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What Is Freediving?

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What is freediving?

Freediving is the sport of swimming and diving on breath hold, the difference being that when you scuba dive you use equipment to breathe underwater. While diving you hold your breath underwater and purge your lungs of water to equalize with the pressure as you descend, in freediving you do not use any equipment to do this, you just hold your breath. Freediving is a great way to explore the underwater world, enjoy stunning marine life and be one with nature. There are many styles of freediving, and they all have their own benefits.

Freediving is about self-discovery, control, and discipline. If you want to enter the underwater world, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving might be for you. We have created this post to help first time Freedivers understand what it is they will be doing, what to expect and how it will feel. It is not a definitive list of everything there is to know about Freediving, just a basic guide to help you get started. 

Here are four things to keep in mind when freediving:

  1. For the inexperienced, freediving does in fact come with significant risks, so we strongly recommend you take a freediving course before attempting to freedive.
  2. You will need to hold your breath for extended periods of time. This can be challenging at first, but with practice, you will be able to increase your lung capacity and hold your breath for longer periods of time.
  3. The descent into the water can be rapid, so it is important to equalize the pressure in your ears as you descend.  
  4. You may experience some level of anxiety when freediving, but this is normal and part of the process. It is important to relax and take slow, deep breaths to stay calm underwater.

There are many benefits to freediving, both mental and physical. One of the great things about freediving is that it gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity underwater. When you are holding your breath and focusing on your dive, all other thoughts disappear, and you are left with a feeling of complete focus and relaxation. This can be a great way to de-stress from everyday life.

Freediving also has many physical benefits. It is an excellent form of cardio exercise and can help to strengthen your lungs and heart. It is also a great way to improve your agility and flexibility as you need to be able to move quickly and gracefully through the water.

If you are thinking about taking up freediving, then there are a few things you should keep in mind. Firstly, it is important to learn proper breathing techniques so that you can hold your breath for extended periods of time without feeling discomfort. Secondly, make sure you equalize the pressure in your ears as you descend into the water. And finally, don’t worry if you feel some level of anxiety when freediving – this is normal! Just focus on taking slow, deep breaths to stay calm underwater.

Make a PADI Freediver Course your very first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a preferred way to explore beneath the waves. No previous freediving experience is required.

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