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How varying wetsuit thickness effects buoyancy throughout the dive for freediving and spearfishing

The reason we wear weights when we freedive or spearfish is to, on the whole, compensate for the additional buoyancy created by the neoprene of our wetsuits. The colder the water, the thicker the wetsuit, therefore the more weight we have to wear to create the correct level of buoyancy. For freediving the average rule of thumb is to create …

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Streamlining vs relaxed posture in freediving

If you have come to freediving from competitive swimming you are likely to hold a fairly rigid but extremely ‘aquadynamic’ pose whilst you are freediving. A pose which lets you cut through the water with minimum resistance. This all makes sense when you first think about it, it certainly looks good as well, but is it the most efficient way …

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Pushing past failure depth – you and residual volume

Heres the story. You start freediving and you quickly realise that you love it. After your first course you discover that the biggest challenge is equalisation rather than breath-hold, but you feel like you have a good grip on what to do. You continue your journey and start to get deeper. With some training you find yourself getting deeper and …

Learning to freedive in the UK – Does it make better freedivers?

The UK is host to a wealth of freediving opportunities, ranging from inland quarries to open ocean diving, dedicated freediving clubs in cities to hardcore buddy groups of cold water warriors in coastal towns. This makes the UK freediving scene, despite its apparent disadvantages to warm water destinations a real player in the world scene. As a result of this …

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Moken freediving kit amnesty goes swimmingly!

This is the first of many blog posts about our recent trip to freedive with the Moken in Thailand. Part of our purpose for our recent trip to visit the indigenous freedivers of the Andaman sea, the Moken, was to deliver a very large parcel of donated freediving and spearfishing gear. The equipment was donated by freedivers and spearos from …

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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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Freedive UK – Our year in numbers and pictures

What a year its been! A big thanks to everyone who came on a course! We have been really busy this year, running freediving courses almost every day in the spring, summer and autumn.  Despite the wet weather, we never had to cancel a course and the water was really quite warm (for British standards). Loads of fish life this …

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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 …

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 …