Freediving for dummies

Freediving for Dummies

Free diving I hear you say??

By george they’re not giving away more free stuff??!

Well as much as we would love to spoil you, anymore freebies and we would have to get that weekend job in Tesco…

No this is FREEDIVING, not FREE DIVING.

So what is Freediving?
Also known as Apnea, freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.

It is thought that Freediving originated in ancient Greece (surprise) where they dived for natural sponges used for bathing. It was also practised in ancient cultures to gather food, reclaim sunken treasures and aid military campaigns.

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These days recognised examples of activities that use the technique include surfing, spearfishing, synchronized swimming as well as yoga and meditation. However, the activity that attracts the most public attention is the extreme sport of competitive Apnea in which competitors attempt to attain great depths, times, or distances on a single breath. There are many different yet outstanding World Records made by competitors, such as the ‘no limits’ male record of 214 metres by Herbert Nitsch in Spetses – Greece and the ‘constant weight without fins’ female record of 70 metres by Natalia Molchanova in Dahab – Egypt.

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As well as strongly promoting health and fitness, it is the most natural and serene way to explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact. It is also the ultimate way to free yourself and spend more time enjoying the beauty and silence of the sea.

Black Rock Dive Centre and Freedive International have joined forces in Lesvos and Lemnos, Greece so not only can you Scuba but Freedive as well – more details will be with you soon!

See, you learn something new every day. So not a freebie, but a beer in Haydens direction may certainly help with a discount 😉

Tune in next time for ‘Scuba vs Freedive’, gonna be messy!

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