No, this post is not about limbo dancing...
It's not about how close you can get to the ground without falling. It's about how far you can go below the ground (or in this case the sea) without dieing.
The cover of this month's National Geographic features film maker and adventurer James Cameron who piloted his $8 million submersible, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER (right), to the bottom of the Mariana Trench - almost 36,000 feet below the surface - a little over a year ago. See the article here.
Here on Roatan, we have our own privately developed, owned and operated deep sea submersible. Karl Stanley's Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration takes adventurous visitors to depths of 2,000 feet or more in IDABEL (below) - a home-made submersible that Karl designed, built and personally pilots.Starting today, Roatan is hosting the inaugural Caribbean Cup Freediving competition from May 20 - May 30. If you are not familiar with Freediving, it is a recreation and growing competitive sport in which participants vie to determine the maximum depth they can attain on a single breath. Current world records are well over 200 feet!
William Trurbridge, the current world record holder is in Roatan for the Caribbean Cup. Originally from New Zealand, William actually got his start in the sport on Utila, one of Roatan's sister BayIslands. Check out William (and Karl Stanley) in this promotional video.
If the thought of holding your breath and swimming straight down until you need to turn back is appealing, many professional freedivers also offer training to those interested in taking up the sport. Roatan currently has its own resident pro, Walid Boudhiaf, French-Tunisian freediving champion. He is competing in the Caribbean Cup, and you can look into courses with Walid here.
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So the next time you're on the island, find out just how low you can go. In a home-made sub or on a single breath, under water adventure awaits.