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Instructor: Rachel Novak

Aquanauts Freediving began with a sincere interest in catering to those who seek an adventurous lifestyle involving the underwater world! As a sailor, freediver, scuba diver, outdoor enthusiast and mermaid performer, it has been my goal to use my knowledge in these areas to provide education and experiences that get people into the water in a safe and responsible manner. As we live in a land-locked state, I have specialized in finding unique destinations to explore on one breath across the US and abroad. Other areas of expertise involve remote freediving adventures ("hike and dives"), stunts and live performance, competitive freediving, and troubleshooting equalization problems. Please feel free to reach out if you want to connect over any of these topics!

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Aquanauts Freediving offers a variety of courses for all levels. Courses are designed to provide a comprehensive education, covering everything from safety procedures to how to take the next step to improve your skills after you've completed a course. We also offer professional mermaid entertainment for events and parties.


  • PFI Freediver Instructor
  • PFI Mermaid Instructor
  • SSI Advanced Freediver Instructor
  • SSI Mermaid Instructor
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Dry Suit certified
  • PADI Nitrox certified
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider certified
  • First Aid/CPR/BLS Certified
  • WADA Medical Professional's Education Program certified


Projects and Experience

  • Stunt performer on Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever
  • US Freediving National Team Member 2023
  • Competed for Team USA at CMAS Freediving Depth World Championships 2023
  • Cast member of MerPeople documentary on Netflix
  • Athlete on Season 15, Episode 6 of American Ninja Warrior
  • Miss Mermaid Nevada 2021-2023
  • PFI Brand Ambassador 2023 & 2024
  • Official competition commentator for Vertical Blue 2021 Freediving Competition and UNU Tampa Bay Pool Competition 2021-2023
  • Founder of Hike and Dive Community

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