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Freediving Goal

I’m generally not one to toot my own horn, but I achieved a goal last week that I thought I’d share with everyone.

Freediving is something I’m very interested in. I see it primarily as an (relatively) inexpensive way to participate in spearfishing without having to own/rent all the SCUBA gear. Though I’m an angler at heart, spearfishing takes a bit of the best of both fishing and hunting and combines the two. Though I’d love to land a monster on rod and reel, sticking one with a spear would be just as satisfying for me.

With that said, I’ve been working on breathing techniques for holding my breath the past two months. I figure the longer I can hold my breath, the longer I can stay under/deeper I can go. I found the techniques via the all-knowing Youtube, and started practicing right away. When I first started, I was holding my breath just shy of 1:45, and it wasn’t long before I broke the 2 minute mark. I had hoped, by next summer, I could be close to the 3 minute range and set that as my future goal.

I’ve been doing the breathing exercises just before I go to sleep at night. It gives me a chance to completely relax and slow my heart rate as best I can. Well, last week, I finished my breathing exercises and decided to do another breath hold. “Who knows?” I thought to myself. “I might break 2:10”.

I then took a deep breath, relaxed, and held it.

Needless to say, I was shocked. Apparently the techniques and practicing have paid off. I certainly have to reason to lie about it. After all, it was a personal goal.

Now, this time was taken when I was laying in bed, about to fall asleep, and completely relaxed. NOT when I have my snorkel, mask, fins, spear gun, and weight belt on and am having to swim around and deal with diving pressure. Take all those things into account and I might be lucky to break 1 minute.

But hey…It’s a start

5 Comments

  1. Maybe one day you can do that 😉

  2. That’s crazy!

    I’ve got some practicing to do…

  3. I have no interest in free diving. I dove for work (endangered species searches) for awhile and that was enough…even with all the gear.

    Plus, I surfed regularly until about 5 years ago and I’ve been REALLY held down below water before. It sucks.

    Good luck but it’s not for me!!!

  4. @River Mud: I wish I had more chances to practice. It’d make me much more comfortable.

    What did you do research on?

  5. The breath up is everything. I think anyone of decent health can learn to have a static breath hold of 3 – 4 minutes.

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