The Man who put India on the Global Freediving Map with 4 National Records in May 2022, Mario is India’s Only Level 3 Freediving Instructor & Instructor Trainer.
Mario, a native Goan, hails from a humble background.His youth was spent against the backdrop of the ocean, exploring its various depths and nurturing a deep connection with the myriad life beneath its surface.
Indian Freediving champion, Mario Fernandes, had set four national records last year in May, accentuating India’s global presence in this challenging sport. As India’s only Level 3 Freediving Instructor and instructor trainer. His record-breaking performance took place in Israel under the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA). He excelled in four categories: Constant Weight With Bi-Fins(45m), Free Immersion (40m), Dynamic With Bi-Fins (86m), Static Apnea, where he held his breath for an impressive 4 minutes and 29 seconds, submerging at the water’s surface. His personal best breath-hold time is 7 minutes during training.
Dr Rina Dev, founder & president of RiWild Sanctuary which is a rehabilitation centre for birds and urban wildlife based in Karjat. Having trained in various wildlife setups in South Africa, New Zealand, the US and Maldives where she interned with the Olive Ridley turtle project.
She is also currently working with exotics in Mumbai and also works with rescued wildlife on a probono basis where she offers her services to wildlife in distress right from first aid, treatments, surgeries and rehabilitation.
She is a consultant to the Marine Wildlife transit centre established for stranded Marine Wildlife in Maharashtra which rescued stranded olive Ridley turtles, dolphins and other cetaceans on the coast of Mumbai. Due to her immense field work experience, she has helped to contribute to better improving standards of treatment and rehabilitation for wildlife in India. Currently, she is also associated with RAW, which works primarily with urban wildlife. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award 2017 for her contribution to wildlife conservation in India and also was awarded the Association of Avian Veterinarian (USA) Scholarship 2016.