Join a freedive in the world’s deepest blue hole

Stig Pryds takes you deeper than you’ve ever gone before on a POV, deep-water freedive.
By Josh Sampiero

Ever wondered what it’s like to descend dozens of metres below the surface of the ocean – without a scuba tank? Watch the POV video below, and Danish free diver Stig Pryds will take you for a ride you’ll never believe in Dean's Blue Hole, the world's deepest known saltwater blue hole, located in the Bahamas.

Video: See Stig Pryds sink – deep

“When my dive is going well, I have nothing in my head,” says Pryds, a free-diving competitor. “You let yourself go to the water. There’s no fear of the water.” The Dane’s calm demeanour is certainly evident in the video above, which follows him on a 49m deep dive at Dean’s Blue Hole.

Meet Stig Pryds

Stig Pryds comes up from below
Coming up from the depths © Daan Verhoeven

Pryds, who occasionally holds his breath for over seven minutes in training exercises, reminds us that the dive he’s taking us on above is hardly record-setting – in fact, for him, it’s a walk in the park. “Most of my deep dives are 90m, 95m or more,” he says. “After a 50m dive, I’ll be able to dive again later that day.” Of course, the relative ‘ease’ of this dive is what allowed him to attach a GoPro camera to his chest as he freefalls into the depths – and be chased by free-diving cameraman Daan Verhoeven.

The famous Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas
Dean's Blue Hole from above © Daan Verhoeven

But while it’s a run-of-the-mill dive for Pryds, for the uninitiated, it’s a look into another world – one where light barely penetrates, and water no longer offers buoyancy.

Coming back up

While coming up, Stig is the picture of serenity
And coming up... © Daan Verhoeven

Preparing to enter that world takes a lot of practice – and clinical knowledge of one’s own body and how it will react. “You have to know your body incredibly well,” says Stig. “You have to make sure you’re using only the muscles necessary to dive – otherwise you’ll use up precious oxygen. You need to be in ultimate control of your body.”

But the most important part? Get lots of air – then take it easy. “The more relaxed you are, the easier everything is.” After watching this video, we believe him.

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