When ‘One Breath’ Tests Life: Author Explores Extreme Freediving


Until a few years ago, not many people paid much attention to the extreme sport of free diving. That’s where a swimmer packs as much air as they can into their lungs and plunges as deep as they possibly can into the sea – no oxygen tank, just that one breath to keep them going. But in November of 2013, a tragedy brought free diving into the spotlight when Nicholas Mevoli from Brooklyn died while attempting a record-breaking plunge in the Bahamas. Writer Adam Skolnick was there to cover that event, and Mevoli’s death brought him inside this sport in a way he never expected. His new book is called “One Breath: Freediving, Death, And The Quest To Shatter Human Limits.”

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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