Freediving is the purest form of diving there is. The beauty of the sport is in the name, free as in freedom. Without all the heavy and cumbersome equipment of scuba diving you are free to dive at your own terms and move freely underwater. Without a tank limiting your time in the water you can stay in and keep diving all day long if you like. The absence of bubbles allows you to get closer to marine life and to interact with them in a different way.
People get involved in freediving with different motivations and goals.
Fun diving is what I call the practice to explore the sea on one breath. To scuba dive without scuba equipment. Descend along walls and drop offs, look for Moray Eels and octopus in holes and cracks, swim through tunnels and caves or find yourself in the middle of a school of Barracudas. Fun diving is advanced snorkeling and a past time that never gets old.
Line diving is the application of freediving as a sport that allows you to dive along a guide line into the depth. No matter if it’s to compete, to relax your mind or to explore your own abilities line diving is a journey into yourself as much as it is into the deep. Line diving is also a great way to train technique and relaxation in order to improve your ability and comfort for other applications of freediving.
Pool diving is another application of freediving as a sport. By trying to cover as far distance as possible under water in the disciplines of Dynamic freediving, or hold your breath for as long as possible in Static freediving you are aiming to fine tune your athletic performance to reach your maximum potential. A strong mind and high tolerance to CO2 and Lactic acid is crucial and gets developed by training.
Spearfishing along with pearl fishing is the oldest motivation for humans to freedive. The ocean has always been an abundant source of food, the problem has just been how to get it up on dry land. Many different cultures have throughout the centuries or even millennia developed impressive freediving skills in order to catch food.
Today spearfishing is the most sustainable recreational fishing method there is with zero risk of by catch. Spearfishermen experience the underwater environment more directly than hook and line fishermen and typically develop a stronger bond to and understanding of the ocean. Apart from being a rewarding past time it is as well a competitive sport with Regional, National and World Championships on the agenda.
If you are interested in a freediving course contact me here and we’ll see if we can get it organised.