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Pro Dive Mexico Hosts Mexico’s Apnea Record Holder Alejandro Lemus

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Luis Javier Sandoval

Freediving with Pro Dive Mexico

On August 17, Pro Dive Mexico hosted Mexico’s Apnea record holder Alejandro Lemus for a freediving event.

On August 17th, Pro Dive Mexico had the pleasure of hosting Mexico´s Apnea record holder Alejandro Lemus at Pro Dive Mexico´s dive center based at Occidental Allegro Cozumel, for their video production in collaboration with Cressi Mexico and Mexico Desconocido (Unknown Mexico), destination experts with more than 38 years of experience.

“This video will be a tutorial, an introduction to the world of apnea and all the benefits it carries for body, soul, nature…”, says Manual Cerón, Coordinator de Contenidos Multimedia/Mexico Deconocido.

“Freediving is the most natural and serene way to explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact. It is also the ultimate way to free yourself and spend more time enjoying the beauty and silence of the sea. Anyone who has held their breath underwater has freedived. However, freediving is not simply about seeing how long you can hold your breath or how deep you can go on a single breath. You have to create the right attitude and pay attention to the limits of your body and mind. The true appeal of freediving is in the silence and calm it brings to people’s hectic lives.” AIDA Association Internationale pour le Développement de l’Apnée

Go to Pro Dive Mexico’s page here to enjoy some literally breathtaking underwater pictures by Luis Javier Sandoval, internationally renowned and multi-awarded underwater photographer, expedition & workshop leader and author.

What It’s Like Free Diving To Tag Great Whites

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Illustration of free divers tagging a shark.

Steven P. Hughes

Team Work
Free divers work together to tag sharks. While one diver focuses on tagging the sharks, the others maintain visual contact with the sharks so that they keep their distance.

To tag a great white, first you must know if it’s a player. By that I mean, will it get close? Many are shy. People believe that if a white shark approaches, it attacks. But luring a shark to the research boat takes work, encouragement. We use bait, which we remove when the free divers enter the water, one at a time and with no splash. Splashes scare sharks.

White sharks are ambush predators. We can free-dive with them only in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, because the visibility is 100 feet — they can’t sneak up on us like they could in South Africa, where the water is murky.

Our free divers work in teams of three. It takes focus to tag a shark, so while one diver is tasked with tagging the shark, a second acts like a bodyguard, maintaining visual contact with the animal or animals at all times. If they know they are being watched, they’re far less likely to get inquisitive.

The third diver photographs the shark. So far in Isla Guadalupe, 158 individual white sharks have been identified. We want to know whom
we tag: Is it one we have seen before in Isla Guadalupe or a new individual? The pattern of pigmentation around the gills, pelvic fins and tail distinguishes each.

The free diver tasked with tagging must swim within roughly 6 feet of the shark; depending on the shark, this dive takes around two to
three minutes. The V16 tag — stainless steel and 3.5 inches long — is shot into the base of the dorsal fin on the left side. We tag only the left side to streamline the process. We need to know where to look to see if an animal has been tagged. If you tag the same animal twice, it will emit two frequencies, which collide and cause problems.

As soon as the animal is tagged, the diver surveys his surroundings, and then heads straight back to the boat. Then we wait for a new shark to approach.

Nature is unpredictable, which is why my trips to Isla Guadalupe last three months. Sometimes we’ll tag six sharks in three days, and at other times we’ll wait two weeks before seeing one. To tag two sharks in one day is good; five is amazing.

Estrella Navarro Breaks 3 National Freediving Records

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Estrella Navarro recently broke three national records for her country of Mexico in one breath during this year’s Caribbean Cup in Roatan, Honduras on June 2, 2015. We caught up with the free diving champion to ask her some questions, so find out more about Estrella success: What led to your […]