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A freediver without fins observes the exhibition of Fred Buyle in Nemo33, image by Joost van Uffelen

Freediving in Nemo33

Recently we visited Nemo33, one of the deepest pools in the world, for some freedive training.

Nemo33 is located in Brussels, Belgium. The pool consists of different segments. One of the segments in the pool is 10 meters deep. The shallower part of the pool has a depth of about 5 meter. The deepest section of the pool is a whopping 33 meters deep, for which Nemo was named the deepest pool in Europe.

The "33" in Nemo33 was not only added because of the depth.. The water temperature is also a really nice 33 degrees celsius, making for warm training conditions! 

World renowned freediver and photographer Fred Buyle has an exposition of images in Nemo33 as well, that is, an exibition underwater... 

It was a welcome view in between the training dives to revell at his images of big marine life and freedivers.

Especially his images of Great Whites make a lasting impression. Sharks that we people have grown an enormous fear for, but we are learning more and more about. Slowly our fear is replaced with a fascination for its build, biology and overall presence.

I have been following Fred for a while and can only say he has inspired me creating better images and becoming a better freediver myself.

Even more freedive training has been done with Enker this summer in the preparations for our next trip end of August. More images to come!

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Joost loves the oceans, travelling and (underwater)photography. Combining those three elements he creates ocean art, travel reports and ocean photo stories...

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