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What is Freediving?

Want to explore the underwater world in the most serene and natural way?
Freediving, also called Apnea, is diving on a single breath of air. Without the artificial breathing equipment of scuba you are truly a part of the ocean. As natural of an activity as running or climbing, or bodies were made to operate well in the water, relying on ancient subconscious reflexes – apnea is literally built into our genome. Anyone can be a freediver!
During your training you’ll learn how our bodies adapt to excel at apnea, and how to execute proper form and technique to maximize success. By focusing on the four key elements of freediving – oxygen conservation, equalization, flexibility and safety – you’ll develop a mastery and passion for an activity that’ll last you a lifetime! Combined with other disciplines like yoga and meditation, freediving also benefits spearfishers, snorkelers, scuba divers and surfers alike. So whether you’re new to the water or looking to improve your skills in other disciplines, training in freediving benefits everyone.
So give it a go yourself – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!

“The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish”
– Jacques Cousteau

 

Freediving disciplines

Free immersion (FIM): using a vertical rope to pull down to depth and ascend to the surface without finning.
Constant weight with fins(CWT): making your descent and ascent using bi-fins or mono fin.
Constant weight without fins (CNF): making your descent and ascent by swimming without use of fins or pulling on the rope.
Variable weight (VWT): using a weighted sled for an effortless descent, and returning to surface by pulling up along a line or finning.
No-Limits (NL): reaching record depths by using a weighted sled on descent and an inflated lift bag on ascent, requiring as little effort as possible.
Static apnea (STA): breath hold while face down in the water for as long as possible, motionless.
Dynamic apnea (DYN): swimming horizontally underwater under the body’s power using finning with bi-fins or monofin
Dynamic no fins (DNF): swimming horizontally underwater under the body’s power with an underwater breaststroke movement

12193349_1106546076036079_2562388692657579524_nHistory of Freediving:

Humans have been freediving for thousands of years, dating back to before 5400 BC, developing the skill as a matter of survival. All across the globe, freediving has been woven into history: from Scandinavian shellfish-gatherers to Mesopotamian spear fishermen, warfare strategy used by the Roman Empire through modern day and the famous Japanese and Korean female pearl divers. Freediving as a modern sport began in Italy in 1949, the first record established at 30 meters by Raimondo Bucher. The invention of the aqualung in 1943 had scuba diving surpassing freediving in terms of recreational popularity, but the competitive arena grew fiercely as divers strived for deeper and deeper records. Check out the latest world records by freediving specialty here. Prepare to be truly amazed!
A renewed attention to the the sport spearheaded by leading diving organizations increased accessibility to training, resulting in an explosion in freediving as a taught discipline over the past few years. Harnessing the latest in diving science and medicine, through agencies like WSF/RAID the sport has developed at the nexus of expertly-curated academics, an emphasized focus on proper technique, and, of course, practice.

So come and be a part of the future of freediving.
If you have any questions, please email us at freediving@roctopusdive.com

 

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