French duo return home after spectacular Arctic freedives
Divers Laurent Marie and Cedric Batteur also helped local youth attempt dives in frigid waters
A pair of divers have returned home to France after spending 10 days conducting frigid freedives off the coast of Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.
Laurent Marie and Cedric Batteur visited the hamlet as part of L'Ame Bleue, an organization that uses the sport of freediving – deep diving without any artificial breathing apparatus – to teach people about the marine environment.
L'Ame Bleue also dove with a local fisherman who harvests clams beneath the ice, and collected Arctic plankton samples for a French university.
"I hope that they continue diving," said Marie. "We've offered them dry suits and we hope that they are future divers. I hope they keep their confidence, their determination, in the future and the rest of their lives."