Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Jennah Caster and Laura Graham are ocean scientists and adventurers at Waterlust (@waterlust), a purpose-driven company that travels the world to create films about water. Recognizing a shared passion for sea-based adventure, marine science, and a love for all things water, Sperry has partnered with Waterlust to explore and embark on new Odysseys around the world.

In their latest Odyssey, the Waterlust crew explored the sport of freediving with Biological Oceanographer Dr. Claire Paris, who is both an accomplished freediver and professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

With a mermaid-like ability to hold her breath for minutes at a time (her longest was 5 minutes and 33 seconds!), Dr. Paris can quietly conduct her research on larval fish in the ocean without disturbing them with an acoustically loud SCUBA system. Outside of the lab, Dr. Paris competes internationally in freediving competitions and broke a U.S national record in 2015 by swimming 128 meters underwater in 3 minutes and 7 seconds without fins. 

The Waterlust crew set out with Dr. Paris to explore the Floridian aquifer to learn about freediving firsthand. Check out the crew’s video from their Odyssey with Dr. Claire Paris below.

Waterlust_1Freedivers Claire Paris and Ashleigh Baird circle the entrance of an underwater cave before a dive.

Waterlust_3Dr. Claire Paris exploring the caves of the Floridan Aquifer.

Waterlust_4Freediving is all about balancing your mind and your body. Ashleigh Baird achieving both.


Freedivers use meditation to better preserve their oxygen supply by slowing their heart rate.

Learn more about Waterlust and their Odysseys on our blog here.

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