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Freediving Seaventures

Last month we introduced you to Freediving. Let us look at what it takes to become a PADI Freediver, and what we can see while freediving around Seaventures Dive Rig Mabul Sipadan

PADI Freediving

Freediving is the sport of descending underwater on a single breath using minimal equipment. It is the sport of understanding your body and learning to challenge its limits. It is experiencing the underwater world quietly and on your own terms, and, the chance to have a natural interaction with the beautiful life under the waves.

Freediving

Freediving is a popular new way to explore what is beneath the wave, staying as long as you can hold your breath.

Bajau Laut

Commonly known as ‘sea gypsies’, or ‘Bajau Laut’, these communities are found living in stilt huts and boats, known as ‘lepa lepa’, right across the Celebes Sea (and within Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Myanmar – although many are deemed to be stateless)

海巴瑶族

来訪诗巴丹平台极限潜水度假村的客人通常会注意到,如果从平台往四周的海面望去,可以看见不远处的沙洲上有本地一个非常特殊的族群的踪迹。他们是通常被称为 ” 海上吉普赛” 的海巴瑶人。海巴瑶族住在建筑于海面上的高脚屋或名为lepa lepa的船上,散布在西里伯斯海 ( Celebes Sea, 主要为印尼,马来西亚,菲律宾及缅甸的海域里 ), 过着海上游牧/半定居的日子。 也因为他们的居无定所的生活型态,很多的海巴瑶人是没有任何国籍和身份的,他们的习俗及传统故事藉由口耳相传而保存。甚至有一部分 ( 虽然逐年减少 )的海巴瑶人终其一身從没有踏足陆地。在沙巴,他们总人口据估计在3000左右,是本地第二大的少数民族。 海巴瑶族世代靠海维生,他们许多都是自由潜水和捕鱼的专家。有些人在年幼的时候就刻意将耳膜刺穿,以免日后耳膜在用鱼枪潜水打鱼时因巨大的水压而撕裂。长久地反复自由潜水让他们在生理上有优于常人的表现: 可以在水下看得更远,及在水中闭气极长的时间。在过去,海巴瑶族曾使用对海洋生态极具伤害性的捕鱼方式,但是近年来,经过对永续发展性渔业的宣导和鼓励,族群里的环保意识逐渐抬头,许多也改变了他们的想法。海巴瑶人与海洋向来有着复杂深厚的关系,有些相信洋流,潮汐,珊瑚礁及红树林皆有灵,有些则信奉依斯兰教。 就依照传统海巴瑶文化生活的族人而言,一户家庭合住在一艘船上,此家庭的近亲则各自居住在邻近的船上,整个家族组成一个移动社区,一起四处捕鱼或参加其它家族的婚丧喜庆活动。每个家族一般有其惯常的停靠点 ( 这些地点通常有着文化背景意义或接近淡水水源 ),由家族里的年长者留驻。由此处为据点,他们通常不会航行超过方圆40公里的范围。 所以当您下次看到这些海上民族的时候,不管您正是乘船来往仙本那及潜水平台的途中,或正悠闲地坐在潜水平台的露天阳台享受一杯饮料,我们希望藉由本篇文章的介绍,您能对这个特别的族群有了更多的认识。

Sipadan

Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia. It was formed by coral growing on an extinct volcano that rises 600m from the continental shelf. Sipadan took thousands of years to develop and is in the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world – at least 3000 fish species, and hundreds of coral species have been recorded at Sipadan.