Level 1 – Freediving Beginner course
5500 THB (appx $150 USD)
Duration: 2 days (8.30am to 4pm)
Max depth: 20 meters
Up to 3min static breath hold
Include: Lunch, pictures, equipment, SSI Cert
Blue Immersion is the most successful SSI Freediving Center worldwide since 2012. With over 1000 students per year, our SSI Level 1 is renowned for its outstanding quality in education and training. Our Freediving center is located on the beach, you will enjoy the training and the view !
You will learn the proper breathing techniques, familiarize yourself with diaphragmatic breathing and take a deep breath like you never have before. The beginner Freediving course is aimed to provide knowledge of the four different Freediving disciplines (Static, dynamic, constant weight and free immersion), the important rules of behaviour and the safest way to perform freediving while allowing the fastest improvement up to 20 meters deep and 3 minutes breath hold. The Blue Immersion Freediving team will share their experience of the water and their passion for this activity during two full Freediving days.
MDR (Mammalian Dive Reflex): Without it, freediving would not exist. It is the key component to this sport and the uncovered super power of the sea. The mammalian dive reflex is a gift from nature shared by all mammals on earth, allowing us to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Although human beings have a much weaker sense of this, with proper training, and regular diving, the MDR becomes stronger, more president and efficient. From simply immersing the face and body in water, reactions include slowing of the heart rate (bradycardia), peripheral vasoconstriction, the spleen effect and blood shift. During this class you will learn many Freediving techniques to slow down your heart rate and conserve oxygen. You will also learn two different way to equalise your ears called Vasalva and Frenzel, it will allow you to Freedive up to 20 meters without feeling any discomfort.
We go through the breathe up process and teach you how to safely hold your breath. It’s a lot easier than it seems! After completing Level 1, the average breath hold is 2.30 to 3.30 minutes regardless of your fitness condition or age, Freediving can be done by anyone. We also give you an in-depth physiology lesson to help you understand how and why you are able to achieve an impressive breath hold and dive to depth. If you are trying to hold your breath right now, the first 30 seconds are easy, then you are ready to give up at 45 seconds but you push on to 1minute and few seconds. Your heart is pounding, you are letting out a tiny breath and this doesn’t really helps. Eventually you give in, expelling the spent air in my lungs and taking a huge gasp. You simply don’t have the right knowledge and technique. During the breath hold your heart rate is too high, the oxygen in your lungs turn into carbon dioxide too fast creating this big urge to breath. During this part of the training you will learn that the ability to voluntarily hold your breath is evidence of a watery episode in human evolution. It’s even been said that humans have an ability to lower heart rate and metabolic rate in order to breath-hold for even longer.
We suit up and set you up to start learning proper fin technique, swimming under water in shallow depth. We will be focusing on your posture, body control, strength, stamina and ability to relax underwater. This discipline is by far the most important for beginners, it allows students to get more confidence underwater before starting depth training. If you can swim 40m horizontally below the surface, you might be able to swim down to 20meters deep and come back up considering the distances are the same. All improvements in form, streamlining and technique will pay dividends and you will find yourself covering more ground on a single breath during your dives, having less muscular fatigue and being able to realize more speed with the same effort. In order to move through the water efficiently, we need to work on our “slipperiness”. This is done by focusing on reducing hydrodynamic drag. For exemple the larger your kick-amplitude, the more drag you will have to overcome. There is a time and place for larger amplitude kicking,where fast acceleration is required, but working to reduce the overall amplitude of your usual cruising kick will reduce your energy consumption. During this session your instructor and you will focus on swimming, underwater confidence and safety.