Chances are, if you’ve found yourself here, you love the ocean. I do too. Born and raised in Vancouver and surrounded by water, I could never imagine a life away from it. I first explored our local waters as an avid scuba diver. Later, while working as a Dive Master, I discovered freediving and pursued it both competively and recreationally. I also began to take longer and longer swims in the ocean, exploring different locations, competing in local open water swim races, and eventually swimming without a wetsuit through a Vancouver winter.
Nowadays I switch from freediving to swimming, from suit to skin, and my focus has shifted to sharing my love of the ocean with others. I’m often approached by people who are either interested and ask lots of practical questions, or express fear in some way. I tell those I meet that with proper preparation and some basic knowledge, anyone can enjoy the ocean. Fear is only a result of a lack of information and experience, and both are easy to attain.
"You are so awesome.Were your ears burning about 1 hour ago? We were all saying how great you are.Thank you for inspiring and empowering me!!!" - January 2015
"Thank for the breath holding session yesterday to all the organizers and the SUPERB coaches!!!!Is was so much fun!!!!" - January 2015
"When I finally got a chance to look at the videos of us freediving on Gabriola, I was struck by how carefully you watched my dives, Roberta. I hadn’t realized that you went down with me each time to make sure I was all right, and that you hovered on the surface waiting for me to go down. Sometimes I was aware that you were around, but until I saw the videos I didn’t know you were watching and coaching on each dive. You are an amazing teacher! You were so encouraging and I learned a lot from you the past few times we’ve been out." - January 2015