What is Freediving ?
There are many definitions of freediving, and when we ask to freedivers here are some of the answers we get :
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As it is the case with other sports, freediving has many disciplines. Some that you can practice in a swimming pool, others in open water.
In swimming pool, you can practice the Static Apnea and the Dynamic Apnea with or without fins. In the open water, you find the Free Immersion, the Constant Weight with or without fins, the Variable Weight and finally the No Limit.
Static Apnea (STA)
The freediver holds his breath for as long as possible with his respiratory tracts immerged, his body either in the water or at the surface. Static apnea is the only discipline measuring the duration, and one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Constant weight and Dynamic with fins. Performances could be done and recognized in both pool or open water (sea, lake, river, etc).
Variable Weight (VWT)
The freediver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends using his own strength: arms and/or legs, either by pulling or not pulling on the rope. Variable weight is the first of both depth disciplines using a sled to go down in the water. Old sleds was descending "head first", like presented in the famous Luc Besson's movie "Le Grand Bleu", but new sleds descending "feet first" are now generalized.
Constant Weight (CWT)
The freediver descends and ascends using his fins/monofin and/or with the use of his arms without pulling on the rope or changing his ballast; only a single hold of the rope to stop the descent and start the ascent is allowed. Constant weight is the common sportive depth discipline of freediving, because of the specific fins or monofins used in it. Constant weight is one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Static apnea and Dynamic with fins.
Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF)
The freediver descends and ascends under water using only his own muscle strenght, without the use of propulsion equipment and without pulling on the rope. Constant weight without fins is the most difficult sportive depth discipline, because of absolutely no propulsing material to go down in the water. This category needs a perfect coordination between propulsing movments, equalization, technique and buoyancy.
Free Immersion (FIM)
The freediver dives under water without the use of propulsion equipment, but only by pulling on the rope during descent and ascent. Free immersion is the sportive depth discipline with the purest sensations, because of the speed of the water in the body, and the power of each pull on the rope as only mean of propulsion. Performances could be done the head first during the descent, or the feet first, depending equalization facilities of each freedivers... Some of them also even use mixed solutions.
Dynamic With Fins (DYN)
The freediver travels in a horizontal position under water attempting to cover the greatest possible distance. Any propulsion aids other than fins or a monofin and swimming movements with the arms are prohibited Dynamic with fins is the most typical of both disciplines measuring the distance in freediving, because of the specific means of propulsion : long fins or monofin. Performances could only be recognized in swimming-pools with a minimum length of 25 meters, and are sometimes considered in national or indoor's 'combiné', with the Static apnea.
Dynamic Without Fins (DNF)
The freediver travels in a horizontal position under water attempting to cover the greatest possible distance. Any propulsion aids are prohibited. Dynamic without fins is the most natural of both disciplines measuring the distance for many freedivers, because it doesn't need any propulsing material, but a very good technique. Performances also could only be recognized in pools with a minimum lenght of 25 meters, and are greatly appreciated from "old-swimmers".
No Limit (NLT)
The freediver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends via a method of his choice. No limit is the absolute depth discipline. Going down with a sled, and going back up with a balloon, a diving suit or a vest with inflatable compartments, or whatever other means.
Freediving is definitely an enjoyable underwater activity. However you absolutely need to practice under the supervision of a qualified freediving instructor. We want to reinforce the fact that the first rule in freediving is to never freedive alone or without appropriate supervision. If you intend to freedive alone or without the supervision of a qualified AIDA instructor, in a swimming pool or in open water, you clearly take the risk to have a serious accident that can also be fatal. It’s not freediving which is dangerous but the wrong and irresponsible attitude of some people. You wouldn’t go rock climbing without any appropriate equipment, training and qualified professional instructor. Some people may declare themselves as freediving instructor after following one single course, or even some unscrupulous Scuba instructors who used to guide snorkelers and decide to sell freediving activities,... those persons are of course completely unqualified to teach or train freedivers. You are in danger under their supervision. If you have any doubt about the qualifications of your instructor, be advised to check his/her certification card.
Freediving Planet is aware of this danger and that's why WE WILL NEVER JEOPARDIZE the safety of our guests. All FREEDIVING PLANET Instructors have to respect a very strict code of conduct and must follow the AIDA Education and Training Standards, which is definitely our quality label.
That’s why Freediving Planet organizes regular training sessions for their students and guests in a safe environment. It’s always easier to improve your freediving techniques and performances in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified instructor.