Freediving National records’ breaker from Barbados, Alex Davis!

Hey, Alex!

Big congratulations for your outstanding performance on VB-2107! Thank you for finding some time to answer our questions!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself 

Thank you Sergey, I am originally from Cornwall in the UK and moved to Barbados inalex6 2011 with my wife. Growing up in a seaside town (Perranporth) I was always in the sea surfing, swimming, Jr life-saving club or fishing but the water is very cold and murky so I never really got into diving. When I moved to Barbados I found warm (28C) seas with visibility exceeding 30m on some days! I instantly got into spearfishing and the deep started calling me. I wanted to freedive deeper, stay longer, hunt better fish and it just went from there. In 2013 I set up ‘Spearfishing Barbados’ offering guided spearfishing tours around Barbados which have been growing every year. In 2015 I went to train with Vertical Blue (Jonathan Sunnex & Will Trubridge) where I completed my AIDA Instructor course and at the same time setting a PB of 62m with bi-fins. I opened Barbados’ first freediving school at the beginning of 2016 and run AIDA courses weekday and weekend all year round.

2. What about freediving? When and how you try it for the first time? And why did you like it?

alex5I got into spearfishing through a mutual friend who took me out and let me follow and watch. I remember diving down to 30ft and instantly turning and heading back for the surface! However, it was at this time I discovered I could equalize handsfree and spent as much time as possible freediving whenever I could. I really enjoy the peace and quiet you find when freediving and much prefer it to scuba. Being able to just walk down to the end of the road with fins and a mask and go diving for hours was an amazing experience each and every time.

3. How often do you train? What is your normal training routine?

Because of the spearfishing tours and freediving courses, I dive quite a bit already, anywhere from 3-7 days a week I am in the water freediving. In the lead up to VB, I supplemented my work schedule with pool training working on my monofin and no-fins technique as well as CO2 tolerance. Some days I would spearfish for 3 hours then go and do an hour or two at the pool in the evening working on just technique.alex2

Two great sessions I do in the pool are over/under – you swim 25m on the surface, touch the wall and then start 25m DYN, reach the other side and immediately go back to 25m on the surface. Another training session which helped was to perform a STA followed by DYN – 1-minute static then 50m DYN with short rests.

ALWAYS TRAIN WITH A BUDDY!

4. You showed very impressive results on all three depth disciplines! Do you split training time equally between them?

Thank you! In the lead up to VB I had 3 weeks at Deans Blue Hole and would dive FIM, CWT then CNF followed by a day of rest. I had spent a lot of time in the pool training for CWT and CNF so felt very strong diving to depth in those disciplines. 50m CNF was actually a PB for me, I had done 48m in training, about a week before which felt great so decided to round it off to 50m and I surfaced strong with lots of energy left for more. During training, I had progressed very well in CWT and FIM making small improvements every day. After each training session, I would go home, export the dive data from my watch and analyze my profile making sure my descent speed was correct and making notes on what felt good and what could be improved to take into the next session.

5. Why decide to compete in the first place? Are you going to do it again?

alex5After opening my freediving school I wanted to try my hand at a competition and also represent the country which I had made home for the last 6+yrs. There were no National Records for Barbados for men at this point so any white card performance would claim an NR, however I wanted to really give it my best shot and get white cards I would be proud of. Yes, I am scheduled to compete later this year at Blue Element 2017 in Dominica (October 13th – 21st) with my old Instructor Trainer Jonny Sunnex! My goals for this comp are to extend my CNF record and hopefully add a few more meters on to my CWT and FIM records.

6. It was your first competition, how you manage the stress? Or it was not stressful at all?

Yes, this was my first ever competition and I would say I was more stressed during training than I was during my official dives. During training you have to co-ordinate with other persons schedule so you will always have to compromise. When training you want to be respectful of everyone’s time so often take it in turns which means your warm ups usually take longer and by the time you do your target dive you may even be too alex4cold.

On competition days I would arrive at the Blue Hole at least 1hr before OT to check in and almost every day my resting heart rate was 100BPM! Haha! Once I got my suit on and clipped my lanyard to the warm up line however I was totally relaxed and actually my warm up dives where better/more relaxed than the ones during training. On the comp line during my countdown I breathed with my snorkel until 1min before OT which helped to tune out noises and other distractions with my eyes closed. I would then finish my breathe up vertically on the line, keeping my eyes closed and just listening to the announcer. On my very first dive of the comp (76m FIM) I was completely relaxed all the way to the bottom plate but once I had that tag in my hand all of the nerves finally caught up with me and my contractions started the moment I turned. The first dive was always going to be my hardest and after this one things got easier and more relaxed with each dive.

7. What do you think about VB? Anything what you think can be improved?

VB, as we all know, is one of [if not THE] top competition each year and the organization is absolutely spot on as well as the safety team being very professional and courteous. During the closing ceremony, Will even mentioned that throughout the entire competition there was not a single delay in the schedule which is a testament to the professionalism and organization of this event. Having not yet experienced any other competition I cannot really say if I think there is anything that can be improved but I think everyone at VB is on point.

8. Tell us about your future plans and how do you see freediving in the future?

alex3My plans moving forward are to continue growing my freediving school here in Barbados and attract more people to the island wanting to learn, both from around the Caribbean and all over the globe. I have already had students come over from nearby islands to train as well as going myself to Grenada earlier this year to teach a group of avid divers and spearos so the sport of Freediving is definitely on the up! I think more people are going to move from scuba to freediving as time goes on as well as people who just really enjoy snorkeling wanting to learn more about freediving and improve their ability and enjoyment underwater. We also actively promote the hunting of Lion fish and regularly give talks in Barbados informing people about this invasive species and why we need more freedivers out there removing them – and eating them!

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Победительница Чемпоната РФ по фридайвингу 2017 года Вероника Кравцова

Рады представить Российскую звезду фридайвинга Веронику Кравцову. Прежде всего – поздравляем с успешным выступлением на Чемпионате РФ по фридайвингу 2017!veronika

Вероника, спасибо, что нашли время ответить на наши вопросы.

1. Традиционный вопрос – как вы пришли во фридайвинг? Что понравилось больше всего, а что было не идеально?

