Cliff Etzel said:Problem is, people have ego's that need to be fed and they want to show off whom they were taught by.
Welp, it's understandable that freediving is largely about egos, there's really nothing wrong with that as long as people are safe and resposible. Thing is, it's not about WHO teaches you, it's about how far, how deep, and how long you dive.
If you want recognition, enter a competition (there needs to be more of these too by the way... another pathetic issue with freediving) or attempt a record. Even easier, join a club and register to a public forum like deeperblue.
Back to the competition thing, I believe that's the key to this whole issue. I'm not one of those who thrives on it, or needs it... probably more of a soul-diver. BUT, it DOES help expose the sport as well as advance it.. along with generating money and gaining recognition for people who deserve it.
Right now, the only real organized freediving sport/competition for the masses?? Underwater Hockey... quite sad indeed. I shouldnt have to fly to Maiorca, Spain once a year to compete... or organize a flotilla of support people and vessels just to attempt to beat someone else; the system should be in place already.
I yearn for the day I can walk to City Hall and see a flyer on the wall that says "Southeast Regional Freediving competition on saturday." On "Any Given Sunday" there should be people in the water competing somewhere.
No excuse really... people make a sport, if they claim it for themselves to make them seem a set apart from the rest then the sport will never be accepted. Right now, all freediving is is a David Blaine parlor trick.
I implore all divers to come out of their shells and just teach someone, or get taught, or even try to organize your own local event. Make all the necessary precautions above and beyond what we've seen in the past (99.9% of all accidents are just plain stupidity).
Anyways, I feel like I'm ranting... :head
Lemme stop for now... hehe