Cross-training for Freediving

adam-5982Supplementing your freediving with other forms of training is essential to keep yourself progressing. In this article I’ll talk about what I personally do to aid my freediving and why I think it works. I’m no exercise scientist or physiologist and I’ll be able to provide no concrete scientific evidence for what I do besides the fact that it works for me.

For a long time strength and fitness weren’t seen as essential in diving Continue reading “Cross-training for Freediving”

How to Frenzel Equalise in Freediving

For most freedivers, beginners and elite athletes alike, what stops them from diving deeper or feeling better and more comfortable on their dives is their ability to equalise their ears. Often when we see talented divers what we’re really seeing is talented equalisers. It seems like some of us get lucky with this and some of us don’t but as long as you have a healthy middle ear and airways then anyone can learn how to equalise. The real issue comes from the fact that equalising your ears is not really a natural or common bodily function, because except when Continue reading “How to Frenzel Equalise in Freediving”

How to Train for Freediving

P3070074How to increase your breath hold and dive times? How to develop your skills and become a better diver? There’s no trick to it. No breathing technique or magic diet that’s going to instantly improve your diving. Like everything else you’ve got to train.

This article will give a step by step account of how to begin training in the pool. What exercises freedivers do and what works. My aim is to give a fairly broad and general understanding of pool training because we are all diving for our own reasons, Continue reading “How to Train for Freediving”

The Importance of Recovery Breathing

PB170571-2When it comes to freediving safety:

How to breathe before a dive?

How to provide safety to your buddies?

When to return to the surface?

How to avoid dive accidents?

How to rescue a blackout?

How to prevent a blackout?

All these topics and protocol are equally important and together offer us guidelines that keep us safe when we dive but there is something that I feel doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves in the diving community and that is Continue reading “The Importance of Recovery Breathing”

What it Feels Like at the Bottom

blog bottom pic 2You would think that being placed under 10 times the normal atmospheric pressure would crush you; but it doesn’t. The feeling of being deep underwater really is tranquil and euphoric.

A lot of this euphoria actually has to do with our bodies reaction to different gasses. Yep, you guessed it! Freedivers are just junkies, out for our next hit of natural gasses.

The Atmosphere that we breathe is roughly Continue reading “What it Feels Like at the Bottom”

Why I Feel Safe to Dive Deep

safety blogIt’s only when I look up at tall buildings that the depths I dive to actually blow me away. ‘I’ve been that deep!?’ I think. Something must be wrong with me…or several things…

But to be honest I have not once had any genuine concerns for my safety on a deep dive. There are simply too many systems in place that cover almost any possible danger. Although I suppose it is inevitable that some negative thoughts would jump into my mind before or during a dive, that Continue reading “Why I Feel Safe to Dive Deep”

Freediving and the Subtle Art of ‘Mind F#cking’

Untitled-1Nothing  terrifies a freediver more than round numbers. A 59 metre dive? Not a problem! 60 metres? Oh, that’s deep…

Freediving is so often referred to as a sport that is more mental than physical and many athletes develop tricks to manipulate their own minds when they are uneasy about a dive. Freediving instructors have a very similar repertoire of tricks that they use to manipulate, put to ease or in short ‘mind fuck’ their Continue reading “Freediving and the Subtle Art of ‘Mind F#cking’”

I don’t dive to look around

adam-9633In the blue hole in Dahab, Egypt there is a huge cave opening that looks out into the ocean 55 metres down. It’s called ‘the arch.’ Many freedivers use the view to motivate themselves to dive deeper and seeing it is a milestone in the freediving world.

I had been in Dahab, diving deeper that 55m for 2 months before I made a point to look at it. Formations like stalactites drip down off the rock, back-dropped by infinite blue water. It was stunning. But Continue reading “I don’t dive to look around”