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The World’s Freediving Podcast

 

Welcome to The Freedive Café, a pure freediving podcast.

At The Freedive Café Donny sits down with freedivers great and small. He goes really deep with some of the deepest humans on Earth and discovers the personal stories, the inspirations, the techniques and training, the routines and passions of freedivers from all walks of life, from competitive athletes, instructors and trainers, underwater photographers, ocean conservationists and many more.

#72 – Daniel Koval & Kristin Kuba | Double Deep

#72 – Daniel Koval & Kristin Kuba | Double Deep

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Daniel Koval & Kristin Kuba are top American freediving athletes based in Hawaii. They are deep divers heading to the top of their game with a bright future ahead of them in the competitive arena. I'll let them...

#71 – Martin Zajac | Coach of Champions

#71 – Martin Zajac | Coach of Champions

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Martin Zajac, originally from Slovakia, is a trainer and coach of elite-level freedivers, he's a freediving instructor and coach for national teams, he is no slouch in the water himself, diving around the 100m mark...

#70 – Akim Ladhari | Deep Hunter

#70 – Akim Ladhari | Deep Hunter

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Akim Ladhari is a PADI freediving ambassador, Instructor Trainer, SSI Instructor Trainer, Raid Instructor Trainer and AIDA Master Instructor. He has been active in the freediving world for over a decade and surpassed...

#69 – William Trubridge | True Depth

#69 – William Trubridge | True Depth

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving and get a 10% discount with discount code FREEDIVE CAFE William Trubridge is a world champion and multiple world record holder. He currently holds the huge 102m CNF record which may just be the most impressive thing...

#68 – Jonathan Sunnex | Blue Element

#68 – Jonathan Sunnex | Blue Element

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Jonathan Sunnex is very well known and highly-regarded in the freediving community. Originally hailing from New Zealand, Jonny went on to become one of the deepest freedivers in the world diving to 110m in CWT,...

#67 – Miguel Lozano | Spain’s Depth Master

#67 – Miguel Lozano | Spain’s Depth Master

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Miguel Lozano is a professional freediver who specialises in depth disciplines. He is Vice World Champion in Constant No Fins and Free Immersion and has attempted huge World Records in FIM in the Bahamas in 2012 to...

#66 – Nataliia Zharkova – In the Deep Division

#66 – Nataliia Zharkova – In the Deep Division

Click on the link above to visit Octopus Freediving Nataliia Zharkova has a background in professional swimming and more than 10 years experience as a top-level freediving athlete. She has amazing records in Bi-fins, Constant No Fins and teaches workshops all over the...

#65 – Stig Pryds #2 | Catch-Up with Denmark’s Champion

#65 – Stig Pryds #2 | Catch-Up with Denmark’s Champion

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Stig Pryds is a trained chimney sweep who went into early retirement in 2010 due to a terrible condition known as psoriatic arthritis. He first appeared on the show on Episode #4 and it was...

#64 – Kerry Hollowell | Doctor On Water

#64 – Kerry Hollowell | Doctor On Water

Kerry Hollowell began diving in 2012 with PFI, Performance Freediving International and immediately fell in love with the sport, becoming both an athlete and an instructor. Freediving continues to challenge her mental fortitude and pushes her physical limits with the...

#63 – Umberto Pelizzari | Training Talk

#63 – Umberto Pelizzari | Training Talk

Umberto Pelizzari is from Italy, he’s held more world-records than you can shake a lanyard at. He was coached by the legendary Jacques Mayol of Le Grand Bleu fame, we’ll hear all about that in today’s episode.   His famous rivalry with Pipin Ferreras is...

#62 – Kiki Bosch | The Power of Ice

#62 – Kiki Bosch | The Power of Ice

Kiki Bosch is from The Netherlands. She is a freediver, an ice-diver and an adventurer. A practitioner and intsructor of the Wim Hof method and a nutritionist. She is searching for truth and beauty in the world and helping others to do the same. In this episode we...

#61 – Ken Kiriyama

#61 – Ken Kiriyama

Ken Kiriyama started martial arts training in 1986. By his late teens he was one of the best fighters of his age. He commenced Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga practice in 1992 and started teaching in the early 2000’s. Coincidentally he was snorkelling in Indonesia...

#60 – Ted Harty

#60 – Ted Harty

Ted Harty is the founder of Immersion Freediving and www.freedivingsafety.com.  He started his underwater career as a scuba instructor in the Florida Keys in 2005 and took his first freediving class with Performance Freediving in Miami with Kirk Krack and his team....