Здравствуйте и спасибо за поздравления. Фридайвинг для меня начался с Красного моря лет 8-9 назад. Тогда я еще не очень представляла, что это такое, но прозрачный подводный мир меня зацепил и увлек. Помню даже альбом фотографий с той поездки назвала “Другой мир”, так это меня впечатлило. Ну и пошло, поехало. На море постоянно не поездишь, поэтому стала искать альтернативу в бассейне и нашла. Рыбок и кораллов, конечно, нет, зато есть ты и вода, а больше, по сути, ничего и не надо.

veronika3Стала регулярно тренироваться в бассейне. Я, как человек увлекающийся, быстро втянулась, постепенно набирала форму. Чего тогда не было, так это теоретической подготовки, тактики и расслабления.

2. Окей, вы попробовали фридайвинг и вам понравилось… А как пришло понимание, что это не просто увлечение, а серьезная часть вашей жизни? Почему решили стать инструктором?

Фридайвинг и остается для меня увлечением, хоть и серьезным. Проанализировав все виды физической активности, которых к тому моменту набралось немало (горные и беговые лыжи, велосипед, триатлон, ориентирование и т.д.), я остановила выбор на нырянии по многим причинам. Во-первых, вода, будь то бассейн или открытая, всегда доступна, во-вторых, открывает практически безграничные возможности для индивидуальной физической самореализации как в бассейне, так и в море; в-третьих, это прекрасный досуг для отпуска. И это совсем не то, что окунаться под воду с баллонами, как-то в Египте я сравнила, чтобы убедиться. Ну и самое, пожалуй, основное (хотя понимание пришло со временем), это возможность абсолютно отстранится от суеты, повседневных забот и проблем, и вынырнуть совершенно другим перезагрузившимся человеком.veronika4

В своих тренировках цели стать инструктором у меня не было. Инструктором мне предложила стать Наталья Вадимовна Молчанова. К тому моменту у меня уже был весомый опыт участия в национальных и международных стартах, в том числе несколько чемпионатов России, 2 чемпионата мира, а также выезды на глубину. Поскольку к своим тренировкам я относилась серьезно, решила, что мой опыт и новые знания, и навыки, полученные у легендарной спортсменки помогут мне научить и увлечь новичков фридайвинга.

3. Вероника, на Чемпионате вы заняли первое место в общем зачете трех дисциплин. На первом месте – плавание в ластах . Отражает ли это ваше ориентирование на тренировках?

veronika2Да, я много времени уделяю работе в ластах. На все 3 дисциплины просто не хватает времени.

4. Еще раз поздравляем с призовыми местами на Чемпонате России по Фридайвингу 2017. Первое место – более чем впечатляющий результат. Рассчитывали ли вы на это? Как считаете, что помогло вам выиграть (настрой, опыт, тренировки)?

В апреле 2016 года на соревнованиях в Севастополе вы показали замечательный результат 160 метров, а всего через год улучшили свой результат до 200 метров! Поделитесь секретом такого впечатляющего прогресса! 🙂

Конкуренция в этот раз на чемпионате России была не слишком сильная, поэтому, да, я рассчитывала на первое место в динамике в ластах. Конечно, все было не совсем гладко, ситуация осложнилась простудой, поэтому 2 другие дисциплины решила не давить, а сосредоточиться на ласте. Но мне повезло, поэтому выиграла еще и общий зачет. Конечно, когда выступаешь на соревнованиях с количеством участников под 100 человек, все имеет значение, и опыт, и тренировки, и, конечно, психологическая подготовка.

veronika5В Севастополе ситуация была непростая. Во-первых, это был мой первый старт после декрета; во-вторых, расписание стартов было такое, что в первый день спортсмены делали статику, а во второй было сразу 2 динамические дисциплины: сначала брасс, потом в ластах. Поэтому в ласте был такой скромный результат. Мой лучший результат в нырянии в ласте на тот момент был 180 м.

5. Некоторые критикуют нас за то, что в наших вопросах много “спорта”. На ваш взгляд какое место во фридайвинге занимает именно спортивный аспект? Кроме спортивных достижений, что еще дает вам фридайвинг?

Фридайвинг – это и есть спорт, просто в нем присутствует и рекреационная часть, и соревновательная. Если говорить о спортивных состязаниях и подготовках к ней, то, конечно, они занимают весомую часть всей фридайверской деятельности. И связано это с тем, что только через массовые мероприятия, которыми и являются спортивные соревнования, происходит развитие фридайвинга в мире.

Спортивные достижения сами по себе дают немало. Это и физическая форма, реализация спортивных амбиций, мотивация. Кроме этого, только фридайвинг через практику самоанализа мне позволяет привезти нервную систему в порядок и снять психическое напряжение.

6. Помимо того что вы действующий спортсмен, вы еще и инструктор по фридайвингу. Не мешает ли одно другому? Какими качествами на ваш взгляд должен обладать инструктор по фридайвингу?veronika6

Напротив, совмещение собственных тренировок и инструкторской деятельности только на пользу и тому, и другому. Имея значительный опыт занятий фридайвингом, как удачный, так и не очень, легче сориентировать занимающегося в правильном направлении, исправлять и не допускать ошибки.

Считаю, что для инструктора самыми важными качествами являются серьезный подход к делу, понимание, что от своих действий зависит безопасность обучаемого, опыт и отличные аналитические качества.

7. Фридайвинг становится более и более популярным. Появляется больше школ фридайвинга, больше студентов… Каким вы видите развитие фридайвинга в будущем?

Это сложный вопрос. Лучше всего на него ответят руководители национальных федераций и международных организаций, так как именно руководство дает посыл для развития фридайвинга. Что касается ситуации в регионах, могу ответить по поводу Санкт-Петербурга. Как инструктор и спортсмен, я представляю клуб Freediving.spb. Его основал мой супруг Александр Виноградов. Уже в течение 3-х лет мы активно занимаемся развитием фридайвинга в Санкт-Петербурге, сертифицировано около 100 человек, накоплен значительный тренерский опыт. В ноябре прошлого года Александру удалось собрать отличную команду и организовать первые в истории соревнования в Санкт-Петербурге по фридайвингу по правилам AIDA. Надо отметить, что прошли они весьма успешно как для организаторов, так и для спортсменов. Были и прямая трансляция, и серьезные призы, и 2 национальных рекорда у иностранных атлетов. Нашу замечательную команду, включающую не только спортсменов, но и судей, и страхующих, вы могли видеть на прошлом чемпионате России в Москве.

8. И в завершение, какой совет вы могли бы дать тем читателя, которые только начали заниматься фридайвингом?

Не упустите возможность взять от фридайвинга именно то, что вы хотите. Потому что он может дать все: и отдых, и работу, и развлечение, и самопознание.

