free diver


plural free divers
: a person who engages in free diving
Using just their lungs, free divers have kept going deeper and holding their breath longer than anyone expected.John Tierney

called also skin diver

Examples of free diver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Free diving fins are built with long, thin blades that help free divers and people who spearfish dive deep, expending as little energy as possible. Chantae Reden, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2023 These female free divers scour the ocean for edible jewels like seaweed, lobster, and mollusks and grill their fresh catch in an amagoya hut. Christina Liao, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 But perhaps no symbol has become more important than the haenyeo, Jeju's female free divers who scour the sea for conch, abalone, and seaweed while holding their breath for mind-boggling periods of time. Gary Shteyngart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2023 Today: Netflix doc ‘The Deepest Breath’ follows two free divers who meet because of their love for the extreme sport This is a modal window. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023 The United States Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defense Force called off its search on Sunday for an American free diver who went missing off the coast of Bimini, Bahamas. Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 19 June 2023 These snorkels are popular among free divers and people who spearfish thanks to their sleek, minimal drag design. Chantae Reden, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2023 Marathon is also known for its shallow live coral reefs that are easy for beginner SCUBA or free divers and even snorkelers to explore. Outside Online, 3 Jan. 2023 Mestre, a record-setting free diver, died at 28 after an air balloon that was supposed to rapidly lift her to the water's surface failed during a 171-meter dive in the Dominican Republic. Emlyn Travis,, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free diver was in 1951

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“Free diver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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