dominique working on her freefall into Romblon’s deep blue.
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