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PADI AmbassaDiver Adam Stern, the deepest man in Australia.

 

We would like to introduce our today’s guest Adam Stern. Multiple Australian national record holder, rising star in Freediving with recent achievements of 100 meters (CWT)!

Adam, thank you for finding time to reply some of our questions.

1. I know that you started your Freediving (at least officially) during your time on Koh Tao, Thailand. What was the most difficult part of the first course? And why you signed up for the next level?

adam5I was just backpacking around Asia and I was on Koh Tao, Thailand at that time, doing my PADI Advanced Open Water course.  And once I saw a  freediving center – Apnea Total and thought that it was cool and took a course and kept training with them.

I remember I did my first dive to 20 meters and it was easy and I did another one and it was a little bit more challenging and I did another one and I was cold and tired and I remember on the last dive I had a lot of contractions but in the Apnea Total course we weren’t taught what contractions were so I was very surprised at the horrible feeling.

 

2. Do you remember the moment when you realized that freediving is not only a hobby for a few weeks but something more important?

It happened when I was training in Roatan and one day reached 70 meters deep. I was just training for fun and it was all going well. When I reached that depth I was thinking wow I’m getting better in this, might be I should see what happen if I take it more seriously. After that, I came home and started training more seriously in a pool and then went to Dahab and started depth training there.adam7

3. You are well known for your competition performance (Vertical Blue 2016 and Blue Element 2016 is just to name a few of them). But do you remember your first competition? Now, when you get more experience with it, is it easier to manage stress during competition? If it is not a big secret, what are your future plans as a competitive Freediver?

It was a mini comp in Dahab in 2013. I announced a dive 15 meters shallower than my PB just to have a nice competition experience. In my first few competitions I was quite nervous but now it doesn’t stress me at all and I’m definitely enjoying competing more and more the more I do it.

adam3My future plan is always just to get deeper and deeper! 🙂 My target in freediving is always to progress, always to hit PB depths. I will do that for as long as I am enjoying training and competing in freediving. I could say things like Oh, I would like a world record! And I would love nothing more than a world record. But I find that large and far away goals are not that effective as having many small, short-term goals. So the goal for me is always simply a PB. Every single time I train or I do training cycle I want to PB.

 

4. To be able to compete on the highest level you obviously need to be in a great shape. How do you manage to combine teaching and training?

I am the competitive diver and my focus was and always will be on my own training and competitions. So, I have to structure my business around that. Basically what I do is dedicate a period of time to teaching and a period of time where I’m not teaching at all, just training.

My training schedule is quite complex and depends on which phase of training I am in. I break my training at base training and depth training.adam8

My base training is training in the gym 5 days a week. I train CrossFit which is high-intensity interval training. I also train three days a week in a pool mostly doing dynamic tables. I mostly do hypoxic tables which are actually CO2 tables to the point of hypoxia. This base training period makes up about 2 thirds of my training cycle.

Then I go to a location to start diving deep. The frequency of my dives depends on how deep I’m diving. When I am above 80 meters it’s three days and one day off, between 80 and 95 – two days and one day off. And then any deeper than that it’s one day and one day off. My training in structured and I almost never cancel dives or leave it up to how I feel in the morning. I like to just get up and get it done.

Obviously, if I am tired and I need a rest, then I rest. But besides this, I don’t give my mood any power over me. If my body feels good and it’s time to go to dive or time to go to the gym or to the pool – I go. There was countless time where I’ve had no desire to train but I make myself train.

 

adam45. And why did you decide to start teaching freediving at the first place? Why PADI? What is your favorite PADI Freediving course to teach?

In the beginning, I was not really interested in becoming an instructor. I just wanted to make some cash while leaving in Dahab at the time. And then I realized that I really enjoy teaching, I fell in love with it and still love teaching. When PADI launched their freediving program I knew they had the biggest market potential and the largest reach. They had the largest potential to actually expand the freediving industry more than any other company that have ever been involved in freediving. So, I stepped in to be involved in this expansion, to be in a front line, and to help growing freediving as a sport and as an adventure activity.

My favorite course to teach is the instructor course. It is the most intensive and interesting course to teach. And I can work very closely with divers who are diving at a high level.

 

6. In your opinion – what are the main qualities which freediving instructor should have?adam6

Someone who has expert knowledge in Freediving, who has expert skills in freediving, and very high-level teaching skills. Every instructor is different and teaches in their own way. Every instructor’s style may work or may not work with different students so there is no such thing as the perfect instructor.

 

7. What do you think, who can apply for PADI Freediver course (level of fitness or age)? Is it a course for everyone or you should be somehow prepared for it?

adam2Anyone can apply and join PADI freediving course! Obviously, you need a reasonable level of fitness, let’s say you should be able to swim continually 200 meters or snorkeling 300 meters. If you can, you then you’re absolutely ready for the course. I believe everyone can do it. Obviously, if you have issues with your heart etc you should get checked my a doctor before you sign on for a course but apart from medical limitations, everyone can do it.

 

8. Now freediving slowly comes to be “in trend”, probably same like it was with yoga 10 years ago. More freediving centers, more students…What are the pros and cons of it?

The increase of freedivers and the growth of the freediving industry is fantastic. I love freediving soo much that I love to see more and more people doing it. The only issue with the freediving explosion is that there are some parts of the world where people are choosing not to take freediving courses which are so dangerous and in the end will only reflect badly on us all.

 

9. What is your opinion about freediving development in the future? What is the best way for it?

I would love to see it as big as a scuba diving. I think right now what is popular worldwide is all kinds of adventure sports, adventure activities, adventure travel. Freediving is all about adventure! People like to have a challenge. I see freediving constantly growing but what I want to see is the amateur sport of freediving became professional. A professional sport with paid athletes. It’s happening slowly. Now we have more divers than ever who can dive over 100m and the gap between the world’s elite professional divers and those aspiring to be is closing.adam1

 

10. What could be your contribution, as a PADI Ambassador, in this process?

My goal as a PADI ambassador promotes freediving as much as possible, especially safe diving practices and promote PADI courses which I personally believe is the best and safest way to learn freediving.

 

11. And at the end, what advice can you give to someone who just finished their first freediving course?

Go and have some fun! Go deep snorkeling, go freediving in beautiful locations, explore the Ocean. You can just literally go anywhere and just check out what is beneath the surface! You don’t need any preparation, just go!

