A freediving winter warmer

After only a few months of winter, I  am already fed up of the cold. Anyone who dives in cold water will tell you, half the battle is keeping warm when on dry land. Hot drinks really help to keep you warm, there is nothing quite like opening a steaming thermos and pouring out a warming drink after a dive. Tea… Britain’s most …

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. …

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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co2 and o2 training tables for freediving

In our last post we talked about a very simplistic, sustained co2 and 02 tolerance table (of sorts). What we will now cover is the cornerstone of all apnea training… tables! If you sneak in to a freediving club, or overhear freedivers talking about their training you are bound to hear a conversation that goes something like this… “How are your …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Freediving dive sites – Newquay – part 2

In my last post about freediving dive sites we covered the southern end of Newquay, Pentire and fistral. If we move north a little bit we get 2 more really great spots. The headland north of Fistral beach is called Towan headland and it is surrounded by great freediving locations. The deepest is the area which surrounds the reef known …