#59 – Jessea Lu

#59 – Jessea Lu

Jessea Lu is a Chinese freediving athlete currently living on the big island of Hawaii. She can hold her breath for over 8 minutes and has achieved multiple continental and national records. Her passion for diving has taken her many places around the world including...

#58 – Pepe Arcos

#58 – Pepe Arcos

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Pepe Arcos is an award winning multitalented photographer and filmmaker that explores both fine art and commercial visual communication to capture unique images of ethereal calm. As a...

#57 – Alenka Artnik

#57 – Alenka Artnik

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Alenka Artnik is an insipring woman. She was born and raised in Slovenia, and discovered freediving at the age of 30 at a very difficult time in her life. But the power of the water and...

#56 – Frédéric Lemaître

#56 – Frédéric Lemaître

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Frédéric Lemaître has a very extensive bio which you can find HERE, but to summarise, he is Ph.D, now focusing on research into the physiology of freediving. He is on the AIDA medical board,...

#55 – John Wright

#55 – John Wright

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! John Wright is the godfather of New Zealand's freediving scene. John has always been involved in sport and played rugby league for New Zealand in the 1970s. He eventually setup and owned a...

#54 – Patrick McKeown – The Oxygen Advantage

#54 – Patrick McKeown – The Oxygen Advantage

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Patrick McKeown has been a functional breathing educator and author for the past 16 years who has taught children and adults simple and effective ways to adopt functional breathing...

#53 – Tom Sietas

#53 – Tom Sietas

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Tom Sietas is from Germany, and is a bit of a legend in the freediving community, best know for his epicly long static times and numerous German and world records in that discipline, as well...

#52 – Julia Mouce #2

#52 – Julia Mouce #2

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Julia Mouce is an instructor for SSI, AIDA, Apnea Total and PADI as well as an Instructor Trainer for Apnea Total and PADI, she is an accomplished competition freediver herself, holding...

#51 – Andrea Zuccari

#51 – Andrea Zuccari

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Andrea Zuccari was born in Rome and holds Italian and Swiss nationalities. At the age of 29 he travelled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt and began his exploration of the underwater world as a...

#50 – Emma Farrell #2

#50 – Emma Farrell #2

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Emma Farrell returns to continue our open-ended and wide-ranging conversation about all things freediving. Emma first appeared on the show about 6 months ago, on Episode #32 of the show, so...

#49 – Harry Chamas

#49 – Harry Chamas

Harry Chamas is from Liverpool and started freediving in Asia and Australia. Many of you will be familiar with Harry from his great Youtube channel Freedive Passion. He is a full-time coach based in the freediving Mecca of Dahab and has a a wealth of experience as a...

#48 – Oli Christen

#48 – Oli Christen

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Oli Christen is a Freedive Instructor Trainer and author of education materials for AIDA, Molchanovs and PADI Freediver. He is the owner of Freedive Flow Indonesia, a renowned freediving...

#47 – Alex Davis

#47 – Alex Davis

10% off for ALL Freedive Café listeners & FREE shipping inside Australia! Alex Davis grew up in Cornwall in the UK and after getting married moved to Barbados in 2011 with his Bajan wife. He set up Spearfishing Barbados in 2013, offering guided experiences right...

#46 – Fred Buyle

#46 – Fred Buyle

Fred Buyle is a freediver, explorer and photographer. Since his childhood he has been in contact with the sea, spending several months a year on the family’s sailboat. He was a scuba instructor before discovering freediving and went on to set his first world record in...

#45 – Michael Board

#45 – Michael Board

  Michael Board started freediving in 2009 and started competing that same year. Sport and exercise have always been a part of his life, starting first with martial arts but then continuing with his time in the British Marines and then subsequently other sports...

#44 – Georgina Miller

#44 – Georgina Miller

Georgina Miller has always been interested in the underwater world; she can't remember learning to swim! She started scuba diving in 1998 and was certified as a PADI MSDT Instructor in 2005. She took a Freedive course in 2007 and has been a member of the UK team since...

#43 – Stavros Kastrinakis

#43 – Stavros Kastrinakis

Stavros Kastrinakis was born in 1976 in Athens, Greece and started spearfishing with his father when he was 5 years old. He spent 7 years in the UK studying (BSc Astronomy and Physics, Masters in Petroleum Engineering), after which he returned to Greece in 2000. He...