And when you’re ready to go for an advanced course! You’ll dive deeper, hold your breath longer, improve your knowledge of freediving safety and learn so so much more about your body, which is the most important.adam9

The advice I would give to people getting into freediving as a sport. I would tell them, don’t take it too seriously! Have fun! If you are not having fun there is no point doing it anyway. Enjoy freediving. Enjoy the sensation of being in the water and have a wonderful, wonderful time. Never push yourself.

 

 

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Победитель Чемпионата РФ по фридайвингу (общий зачет) Игорь Самохин

Рады представить Российскую звезду фридайвинга Игоря Самохина, успешно выступившего на Чемпионате РФ по фридайвингу 2017!

Игорь, спасибо, что нашли время ответить на наши вопросы.

1. Во фридайвинг вы пришли после довольно серьезной травмы, в 2010 году…. Почему именно фридайвинг, а не, допустим, просто занятие плаванием? Что понравилось больше всего с самого начала, а что было не очень? Помните Ваше самое первое занятие?:-)igor1

Сразу оговорюсь, что «российской звездой фридайвинга» я себя не считаю и воспринимаю Ваше обращение исключительно с иронией. Я себя позиционирую, как крепкого середняка, находящегося с еще десятком моих хороших товарищей в пелотоне, возможно в его начале. Звездами у нас являются Алексей Молчанов и Александр Костышен. И еще Андрей Матвеенко, который давно оторвался от пелотона, но еще не догнал Алексея и Сашу, но у него еще всё впереди.

Я не сразу пришел во фридайвинг после травмы, восстанавливался где-то 1.5 года. Почему занялся фридайвингом? Когда-то сам анализировал, что повлияло, что было начальным импульсом? Было два основных мотива: 1. Когда я вернулся из армии в 1985 году, ходил пару лет в бассейн Олимпийский, плавать. Я тогда только-только научился. Проплывал с трудом 50 метров и отдыхал. В какие-то дни параллельно с нами, любителями, на соседних дорожках ребята занимались  подводным спортом – плавали в моноласте. Меня тогда поразило, с какой скоростью и легкостью они ныряли, как чья-то тень мелькала, как торпеда под водой. Вот это впечатление мне и запомнилось. Я даже после несколько раз пытался найти моноласту, но, видимо, тогда это было еще сложно. После периодически пытался найти секцию, где можно было бы научиться. Но как-то всё не сросталось. 2. Я раньше часто летал в Египет и увлекся подводной фотосьемкой. Часами плавал-нырял, часто сильно закислялся, когда делал это без должного отдыха. Чувствовал, что навыков ныряния мне не хватало. Хотелось улучшить свои возможности пребывания под водой. Ведь когда фотографируешь какую-нибудь рыбку, долго ждешь нужный ракурс, часто ныряешь. Удачный кадр сделать сложнее, чем подстрелить рыбу из подводного ружья.

Плюс после травмы понял, что потихоньку нужно увеличивать нагрузки, хотя врачи и говорили всякие глупости)).  Вот это все и привело меня в бассейн. Правда, я сразу же пошел заниматься и моноластой в ЦСКА ВМФ к Лене Жиляковой, и на курсы фридайвинга в Олимпийский к Оле Суряковой.

Понравилось всё. Я всегда любил воду во всех её проявлениях.

Что не понравилось даже не помню. Скорее всего, такого не было. Может быть, хотелось заниматься больше по времени. Хотя в первые 1.5 года я занимался 4-5 раз в неделю.

2. На ваш взгляд, что является вашей сильнейшей дисциплиной – динамика в моноласте (DYN) или динамика без ласт (DNF). Почему так? Насколько это отражает тренировочный процесс?  Ваше мнение, являются ли фридайверы с многолетним плавательным (в том числе и соревновательным) опытом более успешные в DYN/DNF?

igor4Раньше я бы сказал, что DYN, но в этом году я немного подтянул DNF, и они у меня почти сравнялись. Правда,  на последнем питерском чемпионате России (CMAS) я опять немного улучшил результат в ласте, так что она у меня снова немного вырвалась вперед, но думаю, что ненадолго)). Ласта у меня идет легче. Похоже, я немного неуклюжий, и в ласте нужно делать меньше движений, и это меньше влияет на гидродинамику.

Последние месяцев 6 я больше уделял внимание брассу. Считаю, что это более чувствительный вид ко всему: и к технике, и к развесовке, и к гипоксии. Т.е,  если я правильно вывесился для брасса, то и для ласты это подойдет. Тоже и при подготовке к соревнованиям. Я перед московским чемпионатом, как уже говорил, чаще плавал длинные дистанции брассом – прошел свой официальный максимум, а в ласте же не доплыл до максимума метров 25. Потом перед соревнованиями мне Максим Жиляков сделал новую ласту: немного помягче. И так как она была «необкатанная», то я не ждал от себя хороших результатов. Но, на удивление,  в обоих чемпионатах я все же занял первые места в ласте)). Это опять подтверждаем мою теорию о большей чувствительности брасса.

3. Еще раз поздравляем с первым местом в общем зачете и отдельно в дисциплине DYN на Чемпионате России 2017! Рассчитывали ли вы на такой результат? Как вы считаете, что помогло выиграть именно вам (настрой, опыт, тренировки)? Как справляетесь с предсоревновательным стрессом (если таковой имеется 😉 )

За поздравления – спасибо))igor2

До соревнования я по диагонали анализировал лучшие результаты участников. Получилось, что у меня брасс был где-то на седьмой позиции, ласта – на пятой, а статика, кажется, на 15-ой. Я рассчитывал, что: улучшу свои результаты в статике и брассе; а в брассе считал, что у меня хорошие шансы попасть в тройку. Про ласту ничего не думал, так как тренировал ее мало, ласта была новая и  необкатанная. Хотел   просто ее испытать)). Кстати, та же история повторилась и на питерском чемпионате – тоже ласта была новая, необкатанная, уже от Алексея Молчанова (приз за 1-е место в Москве). И опять нежданное первое, да еще с улучшением своего личника на 7 с лишним метров. Короче –  сплошное везение в этом году))) – все ожидания выполнил и перевыполнил.

Выиграть помогла удача, более длительная подготовка к соревнованиям (в этом году я специально с этой целью участвовал в декабре в соревновании World Class V), не самые хорошие старты для тех, кто вместе со мной претендовали на призовые места, и отсутствие на соревнованиях наших лидеров (Саши Костышена, Алексея Молчанова и Андрея Матвеенко).

