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Off to Thailand – What we are packing for our freediving and spearfishing adventure

BLIMEY! Its less than a week until we go to fly to Thailand for our ‘Shipwrecked’ freediving and spearfishing survival adventure, and I need to pack! The point of this post is to cover what to pack for a freediving or spearfishing trip to a warm water destination. Its something that we have to cover in our final mail out …

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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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Why take freediving or spearfishing lessons?

Freediving… whats it all about? Freediving is in very simple terms the activity of holding your breath and diving underwater for extended periods of time. I avoid the use of the word ‘sport’ when referring to freediving as sport infers the requirement of a competitive element, which I personally believe is only a very small part of Freediving as a …

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DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves – James Nestor

This winter whilst on one of our adventures, we were joined by journalist, author and all-round top guy James Nestor. Mr Nestor has just released his new book, to great applause, so we dropped him a line to ask him to introduce the content to you all. You will want to read this book. “Freedive UK alumnus, I have  just …

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 …

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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 …

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 …