#42 – Erika Schagatay – Science of Freediving

#42 – Erika Schagatay – Science of Freediving

Erika Shagatay grew up in northern Sweden, far from the sea but eventually went to Lund University in southern Sweden to study biology, focusing on physiology and marine biology. She completed her PhD in 1996 on the human diving response. She started her own research...

#41 – Derek Broussard

#41 – Derek Broussard

Derek Broussard is currently working as an apnea specialist with Cirque Du Soleil. He grew up exploring the cold waters of Puget Sound. A second enlistment In the U.S. Army brought him to Hawaii, where he discovered the healing properties of freediving and the peace...

#40 – Amber Bourke

#40 – Amber Bourke

Amber Bourke began her breath-holding journey as a synchronised swimmer, eventually competing for Australia. She retired from the sport at age 19 and it wasn't until a couple of years later that she stumbled upon the sport of freediving while on a backpacking trip...

#39 – Mateusz Malina – Part Two

#39 – Mateusz Malina – Part Two

Mateusz Malina started diving in late 2008, but already knew that it would become his destiny seven years earlier after trying it in a pool with his friends. His achievements are too numerous to list them all, he has set multiple world records in dynamic with fins...

#38 – Mateusz Malina – Part One

#38 – Mateusz Malina – Part One

Mateusz Malina started diving in late 2008, but already knew that it would become his destiny seven years earlier after trying it in a pool with his friends. His achievements are too numerous to list them all, he has set multiple world records in dynamic with fins...

#37 – Leigh & Bill Baker

#37 – Leigh & Bill Baker

It is my pleasure to bring Leigh and Bill Baker, Vertical Blue medics, into The Freedive Café today, to find out about them, to find out what their job entails at the comepetition. How do they deal with diver's health problems, and how are they prepared for the worst...

#36 – Adam Stern #2

#36 – Adam Stern #2

Today's guest is none other than Mr Adam Stern, the very first returning guest to The Freedive Café. It was around 9 months ago I first interviewed Adam and if you would like to learn more about him and his discovery of freediving and his views on training and...

#35 – Alexey Molchanov

#35 – Alexey Molchanov

Alexey Molchanov took up freediving as a teenager, motivated by his legendary mother Natalia Molchanova, with whom he trained. He has risen to the very top of the competitive arena, and holds the world record in CWT with a huge dive to 129m. Many other World Records...

#34 – Carlos Coste

#34 – Carlos Coste

Carlos Coste is from Caracas, Venezuela and now lives on the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. He started freediving in 1997, and has since achieved 12 world records. Most notably, Carlos was the first person to officially surpass 100m in CWT and FIM. An...

#33 – Kate Middleton

#33 – Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is a Champion Freediver, Yoga Teacher-Trainer and co-founder of Gili Yoga and Freedive Gili. She has set 18 National Records for NZ, dives to over 97 meters in Constant Weight and is Vice-World Champion in Free Immersion. She is a student and...

#32 – Emma Farrell

#32 – Emma Farrell

Emma Farrell is the author of the beautiful book One Breath: A reflection on Freediving. She is a major contributor to the development of AIDA and other education systems as author of their education materials, and is dedicated to making freediving accessible to...

#31 – Gus Kreivenas – Part Two

#31 – Gus Kreivenas – Part Two

Gus Kreivenas is a rising star in the freediving scene. He's originally from Lithuania and over the last decade has been developing himself into an elite freediver, focusing on awareness, sensitivity and focus to bring himself to this level in the safest and most...

#30 – Gus Kreivenas – Part One

#30 – Gus Kreivenas – Part One

Gus Kreivenas is a rising star in the freediving scene. He's originally from Lithuania and over the last decade has been developing himself into an elite freediver, focusing on awareness, sensitivity and focus to bring himself to this level in the safest and most...

#29 – Walid Boudhiaf

#29 – Walid Boudhiaf

Walid Boudhiaf is a French-Tunisian freediver, currently living in Colombia and the Caribbean. He has achieved a depth of 116m in competition in FIM, and was ranked 2nd in the 2017 world ranking for that discipline. He also runs the Nirvana Oceanquest Freediving...

#28 – Julia Mouce

#28 – Julia Mouce

Julia Mouce is an instructor for SSI, AIDA, Apnea Total and PADI as well as an Instructor Trainer for Apnea Total and PADI, she is an accomplished competition freediver herself, holding records for Argentina in CWT and CNF. She is also the owner of a very well-known...

