Tag Archive: freediving training

May 01

Reader Submission: How can I get my ears to clear?!

When I first started freediving, I had so many ear problems I almost gave up. I just couldn’t get my ears to clear reliably. I was frustrated. I felt alone. Surely no other freedivers had THIS many ear issues, right? Well, since then I’ve worked through my ear problems, though I have to constantly work at …

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Apr 23

Things to remember for a day of freediving

Not Kirk's usual choice of mask...

I always find it funny how putting on a black silicone mask can give divers tunnel vision…figuratively as well as literally. As soon as we get geared up the world around us ceases to exist and all that matters is the water. We forget about stresses at work. We don’t feel hungry or tired because …

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Jul 31

The Extremes of Freediving Under Pressure

Freediving Depths

“Pressure pushing down on me, pushing down on you…” Queen, Under Pressure Pressure affects all of us. It’s inescapable. So as freedivers, in a sport where water pressure compresses the air in our lungs to incomprehensibly tiny volumes and crushes our bodies, we not only have to overcome the hurdles of pressure, but teach our bodies …

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Jun 20

The Danger of Danger and Fear in Freediving

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“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.” – Bohdi (Point Break, 1991)   What do I know about danger? Well, for starters I’m a man. I’ve spent a good amount of time doing dangerous things. Most times I’ve taken calculated risks that place me in danger. Other times it’s …

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Jun 20

6 Ingredients for The Perfect Freediver

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When looking at the accomplishments of divers like Natalia Molchanova or Herbert Nitsch, it’s easy to tell ourselves that they’re just freaks. “They must be built for this,” right? But even the greatest of the great freedivers hit roadblocks just like the rest of us. Herbert has had issues with decompression sickness. Natalia has blacked …

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Jun 14

Team USA to Go to World Championship

Freediving Team USA

It’s that time again!  The Olympic Games are upon us.  We are filling our hearts and homes with national pride (despite our differing nationalities) and will soon be sitting at our kitchen tables with a schedule of the Games and a highlighter, sure to catch every promising athletic moment we have waited for the last …

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Jun 06

Herbert Nitsch in Chamber After Failed Freediving Record Attempt

Herbert Nitsch

Wishing Herbert Nitsch a fast recovery after an unsuccessful attempt to break the World Record in No-Limits today to a depth of 800 feet/ 244 meters. See the full story here: http://www.deeperblue.com/herbert-nitsch-receiving-treatment-after-failed-record-attempt/ See the World Record promotion video and story here:  http://www.deeperblue.com/herbert-nitsch-to-attempt-to-become-worlds-deepest-man/

Jun 05

Do Freediving Blackouts Cause Brain Damage?

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I recently wrote a post where I mentioned that blackouts “don’t cause brain damage,” and after some discussion I realize that I have been simplifying a very complicated topic regarding freediving and the associated physiology and research. In response to this I wanted to take a closer look at the results of blackout and the …

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Jun 01

How Freedivers Take a Breath

Grant Hogan Breathes

In and out, right? That’s all there is to it? Ha! And you thought you already knew how to breathe! One of the biggest revelations I had when I took my first freediving class was that I’d been breathing all wrong. My “biggest” breath was less than half of what I eventually learned to get …

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May 17

Stay Alive Freediving

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Yet another freediver has died while recreationally diving in late April of this year. 24-year-old James Alexander blacked out while diving with his brother off Solomon Bay in the US Virgin Islands. You can read the full story here.  Though this story and those like it are terribly sad and tragic, they’re depressingly common. I …

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