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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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Book review – The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown

As part of my journey as a freediver i’m always looking for things that can make my experience easier, more fun and more fulfilling. Don’t get me wrong, i’m not wanting to cut corners in my training but I don’t want to waste my time doing things that don’t get me anywhere . My time, like yours is precious, my …

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How to hold your breath for 5 minutes in 1 month – Freediving training

Never dive alone, always dive with an apnea and rescue trained buddy. Dry training is many times safer than wet training. Do not hyperventilate (see why here) Always dive within your limits. Take slow steps and make steady progress. Lets get something straight. There is no easy route to a 4+ minute breath-hold, but in this guide i will take …

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Freediving hydration – Chia iskiate

If you have read the brilliant book ‘Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’, you may remember talk of a drink called Iskiate. Iskiate is drink used by the Tarahumara ‘running’ tribe of mexico. A native people who have for centuries run incredible distances of up to and beyond 100 miles …

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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 …

Apnea Walks

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. …

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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 …

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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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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 …