#27 – Homar Leuci – Path to Greatness

#27 – Homar Leuci – Path to Greatness

Homar Leuci is from Italy and began diving in France in 2001. After seeing the cult freediving movie The Big Blue, about freediving rivals Enzo Maiorca and Jacques Mayol, he dreamt of one day becoming one of the strongest freedivers in the world. Through his 15-year...

#26 – Anna von Boetticher

#26 – Anna von Boetticher

Anna von Boetticher started scuba diving when she was 17 and kept exploring that realm until she was a scuba instructor and deep technical diver, eventually diving to 130m on trimix. When she signed up for a freediving workshop in 2007 she was just looking for a...

#25 – George Georgas

#25 – George Georgas

George Georgas was born in Athens, Greece. He has a degree in Physical Education and Sports Sciences and has continued to study Kinesiology, Ergophysiology and Movement Biomechanics. George is also a fromer competitive freediving athlete and I came to hear of him in...

#24 – Ashley Futral Chapman – Supermom

#24 – Ashley Futral Chapman – Supermom

Ashley Chapman is a native of North Carolina and wife of Ren Chapman (Episode 21). While Ren focuses more on the safety aspect of competitions, Ashley is a dedicated competitive freediving athlete. In her years of competition she's achieved 14 national records and 3...

#23 – Sayuri Kinoshita – Top of the World

#23 – Sayuri Kinoshita – Top of the World

Sayuri Kinoshita tragically passed away on the  National Oceanic Day of Japan on July 15th. She was 30 years old. She will be sorely missed within the freediving community. Sayuri Kinoshita was born in 1988 in Japan. Her parents have been running a swimming school in...

#22 – Davide Carrera – Making Love to the Ocean

#22 – Davide Carrera – Making Love to the Ocean

Davide Carrera was born in Turin in Italy and began freediving as a child during his summers spent in Leguria. He has was part of the World Championship winning teams of 1996 and 2001 and a established FIM world record shortly after when he dove to 91m. He moved away...

#21 – Ren Chapman – Chief of Safety

#21 – Ren Chapman – Chief of Safety

www.evolvefreediving.com (910)358-4300 Ren Chapman was raised in Wilmington, NC. From day one he was immersed in coastal living and was fortunate enough to have been raised with his toes in the marsh and estuaries of the area.  He began freedive spearfishing in 2007...

#20 – Umberto Pelizzari

#20 – Umberto Pelizzari

Umberto Pelizzari is from Italy, he's held more world-records than you can shake a lanyard at. He was coached by the legendary Jacques Mayol of Le Grand Bleu fame, we'll hear all about that in today's episode. His famous rivalry with Pipin Ferreras is documented in...

#19 – James Nestor – Deep

#19 – James Nestor – Deep

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Scientific American, Dwell Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What...

#18 – Alessia Zecchini – Italian Supergirl

#18 – Alessia Zecchini – Italian Supergirl

This episode was sponsored by Octopus noseclips. www.octopusfreediving.com Alessia Zecchini is from Rome and is based there when she isn't travelling around the world. She's only 25 years old and started freediving when she was just 13 years old! In her first Italian...

#17 – Thibault Guignés – French Champion in The Philippines

#17 – Thibault Guignés – French Champion in The Philippines

Thibault Guignés is from France and at the time of recording holds the French Record for FIM at 105m. He started freediving three and a half years ago and has been dedicating 100% of his time to freediving since then. He is an Examiner and Instructor trainer for RAID,...

#16 – New Year’s Special – Aharon Solomons – Part 2

#16 – New Year’s Special – Aharon Solomons – Part 2

This is Part Two! Listen to Part One HERE Aharon Solomons is a man with a rich and fascinating past, and a freediving career spanning many decades. His accumulated knowledge and wisdom are a great gift to the freediving community and our two part special will take you...

#15 – Christmas Special – Aharon Solomons – Part 1

#15 – Christmas Special – Aharon Solomons – Part 1

This is Part One! Listen to Part Two HERE Aharon Solomons is a man with a rich and fascinating past, and a freediving career spanning many decades. His accumulated knowledge and wisdom are a great gift to the freediving community and our two part special will take you...

#14 – Giorgos Panagiotakis – 300m on One Breath

#14 – Giorgos Panagiotakis – 300m on One Breath

George Panagiotakis is a world champion freediver and national record holder from Greece. He has achieved a 300m distance in DYN which is the current AIDA World Record! He currently lives in Cyprus and now works as a personal trainer and AIDA freediving instructor....

