So chances are if you have found my blog that you are interested in free diving yourself- yay, I’m stoked for you and the journey you are about to embark on! The following post will highlight a few key things to remember that helped me when training began.
Free Diving Tips
1. Never Dive Alone
This is critical even if you are the most competent diver around never dive alone! There is a reason for the buddy system and you should never ever risk it – you are essentially risking your life.
2. Relax & Enjoy it!
Another key skill to master. If you are relaxed your heart rate isn’t elevated and your body isn’t going to burn through oxygen overly fast. While it can be a hard skill to master, with time you will gain more confidence. Take deep, slow, calm breaths which works to keep your heart rate low and thus not burn through your oxygen. If you are scared or nervous your body also tenses up and you again burn through your energy. Taking a breath work course outside of diving is also a great idea to help this.
I do this with a lot of things in life but it is a great contributor to a successful free dive. Try visualizing a peaceful, fun dive to help relax your body. Picture yourself swimming with a school of fish or pod of dolphins. I like to run through how my dive will go before I get into the water.
When starting out don’t get too caught up in all the gear there is to choose from. As a beginner I recommend a pair of the best snorkeling fins. In addition to this I highly recommend the best low volume dive mask. Why? Because it is so much easier to equalize with a low volume mask. There are many more gadgets and cool things you can buy but to start off I recommend those two! I will try to share my current free diving equipment in another post!
5. Take a Course
There are a number of courses you can take to learn all about free diving. If you don’t have someone else interested in free diving then a course is also a great way to meet like minded people.
6. Learn from Everyone!
Watch other divers, find inspirational divers and talk to them! Ask them questions about everything you’re curious about! Pay attention to course instructors and ask as many questions as you can! Research and watch documentaries but make sure it is coming from a certifiable source. Your life depends on it!
Free diving is a fun and great sport that just about anyone can get into! You don’t need to be an athlete or super human, just have the drive to train and get out there! The key thing is to be able to relax the mind and body to lower the heart rate and conserve your breath. If you can do that then your free diving adventures are going to be fun. I hope you enjoyed my tips! Please leave a comment if you have any others.