How much should it cost you to start freediving ?
Well short answer is: Not much.
Yes you can pay a small fortune on a smooth skin wetsuit, a fancy pair of carbon fibre fins, and a brand new computer, but if you don’t have the budget, or if you want to wait if you actually love the sport that much before committing that amount of money, here is how you should do:
First item to buy should be the mask. A proper low volume freediving mask doesn’t cost a lot of money, and will drastically change your freediving. It’ll be more comfortable, so you won’t actually permanently think about that odd piece of plastic pressing somewhere on your face, it won’t be leaking, and maybe it will even make you look cool! Add to that a cheap but comfortable snorkel (think that you will spend quite a long time breathing through it, so comfort is really the priority here !) and you’re done with your first buy.
Second one in my opinion should be the wetsuit. You can pretty much use any wetsuit for freediving, as long as it keeps you warm and is nice and flexible. There are of course specific freediving suits which you can buy though. They are two piece, with a top and bottom section and critically with no zip. The most important thing is warmth. If you start shivering, you won’t be able to breath calmly, slow down your heart rate, and hold your breath comfortably.
Lastly, buy long, flexible fins. These are a lot longer than ‘normal’ SCUBA fins, giving a really efficient and gentle power delivery. They come in different materials and styles, and the purchase of your first pair can be a bit overwhelming. The cheapest ones will have plastic blades, then fibreglass blades and then Carbon Fibre blades. Aim for soft plastic ones, with a comfortable foot pocket (try them !) and consider buying a pair of neoprene socks in order to avoid blisters after long sessions (in which case, buy the socks first, and try the fins with the socks!). That’s pretty much all you need to comfortably begin freediving!
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