С соревновательным стрессом не справляюсь – я просто с ним живу эти дни. И перед первым днем соревнования опять удалось уснуть часа на 2, и перед вторым была похожая история. У меня в Москве всегда так было, но обычно не спалось только перед первым днем, а тут не получилось и перед вторым. Но, на результаты это не повлияло)). Нужно просто перед стартом хорошо подготовиться к нырку и вуаля))

4. На Чемпионате России 2015 года в дисциплине DNF вы показали результат 140 метров (первое место), в 2016 году 134 метра (4 место), в 2017 году 150 метров и второе место! Что повлияло на соревновательный результат?

igor3Прошлый год в московских соревнованиях для меня был неудачным. Очень плохо выступил. Был недоволен. Да и вообще, у меня было три года застоя по всем трем дисциплинам. Вы не написали, что в 2014 брасс у меня был 141м. Так что динамика была еще хуже: 141-140-134. Правда, через месяц после Москвы в Питере удалось нырнуть на третье место 140 метров с копейками (немного подправить год), но всё равно не важно. Ласта тоже: 205-209 (красная)-201. Чтобы не подумать, что я уперся в потолок в этом году, как уже говорил, начал подготовку пораньше. Так что на результаты влияет подготовка и настрой в голове, когда вы не готовы мириться с тем, что лучшие свои результаты вы уже достигли. Но тут главное не борсить: спорт у нас необычный и силой воли решить ничего не получится. Нужно постоянно анализировать свое состояние, прогресс, ошибки, почему дальше не идет; пробовать что-то новое, верить в себя, верить в то, что пределов нет.

5. Некоторые критикуют нас за то, что в наших вопросах много “спорта”. На ваш взгляд, какое место во фридайвинге занимает именно спортивный аспект? Кроме спортивных достижений, что еще дает вам фридайвинг?

Спорт во фридайвинге опционен: большинству он вообще не интересен. Люди любят нырять, ездить-общаться (видимо, фридайвинг хороший фильтр: меня окружают очень интересные и главное светлые люди). Кто-то любит фридайвинг за особые состояния при нырянии: покой, осознанность, растворение, полет, тишину, нахождение здесь и сейчас… Кому-то нравится контакт с природой через фридайвинг. А кто-то просто любит воду во всех ее проявлениях. Мне интересны все эти грани.

Когда человек начинает у нас заниматься, он постепенно как нанизывание бусин, начинает оценивать свое состояние, что и когда он ест перед тренировкой, устал он или нет, какие дополнительные практики могут повлиять на результат, как глубоко он расслабляется, где возникает дискомфорт и какова его динамика, как справиться с волнением и с тем же дискомфортом, и тд и тп

6. Игорь, как находите мотивацию тренироваться и успешно выступать на соревнованиях различного уровня уже более семи лет? Какие краткосрочные и долгосрочные цели ставите перед собой?

Ну, для тренировок мотивацию мне искать не надо – мне просто это очень нравится. Если была бы возможность я бы вообще не вылезал из воды. Когда-то в Египте я плавал-нырял по 5-7 часов, выходя из воды, чтобы что-то съесть и перезарядить аккумулятор в фотоаппарате. Для участия в соревнованиях возможно нужна мотивация, а точнее не для участия, а для стремления показать какие-то результаты или улучшить свои достижения. Вот последнее (постоянное улучшение) скорее всего и является моей мотивацией, если в ней возникает необходимость. Я просто считаю, что если я чем-то занимаюсь, то это должно улучшаться. Или даже не так – любая практика – это инструмент для самокопания (кто-то называет это повышением осознанности). Т.е Вы чем-то занимаетесь и через это познаете себя (и не только). И здесь не важно чем, важно, чтобы это было интересно и не требовало дополнительной мотивации, кнутов и пряников. А соревнования нужны в качестве дорожных знаков: результаты растут – двигаетесь в правильном направлении, нет – нужно понять почему.

7. Фридайвинг становится более и более популярным. Появляется больше школ фридайвинга, больше студентов… Каким вы видите развитие фридайвинга в будущем?igor5

Надеюсь, что он будет признан ни как непонятное экстремальное занятие для узкого круга любителей, но и как интересный зрелищный вид спорта для широкой аудитории.

Надеюсь, что в нашей стране, которая дала миру такого человека как Наталья Молчанова, найдутся средства для строительства глубоководных бассейнов.

8. И в завершение, какой совет вы могли бы дать тем читателя, которые только начали заниматься фридайвингом?

Вот это для меня самый сложный вопрос. Не зная зачем человек пришел, трудно ему что-то посоветовать. Тут вспоминается старый мультик, где главная героиня (уж, не помню кто) стремилась делать добро. У нее это как-то не очень получалось. Например: увидев, лежащую под солнцем на горячем камне ящерицу, она окатила ее холодной водой. И так далее…

А так если меня о чем-то спрашивают – я стараюсь отвечать, если могу))

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Member of French National Freediving Team Aurelia Voyer

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this kind of sports? aurelia8
I found out about freediving in 2013. I started competition quickly, one year after beginning. I was attracted by relaxation and nice sensations during static or dynamic apnea. My first steps were in childhood when my father was timing me! Good memories.
2. What is your favorite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?
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My favorite disciplines are static and dynamic apnea. For me, static is the purest apnea because we have to let go our thoughts, to meditate in the silence of water. It’s a real challenge for me! During a dynamic apnea, I imagine that I’m a Manta and it is changing my perception of the performance. I hope to begin freediving (outdoor) next year, after indoor AIDA World Championship. I’m impatient, it will be a new step in my life and in my training.
3. Tell please few words about your freediving training approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into the mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?
I train 16 hours by week: 5 hours of static and dynamic apnea, 3 hours aurelia4of yoga, 2-3 hours of swimming, 2 hours of running, 3 hours of physical preparation. All the time I do 15min of stretching after training. I have a fixed schedule every week but sometimes I have to change my planning if I’m tired or sick.
And do a lot of biking since I’m not using a car 🙂

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving training?

Ha ha, it depends on my coach! He likes giving me new exercises and new challenges.
5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?
aurelia2I always take my bike for 20-25 minutes to go to train in a pool. Last year I had 45 minutes of a bus! I fight laziness with my passion and my willpower. I think that if we want something, we have to fight for it. Freediving has an important place in my life, so it’s normal for me to be passionate, demanding and endurant.
6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose, for example, create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?
Yes, food is energy. It’s important to choose what we eat and what we drink. I don’t eat red meat and avoid white meat, wheat (pasta and bread) and cheese. I don’t drink alcohol one month before a competition. I never drink animal milk. I’m asthmatic and cow milk doesn’t help me!
7. Let’s talk about money 🙂 Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?
No, I have not any support to pay my freedive material, my trips to competitions and myaurelia3 individual training. But I would like to be supported 😉
8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?
My targets will depend on my evolution during the two years coming. For the moment, the first objective of this season could be to do 5’45-6’00 in static and 150m in dynamic.

