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Free-diving class advice

Post by sheahanmcculla » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:56 am

I am going on a cruise this winter and was wondering if it would be worth taking a free-diving course. I do not really want to rent scuba gear.

Would you recommend taking a class to increase my breathold, or does it take years to learn?

Any comments appreciated.

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by Norris » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:00 am

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Post by Maverick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:26 pm

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by Dashrynn » Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:52 pm

Sheahan, without training I can hit 40 ft but its only for 40 seconds (thats the average). I'm not trained. We are about the same size and I'm pretty sure we are the same on the fitness level. You can find some videos on techniques but SWB (shallow water blackout) is something I see mentioned alot so I never do anything pushing my limits without another person watching.

How deep would you want to go?

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by sheahanmcculla » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:34 am

Dashrynn wrote:Sheahan, without training I can hit 40 ft but its only for 40 seconds (thats the average). I'm not trained. We are about the same size and I'm pretty sure we are the same on the fitness level. You can find some videos on techniques but SWB (shallow water blackout) is something I see mentioned alot so I never do anything pushing my limits without another person watching.

How deep would you want to go?



I just want to extend my bottom time; I think I have a whopping 30 seconds right now. 40’ I would think would be plenty deep. But yeah I would like to avoid the whole shallow water blackout!

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by Marc » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:51 am

Performance Free Diving (http://www.performancefreediving.com/) runs classes in Vancouver that will help you a lot. The local point of contact is Sean Hartman and his email is: sean@seandh.com. He is pretty good about getting back to you quickly and with good information.

I do not have any affiliation with them, so this isn't a plug, but I am planning to take a couple of their courses next summer.

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by Dashrynn » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:52 am

sheahanmcculla wrote:
Dashrynn wrote:Sheahan, without training I can hit 40 ft but its only for 40 seconds (thats the average). I'm not trained. We are about the same size and I'm pretty sure we are the same on the fitness level. You can find some videos on techniques but SWB (shallow water blackout) is something I see mentioned alot so I never do anything pushing my limits without another person watching.

How deep would you want to go?



I just want to extend my bottom time; I think I have a whopping 30 seconds right now. 40’ I would think would be plenty deep. But yeah I would like to avoid the whole shallow water blackout!


Hopefully the freediver from hawaii will chime in with his experience. But from what I have read and experienced, your hydrodynamics are very important, the way you descend, keeping your hands forward and not by your side flapping in the water helps A LOT(I improved by 10 feet and around 5 seconds or more just by improving technique). Also your fin choice is important. I'm still learning but, I do hope this little bit of experience helps you.

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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by lizard0924 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:19 pm

I took a freediving class in Bonaire (as a favor for a friend) in January. He was starting a new course and wanted test "students" to evaluate it before going live.

I found the class surprisingly informative and worthwhile. There is a lot of theory and history behind freediving, and some good techniques that you learn to help increase your bottom time. While I would never quit scuba to freedive, it is nice to know the techniques for freediving for those days when diving just isn't possible or practical. Plus, freediving lets you experience the underwater world in a much quieter way than scuba.

I blogged about my experience here if you are interested in the details:

http://lizsundquist.com/2011/02/09/free ... n-bonaire/

Hope this helps!
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Re: Free-diving class advice

Post by sheahanmcculla » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:32 pm

lizard0924 wrote:I took a freediving class in Bonaire (as a favor for a friend) in January. He was starting a new course and wanted test "students" to evaluate it before going live.

I found the class surprisingly informative and worthwhile. There is a lot of theory and history behind freediving, and some good techniques that you learn to help increase your bottom time. While I would never quit scuba to freedive, it is nice to know the techniques for freediving for those days when diving just isn't possible or practical. Plus, freediving lets you experience the underwater world in a much quieter way than scuba.

I blogged about my experience here if you are interested in the details:

http://lizsundquist.com/2011/02/09/free ... n-bonaire/

Hope this helps!


Great write up! That's what I was thinking just a day class!

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