Monofin Freediving Course – 4000thb (appx 110USD)
Duration: 2 Days (1 Day Course + 1 Training Day)
Includes: Lunch, Pictures, Equipment
Requirements: SSI Level 1 or equivalent
Special Price for Masters: 1000thb
Swimming with a monofin is a great experience, it makes a freediver faster, more efficient, and graceful like a dolphin…if he knows how to use it properly ! This course is for freedivers who want to move ahead and learn how to use this beautiful tool in the confine or open water.
Anything new requires a move beyond your comfort zone. At first, a monofin can feel clumsy and stupid. But stick with it. The rewards are well worth the goofy-fin stage. The goal is to learn how to coordinate your entire body into a single swimming muscle. When you do, you will feel like you can move around water somehow, not through it. Learning how to undulate is the secret and joy of monofin freediving.
-1 confined water session during which you will learn and practice monofin swimming technique on the surface and underwater (dynamic apnea) starting with small rubber fins to first learn the right body movement, and then passing to the monofin to perfect the style.
-1 theory session during which you will learn what to keep in mind when you choose a monofin for yourself, variety of monofins and difference between them.
-2 Open water session during which you will learn how to do a constant weight dive with a monofin.
Our Monofin Freediver Course is a specialized course for the development of correct monofin technique. You will be introduced to specific stretching and exercises that will help you improve your monofin kicks while obtaining a better fluidity and streamlined position underwater.
In order to get the most performance out of you monofin dives, some attention to your form and technique is warranted. All improvements in form, streamlining and technique will pay dividends and you will find yourself covering more ground on a single breath, having less muscular fatigue and being able to realize more speed with the same effort.
Streamlining / hydrodynamics: In order to move through the water efficiently, we need to work on our “slipperiness”. This is done by focusing on reducing hydrodynamic drag.
Flexibility: The 2 primary reasons that we want to work on “flexibility” are for effective hands-over-head streamlining, as well as to facilitate a proper dolphin-kick / undulation. The shoulder girdle, chest and upper back require flexibility in order to achieve the proper hands-over-head streamlined position. My ultimate test is to see if you can remain in this position during a dry breath hold and last almost as long as if you are lying down fully-relaxed for a more traditional dry static hold.
Technique: Once you have good flexibility in your upper back and shoulders, you need to be conscious about starting the undulation somewhere in between your shoulders and upper-sternum. The chest goes down, the butt lifts up and the “whip is cracked” down towards the fin.
When you undulate, you should feel your body ripple from just under your clavicle, through your ribcage to your abdomen and lower back, and then to the hips, where the motion is magnified to deliver power to the fin. Your legs and fin are like receptors of a wave, translating the body’s core signal into a propulsive force. If your upper body is stiff-where the undulation is born-the power will be dampened or completely disrupted. There are many drills to learn the timing of the monofin stroke but it is vital that you do your best to make your body the best possible conduit for the undulation by improving your overall strength and flexibility. Exercises like Yoga and Pilates that use slow dynamic stretches and body-weight exercises are perfect for cross-training. We will use an underwater camera to evaluate your strokes.