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Freediving… in a music video? Seriously? (Watch Video)

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Freediving in a music video? And not just freediving, but with a healthy dollop of Beyoncé too? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened with Naughty Boy’s 2015 track Runnin’ (Lose It All), a musical hook-up between the English DJ/producer and singer/songwriter Arrow Benjamin, with Queen Bey also penning lyrics and sharing vocal duties with Benjamin.

While we don’t get to see Beyoncé in the music video, it does showcase Alice Modolo and Guillaume Néry’s skills – both are world champion freedivers and they do an amazing job under the water, both individually and when they finally embrace deep below the surface. The short film Ocean Gravity – filmed in French Polynesia by Néry and his wife, acclaimed underwater director and diver Julie Gautier – was obviously a huge influence on Naughty Boy’s video, even down to the location: the Runnin’ (Lose It All) team went straight back to the Tiputa pass in Rangiroa – exactly where Ocean Gravity was filmed – to shoot their music short.

Director Charlie Robins was aware of the difficulties he would face using freediving in the video but knew he wanted it anyway. “As soon as I received the track from Naughty boy I contacted them (Modolo and Néry) to see if they wanted to collaborate on a music video with me.”

The absence of weights was a particular issue, and caused difficulties for the divers. Modolo acknowledged the problem when she said, “… we couldn’t have lots of air in our lungs because we couldn’t put weights on us. So I had to dive with nearly no air, because with full lungs, we could not stay at the bottom…”

It was a wonderful experience for all though, especially Modolo who said, “… My family is so happy to see me. Sometimes they didn’t understand why I love diving so much and now they understand why. It’s difficult to explain, but with this video, you can feel the emotion that we feel when we dive. They understand now why it is so important to me. There are not a lot of people who can do this type of project. This gives it a spotlight.”


Find out more about free diving at www.gofreediving.co.uk

Emma Farrell is one of the world's leading freediving instructors and the author of the stunning book 'One Breath, a Reflection on Freediving.' Teaching freediving internationally since 2003, she is a founding member of the AIDA Education Commission, writing courses that are taught worldwide, has written her own standalone courses, and has appeared numerous times on television and across other media. She is a freediving judge, has competed internationally, and has worked with gold medal winning Olympic and Paralympic cyclists and swimmers to improve their performance since 2010 using her unique program of freediving and yoga techniques. Find out more about Emma at www.gofreediving.co.uk.

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Jeff chats to… Breathwork Practitioner Hannah Goodman (Watch Video)

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In this Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman talks to Breathwork Practitioner Hannah Goodman about breathing correctly to enhance our diving experiences.

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Swimming and snorkelling with Manatees

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We love manatees. And November is traditionally Manatee Awareness Month – a time to celebrate this iconic marine mammal and create awareness of the challenges they face. In this post, our friends at Effortless Outdoors share the manatee love and also some info on many of the best destinations to swim and snorkel with them around the world…

Manatees are really gentle, delightful sea creatures and getting a chance to see them up close should be on the bucket list of anyone who enjoys diving and snorkelling. They’re big beasts (typically weighing around half a ton) and they tend to move really slowly, making them ideal for underwater viewing.

They spend around 6-7 hours a day grazing, eating up to 15% of their body weight every single day. They use their front flippers for feeding; first using them to crawl along the ground, then for digging out plants and finally for scooping the vegetation into their mouths. It’s a pretty unique and involved way of feeding and very charming to watch. 

These awesome creatures can live up to sixty years. They are highly intelligent, capable of understanding discrimination tasks and associated items with one another. They have good long-term memory and have often been compared to dolphins concerning their capacity to learn tasks and develop mentally.

Populations of manatees are fairly low. Although they have no natural predators, they are threatened by human activities (they are often killed by ship accidents, as well as red tide and the accidental ingestion of fishing materials). The West Africa and Amazonian manatees are very rare. And scientists estimate there are about 13,000 West Indian manatees with their status modulating between ‘endangered’ and ‘threatened’.

West Indian manatees range up and down the east coast of the Americas (as far south as Brazil and as far north as Virginia) with many of the best viewing spots being well-served for those wanting a manatee experience.

Check out this post about the best places to swim and snorkel with manatees.


Want to read more about manatees? Check out Nick and Caroline’s magical manatee encounters in Crystal River, Florida in the latest Autumn 2019 issue of Dive Travel Adventures HERE!

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