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Loooking for Freedivers in the DC area (DMV)!

Discussion in 'USA/Canada' started by freediving_jeeper, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. freediving_jeeper

    freediving_jeeper New Member

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    I just moved to the DC area from FL recently and I can't find any good freediving groups in the area! :( Are there any freedivers up here? I need some dive buddies so that I can continue diving safely. I created this group for anyone that might be interested in getting together and organizing some dive trips. Down in Florida I have an amazing and very close knit community of divers, so I'm hoping to find/create the same thing up here! Anybody looking for the same thing up here?
     
  2. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    Hey jeeper - there is already a freedive meetup in Annapolis - meetup.com "Maryland Freediving Meetup" - you are welcome to join us. We are planning quarry dives this summer.
    There is not much of a freediving community in the DC area - dark murky waters here. Also, its hard to find a pool for practice because they mostly forbid breath holding.
     
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  3. Rsd4130

    Rsd4130 New Member

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    Hi
    I'm book marking this, I'm from MD but I'm in FL for a few months and I hope to keep training while back in MD.
     
  4. freediving_jeeper

    freediving_jeeper New Member

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    That is awesome! Thanks for the reply. I don't know why I didn't get an alert that you replied to this, but this is great. I actually created a meetup group for the DC area, in case anyone is still interested in joining. So far I've gotten a bit of traction and have had about 25 people join the group! We started having weekly pool training sessions at my apartment. Please feel free to join the meetup! I'll also definitely join the Annapolis group so that I can go with y'all one those quarry dives and hopefully bring a few DC people along with me ;)
     
  5. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    Yep, we are going to Hydes Quarry on May 14th - join us
     
  6. Nadia

    Nadia New Member

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    Hi, I am a passionate freediver . I am considering moving to Washington DC but I cannot see myself living in a place where I couldn't freedive several times a week. I can go in cold and dark waters as I freedive in lakes. Do you know if it is possible and realistic to dive in Washington DC without necessarily having to organize a long weekend far? I know someone on the thread said the waters are murky but is it still feasible? I dont go to swimming pools...
     
  7. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    Freediving is not very good here. On a very rare occasion parts of the Cheasapeake Bay may clear up enough to see a few feet but it is generally too murky to see anything - it's also shallow and choppy and infested with recreational boaters. But I guess if you are determined you could dive there. A three hour drive to the east is the Atlantic - there are a few who freedive and spear there - out of Ocean City and Indian River. But again, the visibility will vary from several feet to zero. And finally there are quarries 3 or 4 hours away.
     
  8. Nadia

    Nadia New Member

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    Thank you Mark very much it is very useful. I haven't been on the Atlantic side except in New York where water was so dark and so polluted compared to what I am used to that I gave up.