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Field Report | Ubuntu

On the southern edge of the African continent, adventure awaits among towering forests hidden just beneath the ocean's surface. A place of wonder and discovery, both beautiful and potentially treacherous.
Showcasing talented filmmakers and photographers, our new Field Reports tell stories of #WhereItTakesYou from our community around the world. In this instalment, Dougal Paterson shares his own local adventure with his 15 year old daughter, Malia - passing on skills, passion and a love of the sea, from one generation to the next.


"I am, because you are."

“Ubuntu” is an old African philosophical term of undetermined origin.

In recent years however, it has become a kind of open source document to which many influential African change-agents have contributed. It’s the idea that we're all deeply connected through our humanity. “Ubuntu” says that the things I do have an effect on you and your well being, and vice versa. This open source term has come to exemplify values like: communality, respect, dignity, value, sharing, co-responsibility, social justice, morality, group solidarity, compassion, joy, love, fulfilment and reconciliation. 

Our family lives a few miles from the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Kelp forests proliferate the aquatic landscape just offshore. For me, “Ubuntu” has to do with stewardship, legacy, mentoring, honor, integrity, telling the truth and living with faith. 

I am confident that by sharing my love of these two oceans with my 15 year old daughter, it will ensure that she will become someone who exemplifies the values of “Ubuntu”. 

"I am, because you are."

Malia Paterson prepares for the dive, wearing a Finisterre 4mm wetsuit

Father and daughter freediving team get ready to enter the water

Dougal Paterson checks his mask before diving into the kelp forest

Malia Paterson wearing a finisterre wetsuit in the ocean

Dougal and Malia Paterson freedive wearing Finisterre wetsuits

Dougal and Malia Paterson wearing Finisterre wetsuits about to freedive in the kelp forests

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Featuring Dougal & Malia Paterson
Film by James Lowe & Dougal Paterson
Words by Dougal Paterson  |  Imagery by James Lowe

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