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Sustained easy Co2 tolerance training for freediving

As we all know c02 tolerance is a MASSIVE part of freediving training. If you are unaware of this, then ill explain… for those that do know about it, skip to the paragraph after! C02 or Carbon Dioxide gives us our primary trigger to breathe, we dont have much of a physical response to low oxygen so when we are swimming down …

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Fragmented breathing for freediving (with bellows exhale)

The freediver that spends time training and conditioning their breathing muscles will not only improve their depth of breath but they will also improve their equalisation and overall efficiency whilst breathing up. They will therefore increase their time underwater and possible maximum depth. There are lots of exercises that you can use to help your breathing, fragmented breathing is an exercise …

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Spearfishing… Going Old Skool! Hawaiian slings and pole spears

Spearfishing is increasingly becoming a more and more popular sport. With this increased popularity it allows more manufacturers and suppliers to bring in and sell slightly more specialist or unusual gear. One of the more specialist, yet most traditional items of kit is the pole spear, or Hawaiian sling. This is something that was bloody impossible to get at a decent price 5 years ago, so …

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Keeping warm when freediving – wetsuits and other tips

Keeping warm when you freedive really is just as important as all the other ‘important’ bits of this sport of ours. As your core body temperature drops , you will use more energy (and oxygen) to keep warm, thereby reducing your overall performance. Living in the UK we probably know more than most about cold water diving. I for one have picked …

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Omer Zero3 – A freediving mask review

Just got my hands on one of these ever so sexy Omer Zero 3 masks the other day. Probably slightly sexier than other masks as it was  designed in collaboration with Momo (they design motorcycle and car stuff… and they are Italian so that helps I guess?). First impressions. To look at, there is  no better looking mask in my …

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Freediving in Cornwall – 2012 – The summer so far…

Well well well… What a start to the season. We started with our trip to Iceland, which we are still harking back to with fond memories. During May we had some of the best conditions that I have seen for a while, perfect calm seas, clear blue skies… Dolphins… Seals… Mackerel shoals, its been a corker. Despite very recent weather in the UK …

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Freediving duck dive technique with bi-fins

A good duck dive can be the difference between a comfortable and successful dive and an absolute failure. Its easy to get right, but also just as easy to get wrong. In this post I will take you through the basics. Obviously this cannot take the place of real world training, so if you want to get your duck dive looking super …

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Freediving for your food – Part 4 – Spearfishing

FACT – Spearfishing is the most sustainable and selective form of fishing available to us as individuals. FACT – Spearfishing can help you develop as a freediver (through extending bottom times). FACT – Spearfishing is not to be attempted by anyone without due caution. FACT – Jumping in to the water with a speargun and thrashing around on the surface chasing fish …

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Freediving fins review – Fins4u – ‘Pure Evolution’ Carbon fins

I have tried a lot of fins. In fact I think I have tried fins from most manufacturers and from all available materials. Plastic composite fins from Cressi, Mares and Beuchat, Carbon fins from Omer and Special fins, Glass and carbon fins from Leader…. the list goes on. Its always a difficult task to be able to review a fin, …

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Taking dynamic apnea training into the sea!

Dynamic training tends to be pool based, for obvious reasons. Its safe, controlled, warm and familiar. What happens if we take those familiar exercises in to the sea? All of a sudden we have currents, deeper water, waves, no pool edge and variable visibility. Doesn’t sound that good at face value does it? But think on…. Here is a checklist …