When it comes to enrolling in a SCUBA diving course, besides learning about physiology and pressure, students have to learn how to use the equipment involved. It’s not like anyone can just grab SCUBA equipment and start learning by themselves. On the other hand, in freediving, unfortunately many people think they can read a few things online, jump into the sea and start freediving.
Freediving requires us to use our lungs and mind, so enrolling in a course with a qualified instructor ensures proper and safe use of them.
Yes, it is an easy underwater activity to get into and many people mostly learn from friends or the internet, but enrolling yourself into a course could mean the difference between life or death, and I don't mean to scare you in any way - it’s just the reality of it. There is a lot of information to absorb; safety, buddying, physiology and technique, and it is easy to get wrong if there isn't anyone guiding you.
What are the risks of an untrained freediver?
They will not get an in depth understanding of the theory. Despite hardly any equipment involved, there is much to learn about freediving; safety, correct technique, knowing ones limits and being aware of all the risks; where getting some things wrong can be fatal. A badly trained freediver risks lung, sinus or ear barotraumas, Loss of Motor control and Black outs.
Just like SCUBA diving, it should always be practiced with a buddy. All courses teach to always dive with a buddy, and most qualified instructors would and should really push for this.
Many ‘highly experienced’ freedivers who have not completed a course find that they are often doing things that are dangerous and inefficient. On completion of a course they find that their skills improve dramatically, as well as their confidence. They leave knowing they are doing things correctly, and the true beauty of it all is that your education received will last a lifetime.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN WHEN TAKING UP A COURSE?
Breathing - How to breathe correctly before and after a dive
Physiology - A basic understanding of how our respiratory and cardiovascular systems work
Safety - What is LMC and black out? How to respond to emergencies; rescue skills and buddying
Disciplines - Freediving as a sport and recreational
Equipment - Necessary equipment for freediving
Depth and pressure - physics affecting your body as you descend
Open water and confined water training
Equalisation - Various types of equalisation methods
Respecting the aquatic environment
Some people may find the beginning of freediving easy and progress with depth relatively quickly. Everyone is different, however as you start going deeper and deeper there are risks involved and training with a qualified instructor ensures that you progress with depth at a steady pace and in a safe manner.
You cannot put the price of a course on life. If you want to freedive or already freedived and aren’t certified then enrol in one. It’s a one time payment that lasts forever - taken with you wherever you go.
OTHER REASONS TO ENROL IN A COURSE
If you live by the sea, frediving gives you the easiest method to explore the ocean. There isn't much equipment involved and all it takes is a couple of minutes to don the equipment and jump right in. You will be able to spend hours in the water exploring the underwater world in the most natural way possible - with complete freedom.