Free diving

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Free diving is diving underwater (usually in the ocean) without using a breathing apparatus (air carried in tanks on their backs). Free divers practice holding their breath for long periods of time so that they can stay underwater a long time.

Usually free divers stay underwater for about 45 seconds. That allows them to explore 30 feet underwater, which is where most marine life lives.

Free diving equipment includes a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and weightbelt.

Dangers of free diving include:

  • becoming panicked
  • passing out because of lack of oxygen
  • possible death from drowning if you are not trained well and if you go too deep into the water

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