What is it that attracts people to master the world of water? One thing is that there is so much of it.
Can it be done ?
Freediving is a way to visit this fantastic environment with nothing but a deep breath of air. There are in fact people who have been down to more than 214 meters (702 feet) and have been under the surface for 11 minutes and 35 seconds. What we want to do is try to in form about what freediving is and how to go about it safely. There are risks evolved that you should be aware of.
We also present the current records and recordholders which we update frequently. Here you can find out who all the good freedivers are, and very good TRAINING TIPS from some of them.
Freediving, originally referred to as skin-diving, is in essence how you unite yourself with the world under the surface. The only thing you need to practice this sport is a breath of air but, of course, most people use a mask with snorkel and fins.
What is freediving? A little bit about the physiology of freediving.
Mammals and birds that live and feed underwater have developed a reflex to conserve oxygen while underwater.
This so called "diving reflex" consists of the blood vessels
constricting in certain parts of the body (vascular constriction) and a decrease in heartbeat (bradycardi).
The risk in freediving!
Advance freediving at big depths is an exciting but risky sport. Erika Schagaty, philosophy doctor in zoophysiology and research scientist at the diving laboratory of Zoo physiological Institute in Lund, tells us here about the risks and how to avoid them.