9. What do you do except freediving? Do you have any hobbies?

Except for freediving, I do shiatsu massage and magnetism. My hobbies are walking in mountains, reading, writing, painting, traveling and meeting people.
10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this kind of sports?
aurelia6Come to discover new sensations in water and to discover YOU. Freediving is like a soul’s mirror. Don’t forget your pleasure to be in nature, in the water element.
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Finalist of Australian Depth National Freediving Championship 2016 Trista Fontana

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this sport?

94B0D4FDCFA443858E3F58A386CF5F76I was traveling through Egypt along the Red Sea doing a lot of SCUBA diving and some other travelers I had met had gone up to Dahab and dived this little spot called the Blue Hole, I had seen the photos and it looked amazing so decided to make my way there to go SCUBA dive it. Around the same time, one of my best mates from Australia, who was also, my SCUBA buddy had just learned to freedive and had been sending me a lot of emails trying to persuade me to do a course as he needed a buddy. Originally I had very little interest in it, I could barely reach the bottom of a 4m pool and just from playing in the pool with friends I knew I had a terrible breath hold

After having enough of being called a “tankerwanker” and “bubbleblower”  I jumped onto google to see if this tiny town called Dahab had any instructors that could teach me anything about this obscure sport called freediving. Now my scuba gear sits collecting dust and out of service

2.    What is your favorite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?

I think it depends on which day you ask me, My CNF technique is terrible but I do enjoy the challenge when I do it and I find it fun. It is something I would really like to work more on this year when I get back to the water.

Also FIM I love the feeling of the water on my feet as I’m pulling through the water and the glide and you propel through the water especially coming back upA768F3CCE5DD4F49991E784D192CC806

3.    Tell please few words about your freediving training approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into a mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?

When I am training I do now try to follow a 3:1 dive days to rest day rotation with a longer 2-3 break every so often. There are training days where I wake up and feel I’m not in it physically or mentally. In the past, I have tried to push past these thinking that they were just barriers and I was just getting in my own head. So I would still go out and dive, I would not achieve anything I wanted and this just lead me to become frustrated and have a negative session and this would carry on to the following days. Now experience has shown me that I need to listen to my body and take a break and reset the mind.

But in regards to each training session I now pick one task I wasn’t to work on each session and not make it about a depth achievement. Be it my mouth fill, streamlining, relaxation. You get these things right then the depth happens naturally

4.    And how often do you try something new in your freediving training?         

B8BA0BA6806E4134909835A5B7566CE0As often as possible, I still consider myself a beginner in the scheme of things and I am always watching others see what works for them, picking people’s brains. Freediving is still a relatively new sport and each person has many different variations on what works for them. I think also part of being a great instructor is knowing and understanding the many different methods available and being able to adapt them to your students needs rather than just teaching what works for you. For this reason, even though I am an instructor I still seek out the guidance of others and looking to expand my own skill set

5.    The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?

My love for freediving is my motivation. I don’t train in the pool and that is simply because I don’t like it and I don’t find it fun. I freedive because I love the feeling when I’m in the ocean, not because I want to be the best. I have found this mindset has been important in my progress. There has been a time where I did make it about progress and the numbers and I started to come undone. I stopped enjoying the training, I stopped making progress. So when you enjoy something in that manner it is easy to get out of bed every day

6.    Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose, for example, create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?E043C21749F7487FBD7BF939C4F0DF92

I haven’t noticed a problem too much with my equalisation…yet. I do however notice that gluten and/or lactose do create extra mucus. I noticed this quite by accident when I inadvertently removed it from my diet whilst staying in Bali at their diet is very low in gluten and lactose and then was craving a pizza covered in cheese one night. It wasn’t something I was aware of prior to excluding it. So now I am more conscious of what I’m eating in the days leading up to dives

7.    Let’s talk about money 🙂 Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?

I think this is the dream of all competitive freedivers, currently like most divers I am completely self-funded. Last year I was told by my university that I would be ineligible to apply for a sports grant to compete at nationals because freediving was not considered a sport by the university, but apparently, Dragon Boat racing was

8.    What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?

It’s funny people always ask how deep do you want to go and how deep can you go. Whenever someone asks me about my depths I always try to avoid the question, especially on social media or if its someone I don’t know. Freediving has become a personal journey for me and I feel that the depths in no way reflect my path. Sure I share the depths with my friends and those I’m diving with, they are there on that journey with me. The depth isn’t about why I dive, it’s the enjoyment and the journey so I will keep diving as long as I keep enjoying it, who knows at what depth that enjoyment will stop.

9.    What do you do except freediving? Do you have any hobbies?AD014A9F58FC4F3697AE389CC3ABD13B

Surfing has become my little side addiction, which is perfect for where I live in Perth, Australia. Means I can still get into the ocean fix and keep my fitness and strength up at the same time. Also, I’m not so great at it so my breath holds also get a run

10.  What would you advise to people, who just discovered this sport?

Enjoy the moments not the numbers. I think also finding the right instructor or dive buddy for how you like to train is also important. Everybody trains and dives differently and what works for one person will not for the next. Find what works for you

 

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Freediving National Record holder for Argentina (CWT/CNF) Julia Mouce Dominguez

 

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you to start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this sport?julia1

I found out about freediving on Koh Tao, Thailand 8 years ago. I discovered Apnea Total, I think it was the first freediving school I had ever seen. When I saw videos I immediately signed up for the first two courses…and I wasn’t disappointed. I continued with the master course and even lost all my flights. I was freediving 3 months. When I came back to Spain to normal life I was so depressed of being out of water that when they offered me to come back to do the instructor course and stay for working in Thailand I couldn’t believe my luck. Freediving changed my life!

2. What is your favorite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?

julia7My favorite discipline is free immersion and CNF. Free Immersion, because it is slow and you can really feel changes of buoyancy when you are pulling yourself up and down. CNF because it is fun, it requires technique and high level of fitness.

3. Tell please few words about your freediving trainings approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?

I like to train 3 days and rest 1. I normally plan my trains, but I think it is necessary to be flexible and adapt to body and mind conditions. I like to mix trains, firstly because I only like nice dives, don’t see any point in suffering. At all trainings I go out of my comfort zone. Trainings are efficient, not more than 6 dives, but they should all count.

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving trainings?

I do try new things when i feel that they have a meaning. There is a hell amount of bullshit around in internet, everybody knows how to teach equalization and there are many confusing information. We should use information which can be used at our level of freediving. I don’t understand why people who can’t get comfortable to 45 meters are taught mouthful technique. For example I taught myself hands free to be able to understand what my students felt at depths.julia6

5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?

I would never train in pool =) , but going to train in the ocean is easy. I built my school and platform so I could train. I think it is very easy not to be lazy when you have a passion for the sport you practice.

6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose for example create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?

julia3I’m very blessed for equalization. I’ve never had problems with it, so lactose and other products don’t really affect me. I just eat what anybody would consider as a healthy diet. I consider that tobacco and alcohol are the most harmful. I avoid any kind of sugar and life on Bali doesn’t include a lot of dairy in diet.

7. Let’s talk about money. Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?

HAHAHAHAHA! I’m Argentinian, if its not football….! I have always supported myself for freediving , I am sponsored with wet suits by Elios.

8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?

I would like to go as deep as I can, no need to fix limits. I believe that only with practice I will get very deep. I am not in a rush and I do it for myself so I don’t like to talk about my PBs.

9. What do you do except freediving?   Do you have any hobbies?julia2

Yes, I like many other sports and I work out every day, non related to freediving exercises. Living on Bali I would love to take more time to learn proper surfing. I also practice SUP.

10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this sport?

To take time to get to love it. To focus on relaxation , rather than numbers. To use what they learn to see marine life and promote awareness of the marine environment.

First human who was 100 meters deep on a single breath (both CWT and FIM) Carlos Coste

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you to start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this sport?

carlos5From my childhood I was very curious about the ocean and non traditional sports and hobbies. I kept very close to the ocean doing bodyboarding-surf, observing, reading some books and watching TV documentaries. I think the first time I heard about freediving was when I  watched Big Blue film, then my curiosity and interest increased more, a few years after a classmate in the University invited to me to join him to one pool training session in the Underwater Activities Club (UCV, Caracas 1996). I get hooked with that feeling of going deeper and longer every time I tried. Then I started train regularly freediving & spearfishing.  I have been holding my breath with passion from that first pool freediving experience in 1996.carlos1

2. What is your favorite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?

Constant weight & free immersion were my favorite ones in my first years, but in the last 3 years I have been enjoying and focus on CNF. I don´t like STA because it is boring as my best was 7.35 min in 2004. But I prefer the movement.  I don’t like anymore the NLT, because it is totally assisted and too dangerous (I had a big accident in  Egypt, 2006).

 3. Tell please few words about your freediving trainings approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?

carlos2In the last 3 years me and my wife Gaby have been living in Bonaire, where we founded and lead our Freediving school & training center DEEPSEA (www.deepseabonaire.com). I’m in the sea almost every day, mostly teaching. I organize my yearly schedule to have more training time 2-3 months before our annual event (Deepsea Challenge Sept 15-23th). My training plan increases the intensity 8 weeks before the Competition (3-4 sessions by week: pool, depth and gym), the rest of the year I train 2-3 times in the gym, pool or with my students. occasionally. Normally every session take around 60-90minutes.

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving trainings?

It depends, if some new idea come to me or if I think a technique looks interesting I try it. It could happen 3 times by year or none.

5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?

Interesting question! I had more than 20 years practicing freediving in a regular way. I renew my motivation every week, every month and every year! My motivation consists of having new targets to chase every year. I renew my objectives every year and after every competition or season I start to visualize them and work for it. Of course, the passion that I felt to train every day & week in my first years practicing freediving is not so powerful now 20 years later!, but with my 41 years old I keep training regulary improving myself!, I have now more diverse objectives, like developing my school, logistics, other disciplines like CNF and more. I enjoy that, It keeps me happy.carlos4

6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose for example create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?

I think that freediving diet & equalization are very personal, and there isn´t the only one answer or formula for all freedivers. I think everyone has to test, and find which food is better to avoid. I don´t have a specific diet, but I can say that I´m 80% vegy, and I try to eat colorful and healthy.

7. Let’s talk about money. Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?

The last 4 years it has been very hard for me to train like competitive athlete, mostly because the big crisis in my country. Me and my wife moved to Bonaire to start from zero our life in a safe place. During my career in the past I had private sponsorships and government support. Since about 8 years ago it has been almost impossible. In the last 4 years with the crisis and because of political reasons all support in Venezuela was destroyed.

carlos6I had an international watch brand Oris supporting my career for 9 years. They launched four watches limited edition with my name.  But they changed marketing strategy last year and don’t support me directly anymore.

Our school has increased step by step. We are recovering working hard with our freediving school, but it implies that I have to teach every day, because we need to pay the bills. Now it is so difficult, not enough time and resources to keep me as an elite international competitive athlete.

My wife has found some local support to develop our annual international competition on Bonaire Island Deepsea Challenge. At the moment, we are looking for sponsors for 2017 competitions, we are open to new proposals and brands.

8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?

I have already achieved 12 World Records, many Continental and National Records during my career

I have been focused in CNF discipline for the last 3 years, getting South American Records and improving my performance every year, my last one and current SA Record is 69m. Now, I´m training to improve that performance.carlos3

As well I´d like to set new World Record in the caves (DYN) again.  And I have another special project like books, TV serial, and more.

9. What do you do except freediving?   Do you have any hobbies?

I like to travel with my wife, we love photography, I like to read and watch good movies.

10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this sport?

I think, the best advice that I can give is: “take a good course to learn the basics, and invest some time & money in travelling around the world exploring cool freediving spots with a camera”.

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UK Freediving National Record Holder (CNF) Dean Chaouche

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you to start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this sport?

I believe the very first time I found out about freediving was through a documentary that was hosted by Tanya Streeter. At the time I was very young and not in the position to go out and find a course at my own leisure, though I remember thinking that this must one of those very unique activities only reserved for a special few people.  dean3

I later stumbled across “Freedive Gili” while I was searching for a Yoga classes, at the time I was in New Zealand and I’d broken both my wrists, I decided to book flights to Indonesia once my wrists had healed, plus I also needed things to look forward to and this happened to be one of them. The course took place around April 2012 and originally this was meant to be a single course and afterwards I’d planned on surfing around Lombok and Sumatra, I ended up surfing a bit of Lombok but after only 2 weeks I returned back to the school and since then I haven’t looked back. I completed SSI level 2, 3 and a period of personal diving and assisting. Eventually  I completed my Instructor course there and was lucky enough to be offered a job, so there I remained for roughly a year and a half.

