If I had to choose one thing in the whole world that fulfills me completely, both mentally and physically, that would definitely be freediving. It gives you the freedom of movement like no other activity does. Furthermore, it gives you the purest sounds of tranquility through the loudest silence – so you can hear your inner voice exactly the way you need it. And we all need that voice ever so often.
Freediving is most probably amongst one of the first outdoor activities that man has mastered. Snorkeling and scuba diving came much later of course since the equipment for these activities is necessary. You will also sometimes hear freediving referred to as “apnea” which is Greek for “without air”. But as we all know, the air is exactly the most important thing in freediving – the air capacity you are able to take down with you will give you more or less freedom below the surface.
The difference between scuba diving, snorkeling, and freediving, besides equipment, are in concept as well. While scuba divers and snorkelers enjoy the exploration of the underwater world, freedivers are trying to achieve two things – depth and dive time. OK, three things. The third is described in the introduction actually. Freedom, movement, mental stability.
If you love freediving as we do, there are some techniques you can improve over time. For instance, how to hold your breath for a minute or two in several practices. You can find many of them on YouTube for instance or just by searching Google. You should also master some techniques that will teach you how to go deeper in the water with less pressure in the ears. Finally, you can use certain gear, including fins and a mask for greater movement and speed.
Well, summer is here. If you haven’t already, try freediving at least once. We guarantee you will find something in it. And if you are a freediving lover like we are, don’t forget, the best results come after five/six days of practice. Just relax, open your mind and fill in your lungs.
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