freediving

To be an ambassador for freediving and spearfishing

Why should we even contemplate forcing on ourselves the role of being an ambassador for the sports that we love? The answer is simple… Freediving has for many years now had the outward image of being a sport for superheros…an ego fueled endeavor. Bronzed athletes, strutting and posing for their adoring fans, shooting burning gazes in to the distance, so busy …

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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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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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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 …

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Freediving for food – Part 5 – Coastal foraging – Marsh Samphire

Ok… so i know this isn’t freediving, but its a nice walk nonetheless. Marsh Samphire is a succulent marine plant that likes to grow in the high tidal regions of estuaries and tidal embankments. It is quite delicious and will work brilliantly cooked alongside your fish, crustaceans or molluscs, tasting similar to salty asparagus when cooked. I’m writing this post as …

Breathing up for a dive on the south coast

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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Fragmented breathing for freediving (with bellows exhale)

The freediver that spends time training and conditioning their breathing muscles will not only improve their depth of breath but they will also improve their equalisation and overall efficiency whilst breathing up. They will therefore increase their time underwater and possible maximum depth. There are lots of exercises that you can use to help your breathing, fragmented breathing is an exercise …