Lead Instructor: Sam Blount
Skype equalizing session
We will discuss proper equalizing techniques for freediving.
We will discuss how to find out which method you are using and how to switch you over to the right method. You will also receive homework assignments to give you the tools to practice at home and perfect the techniques.
- How to get a much bigger breath than you can right now.
- How to breathe to maximize bottom time.
- How to breathe when you surface to increase safety.
Static apnea (Holding your breath face down in the pool)
- Average student completes freediving course with a 2:00 -3:00 minute breath hold.
- How to practice static apnea in a safe manner with a trained buddy.
- Why it is important to train static apnea.
- Become a more confident and comfortable freediver by adding a minute or two to your breath hold.
- How to provide proper freediving safety as a buddy.
- How to weight yourself properly to ensure safety and maximize performance.
- What a blackout is, how (as a buddy) you would recognize it before it happens, and how to deal with it.
Kicking and Entry Techniques
- How to kick properly so you are not wasting energy getting to the bottom.
- How to kick straight down to bottom without your typical 30-degree angle on descent.
- How to make an efficient entry without wearing excessive weight.
- Reduce your oxygen consumption and increase your bottom time by making these modifications to your entry method and kicks.
Freediving Equipment Lecture
- Why a freediving mask is superior to a scuba mask for freediving.
- Why a freediving-specific wetsuit is better than a scuba wetsuit.
- What type of snorkels are good; what types should you avoid.
- This lecture will turn you into a much more informed consumer when purchasing gear.
- Proper hand position for freediving and why it matters.
- Proper head position for freediving
- How to reduce surface area as you are pushing through water.
You need to provide all of your own gear but it does not have to be freedive specific.
- Mask, fins and snorkel – Preferably low volume Freediving mask and fins (long blade fins prefered but not needed).
- Wetsuit with gloves and boots – 3mm freediving suit required for pool and ocean sessions. Good freediving suit with attached hood is perfect.
- Weights and weight belt – Having an assortment of smaller 1lbs and 2lbs weights to adjust for proper buoyancy is a must.
- Depth and/or timing device – A waterproof watch at the very least, better yet a freediving computer is perfect.
Check out general gear recommendations.
Don’t worry about lines, floats and those sorts of things, we’ll bring that. We also travel with an assortment of freediving computers for you to try out as well. Along with all of this we’ll video your clinic so you can review each day, your skills in the water as they improve.
Location Info (Addresses)
Wilmington (North Carolina, US)
Classroom - Class sessions will be held at 3401 Marsh Hawk Ct Wilmington, NC 28409
Pool - YWCA
Open Water - TBD but in the past open water sessions have beene held off of a boat that will launch from 109 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Boat fee is $80.
The following schedule is subject to change. Full course payment is due at this time.
Day 1: 5-7 Class
Day 2: 9-11 Class, 1-5pm Pool
Day 3 Ocean 9-2