I’ve been a freediver pretty much my whole life. I was breath-hold diving long before I knew there was a name for it.
From the first time I got into a swimming pool I was more comfortable underwater than I was at the surface.
Most people I know really can’t understand why on earth I would want to hold my breath for minutes at a time, and swim around underwater.
Is it safe?
I feel much safer freediving than I do riding my bicycle in a busy town and, in truth, I probably am.
You need a good buddy and you need to be a good buddy too. And never dive alone.
There’s far more to being a freediver than just leaping into the water, taking a deep breath and duck diving into the depths.
At the risk of being a total hypocrite, I’m going to recommend that you do at least an introductory course in freediving before you hit the water. I admit that I have never had any training, but I have read many books on the subject.
Reading can never take the place of a good instructor and I do intend to do a course as soon as I can find the time. Of course, I’ll let you know how it goes once I’ve done it.
We’ve listed a couple of agencies you can train with in the right hand column of this page if you’d like to do a course.
Why would I want to hold my breath when I could scuba dive?
As I said, unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, the magic is hard to explain. I love scuba for the freedom it gives you to stay down for much longer but, somehow, all of that equipment seems to create a barrier between you and the environment.
My last freedive was in glorious 40m visibility in Zakynthos. We didn’t see any sharks, but we had an amazing experience with a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). It swam with us for ages, surfacing with us and diving back down again.
I’m planning to to the AIDA** course before my next ocean dive. It will be my first ever dive in a quarry, which will be very different and, hopefully, I’ll learn a lot.
Learn to Freedive
A couple of our favourite freediving books