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How varying wetsuit thickness effects buoyancy throughout the dive for freediving and spearfishing

The reason we wear weights when we freedive or spearfish is to, on the whole, compensate for the additional buoyancy created by the neoprene of our wetsuits. The colder the water, the thicker the wetsuit, therefore the more weight we have to wear to create the correct level of buoyancy. For freediving the average rule of thumb is to create …

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Filming for The Wild Weekenders – Channel 4 freediving

Ian gave me a bell one morning, asking if I would be interested in filming the underwater footage for Little Gem’s new series, called ‘The Wild Weekenders’ . The series explores some of the more unusual activities available to anyone over a weekend. The brief was to film Paralympics presenter Arthur Williams ( a former marine and paraplegic) freediving off …

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Epsealon Patrol Board spearfishing and freediving float review

Floats are probably the single most important item of your kit for both freediving and Spearfishing. The main purpose of a float is to signal your presence in the water to other water users, notably boats and jetskis! In a direct fight between your head and propellor, im afraid the prop wins every time, so best avoid it right? Most …

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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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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 …