Talya Davidoff is a Freediving Instructor with a Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town. She has passion for marine apex predators as well as conserving the ocean. She has worked on multiple projects like the Sharksafe Barrier, along side Michael Rutzen and Coral Reef CPR with Dr Andrew Bruckner.
Talya loves introducing people to the underwater world, as an Instructor trainer she mentors other Freediving Instructor candidates. She also loves working with children teaching swimming, with her youngest student being 3 months old.
Talya started diving competitively in 2018. Since then she has sporadically been competing between 2018 and 2020. Talya was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in 2019 and Breast cancer in 2021 – she has overcome both. In 2021, Talya competed at the world’s most prestigious Freediving competition, Vertical Blue, where she broke 5 continental/national Records and placed 5th overall. She also competed at the CMAS world championship in Kas, Turkey – where she took 4 continental records and in overall ranking came 2nd.
Talya is a Double K Freediving gear Ambassador and also works with a company called Artemis Arts, who advocate female representation within the art and sporting Industries.