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A LOCAL group of freedivers are keen to encourage more people to enjoy the freedom of exploring the seas around Shetland’s coastline.

Freediving relies on breath holding, without the need for using underwater scuba equipment, making it relatively accessible and affordable compared to other forms of diving.

A small number of local freediving enthusiasts are inviting people to a meeting to discuss the future of the sport in Shetland, including options for some organised activities, and forming a recognised club.

The meeting will take place at Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick room on Thursday 27 October at 7pm.

Freediving is also recognised as an international sport, with competition standards and records set for depth, horizontal distance and breath hold endurance, among others.

With the recent growth in open water swimming, around Shetland and elsewhere in the UK, it is said that freediving may appeal to wild swimmers looking for more adventure.

Regular freediver Peter Szucs said: “Shetland has some incredible underwater scenery and for those of us who enjoy it, we’d really like to share the experience of freediving with anyone who’d like to give it a try.

“We’d welcome anyone along for a chat at Islesburgh next Thursday evening.”

Meanwhile local underwater photographer Billy Arthur has had an image shortlisted in this year’s Close-up Photographer of the Year competition.

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