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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