#13 – Sheila Hanney – Sea Shepherdess

#13 – Sheila Hanney – Sea Shepherdess

Sheila Hanney was born in the UK and has now been resident in Dahab for 4 years, and also volunteering for Sea Shepherd for the same time. She spends about half her time in Egypt and half her time on ships in Mexico feeding the crew. She's a free diving instructor and...

#12 – Goran Čolak – Croatian Discipline

#12 – Goran Čolak – Croatian Discipline

Goran Čolak started his amateur free diving career in 2006, less than one year later, he won his first Croatian championship and broke several national records, he turned professional in 2011 and joined the exclusive group of free diving professionals around the...

#11 – Nanja van den Broek – The Mind as Master

#11 – Nanja van den Broek – The Mind as Master

Nanja van den Broek has been freediving since 2001. She currently has 40 Dutch records and 1 world record, in VWT, diving to 130m. In daily life she is a freedive instructor, business trainer and coach. She uses the water and freediving as tools to make people aware...

#10 – Stefan Randig – Freedive Panglao

#10 – Stefan Randig – Freedive Panglao

Stefan Randig was born in Germany, but spent a lot of his childhood living on the islands of the Seychelles. In 2006 he moved to Dahab, Egypt to teach Scuba Diving. He eventually became an AIDA insructor at Freedive Dahab, and Since 2012 he's been living in the...

#9 – Adam Stern – Freediving’s Robin Hood

#9 – Adam Stern – Freediving’s Robin Hood

Adam Stern is an Australian freediver based in...well everywhere. Adam competes and teaches freediving all over the world. He first started competing in 2011 and since then he has broken 5 Australian records and won a bronze medal in Vertical Blue (2015) and a bronze...

#8 – Jean-Pol Francois – Asia’s Freediving Godfather

#8 – Jean-Pol Francois – Asia’s Freediving Godfather

JP is like the godfather of freediving in Asia. He comes from Belgium and his school Freediving Planet is one of the top schools in South East Asia. He has been freediving for more than 25 years, participating in many international freediving competitions and World...

#7 – Sara Campbell – From the City to the Sea

#7 – Sara Campbell – From the City to the Sea

Sara Campbell is a bit of a legend in the freediving community. She is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and four times World Record-holding freediver. She is the founder of Discover Your Depths, a unique teaching and personal growth philosophy based on yoga, meditation,...

#6 – Alejandro Lemus – Mexico’s Master

#6 – Alejandro Lemus – Mexico’s Master

Alejandro Lemus is the Mexican freediving national champion in all the disciplines in the pool and in depth. Born in Mexico city, he was given the books of Jacques Cousteau by his father as a child and his fascination with the underwater world continues to this day....

#5 – Stéphane Tourreau

#5 – Stéphane Tourreau

Stéphane Tourreau started diving at the age of ten around the waters of Corsica. Over the course of 20 years he has risen to the top of his game as a professional freediving athlete. He has been a member of the French national team since he was 24 and continues to...

#4 – Stig Pryds – Transformation in the Deep

#4 – Stig Pryds – Transformation in the Deep

Stig Pryds is a trained chimney sweep who went into early retirement in 2010 due to a terrible condition known as psoriatic arthritis. He started freediving in 2013 and eventually became an AIDA instructor. He has achieved 8 national records for Denmark, got a bronze...

#3 – Per Jennische – Freediving Fundamentals

#3 – Per Jennische – Freediving Fundamentals

Per Jennische has been a full-time SSI Freediving Instructor since 2015 and became an Instructor Trainer in 2017 after training and certifying more than 300 students. Per was born and raised in Sweden but spent the last eight years in Asia where he also underwent his...

#2 – Daan Verhoeven – Capturing the Deep

#2 – Daan Verhoeven – Capturing the Deep

Daan Verhoeven is best know for his amazing photography of freedivers. He hails from the Netherlands and now lives in Cornwall, UK. He started freediving in 2005. Between 2006 and 2011 he set national records in 5 of the 6 freediving disciplines. He is a freediving...

#1 – Tim Oehmigen

#1 – Tim Oehmigen

Tim Oehmigen began freediving in 2012 and has been competing since 2014. After his studies he decided to spend some time on freediving training to see where it could take him. Freediving and especially freediving competition is his passion. For Tim, the feeling during...

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