DONNY MAC

FREEDIVING ATHLETE & EDUCATOR

 

 

 

 

 

Passionate about deep freediving and the healing
and transformative properties of the ocean.

 

 

CONTACT
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BIO

 

Molchanovs Wave 3 Instructor

(& FORMER AIDA + SSI INSTRUCTOR)

6 Years Teaching Experience

Freedive Cafe Founder & Host

Freedive Taiwan Founder

Freedive & Thrive Owner

Owner of The Little Blue, Dahab

Competitive Freediving Athlete

(CURRENT PERSONAL BEST: 82 METRES)

Certified Thai Massage Therapist

13 years study & practice in Classical Yoga

Yoga Alliance 500hr RYT

I came to freediving, like many of us, a little later in life. I had seen The Big Blue as a kid, and it left an indelible impression on me. I always remembered freediving, and that I wanted to do it one day. But 22 years had to pass before I did my first breath-hold dive.

My story before that was a difficult one. I have suffered from severe anxiety since I was a child. This led me in two very different directions.

On the one hand, it probably inspired my spiritual interests and a precocious fascination with meditation and other transformational practices. The desire to trascend my present reality and free myself from suffering.

Unfortunately, on the other hand, it led to addictions and various self-harming habits, that ultimately revealed themselves to be nothing more than self-medication.

All through my adolescence, my twenties and the early part of my thirties, I constantly struggled, oscillating between healthy practices, and self-destructive ones.

During a rare period in which things were moving in a healthier direction, I finally took my first freediving courses. I felt like I had come home.

We all need a purpose, a direction, a passion, a vehicle to inspire us through life. I had found mine.

I dedicated my whole life to freediving and its deeper dimension. Freediving has transformed my body, my mind, my self-perception and everything about my material life. It heals me, every day.

It unravels a lifetime of painful psychological knots. It is a slow process, and I am by no means perfectly liberated from the past. But maybe one day….

I don’t dive deep to show off, or to win against others. Every deep freedive is a challenging journey that requires mental stability, focus, clarity and self-love.

I go deeper and deeper, to aid in deepening these qualities, both in the water, and in the air.

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