Top 4 Tips to Improve Your Freediving Skills
Tips #1, Relaxation really does matter.
There is a very strong correlation between the level of relaxation that you start your diet with and the level of relaxation that you can carry on through that dive. When you dive into it, your level of relaxation affects everything. It will determine how much tension you hold in your body in your muscles and it will determine how much stress you hold in your mind. If you stress when you hold your breath, it will cause you to burn through your oxygen faster which will then cause you to build more carbon dioxide. And carbon dioxide is what gives you that urge to breathe so here's the hot tip it's not so easy to control your mind. Our brains don't always want to cooperate with us when we're holding our breath and diving but it is much easier to control your body. If you force a relaxation into your body into your muscles, it will send the signals to your brain that you are relaxed and that you are safe that you are not stressed and then your brain will in turn reciprocate that and start to relax.
Tips #2, Use less energy
A good duck dive can get you down three to five meters then all you need to do is to find a few times until you become negatively buoyant and start to sink. Time spent working on your duck dive and spinning is always time well-spent and all you need to do is spend five minutes working on your technique. Every time you go through and dive and you'll be a duck diving deep diving maniac in no time.
Tips #3, Equalized often
More often than you think you need to. You should never feel pressure in your ears, you should have equalized before that. Pressure had time to even build up on a dive to ten meetings, you should have equalized at least five to ten times, and the equalizations that we're going for are full pops. Those little crackles or half equalizations they're just never enough to allow us to continue descending comfortably.
Tips #4, The progress you're diving slowly.
I know that we all want to spend more time at the bottom and more time underwater. Maybe we want to dive deeper but these are things that really do come naturally at the time. Your body adapts very naturally to free diving as the years go on, please don't rush. This is a sport or activity that you can do well into your older years 50, 60, and 70 years old. You can still do this at a high level but you should know what stops a person from progressing and getting better. Progressing too quickly and having bad experiences every time, you have a bad dive or you have a bad breath hold. It will scar your mind and every single scar will slow your progression. These old negative experiences make a stress. They make us tense when we dive and don't even really know what's happening. The subconscious is powerful so much more powerful than I think any of us really realize.