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Exploiting freefall when freediving

To me, freefall is one of the great pleasures in freediving. Its the moment where gravity overcomes the buoyancy of your body and you can drift effortlessly in to the deep. The point where this happens will vary depending on almost countless factors, primarily though it is dictated by the thickness of your suit and the amount of weight you …

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Free reusable water bottle for all freediving courses

Its been bugging us for a while…. having to hand out hundreds of plastic water bottles every year, supporting a plastics industry with one hand and fighting it with the other. So! Our solution? From now on every student on any course with us that lasts one day or more will receive this reusable, recyclable, packable, foldable, dishwasher safe, BPA …

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Freediving for food – Part 5 – Coastal foraging – Marsh Samphire

Ok… so i know this isn’t freediving, but its a nice walk nonetheless. Marsh Samphire is a succulent marine plant that likes to grow in the high tidal regions of estuaries and tidal embankments. It is quite delicious and will work brilliantly cooked alongside your fish, crustaceans or molluscs, tasting similar to salty asparagus when cooked. I’m writing this post as …

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Freediving with basking sharks

One of the most incredible creatures to inhabit our waters has to be the basking shark. Growing up to 10-12 meters in length the basking shark is the 2nd largest fish in the sea (behind the whale shark) and despite its vast proportions is docile, harmless and majestic. We are very lucky here in Cornwall as during the spring and early summer …

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The dangers of hyperventilation when freediving

When people started to try and plumb the depths of the oceans on a single breath they were confronted, rather quickly, with the desire to breathe, thereby curtailing their efforts and rendering their dives shallower than they may have wanted. In the past, when freediving was purely a method of fishing or gathering, this limitation would have had direct financial and survival implications to those using it. This gave the …

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Apnea Walks – A (…ahem) ‘step by step’ guide.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to live next to the sea. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to swimming pools that allow apnea training. Thankfully there are other, ‘dry’ freediving training techniques that can fill the void. One of the most popular and useful are apnea walks. It also happens to be an incredibly simple exercise to perform. …

Freediving in Cornwall - Water temperature, clarity, sealife

Cornwall water temp and sealife overview

Cornwall has a wonderfully diverse and rich marine environment, an environment that changes throughout the year. We are often asked ‘when is the best time to freedive in Cornwall’, and there really is no right answer, it just depends on what you are looking for. In the winter the water can be clear but often the storms make inshore water …

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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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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 …