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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 …

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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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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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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 duck dive technique with bi-fins

A good duck dive can be the difference between a comfortable and successful dive and an absolute failure. Its easy to get right, but also just as easy to get wrong. In this post I will take you through the basics. Obviously this cannot take the place of real world training, so if you want to get your duck dive looking super …

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Freediving for your food – Part 4 – Spearfishing

FACT – Spearfishing is the most sustainable and selective form of fishing available to us as individuals. FACT – Spearfishing can help you develop as a freediver (through extending bottom times). FACT – Spearfishing is not to be attempted by anyone without due caution. FACT – Jumping in to the water with a speargun and thrashing around on the surface chasing fish …

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Freediving fins review – Fins4u – ‘Pure Evolution’ Carbon fins

I have tried a lot of fins. In fact I think I have tried fins from most manufacturers and from all available materials. Plastic composite fins from Cressi, Mares and Beuchat, Carbon fins from Omer and Special fins, Glass and carbon fins from Leader…. the list goes on. Its always a difficult task to be able to review a fin, …