As a freediving school, Go Freediving knows what the benefits of freediving are and knows what impact these benefits have on those who choose to embrace freediving as a sport, past-time or, way of life.
If you’ve seen freediving and wondered what the attraction to the sport is, this article may just help!
Health Benefits of Freediving
Freediving, despite being classified as an extreme sport is actually a very relaxing, calm sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The sport encourages participants to progress at their own speed with focus on the experience of freediving rather than any goal or target to reach. Freediving, for many, becomes a natural way of life with closer attention being paid to diet, exercise, relaxation and mental attitude – all important components of healthy living in our fast-paced environment. For even more health benefits of freediving, check this article.
Mental Benefits of freediving
Many people who discover freediving are not necessarily looking for a new sport or hobby. Instead they are looking for ways to help manage stress, anxiety, the inability to relax, water phobias and many other traits such as fear, lack of confidence and self esteem that come with modern day living. We have seen people transform over the course of a two day course from tired or nervous, resistant students to invigorated, passionate and empowered students – which is awesome!
Meditative benefits of freediving
Hand in hand with the mental benefits of freediving are the meditative benefits of freediving. Time and time again we hear students liken freediving to yoga – and we couldn’t agree more! When freediving is performed correctly, your body and mind work in complete harmony. You reach a state of such relaxation that you reach a meditative state.
Harnessing this sensation and practicing it on dry land has helped chronic insomniacs, restless sleepers and also those who are resistant to relaxing and feel like they always need to be on the go. Learning to allow your body to surrender to this level of meditative relaxation can improve moods, concentration while reducing stress, lethargy and tiredness.
Fitness benefits of freediving
It is true to say that most sporting activities provide some fitness benefits. However, water based sports are much kinder on your joints! The resistance training involved in freediving in open water is, as one student put it ‘… a hell of a workout…’ plus you will be surprised how much you move, twist and stretch freediving instead of scuba diving. Many students say that freediving feels like flying and it is that freedom of movement that encourages extra activity. You also have your power bursts when trying to keep up with marine life or other objects of interest underwater!
This increased activity, plus (very importantly) the breathing techniques you master through freediving can have a huge influence on your sporting performance on dry land too! I have taught many Olympic and professional athletes how to breathe as efficiently as their body allows. This training can (and has made) make the difference between getting a place on the winners podium.
We know that not everyone wants to be a professional or competitive athlete, but even if you have a regular training routine that has perhaps plateaued and you do not seem to be able to increase performance you may find a freediving course is the key. We have heard from keen rowers, runners and swimmers who have improved personal bests soon after a course with us.
Scuba diving benefits of freediving
When Scuba diving was in its infancy, you weren’t allowed dive with a tank until you could freedive. The British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) required students to be qualified as a ‘snorkel diver’ before they were allowed to learn to scuba dive.
In 1984 the standards were changed, but even today, BSAC still promotes snorkel training before diver training.
There a a number of reasons the BSAC do this. Here are just a few ways freediving helps improve your scuba diving:
- You learn how to breathe correctly
- Learning how to fin correctly
- Learning hydrodynamics
- Learning buoyancy and weighting
- Learning mask and snorkel skills
- Improving confidence
Social benefits of freediving
Okay, this one is pretty optional! However, the freediving community is a very small, niche group. This tends to attract people who enjoy all the benefits I have mentioned. There is a great deal of sharing of information, encouragement and support from everyone which is important whether you are a newbie or a veteran! Freediving is practiced pretty much all over the world, so no matter where you are you should find a great freediving school or club hopefully not too far from you. If you can’t find a club you may still be able to find a buddy willing to train locally with you.
The freediving world also has a thriving competition scene, numerous freediving holidays and training camps as well as social events throughout the year. Once you discover freediving, you’ll wonder how you hadn’t heard of it before.
