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- INTRODUCTION TO FREEDIVING (39-66ft/12-20M)
- ADVANCED FREEDIVING COURSE (78-98ft/24-30M)
- CENOTE LINE DIVING AND COACHING
EQUIPMENT TO FREEDIVE
- Mask and Snorkel
- Weight Belt (Lead provided)
- Wetsuit (provided)
- Freediving Fins (provided)
WHAT IS FREEDIVING?
Freediving is the practice of holding your breath when diving underwater without the use of breathing equipment. It is undertaken for a variety of reasons: to become more physically
and emotionally aware of your body, to be free from heavy scuba equipment, as a way
to take underwater photos, to catch food, or to compete professionally. Freediving is a
safe and increasingly popular activity. To some it always remains recreational, to others it
becomes a way of life.
FREEDIVING IS DEVELOPING IN FOUR MAIN AREAS:
GENERAL HEALTH AND FITNESS
Freediving is accessible to anyone with good health and fitness. Regular and focused
freediving improves your physical fitness and mental well-being through anaerobic exercise.
Anaerobic exercise generally promotes strength, power and fitness while building lean
muscle mass and physical endurance.
Light hypoxic training, whereby oxygen availability in your body is limited by using
specific training techniques, is known to have positive effect on your physiological systems.
Freediving can also improve your mental health by increasing your ability to consciously
relax, to manage stress, to focus and concentrate, and to become more mindful and self aware.
Recreational freediving remains a leisure activity aimed purely at seeking pleasure from a
freedive and is non-competitive. You can learn and develop new techniques to freedive
underwater, while also enhancing your physical, psychological and emotional state. Training
can cover general diet and fitness, techniques such as the breath-hold as well as relaxation
exercises. Recreational freediving either in a pool or in open water, can help to reset your
mind, allow you to feel renewed, and help you to find harmony with nature and your inner
Applied freediving signifies the more advanced skills and techniques used by freedivers
to support their daily underwater activities such as hunting for seafood, exploring the
underwater world, providing assistance as part of rescue training or undertaking scientific
research with Giant Manta Rays. Freediving as part of daily life has been undertaken all over the world for thousands of years. The female ‘Ama’ divers in Japan hunt for seafood and pearls while the Bajau people, indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines live
at sea and spearfish. Freediving is their life and their existence.
Competitive freediving focuses on the specific skill development of a freediver for
competition and record attempts. There are different disciplines for pool and open water
freediving, including static apnea (breath-hold without moving), dynamic apnea (diving
to distance with breath-hold) and various forms of depth diving. Freedivers perform
these disciplines while competing against others to achieve personal bests and to break
records. There are different rules and equipment for each discipline. Reaching the top
of the competitive freediving community requires total commitment as a professional
athlete, to physical fitness and skills development as well as mental training, diet and
rest. Competition freedivers have a strong social community where experiences, skills and
knowledge are shared regularly.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Chris Jackson is both a Molchanovs and AIDA certified freediving instructor with a love for deep diving. Chris has the experience and knowledge to bring the highest level of quality to your freedive courses and coaching sessions sharing the knowledge passed down from his training with champion athletes Alexey Molchanov, Dean Chaouche, and Adam Stern. Simultaneously you will experience the amazing and unique cenotes of Mexico.
Whether it is your first freediving course, you are an experienced spearfisherman / woman, or you need improvement on your equalization, freefall, CNF, DNF, FIM, CWT, or binfin technique, you will be satisfied with your experience at Hypoxic Dreams Freediving School.
Unlike many other schools who outfit their students in old scuba wetsuits, you can count on us to put you in quality equipment. Dreams Freediving has an inventory of all sizes of Waihana Essentials wetsuits for men and women for you to use for free during your course. We are also have the 3mm Waihana wetsuits available new for purchase.
If you are struggling with selecting the correct freediving equipment for you, send us a chat. We are here to answer your questions, and would love to help you. It's our passion actually.
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