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Instructor Karen Mirlenbrink free dives at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City. Mirlenbrink says the sport has taught her how to slow down — in and out of the water — from the stress of daily life. “I have better focus, because so much of what we do here is bringing yourself into the present moment and knowing what you’re doing right now,” she says.DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

No time to breathe? Then free diving might be just for you

ORANGE CITY — Sixty-five feet below the surface, at the bottom of the crevasse formed by the headspring at Blue Spring State Park, lies a bed of manatee poop. Shelves of white limestone line the walls, and a strong current surges up through the narrow fissure. The water flow makes diving to the bottom only a little …