free diver


Definition of free diver

: one who engages in skin diving

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Recent Examples on the Web Laguna Beach lifeguards responded at 7:15 a.m. to Totuava Beach, where a diver had floated to the surface and was being helped to shore by other scuba and free divers who were in the water, according to marine safety Capt. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Man free diving for lobster at Laguna Beach cove dies after suffering cardiac arrest," 2 Oct. 2019 Dave Huebner, 35, a free diver in Santa Barbara who has worked on the Conception as a deckhand, said that some of the best times of his life were helping take scuba divers, kayakers and others out to sea. Los Angeles Times, "‘The whole city is depressed’: Santa Barbara grieves after Conception boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Finally, Alec Wilkinson chronicles the professional journey of Sara Campbell, one of the top female free divers in the world, and the race to be the first woman to reach a hundred metres in a constant-weight dive. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: The Women Reshaping Professional Sports," 21 July 2019 Photographer, climber, and free diver Andy Bardon has traveled to some of the most remote regions on earth to document human interactions with the natural world. National Geographic, "Andy Bardon," 12 June 2019 The organisms that made the largest and most prized of these shells would have anchored themselves to the rocky seafloor in clear water, deep enough that only skilled free divers could reach them. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 In addition to understanding how the Bajau became such good free divers, Llardo says the findings have medical implications. National Geographic, "'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving," 19 Apr. 2018 In comparison, average people might be able to stay underwater for one to two minutes, and world-class free divers can hold their breath in competitive settings for up to three or close to four and a half minutes. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Human “Sea Nomads” May Have Evolved to Be the World’s Elite Divers," 19 Apr. 2018 One of the divers was Manos Mitikas, the local Fourni free diver who called Koutsouflakis a year ago with the map of wrecks. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "How Archaeologists Discovered 23 Shipwrecks in 22 Days," 11 July 2016

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First Known Use of free diver

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Free diver.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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