Made Under Pressure Ep. 1 | Rachel Novak

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Made Under Pressure Ep. 1 | Rachel Novak

Hailing from the vibrant city of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rachel Novak (@thesailingsiren ) is not your typical pharmacist—she's also a stunt performer, freediving and mermaid instructor, professional mermaid, circus artist…and a friend of ours in the DeepSea community.

Rachel Novak, photo by Kel Kitch - Caputure Kitch Photography

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 and later earning her doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD), Rachel's journey extends far beyond the pharmacy walls. When she's not dispensing medications, you'll find her captivating audiences as a fire performer, mermaid artist, and freediving instructor through her company, Aquanauts Freediving LLC.

But Rachel's journey doesn't stop there, as she is a self-proclaimed “professional dabbler”. Her quest for learning and adventure has led her to explore sailing, skydiving, trail running, rock climbing, mountaineering, freediving, scuba diving, parkour, and martial arts. From the icy waters of Puget Sound in Washington to the vibrant marine life in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, Rachel has various certifications from Divemaster (Scuba) to Freediving and Mermaid Instructor.

In 2019, her passion for the underwater world blossomed into becoming an SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor and Mermaid Instructor in Panglao, Philippines. Rachel is deeply connected to the diving community, regularly contributing to The Scuba Radio Show, running her freediving and travel vlog, "The Sailing Siren," and lending her expertise as a commentator for the 2021 Vertical Blue Freediving Competition in Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas. And then representing the USA on the USA Freediving Team.

Rachel made waves in 2021 by landing her first role as a stunt performer in the highly anticipated "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever." Join us as we dive into Rachel's incredible journey, exploring the depths of her varied skills and experiences on land and beneath the waves, and her Stories, Made Under Pressure.

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  • On wrist AJ | Garmin Descent G1 Solar
  • On wrist Rachel | Garmin Descent MK2


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