Learning to Freedive and why?
1/ Breathing is underestimated, it’s something we do without giving it a second thought, as we do it day in and day out we forget the benefits it holds and we often take it for granted.
Many of us don’t breathe correctly to support our body but with the correct breathing techniques we can help to relax our body and mind, detoxify and massage our organs, to help them work more efficiently and effectively. When breathing correctly we can eliminate tiredness to help our brain to function more efficiently. We can slow our heart rate and heal our body , that is just a few out of the many positive effects correct breathing can have on our body.
When we stop our busy lives and spend a few minutes just breathing we can connect with our body and create better mind – body awareness as well as appreciate a simple breath of fresh air.
2/Many of us go on holiday to amazing locations where we can swim in the sea ,oceans ,lakes and rivers, with just one look under the surface of the water we can explore and enjoy this vibrant underwater world. When snorkelling, have you ever tried to dive down and spend a few precious seconds in this unique world?
When our body submerges under water there are some elements of pressure we may never have experienced before, so to eliminate those uncomfortable feelings when we are snorkelling and to compensate for pressure in our ears we use the equalisation techniques that are taught in the beginner freediving courses, with these techniques you will be able to stay underwater for longer, exploring the natural underwater world in its purest form. Freediving allows you to get a closer view on marine wildlife if they choose to approach you, as you are free from noisy bubbles that would ordinarily scare them off.
3/We all spend 9 months in an aquatic environment in preparation for our lives, after birth many of us loose this connection with water, we may explore shallow waters or the safety of swimming pools but for a great amount of people swimming in deep water or even in the sea is a frightening experience.
Learning about our body’s functions, how to interact in water and understand how we adapt to water is a life skill that we can all learn. We all have some little fears, its learning how to overcome them that will help us to regain confidence, feel free and at home when in water. We often underestimate the power of our mind and body, perhaps doubt the true abilities of our body, the possibilities are endless when we surrender and start to believe in ourselves, don’t let self doubt prevent you from progressing.
We can learn how to be fluid in water and be a true part of this underwater world.
4/When freediving in a pool ,sea, or lake you will learn how to relax before your dive.
In life we are living with stress on a daily basis, it is something that is present every day be it from work, home life or money issues, we sometimes cannot escape from this busy life we living.
Being in the water and forcing yourself to relax you will give your body and mind a treat which is the much needed relaxation we all crave, just imagine if you like freediving and start training in water every week! You will have the opportunity to escape your busy schedule and just simply relax. If that is not possible then you can practice out the water at home or on your lunch break if you don’t have a freediving buddy and instructor to practice with.
The benefits of freediving don’t stop there, if you scuba dive you can use those advantages to reduce your oxygen consumption when diving, or apply the relaxation skills before an important exam, job interview or an important event. That alone is huge benefit we should take advantage of.
5/Part of the course will take you through basic exercises to prepare your body to freedive and it will range from basic stretches and to help our muscles prepare them for the movements we make in freediving. There are many other ways to compliment freedive training, be it through gym training, running, yoga, regular swimming or a variety of other activities that can be adapted to compliment your freediving as well..
The benefits of freediving can be endless if right attitude is implemented. We can learn a lot about our body and minds and discover how mentally strong we really are, we will learn and discover feelings and emotions that are unique to freediving and beneficial for life.
6/Safety is something we all take seriously, and it’s one of the most important parts of the course. In my opinion there is no more important skill in life than the one from which you can save someone’s life, and I am talking in general not only within freediving as you may be in a situation that these skills could be a life changing. My First Aid courses are an essential part of basic life skills, where you will learn advanced techniques in how to help a person in trouble .
There is so much more to discover ,the next step is yours.
I hope to see many of you join my course and share my passion with you
~Remember Never Freedive Alone~
I am a competitive freediver, an AIDA &PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor, Judge and former Chairman of BFA (British Freediving Association)UK Governing Body for Freediving Activities.
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