What is Free Diving?
Free driving is an activity that allows people to explore the ocean and their breath in a natural, serene and somewhat extreme way. It is way to free yourself and spend your time enjoying beautiful sounds through the sea.
Free diving is more than just seeing how long you can hold your breath underwater. All you need to do is get into the right frame of mind test your physical limits and ignite your respect and curiosity for the ocean. The true appeal of free diving is in the silence and calm it requires and exudes.
Diving in the ocean has a long history, as the sea was recognized as a source of food. The most ancient evidence of free diving was seen on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The retention of breath has been practiced in many cultures especially bordering on the Mediterranean basin. It’s been confirmed by traces visible in both archeological findings and chronicles handed down through Greek and Latin literature.
- The first free dive was recorded by a Greek fisherman named Haggi Statti in 1913 between depths of -60 and -80 meters.
- The first official record was set in 1949 by Raimondo Bucher who reached a depth of -30 meters
- Bucher’s record has been broken in 1951 and set to -35 meters and broken again in 1952 and set to -39 meters.
- In 1961, the record was set at the depth of -50 meters by Enzo Maiorca and retired with a dive to -101 meters, a suitable ending to a glorious diving career
- In 1988, Jacques Mayol performed a -105 meters dive.
- In 1989, the Cuban Francisco ‘Pipin’ Ferreras dove to a depth of -112 meters and was given the ‘Deepest Man’ title.
- However, the record has been broken in 1991 by the Italian Umberto Pelizzari dove to -123 and took away the “Deepest Man” title from Pipin.
Records are now divided across different styles of free diving whereby a variety of equipment is incorporated; some divers go for depth, others for time.
Equipment required for free diving:
- Free diving Masks
- Bi-fins (Free diving Fins)
- Monofins (Free diving Fins)
- Free diving Wetsuits
- Weight System / Weight Belt
- Free diving Snorkels
- Buoy and Line
Health benefits of free diving
If you want to explore the realm of the ocean, in a natural way than free diving is a great option. It is similar to yoga in that relaxes your mood while still working your body. It was noticed by free divers in 2013 that they had reduced levels of stress and anxiety. Some other benefits of free diving to your body are:
- Therapeutic for the joints : Studies has revealed that spending time in and underwater can relieve joint pressures and even increases the range of motion.
- Strengthen your lungs : It is the natural way to strengthen your lungs just like cardio workouts. This sports activity actually teaches you to hold air for a long time increasing your lungs oxygen capacity.
- Strengthen muscles : Diving underwater helps your muscles contract with the increasing pressure. As you dive underwater, your body will encounter great water pressure and resistance that forces your body to adapt.
- Boost endurance : The movement of your muscles in free diving can tone your muscles and boosts your endurance.
With this activity, you will learn your limits and challenges you to test those limits; depth & time are the frontiers for exploration. So ready your breath, quite your mind, focus on muscle groups contracting whilst others relax, take a deep breath and dive into adventure!
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