Joe’s Watermanship course is designed to broaden ocean awareness and safety. It uses a holistic approach to support student to new levels of capability, and better understand the ocean and themselves, says Joe.
“All of us in One Ocean, we’ve all been paramedics. We obviously teach ocean safety and rescue and all that sort of stuff. But we also teach anatomy, physiology, and science. We teach the discipline of apnea, or breathhold, and how to basically stay calm and be confident in all ocean situations without the aid of craft. You’re on your own, you’ve got no gear. We teach people how to be physically and mentally prepared for those situations.”
When people talk about diving, says Joe, it can be divided into two main categories: scuba diving and freediving. Scuba is done with the aid of compressed air, whereas freediving relies on breath-holding. Each has different motivations and offers different experiences, says Joe.
“Scuba diving allows you to get really macro. You can spend a great deal of time looking at specific details of say a coral reef or a sponge garden, which is amazing. It’s so cool.”
“Freediving is using diving as personal development, to see how far you can push your limits. It’s also about diving for the pure joy and meditation of it. You’re just in your own little world, and the best thing about it is your situational awareness of the ocean and the things around you.
“As Umberto Pelizzari said, ‘the scuba diver dives to look around, the freediver dives to look within’.”