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Freediving

Freediving is a broad term that refers to a number of aquatic activities that involve the extended holding of one's breath. Included in this category are spearfishing, freedive photography, "apnea" competitions and sometimes snorkeling. The activity that attracts the most attention is Competitive Apnea, an extreme sport where divers attempt to dive as deep as possible on a single breath without any sort of breathing aid. Competitive Apnea has been both dangerous and controversial, with a handful of high profile deaths among participants in recent years. Some events are held in pools where the contest is based on time underwater, while others (and the more dangerous) are based on depth.

Still, the popularity of the sport is growing with regularly scheduled training courses available for freediving enthusiasts of all levels.

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