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Free Diving

Are you a fan of extreme sports? Are you a fan of vivid impressions and emotions? Then you will be interested in learning about Free diving and maybe start practicing it.

At Grand Hotelier we have prepared a material on sport for the brave.

Free Diving What is it?

Freediving or free diving is a sport that consists of diving into the depths without air cylinders, at all, that is, it is a dive exclusively with the amount of air that fits in your lungsIn fact, it is often called freediving.

Simply put, if you've ever plunged into water with bated breath in your life, then you've already dealt with apnea.

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Free Diving Disciplines

There are currently three areas in this discipline, namely:

Sport Apnea

Continuous participation in all types of tournaments, passing a variety of standards and obtaining new qualifications;

Free Diving Amateur (amateur)

This type is chosen by those who prefer to dive underwater and only observe its beauty;

Commercial Apnea

Here, the instructors are the ones who teach the beginners of freediving, this is the youngest area that has this discipline.

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What is the essence of apnea?

Its essence is that you dive without any additional device. You are free to move and do it with a single breath, which you take on the surface.

To do this, free divers learn the technique of holding their breath to do all dives by means of a single breath.

As there are limits to breathing and exposure to high pressure, athletes (and hobbyists) are limited in the depth and duration of the dive.

The popularity of freediving has increased in recent years. Once a sport for seasoned divers and photographers, it has now become a successful hobby.

Although freediving is still a great way to explore ocean reefs and take amazing photos and videos, though.

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Free Diving for Hobbyists

If you are not going to dive professionally and break world records (eg 214 meters!), Then you can learn the sport as a hobby.

Experts believe that everyone has the ability to hold their breath. But to develop the ability to do it correctly, you need an experienced instructor.

Thus, you can make the most of your free diver potential and learn to dive freely and calmly at great depths.

Who can not do apnea?

No matter how wonderful the underwater world is, not everyone can freedive. Apnea is an extreme form of recreation, therefore there are certain contraindications.

Before the first dive, you will need to undergo a rigorous medical examination.

If you are found to have any mental illness, chronic or mechanical respiratory damage, neoplasia (regardless of origin and character), heart disease or asthma, you should never free dive.

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Required skills for diving

Neophytes often ask themselves: is it necessary to train for freediving? And the answer is the following:

To be a diver Swimming Techniques Needed

Good swimming technique will allow you to move well underwater.

Learn to "Blow" to Dive

You also need to learn to "blow" (this means equalizing the pressure in your ears). The need for this action is because without this you can rupture your eardrums.

You need to develop a good physical condition

By developing a good physical condition you will avoid wasting (spending) energy and extra oxygen when taking any action.

Knowing Breathing Techniques is Basic for Free Diving

You must be able to fill your lungs to the maximum, for this yoga can help you.

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Apnea and Safety

In diving, you depend on equipment that can theoretically fail. And in freediving, you just have to trust your body's abilities and be able to use them.

Safety rules when apnea

Free diving is considered one of the safest water sports if all safety rules are followed:

Avoid Diving Solo

The most important rule of freediving is never to go it alone. Choose an experienced partner.

The buddy monitors the dive from the surface and tracks the time. You must begin to dive towards the free diver, having calculated the time to meet him at a depth of 15 m and emerge, in parallel with him.

To ensure safety when diving deeper than 30 m, it is necessary to have a diver at a certain depth and to have a system to quickly raise the diver to the surface.

Depending on the depth of the dive and the conditions (visibility, fresh or salt water), a greater number of divers may be necessary, occupying positions at intervals of 10-15 m.

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Never dive alone

Necessary Intervals Between Dives When Diving

The interval between dives to a depth of more than 30 m should be at least 4-5 minutes and up to 8 minutes, depending on the temperature and depth of the water.

During that time, the gas balance in the body manages to return to normal.

If you are diving to your maximum depth, do not do more than 2-3 dives during a maximum of one training session. After diving to a depth of more than 60m, it takes the body approximately 48 hours to fully recover.

Never Hyperventilate in Freediving

Hyperventilation lowers the CO threshold2, which increases the retention time of the breath.

But during hyperventilation, O does not accumulate2 additional muscle tension and rapid heart rate are also created, leading to rapid oxygen consumption and increased risk of loss of consciousness.

FinallyYou can try your luck at freediving by going to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, for example. But keep in mind to follow the safety rules.

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