This toddler has amazing swimming skills. Although he is merely 3 years of age, young Fedor Afonasiev of Russia goes on underwater swims with his dad and mom – and they take him as far as 10m from the surface.
As you will see in the video below, he is pretty comfortable swimming underwater while holding his breath.
According to a report by the Mirror, Fedor “has been freediving with his parents since he was two years old.” His parents are professional freedivers.
Alexey Molchanov, a friend of the family, took the footage. He said about Fedor:
“His parents do not set any goals for him – he just goes down as far as he feels comfortable.
Molchanov also added:
“For freediving, you don’t need to follow any decompression tables until you get quite deep.
“You just need to make sure that you have plenty of rest when you’re on the surface until you’ve recovered completely.”
Go watch the video here and watch little Fedor in action:
What Is Freediving?
According to the website AquaCityFreediving:
“Freediving or apnea, is the sport of breath hold diving where a diver descends on a single breath of air. People have freedived for millennia, for food, for exploration and more recently for sport. Many divers or swimmers will have practiced freediving at some point, every time you hold your breath and swim underwater you are freediving! There are many different reasons to learn to freedive. For some it is a way to explore the ocean unencumbered by bulky scuba gear, some people freedive to spear fish or get involved in underwater photography. The area that gains a lot of attention is competitive apnea where competitors attempt to attain great depths, distances or time underwater. Many people also compare freediving to learning a martial art. It promotes greater physical and mental awareness and control…”
“It is important when learning to freedive, to understand the inherent risks and learn to dive safely with a qualified instructor, and never, ever freedive alone,” the site also adds.