Ask Josh for a dive and he’ll say no tanks

Josh Fry doing what he loves most – free diving. Picture: Matthew Poon d399737
Josh Fry doing what he loves most – free diving. Picture: Matthew Poon d399737

Mr Fry (20) has been free diving ” which is diving without breathing apparatus ” for several years and says Point Peron is one of the Perth metropolitan area’s best spots for the extreme sport.

‘The difference between, say, scuba diving and free diving is that free diving is a lot more of a challenge; you’re pushing your own physical limits by holding your breath,’ he said.

‘You can get into places you can’t get into in a scuba outfit. Basically, it’s just you against yourself, how deep you can go and how long you can stay under. It’s a whole new freedom, just you and your wetsuit.’

Mr Fry said the local wildlife also came much closer because they weren’t frightened by the bubbles from traditional scuba apparatus.

Two weeks ago a 2.45m bronze whaler came up to Mr Fry as he dived in Peron and gave him ‘a nudge’.

‘It’s good fun; it gets me out with a bunch of mates. Every dive is a challenge,’ he said.

Mr Fry said his record was three minutes underwater and a depth of about 20m.

‘Point Peron is definitely my favourite spot,’ he said.

‘To have a spot like that so close to the city is excellent.

‘About 600m offshore there’s a great reef structure with a huge amount of life in there.

‘It’s a bit daunting at first but it’s an amazing sensation.’

While free diving is also a high-risk professional sport, Mr Fry said he was strictly an amateur.

He urged anyone interested in learning more about free diving to engage with the spearfishing community WA Undersea Club, which held regular meetings with guest speakers on a variety of topics including breathholding techniques, underwater photography and spearfishing.

For more information, visit the club’s website at www.waundersea.com.