Hanli shares stories of record breaking deep freedives to swimming alongside great sharks, communicating with a sperm whale or the grace of giant manta rays adds to the journey the audience is taken on.
Her visual material from the underwater world combined with her vibrant storytelling captures the imagination and inspires audiences from all walks of life.’
Hanli speaks with animation & passion…… about freedom, fear, risk and PURPOSEFUL living.
Hanli is a multiple South African freediving record holder and Founder of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa her love of nature and the human need for wilderness were instilled at an early age. With a background in social-political documentary filmmaking, Hanli has travelled the world seeking and telling stories of transformation, hope and inspiration. Hanli excelled at competitive freediving and is a sought-after coach having worked with professional rugby players, cyclists, runners and big wave surfers.
At present her energy is channeled into ocean conservation through human experience, reconnecting people with nature through the innovative I AM WATER ocean workshops offered to underserved coastal communities globally. As co-founder of for profit company I AM WATER Ocean Travel, she also takes paying clients on extraordinary ocean adventures around the world, teaching yoga, freediving and big animal interactions as a fundraising tool for the work of the foundation.
Her personal quest being freediving with marine megafauna has resulted in numerous exhibitions, films and articles about the human/animal connection. She is an acclaimed international speaker.
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