Check Out Our Latest Freediving Courses Students
Class 29th– 30th September 2018
Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre
Water temperature: 17.5 degrees
Weather: Sunny, 18 degrees
Visibility: Excellent (10m+)
Instructors: David Mellor, Emma Farrell
Assistant: David Collom
Students: Stephen, Alex, Rui, Irene, Jerome
Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!
I have wanted to do a freediving course for a while now and when I saw a freediver practising in my local pool and having the time of his life, I knew that I just had to learn to freedive. Go Freediving was recommended to me by one of your previous students.
I have discovered that if I relax and calm down, I can hold my breath for much longer that I thought I could, and I can just chill and stay under the water for longer. I have enjoyed relaxing and been calm most of the weekend. I am never calm when I scuba dive, but with freediving I am. The ease of moving around and the freedom has been lovely.
The instruction and support has been great and the feedback I got every time helped me to improve. Go Freediving is an approachable, friendly and professional company and I am over the moon with that. I would definitely recommend the course because you are getting really good instruction, support and I felt really safe the whole time. Stephen Willett
I have never done any scuba diving or anything like this before. I work for a YouTube channel and I have to film underwater, so I was initially put on the course to help with work related things and to get experience underwater and holding my breath without any equipment. I have discovered that I really enjoy freediving and that I can be safe. All the people running the course were really helpful and supportive. It was a really good place to learn, I really enjoyed it and want to keep on doing it and improving.
I enjoyed being able to look around and to see what was going on around me underwater. I think freediving is kind of relaxing and helpful to all parts of your life. The benefits of doing a freediving course are that it helps you to relax, it builds up your self confidence and helps you to learn to trust other people.
I would definitely recommend the course because I think it is a great opportunity to push yourself and take yourself out of your comfort zone whilst still being in a safe environment. Alex Evans
I do spearfishing but I always felt as if there was something missing as if I was doing something wrong so I thought I should learn to freedive properly. I looked around and found this course. I was a bit nervous in the beginning but I have now discovered that it is easier than I thought it would be.
The part I enjoyed most was the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the whole weekend. The benefits of the course are that you learn to do freediving safely and you realise that you can do more than you first thought you could. I would recommend the course because it has been fun, relaxed and has fulfilled my expectations. Rui Guerreiro
I wanted to do a freediving course because I booked a trip to swim with whales and have always watched videos of people freediving. When doing research on sperm whales I read that there are many freedivers and scientists trying to get information from them and it is very important to be able to freedive and interact with them. When looking at reviews and searching on Google for freediving courses, Go Freediving was the best one.
Doing the course I discovered that it is not as easy as it looks and that it takes a lot of technique to be able to stay relaxed and to hold your breath. I also learned that it is quite psychological as well and your mind needs to be in the moment. Even though you feel like you are going to give up you have to convince yourself to push through. Being able to dive past 10m has been the best part of the weekend for me.
The benefits of the course are being able to push yourself harder and know that that is safe and learning the skills to feel comfortable with doing freediving.
I would recommend the course because of the people side of it. When you are underwater and you see the instructors right there with you it is really comforting. Irene Ruiz Espejo
I have been doing some freediving on my own but I chose to do the course because I wanted to learn to do it properly so that I can go deeper and stay underwater longer to enjoy the environment.
I have been following Go Freediving on FaceBook and decided that now was the right time to do the course.
I discovered I was doing everything wrong and that if I stay calm freediving is really fun! The instructors are great and the groups are small which is good. I really enjoyed swimming through the plane and I would definitely recommend the course. Jerome Durand
Freediving Courses With Go Freediving
Go Freediving is the longest established, most experienced and friendliest freediving course provider in the UK, led by world class freediving instructor trainer Emma Farrell, and her team of personally trained instructors. No other course provider has such a good instructor to student ratio, safety record and personal touch.
Whether you’re a beginner dipping your toes into the world of freediving, a seasoned pro looking to turn professional, or simply a freediver of any level who wants the best freediving holiday in the world, we’re here for you!
Also check out our online guide, The Beginners Guide to Freediving by clicking here!
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