Why You Should Learn Freediving From A Certified Instructor
Does it matter to learn freediving from a certified freediving instructor or just another fellow freediver (certified or not)? There are freedivers and non-certified agencies that teach freediving to beginners without any credentials to back themselves up. It is known that freediving is a safe sport; it is safe when done correctly and with a trained buddy. So why should you specifically choose a certified freediving instructor?
Certified freediving instructors understand safety. Instructors are prepared throughout their courses, with an emphasis in the actual instructor course, on safety-related issues. This includes conditions to dive in, bad habits that can open students up to injuries, and rigorous rescue training in case an emergency does arise.
With enough training, it is possible to get to 30m, for example, on your own. But is it done with the correct technique? Diving with little or no technique is not a safe way to dive and is potentially dangerous the deeper a freediver goes and the longer their dives are. If this person starts teaching other potential freedivers, they become the example of the technique.
You may be the first student of a newly-certified freediving instructor since everyone has to start somewhere. They may technically not have any teaching experience, but often during the instructor course and through freediving internships, they shadow instructors teaching properly-structured courses and observe teaching techniques. Yet if you have a non-certified freediving instructor who has taught many courses, how can you verify whether their teaching methods are safe and effective?
Freediving is a safe sport when practiced correctly and there is no substitute for a skilled, knowledgeable, safe instructor, who focuses on keeping students within their comfort zone and teaches them to respect their limits. Do your research, ask questions, and get all of the information possible.
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