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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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Fantastic new educational materials from AIDA – Freediving

AIDA have been in this game for a long time. The creation of AIDA was in response to a sudden increase of interest in the sport, in part due to the 1988 release of the now cult film, “The Big Blue”. People were organising impromptu competitions, training one and other and trying to push their limits despite maybe having no …

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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 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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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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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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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. …

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 …