Date of Birth: June 05, 1977
Born: Nachod, Czech Republic
Lives: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Martin Stepanek is a freediving pioneer having gone to depths never before - over 400 feet on a single breath of air. He claimed his first Freediving World Record in 2001, and has since gone on to become one of the world's top freedivers in history, setting over 13 World Records thus far in his competitive career. Martin's passion for physiology and sports biology led him to explore what the human body experiences while freediving and he worked closely with top researchers from prestigious universities such as Harvard and the Karolynski Institute of Sweden to uncover some of the physiological mysteries behind his sport. His participation in this ongoing research has helped scientists better understand the impact that depth and pressure have on the freediver. Martin's strong desire to improve the effectiveness and safety of freediving education led him to start his own dive training agency, FII (Freediving Instructors International). FII continues to move forward, paving the way in modern freediving education and is now the largest freediving training agency in the United States.
A native of Czech Republic, Martin is a popular international sporting figure offering seminars and lectures worldwide from motivational speaking to community charity events. He is an ‘Ocean Hero’ for the world’s largest ocean protection group, Oceana where he brings awareness to important ocean conservation issues. Martin has featured on ESPN, BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, PBS, and FOX along with numerous print magazines such as Men’s Journal “Athlete of the Year”, Playboy, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, ELLE. www.freedivinginstructors.com