I have enjoyed a few epic freediving trips around Stavanger this summer together with my brother Martin, Jacob, Erling and Helge. Though we’ve never managed to all be on the same trip, we’ve had some memorable dives together.
The trip Jacob and I had to Vigdel kicked off the freediving season for me, because that was the first time I had a wetsuit that made it viable to spend a couple of hours in the water without freezing to death. The temperatures weren’t above 8 degrees Celcius (46°F), so without a proper open-cell wetsuit, you get cold fast. There’s a whole bunch of freediving reasons why it’s bad to be cold, because it hampers performance, but it also sucks to be cold when you just want to hang out and have a good time … and hope to find a mermaid.
Martin and I headed out to Myklabust to check out the harbor right below my uncles cabin. We didn’t know what to expect. We decided not to bring our spearguns, because we had a feeling that there wouldn’t be much fish. We were right. There was nothing. Though we did see some nice jellyfish, but all in all the dive was cold and not the most memorable one we’ve done.