At this point it’s imperative to underline the rule that you should never freedive alone, in case you were about to pop down to your local pool by yourself to see how far you could swim under water.
There are many clubs and schools around the country that can show you the basic techniques needed to train safely, and this pool-training is easily accessible.
Freediver about to take off into a melee of scoobies at the 20m-deep Dive4Life pool in Siegburg, Germany.
There are more than 1000 weekly pool sessions in the UK. Such training can be very effective if done systematically.
The 10 individual aspects of freedive training can be learnt dry, but training in a pool, mostly one no deeper than your local public baths, makes it easier.
These basic aspects can be grouped into three areas: Relaxation, Breathing and Technique, and becoming proficient in all these areas is fundamental.
Firstly, relaxation of the mind will drastically reduce oxygen consumption, which offsets the copious amounts of O2 through which the muscles in our body burn when tense.
Secondly, breathing efficiently maximises oxygen levels before a dive, going on to purge waste products (such as CO2) from the body after a dive and accelerating recovery.
Finally, internalised techniques will provide maximum effectiveness, well-practised skills allowing movement through minimal effort.
All of these are essential parts of the training, but training is useless if it’s not done, and done regularly.
For that reason, fun is an essential ingredient to any session plan – it helps to bring everyone back the following week!
The importance of fun and games can’t be over-estimated. Not only is it about entertainment but it helps subconsciously in developing awareness and macro-motor skills. When the body is having fun it’s truly relaxed, accepting information more willingly and more completely.