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 …

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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 …

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 …

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Free reusable water bottle for all freediving courses

Its been bugging us for a while…. having to hand out hundreds of plastic water bottles every year, supporting a plastics industry with one hand and fighting it with the other. So! Our solution? From now on every student on any course with us that lasts one day or more will receive this reusable, recyclable, packable, foldable, dishwasher safe, BPA …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Freediving kit list – what do you need to buy?

Its this time of the year when a lot of people start to think about becoming a freediver, spring is on its way and the idea of getting in the water is becoming more appealing. We therefore often get quite a few emails from students asking what they should buy. Learning to freedive is a wonderful experience, throughout the learning …

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 …