Early on in my freediving development, I spent a lot of time online as we all do; reading articles, watching Youtube videos and reading through lengthy discussions on forums. For those of you that are passionate scuba divers you will know how asinine these conversations can be sometimes! It has always amazed me how a keyboard and a screen can turn a username into an industry expert!
As Freediving is such a young sport; one that has really come into its own during the development of the digital age, there is a massive amount of content available for people to find online. This, however, comes with its own set of problems. As with any sport that takes place under the water; there are inherent risks that come with it. The problem with such an ease of access to information is that new freedivers can often access tutorials explaining advanced techniques such as “mouthfill equalization” that when used without experience and training can allow the diver to move too extreme depths; but at the same time put them at a high degree of risk of lung squeeze as their bodies have yet to acclimatize to depths past 20m.
This is why firstly seeking good training from an experienced and accredited instructor is so important, but secondly and much more importantly that once that entry-level qualification is achieved that we continue to seek coaching from a professional as rushing for depths and longer breath holds too quickly can easily lead to serious injury.
Another way to think about this is our relationship with a personal trainer. For successful fitness development over time, we know that we need to continue with each of our sessions. If we just had a day’s orientation to the weightlifting equipment; there’s a high probability that we would injure ourselves or someone else as we attempt to simply ‘figure it all out.’
Once you have completed the PADI Freediver Course you will have mastered the basic skills to make recreational freediving fun, safe and enjoyable. As you move towards your PADI Advanced Freediver qualification it’s important to seek coaching from your instructor, continue to train your skills and most importantly develop at a relaxed pace. Therefore, personalized coaching sessions are so effective.
Training with a buddy or team is great practice, but it will not help you refine your technique. Spending time under the tutelage of an experienced Freediving Instructor will make the difference in your overall development as confident recreational Freedivers. If you have good technique, then the numbers will come. This is the most important part of understanding the sport of Freediving.
Freediving is about inward power, discipline, and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Learning to freedive is a simple process so you should book your freediving course today.