Tag Archive: Freediving tips

Jun 03

The Art of Freediving Repurposing

Northern California freediving spearfishing

Several years ago I was teaching a freediving class in Florida and realized I’d lost my snorkel keeper. It seems like a small thing, but going sans snorkel keeper is a quick was to lose that $35 piece of equipment you breathe through all day. So I dug around my bag and looked for anything …

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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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Oct 08

Freediving Masks and Mustaches- Advice from a Master

No Freediving Mustache

  I mustache you a question. Today I answer the question that has plagued mankind for centuries. Mustache on or off? Itʼs a delicate subject, especially for the freediving man. On one side thereʼs the group that says a big fat “no” to the ‘stache. Their main concern is that it doesnʼt allow their mask …

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Oct 05

Avoiding Freediving Faux Pas

Freediving, like so many other small communities, has a culture, a style and yes, even a language of its own. And while the freediving world can be very tight-knit, it’s also very welcoming to newcomers and other explorers of the ocean. But if you really want to break into the freediving community, it’s always important …

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Aug 13

Food for Thought: More on Diet for Freediving

Diet for Freediving

You are what you eat, or so the adage goes. To a certain degree this is very true. If you eat a bunch of saturated fat, guess what? You may notice your back end expanding in a direction you are not happy with. A diet of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and tons of vegetables will …

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Aug 02

Freediving Lingo- A Guide to Understanding Apnea-ish

Freediving Competition Bottom Plate

A phone conversation with my mom during a competition several years ago: Me: “So his whole free immersion dive went great from official top to the end of his surface protocol even though he had a little samba. He got the tag at the plate and said that even though he was narc-ed, his kick …

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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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Jul 17

Freediving Rule #1: Be Nice to Your Ears


The Issue One of the most limiting factors for freedivers is the inability to equalize at depth.  One of the most limiting factors for the freedive instructor is to teach students to equalize.  To some degree, the process of equalization, or making the pressure on both sides of the eardrum the same, is obscure.  Independent …

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Jul 10

Ways to Screw Up a Freedive- Part 1

erin magee freediving national record

It was the first day of the Deja Blue III competition and I was on my way down to 81 meters/266 feet, a new National Record and personal best and the dive felt great. I relaxed and my ears, which had been giving me grief for a few days prior to this record attempt, finally …

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Jun 20

The Danger of Danger and Fear in Freediving


“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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