This is our 8th year of coming to Southern Mozambique for freediving, our 4th year with guests... and this ocean never ceases to amaze us! The week started off rainy and stormy - a day dedicated to long yoga sessions and even longer breath-holds. Our guests from all over the world settled in - getting to know each other and the team. Chef Bella and her incredible meals quickly becoming one of the highlights!
Day two dawned bright and sunny, the wind having died down and the leaves just gently dripping the last drops from the nights rain as we took the sand track down to the beach. As always starting with rope training we looked down into the crystal blue water to the sand below - pin pricks of tiny blue planktons sparkling like an underwater galaxy, an invitation to go deeper. Coaching all the individual challenges; from equalisation, to relaxation, finning technique or fear - Peter and I love seeing our guests get more comfortable at depth!
After the freediving depth training it was time for dolphins! We hardly had time to get back on the boat before we spotted the first pod - a happy little family of adults and juveniles, circling and spinning, clicking and talking and scanning us. They were soon friendly! Zooming along underneath us, checking out each person one at a time and engaging. Four days in a row our routine is what Peter calls the best groundhog day ever - early morning on the water, training depth, swimming with dolphins and practicing our freediving skills on the exquisite reefs. Brunch and relaxation time followed by yoga sessions and breath work, pranayama exercises, freediving theory and conservation talks.
One of our ocean days we were just about to head for land when the shout went up - 'manta ray!' Everybody pulled on masks and fins and slipped into the water - a first time for me seeing dolphins playing with the huge manta ray... then circling back to look straight into the camera like 'you're here for US, not the big flat fish!' Very very funny! You can see the little dolphin photo bomb on the video above :)