Freediving

How Freediving Connects Us to Our Environment

 

As a Freediver who also SCUBA dives; I am constantly reminded of the distinct differences between the two activities. SCUBA diving provides a distinct opportunity to play the role of observer. The very motto of the SCUBA diver is ‘take only photos, leave only bubbles.’

However, in Freediving our role is very different. Instead of using equipment, tools and technology to allow us to observe the underwater environment; Freedivers are active participants. The very act of Freediving taps into our Mammalian Dive Reflex; a trait left over when our ancestors still lived in the sea. This allows us to override our baser instincts in the water and redistribute oxygen effectively to last long periods under the water. This dive reflex presents itself strongly in aquatic mammals such as seals, otters and dolphins but exists in other mammals such as us; humans.

Consider this for a moment. When we freedive, we tap into our primal natural abilities. Skills left over from a time early on in our evolutionary history. What a wondrous thought! For anyone that’s envied the comfort and ease with which aquatic mammals move through the sea… Freediving is about as close as you can get to truly being a seal or dolphin.  

This brings us back to the concept of Freedivers being active participants in the oceanic environment and not just observers. Freedivers feel every surge and swell, they smell and taste the foam and froth of the waves, they’re pushed and pulled by currents and most importantly; there’s nothing that separates them from the marine life around them. Freedivers are connected to the sea, they’re a part of it.

This is an exhilarating thought. One that motivates many of our club members during Freediver Training. Those hours put in at the pool, whether training for statics or swimming long lengths to build up CO2 resistance, its all for that singular moment of connection, of complete oneness with the oceanic environment.

If this idea is something that appeals to you, start 2018 off on the right foot. Connect yourself to the ocean that fascinates and awes us. Learn the skills and techniques to become the dolphin, cast off the shackles of bulky equipment and begin to explore the sea…. FREE and on your own terms.

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

As a Freediver who also SCUBA dives; i am constantly reminded of the distinct differences between the two activities. SCUBA diving provides a distinct opportunity to play the role of observer. The very motto of the SCUBA diver is ‘take only photos, leave only bubbles.’

However, in Freediving our role is very different. Instead of using equipment, tools and technology to allow us to observe the underwater environment; Freedivers are active participants. The very act of Freediving taps into our Mammalian Dive Reflex; a trait left over when our ancestors still lived in the sea. This allows us to override our baser instincts in the water and redistribute oxygen effectively to last long periods under the water. This dive reflex presents itself strongly in aquatic mammals such as seals, otters and dolphins but exists in other mammals such as us; humans.

Consider this for a moment. When we freedive, we tap into our primal natural abilities. Skills left over from a time early on in our evolutionary history. What a wondrous thought! For anyone that’s envied the comfort and ease with which aquatic mammals move through the sea… Freediving is about as close as you can get to truly being a seal or dolphin.

This brings us back to the concept of Freedivers being active participants in the oceanic environment and not just observers. Freedivers feel every surge and swell, they smell and taste the foam and froth of the waves, they’re pushed and pulled by currents and most importantly; there’s nothing that separates them from the marine life around them. Freedivers are connected to the sea, they’re a part of it.

This is an exhilarating thought. One that motivates many of our club members during Freediver Training. Those hours put in at the pool, whether training for statics or swimming long lengths to build up CO2 resistance, its all for that singular moment of connection, of complete oneness with the oceanic environment.

If this idea is something that appeals to you, start 2018 off on the right foot. Connect yourself to the ocean that fascinates and awes us. Learn the skills and techniques to become the dolphin, cast off the shackles of bulky equipment and begin to explore the sea…. FREE and on your own terms.

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

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