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A Detailed Study On Free Diving

Free diving is another amazing water sport that helps to explore the underwater treasures and the mysterious life evolving every moment and second in the depths of water. The free diving is like any other underwater activity that involves the technique of holding breath while diving. At some places a very precise definition of free diving is used and which is an inch and a breath, it implies that a movement under the water with a breath of air.

Archaeologists said that people have been earning their subsistance from free diving since the 5th century BCE. The Haenyeo in Korea was the first nation to found and get famous for free diving. Their purpose was to collect the shells and sponges found under the water and sell them to others. The Ama Divers from Japan began to collect pearls 2000 years ago. Also the spear fishers around the Mediterranean Sea mark the historical background for the free diving sport.

Free diving is found to be very easy for snorkelers but by adding one more element with their diving and that element is the feeling of relaxation and ease under the water. For free diving you are not required to be an athlete to enjoy it because the techniques involved in free diving are more about mind-set, correct weighting than the strength of an athlete.

While diving free the goal of a diver is to join the water, move with the gentle sea surface and its movement, and never to fight with it. It is important or a beginner to learn the basic surface dive, as then it will be easier to slip below the surface employing a very little energy. Once you get at ease and confident, you can then always choose the depth and duration of each dive you want under the water.

And it’ll be astonishing to notice that how easily the first 15-second dives turns into 30 seconds, 45 seconds—long enough to dive through 30 feet.

How to learn free dive?

The most basic concepts that applies to free diving are the three factors; relaxation, ease and conserving the energy. To learn free diving it is essential to hire instructor who can guide you and help selecting the gears required for diving and who can make you aware of the basic elements of the activity in a step-wise, confidence-building fashion. Avoid advancing one step until you’re competent with the last.

After selecting a comfortable mask and snorkel, master the technique of mouth breathing with a snorkel on the pool’s edge. Get into the pool up to your waist, and continue breathing after you dip your head in the water. In Free diving usually two positions are utilized and these are horizontal and inverted positions. The "relaxed fetal position" is the most important exercise advised by the experts as it develops the psychological base of a diver. State of mind is the only thing which is required to be maintained in the career of free diving. For practicing the techniques of free diving a diver is asked to breathe on the surface, float on the stomach, curl up into the fetal position and is asked to relax completely.

Strokes used in free diving

In free diving usually three types of strokes are used by the divers; the flutter, frog and dolphin. Flutter kicks are used most of the times and to relax the muscles frog kick is used. And for short burst of speed dolphin kicks are used. It is wise to use rapid small fin beats and not wide movements as it will waste lots of energy.

The art of free diving consists of two major parts; breath control and streamlined swimming. Once these techniques and gears are mastered then you are ready to enter the water and explore the under lying beauty of water world. And with the help of simple practicing exercise you can become an expert at free diving along with other aquatic activities.

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