For anyone who enjoys being in the water and exploring the world beneath the waves, the idea of doing so without the trappings of breathing apparatus is the ultimate goal. Freediving provides the opportunity to investigate what lies beneath the surface without the encumbrance of SCUBA equipment.
Originating from traditional techniques used for collecting sponges, fishing, pearl diving and reclamation, free diving dates back as far as Ancient Greece. Today, freediving is a chance to eschew the technology that makes it possible to breathe underwater, relying instead on the human body’s capacity for adapting to its environment and withstanding the forces of nature for minutes at a time.
This experience starts with a warm welcome from a trained instructor who will introduce themselves before fitting the diver with their mask and fins and ensuring that they are comfortable.
Then, it’s time to begin the underwater adventure and the instructor will encourage participants to get comfortable in the water as they learn how to control their breathing. Being able to relax in underwater surroundings and focus on the techniques will enable divers to hold their breath for longer.
The instructors will explain briefly how the body uses oxygen and the best way to preserve it when under the water. Techniques to conserve oxygen will then be discussed so that it feels easier and more relaxed underwater. This freediving experience is a great introduction to this fun and fascinating sport and can provide an ideal foundation for those who want to go on to learn freediving.
You will need to have general fitness and you need to be a confident swimmer to participate. This experience is not suitable if you suffer from chronic asthma or for those with heart conditions. If in doubt please consult your doctor.
You will be required to complete a self-assessment health questionaire.
The minimum age is 16 years old.
This experience is available on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings, throughout the year subject to availability.