Petra is a woman of many talents and an abundance of passion for the world around her. Ambitious, dedicated, and empathetic, she has an uncanny ability to bring uncover beautiful treasures both in the people she meets, the places she visits, and the animals she interacts with. What interests her most is, quite literally, what’s below the surface. She was born in Slovakia and was a bright, curious, and creative child. At the ripe age of 10, her parents gave her her first camera, a Canon, and she passed the time photographing her favorite things: nature and animals.
Her love for animals led her to study Veterinary Science and while her career momentarily took a different path, she has always maintained a strong connection with the natural world. This connection is obvious to anyone who has ever had the pleasure of watching Petra interact with animals, especially in the water, and can also be seen in her incredible photos and videos. Petra later moved to New York City where she worked in Marketing for several years. In 2012, she decided to take study for a semester at the International Center of Photography in New York City to develop her skills and learn more formally about this art form which had fascinated her since her youth. It was also while living in New York that she discovered freediving and decided to pursue ways to cultivate her passion for the ocean and its inhabitants.
Following her newfound passion for freediving and combining it with photography, she embarked on several fascinating projects. In 2016, she worked with a non-profit in Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, and Gili Islands) on a coral reef restoration project using a technology that helps regenerate coral reefs and on a plastic pollution awareness project. One of the most rewarding experiences for her was educating the locals on the importance of the ocean and keeping it clean and setting them up for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future. She then went on to work at the world-famous Bimini Shark Lab where she spent 6 months tagging and photographing sharks for research purposes. In 2018, she worked on Shark Week for the Discovery Channel and a shark photography project for the Museum of Natural History in Florida.
For the last 3 years, she has been living in Baja California, diving the incredible Sea of Cortez and continuing her studies of the pelagic life in this region: sea lions, sharks, dolphins, whales, mantas, etc.
In 2021, she decided to combine her passion for freediving with her desire to educate people on how to create a deeper physical and emotional connection with the flora and fauna of the ocean and founded Freediving Explorations. Freediving Explorations provides people with the opportunity to learn the art of freediving through breathing and stretching techniques, top-notch training on the line, stress management, and then allows you to use these skills to confidently explore and feel comfortable in the liquid space around you while interacting with flora and fauna with more respect and understanding. The company began by offering expeditions in La Paz, Baja California, but has now expanded to exploring the Pacific side of Baja, the magnificent cenotes of Yucatan, shark waters of Bahamas, and 2023 expects to see even more incredible places added to this list.