Chris Pollack, a construction worker who lives in Seldovia, says he is “addicted to the ocean.” Chris and his wife, Amelia, are free divers who share their passion for the sport through their business and website. “The response we’ve had is just unbelievable. People are so excited about it and everybody we’ve gotten in the water, it just blows their minds,” Chris says.

“You don’t have control, so you kind of have to just give that away. It’s easier for me because I’ve had so much time in the water. There are times, like spearfishing, up here the sea lions are kind of like sharks everywhere else. They’ll try and steal your fish and they get a little aggressive at times. They’re super, super curious too, so they’re always coming in checking you out. They’re just so much more agile and powerful and bigger than you that of course it’s unnerving sometimes. That’s the only time that you’re really like, whoa, this thing’s twice the size of me and…so much more mobile. I’ve gotten to a point where I’m not really uncomfortable or nervous in the water anymore just because I’ve kind of given up that feeling of control.”


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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