Freediving Training Tips #11 – Freediving Fins & Technique

If i buy the most expensive freediving fins on the market i will be able to dive deep!

Even though it is undeniable that a good pair of freediving fins will make a big difference in your performance, it is also very true that without good technique you can have the best and most expensive fins in the world…and still be slow, inefficient and unable to dive deep.
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Freediving Training Tips #10 – Efficient Mask Equalization

Is Your Mask Equalization Efficient?

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.
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FAQ#8: Is Packing for Freediving Good or Bad?

Is Packing for Freediving Good or Bad?

Do you pack for your deep dives, and if yes, why do you do it?
Is it to get more air to equalize? Or to get more oxygen?
Packing may have some advantages, but also many disadvantages, so before deciding to do it, take into consideration all pros and cons and make an informed decision.
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Interview with Freediver Samo Jeranko

Samo Jeranko is an old acquaintance: when he was a baby freediver he came to do a freediving course with us at Freedive Dahab to learn the Mouthfill technique. This was many years ago, and since then he went very far (both horizontally and vertically:).

We met him again recently in Dahab during one of his training trips and had the chance to catch up and plan some future things together!
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Freediving Training Tips #10 – Your Freediving Rope

Why is it important to know how to collect and how to store your freediving rope properly?

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. They keep waiting, and now they are starting to get cold. Then they begin wondering if the guy in charge actually knows what he is doing, and he can sense that and gets even more nervous… Everyone is getting frustrated, the atmosphere is tense, and the training session is already ruined before it even started.

Sounds familiar?
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Freediving Training Tips #9 – Best Breathe-Up Position

What is the best breathe-up position?

This may seem a not so crucial topic, but one can almost say that the breathe-up is the most important part of a dive.
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.
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FAQ#7: Why Do I Need A Freediving Wetsuit?

Why do i need a freediving wetsuit? Can i not freedive in my scuba wetsuit?

This is a very common question we are asked all the time. And the answer is: Yes you can. But it won’t be so nice!
Here’s why.
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Freediving Training Tips #8 – Snorkel Or No Snorkel?

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.
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Freediving Training Tips #7 – Relaxation or Streamlining?

What is the right combination of relaxation & streamlining during the freefall?

Small details can be very important in your freediving training. For example, have you ever thought how efficient you are during your deeper dives?

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.
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FAQ#6: Freediving Course or Self Taught?

Learn to freedive – Where to start?

Many times we get requests for tips from people who want to start freediving but don’t want to do a freediving course, either because there is no instructor available in their area, or because they simply want to save money or spend it on equipment instead.
All over the internet you can find tips for beginners, and online freediving courses for complete beginners popped up recently. Even WikiHow has a page for this (and most of its content is full of wrong and unsafe information).
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