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Kirk Krack’s passion for diving continues to push into new areas of exploration.

His latest project has allowed him to map even more dive sites in BC waters.

For more than three decades, Krack has been training and educating the diving community. He is a pioneer in freediving, writing the book on safety and technique and leading his students to the top of their sport.

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“In freediving, I’ve coached seven different athletes to 23 world records and a dozen athletes to hundreds of national records,” Krack told Global’s This is BC.

He worked on the documentaries Racing Extinction and The Cove.

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Even Hollywood called on his expertise and he trained Margot Robbie to hold her breath for a long time for the movie. suicide squad.

Krack even ended up playing Batman in this underwater scene. Turns out he was made for the role.

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“The stunt manager asked me if I knew anyone with my jawline, about six-foot-three, who might want to do a stunt and had good breathing,” Krack said.

It was Krack who taught Tom Cruise to hold his breath for six minutes for an intense underwater scene in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Cruise required a lot more training than he actually needed.

“He was able to do 130ft and 40m freediving over the course of a few days, which he was really remarkable about,” Krack said.

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Now Krack is working with James Cameron on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 after a chance encounter on a flight to LA

“I went to give him the card and said, ‘Nothing dared, nothing won’, and I was about to say something else when he said, ‘How long can- you hold your breath? “”

The answer to this question is seven minutes.

For a guy from Saskatchewan, not exactly a diving hotbed, Krack has carved out an incredible career while continuing to push to new depths below the surface.

“For me, the dive is going to be a lifetime and I don’t think I’ll ever back down,” Krack said.

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