Freediver who made history shares his experiences

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - A guest joined us in studio to share some of his experiences as the first person to freedive 200 feet deep.

Bob Croft's autobiography is called Navy Diver, Submariner and Father of American Freediving.

Croft will be at the Man in the Sea Museum Oyster Bash on January 27th for anyone who wants to meet him or buy his book.

Croft enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old. He helped develop two powerful tools used by divers even to this day. He taught himself to overfill his lungs with a "packing" technique whereby he used his tongue as a pump to force extra air into his lungs. He also used the first scleral contact lenses in conjunction with fluid-filled goggles, which enabled him to avoid the large volume presented by normal diving masks-volume that would have to come from his shrunken lungs to equalize the pressure on his face.

And then on February 8th, 1967, he held a lead weight in his hand and dived 200 feet, making history.

For more about Croft, watch Jessica's interview.