Relive Aurore's dives

« The sea is calm, the sky azure blue, it is 9 a.m. I get on CIPA's yellow zodiac boat. We're heading for Villefranche harbour. Once the boat has anchored, I concentrate on the day's aim: reaching 75 metres. I lie down and close my eyes to visualise my descent one last time. I have to reach a state of complete calm before setting off. The least stress would immediately put an end to my dive. I adjust my nose clip, put on my monofin and fasten my wrist to a lanyard on which the safety system is based. My trainer, François Gautier, is on board. He has been supervising me for weeks and is responsible for my safety. His presence reassures me.

Three minutes before the official off, I go into the water and clip the lanyard to the cable that connects me to the surface. I immerse my face and get used to opening my eyes in the water. I breathe slowly into my snorkel. Everything is going well. The countdown begins. With 30 seconds to go, I begin to breathe in as much as I can, then at zero I finally dive and disappear. I leave the surface, its noises, worries, joys and sorrows. What does it matter? Where I'm going, silence reigns, thought is no more. With the speed, I feel the liquid run over my face and soon have the pleasure of finding myself in a totally liberated, untouched space, alone before the vastness. I vigorously swim with my monofin to 40 metres, then I let myself sink to the bottom like a stone from 40 to 75 metres to save oxygen."

 "My arms are now alongside my body, I close my eyes and abandon myself to the water. All my muscles are relaxed. My only thought: offset the pressure that is being exerted in my inner ear. I'm travelling at almost a metre per second, it's a bit like "sliding without falling". At the bottom, I take the tag and go back. Like at the beginning of the dive, I swim strongly with the monofin to go back up to the surface. At 20 metres, two safety free divers come to see me. They look very blurred to me, but they make a noise as if to say "everything's going well, only 20 metres to go". The water becomes brighter and I can finally make out the outline of the boat. A few metres before coming up, I breathe all my air, so that on the surface I only have to breathe in to immediately recover from my exertion. This vital intake of breath is reminiscent of birth.

At that moment, you still have a little blue in your eyes. Effort transforms into joy. You return from this journey wanting to do it again and with a strong feeling of accomplishment. Excelling yourself, in harmony with nature, lifts you up."

 

 

 

 

 

"Relive Aurore's dives..."

 

 

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