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 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Spearfishing… Going Old Skool! Hawaiian slings and pole spears

Spearfishing is increasingly becoming a more and more popular sport. With this increased popularity it allows more manufacturers and suppliers to bring in and sell slightly more specialist or unusual gear. One of the more specialist, yet most traditional items of kit is the pole spear, or Hawaiian sling. This is something that was bloody impossible to get at a decent price 5 years ago, so …

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Keeping warm when freediving – wetsuits and other tips

Keeping warm when you freedive really is just as important as all the other ‘important’ bits of this sport of ours. As your core body temperature drops , you will use more energy (and oxygen) to keep warm, thereby reducing your overall performance. Living in the UK we probably know more than most about cold water diving. I for one have picked …

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Freediving for your food – Part 4 – Spearfishing

FACT – Spearfishing is the most sustainable and selective form of fishing available to us as individuals. FACT – Spearfishing can help you develop as a freediver (through extending bottom times). FACT – Spearfishing is not to be attempted by anyone without due caution. FACT – Jumping in to the water with a speargun and thrashing around on the surface chasing fish …