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Two freedivers relaxing for static in salt pans

Static Apnea: Holding your breath in the pool

In 2013, the most decorated female freediver ever, Natalia Molchanova, set a static apnea record at 9 minutes 2 seconds at the Individual AIDA Pool World Championships as a group of spectators were watching in awe. It was her third world record of the championships and the first time any woman had held her breath

How do Freedivers hold their breath?

A simple explanation on how humans are able to extend their breath hold time, enabling us to dive without the aid of Breathing Apparatus (BA). Before we start, I suggest you read this. There are a couple of things you need to understand; oxygen (o2), Carbon Dioxide (Co2) and relaxation. Oxygen (o2) and Carbon Dioxide

Snorkelling tours in Malta & Gozo adventure.

There is a reason why around 115,000 SCUBA divers fly into Malta each year, and that reason is because Malta has beautiful and incomparable seas. Many of them return year after year to re-visit an experience or discover something new – for such a small island, Malta just keeps on giving and giving. Snorkelling in

Freediver swimming under the blue hole arch

Boyle’s law and Archimedes principle simplified.

Sometimes, when advancing in free-diving the physics can be a little daunting – especially for those who find physics a little challenging. Below is a simple explantation on what happens with a few diagrams to illustrate. If you do have any question please contact me in the form on the homepage.  This article is going

A freediver exits a swim-through

Breathing for Freediving

This is the first topic that is learnt in freediving and involves ‘changing’ our breathing. People can often become confused with this concept and wonder ‘Am I filling my belly enough?’ or ‘Should I be exhaling this long?’ etc etc Why do we perform the breathe up? In freediving it is very important to relax;

A freediver with his arms above his head. performing the duck dive

Mammalian Dive Reflex

Introduction Humans have a reflex in common with dolphins, whales and other diving mammals called the Mammalian Dive Reflex (MDR); one of the triggers being facial immersion and breath holding. The Mammalian dive Reflex helps us extend our breath-hold time and shift blood into appropriate places to safe guard them from the increasing pressure with

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