What is free diving? According to Wiki, it is an aquatic activity where a practitioner holds his/her breath while diving underwater. Compared to snorkeling, the practitioner doesn’t just swim on the surface of the water, but rather goes deep down as far as he/she could go.
It is one of the sports I am an enthusiast of. I scoured over the internet for various tips and look for a local free dive training here in Cebu but I couldn’t find one. I meant free as in you won’t pay for it. Hehehe. So far from what I’ve learned and researched, you need to relax both your body and mind. You need to practice slow breathing and tolerance of carbon dioxide, as well as how to balance the pressure that will build up once you go down deep. Specifically, you need to be calm and relaxed through slow breathing and emptying your mind of anything. Much like Zen. The aim is to lower your heart rate and thus lower the fast burning of oxygen and accumulation of carbon dioxide. I wish I could get the specifics and procedures through a free dive training.
With these techniques, my holding of breath improved, from a twenty second dive in Balicasag to almost a minute dive in Pescador island. It is the pressure I can’t handle though, no matter how many minutes I practice equalizing techniques prior to the dive. Coupled with snorkeling, free diving gives you the maximum underwater pleasure ever. Not only do you get to watch fishes as they swim past by, but might give you the chance to swim along with them.
What to expect under water? Check out these awesome pictures below: