freediving

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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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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 …

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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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 …