Well, it depends on how you do it. Freediving in variable weight can be a super fun experience or a nightmare for you and the ones around you in your dive spot. You can do freediving in variable weight to practice your equalization, to gain confidence ascending from a new depth before attempting it in…
Don’t only rely on your equipment expecting it to do the job for you: commit yourself to train, to improve not only your fitness level and your breath-hold but especially your technique.
What many freedivers don’t know is that you don’t “decide” your swimming style and expect each pair of freediving fins to adapt to it. In fact, each set of fins are different and you will need to learn to “feel” your fins, understand how and when they bend, how they move in the water, how wide and strong they “want” to be kicked, and so on…these are all the small things that will make the biggest difference in your performance, especially if your goal is to achieve deeper depths.
Mask equalization is often underestimated or completely disregarded, especially among novice and intermediate freedivers. Do you ever see bubbles coming out of your buddy’s mask as he is descending? And do you know why that’s not ideal?
Having a limited amount of air means that you need to optimize it in order to be diving deep and do that safely.
It’s just a rope, right? Yes it is, but did you ever experience, or witness this scenario?
A freediver enters the water with his buoy to set it up for a training session; takes out the rope, and realizes it is all tangled…his buddies (or even worse, his freediving students) are waiting for him to disentangle it, but it is taking a while because there are multiple knots everywhere.
The breathe-up is when we are getting mentally ready for our dive, and relaxation has the biggest role in this process. So it is very important that we spend the last few minutes in the most possible relaxed state. This is why our breathe-up position in the water should not be under evaluated.
What do you do with the snorkel when you freedive?
Note: You should ALWAYS take the snorkel OUT OF YOUR MOUTH while holding your breath underwater. This post is not whether keeping it in or out of your mouth, but whether keeping it under the mask strap or leave it on the surface.
Being streamlined means to have a body position which creates little drag. To do this, you need to hold your arms straight along your body, keep your legs together and your knees straight; if you dive with fins or a monofin you need to point your feet in order to keep the blade/s vertical.
The secret of a pro-duck-dive? Practice, and practice, and practice! Here you will find some tips for who are still struggling with their duck-dive and want to improve. Note!! You should never go freedive alone if you are working on depth or to extend your dive time, but it is possible to train duck-diving anytime…
Freediving Lanyard Many novice (and not so novice) freedivers assume that the freediving lanyard must always be worn on the wrist, but many times this is not the case: in fact even though from a safety point of view the wrist is the best place to wear it, it is practically impossible to do CNF…
Surfacing is a Freediving Technique that very often gets overlooked Yes, surfacing from a dive can be very messy sometimes! There can be a number of obstacles on the surface such as ropes, people, noodles and other floating devices, fins and other equipment hanging on the buoy, which can make your recovery hard if you…