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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 …

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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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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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Correct finning technique for freediving

Small changes can make a huge difference… This is the mantra which runs through pretty much all of freediving training. There are no magic tricks, no secrets, its all about refining technique and yourself to the point where you can exceed your and others expectations. Finning is an element which is quickly taken to hand on a freediving course, but …

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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 …

Leg exercises to help your freediving

Its fair to say that the main muscle groups involved in a fair amount of freediving are in your legs (yes, I know that free immersion and No-limits are excluded from this). Because of this, we as freedivers must train our legs to work well, both aerobically and anaerobically. The kick cycle hits muscles that are often underworked during your …

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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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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 …