Freefalling is not a term most non-freedivers associate with freediving. But as an actual freediver, once you start to train depths that are deeper than 15-20m, freefalling becomes a whole new fun and exciting challenge.
What Is The Freefall?
Our lungs are at their total lung capacity at the surface with a full breath, but the volume of air in our lungs decreases as we descend, causing our lungs to shrink and causing us to become less buoyant. After passing the point of neutral buoyancy, we become negatively buoyant and use less strength and force on the descent due to gravity lending us a helping hand. Freefalling in freediving is the point where we stop moving completely and we assume a relaxed, yet streamlined position, and start to sink, or “freefall.”
Why Do We Freefall?
If we are in constant motion throughout our entire dive, we are activating muscles and burning through our oxygen, which considerably shortens our dive times and limits our depth. Freefalling allows us to limit muscle activation and conserve oxygen, which lets us put more focus on relaxation and equalization.
It is also important to remember that freefalling is fun! Being in the water without heavy scuba gear already feels weightless and liberating, but when we freefall, we are truly letting go and letting gravity take over. If you have a dive where you experience efficient freefall, complete relaxation, and effective equalization, you might even forget that you are diving! These are the dives that feel the most surreal and amazing!
It is recommended that you work with a freediving instructor or coach on freefalling, which is the main technique you’ll be learning during your SSI Level 2 course. A good freefall is something that needs to be practiced and perfected over time and can make a huge difference in your dive time and depth reached.
How do you work on your technique and relaxation during the freefall?
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