7 things you should know before your Wave 1 Freediving course
For me, signing up to my first Freediving course was a life-changing decision. I can remember the lead up to my course so clearly, feelings of nerves and anticipation, being clueless as to what to expect. Fast-forward 1000’s of dives later and I am a Freedive Instructor and here to share what I wish I had known before I began my Wave 1 course.
1.) Get that equalization down before you get wet
The main challenge for beginner Freedivers is not actually the breath holds (as most people would expect). Beginner Freedivers need to learn how to equalize their ears in order to unlock the door to deep diving.
Of course, your Freedive instructor will help you with this as part of the course but if you want to be a few steps ahead of the game, practicing your Frenzel on dry land will be the best use of your time. Click here <link to Adam Stern video or online resources> to learn the tricks of the trade.
2.) Don’t worry about long breath holds
Nearly every student about to begin their Wave 1 course has the same concern. ‘But I can only hold my breath for 20 seconds- will I be able to do the course?’
The answer is a yes! If this is a concern of yours, there is probably even more reason to learn to Freedive. Don’t worry yourself too much with trying to practice holding your breath before the course. Your instructor will guide you through safe, effective and relaxing methods of breath holding, and I guarantee that you will surprise yourself with the amazing results that you will achieve.
3.) Air Con is the enemy
Yes, aircon can be a life saver when you live in the tropics… No, aircon is not a Freediver’s best friend. Aircon may be great for avoiding a sweaty night’s sleep, but switch to a fan and your sinuses will be sure to thank you the next day. Aircon leads to congestion which makes equalizing your ears a lot harder. While we’re at it, the day before your Freedive course is probably not the best day for a heavy night out!
4.) Get acquainted with the ocean
You don’t need to be a competitive swimmer to take up this awesome sport, but do make sure that you feel comfortable and confident on the surface before you take the plunge!
5.) Forget what you’ve heard
There is a misconception that Freediving is a sport just for daredevils. For me, safety was a big concern before I began my course. Long story short, I needn’t have worried. Freediving especially at beginner level is a safe sport and if you listen to your instructor and be sure to always dive with a buddy, you can leave your worries, along with your flipflops, at the door.
6.) Relaxation is king
Louder for the people at the back! Yes, it is annoying when someone tells you to relax, but when it’s your Freedive Instructor, be sure to listen.
To get the most out of your experience, let go of your competitive nature or your nerves and work on the art of relaxation. Relaxing whilst holding your breath is easier said than done, but if you master it, it is a skill that will serve you well in stressful situations on dry land.
7.) Celebrate the small stuff
Freediving is such a personal experience and one that we should not compare to others- in this sport we are all progressing at our own pace. Freediving is not about the numbers or how quickly you reach certain depth, it is about experiencing the ocean and connecting with our bodies and minds. Take the pressure off yourself, embrace the learning process and celebrate every dive.
See you under the water!
Freediving can be a sport for everyone, no matter your age or current athletic ability. Freediving allows you to be in tune with your body like no other sport does. Within a few days, you learn mental resilience, calmness and to be able to do things that you previously thought were impossible. For me, there is no greater feeling in the world. To sign up for your Wave 1 course with Blue Immersion, click here.