Steve Benson

A relative new comer to the sport of free diving, Steve took his first free diving course in 2010 with Performance Freediving’s world class instructors Ren and Ashley Chapman.  In his first class, Steve’s breath hold was 6 minutes 15 seconds, and he reached a depth of 20 meters. He was hooked.


He became a member of an extended family he affectionately calls his “water tribe” when he competed for the first time in 2012 at Deja Blue Grand Cayman. There he completed a personal best 60 meter dive, and also broke the US national static breath-hold record, setting a new mark at 7 minutes 43 seconds. His record still stands.  He has since competed in the 2013 Caribbean Cup in Roatan, Honduras, and Deja Blue Curacao where he placed third overall, despite suffering a perforated eardrum two days before competition.


Steve grew up about as far from the ocean as you can get, in Colorado, but always had a love of the water. Family vacations to the Jersey shore and Mexico ensured he would someday live on a coast.  He started scuba diving in 1989, and can’t remember a time in his life when he didn’t have a mask and fins. Steve spent 4 years in the US Navy, where he also served in Desert Storm.  Always a self-starter, Steve worked his way through college earning a bachelor of fine arts degree and subsequently a Master of Science.  His passion has always been the ocean and now he is focusing his intensity on freedive training.  It is difficult to fit training into everyday life but never loses site of the importance of a balanced life.


In his day job, Steve is a Physician’s Assistant with Eastern Urology, in Greenville, NC. He is a father of two, and is an accomplished cyclist, both on the trail and on the road. When he’s not in the water or in the office, he can be found out on his road bike pedalling the scenic roads around Pitt County, spending time with his love and team mate Kerry Hollowell, shuttling daughter Anna to swimming and Dance or working on an endless supply of “projects” including a total renovation of their home.


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