2. What is your favourite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?

dean2My favorite discipline in frediving has to be CNF. It is also without a doubt the most rewarding for me as the sense of accomplishment I feel after a deep no fins dive is incomparable compared to the other disciplines. It’s down to the simple fact that we are achieving great depths by simple using our arms and legs, William Trubridge puts it best when refers to no fins “as a true measure of humans aqua potential”. I also love the feeling that if gives me when I’m moving through the water.

I wouldn’t say I had a discipline that I didn’t like as they’re all great in their own manner. I personally don’t enjoy pool disciplines not nearly as much as depth but that’s normal considering that I began freediving with depth and that predominantly that’s what I do. I can see myself in the near future participating more with pool and I’m sure that I’ll find aspects that I really enjoy once I have more experience.

3. Tell please few words about your freediving trainings approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?

My training approach or frequency of training would completely depend on what stage of the training that I’m in. Gone are the days where freedivers believe that only depth diving will give you greater depth, this and the fact that not everyone has easy access to depth, so this leads us to adopt cross training plans and stages in our training. I would have quite a fixed plan about what I train each day and the amount, I work by micro cycle’s of 3 days on 1 day off. This may change closer to a peak or competition once I start diving max depths. I also like to maintain a certain amount of flexibility in order to slightly tailor what I’m training in tune with what I feel that I need to work on the most.dean5

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving trainings?

At the beginning it would seem that I’d be trying something new each session, but as my training became more refined I found that less and less changes were present. Now when I begin a training stint I usually have one or two aspects which I’d like to improve on or incorporate so that I’m not drastically changing what I do but at the same time not letting my freediving become stagnant, which is very important.

5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?

That’s quite simple, I enjoy my training. I enjoy the feeling that little by little I’m improving and conditioning my body to perform how I would like myself to perform. It gives me pleasure to see small increments of change which collect over time and result in a big improvement. I also try and focus on the session at hand, not about the sessions that are coming or the sessions that have been, only what’s happening that day. It’s harder than it sounds as we all like to dream, but what matters most is what we’re doing in the present.

6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose for example create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?

dean1I think this is circumstantial to the individual. Some people can eat dairy until the cows come home and they wouldn’t see a problem with equalising, however this isn’t the case for everyone. Personally I can afford to eat a little dairy here and there but I avoid it for reasons other than equalising. I’d personally find that when I drink even a little bit of alcohol it congests me more than any kind of food. I wouldn’t say I followed a strict diet, however I would try and eat as much alkaline forming foods to counter the acidity that occurs in our body from freediving and training hard.

7. Let’s talk about money 🙂 Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?

Money is definitely an issue for most freedivers and I’m certainly no exception. I try to make enough money to fund my training through instructing, although this is always a balancing act due to the fact that it’s very difficult to train and teach at the same time. So I only ever allow myself to take the minimum amount of time out of my training for instructing. I’ve recently been lucky enough to find a regular sponsor from a former student of mine Bentinho Massaro who has generously decided to offer me a regular income to supplement my training and way of life. He has just started a free spiritual academy online called trifinity academy, check it out via this link https://www.trinfinityacademy.com, it’s well worth a look.

8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?

I try not to have a specific target in mind as I find that this is limiting in a way, if I did have a target I wouldn’t really discuss it with anyone as this also creates a sense of reward for something that I haven’t already achieved. If I had to say what I’d like to achieve it would be to continue with the progress that I’ve seen in myself while continuing to enjoy what I do with the same enthusiasm.

9. What do you do except freediving? Do you have any hobbies?

Before Freediving I was quite an avid surfer, I still like to get a surf trip in here and there but it’s become a little sparse since I’ve decided to dedicate more time to training. I also enjoy snowboarding and I’m keen to hopefully get back on the slopes again maybe next winter. I’ve been practicing yoga a little longer than freediving and I’d say that I love it just as much.dean4

10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this sport?

To enjoy the learning process as much as possible and not to try and progress to fast, it’s easier said than done and I’m the first to admit that I was guilty of that. If I had another opportunity to begin again I’m sure I’d take it a little slower, try and learn as much as possible before making rash judgments. But most of all enjoy!

 

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Thailand National record holder in Freediving (FIM) Komtanoo Pinpimai

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you to start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this sport?

While visiting Koh Tao for the party scene I watched video on the screen of a freedive shop about a guy holding breath underwater. Later I found out it was the famous “weightless emotional freediving” clip on youtube. I kept freediving in my list for a couple of years until went snorkeling in Maui, saw magical things, and decided to take a step forward.15230716_10154126349159849_3700393935683466749_n

2. What is your favourite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?

I haven’t really done anything besides free immersion and constant weight. I do prefer the former as it’s easy on contraction. I haven’t got a chance to work in pool, but I can’t imagine I would love them much.

3. Tell please few words about your freediving trainings approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?

I think consistency is the key. On Koh Tao I had been diving for 5 weeks almost every day, went to Bali for two months doing the same, depth then came easy. It would take me a lot longer if I could only do it on weekends or holidays. Same thing applies to stretching exercises, like dry packing or reverse packing. I think one has to do them consistently for months to see noticeable changes. Same for breath holding, I heard it should be practiced in long sessions, quite frequent to see improvement.

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving trainings?

12360088_10208056443627294_2946895678687399642_nNobody has figured freediving all out. We only have some ideas of how human can dive. Scientists were too busy going to Mars, trying to understand DNA, making bombs and whatnot. Not many have worked over freediving issues. So we, as freedivers, are the first frontiers volunteering to tackle the mystery by experimenting with our bodies and minds. So yes, I like to question everything I hear and test it on myself before accept or cross it out. Because more often than not, what works for one does not work for others.

5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?

I don’t think about it as about training. In fact, I even don’t like this word. Freediving motivates me to travel, and in turn, traveling motivates me to freediving.15085733_879232632212280_5287135109469647576_n

6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose for example create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?

It might had happened to some people, otherwise we would have never heard about it. If you find yourself allergic to something, it’s interesting to go through some experiments like how much it takes, how long it will last or what about keep consuming them for a couple years to see if your immunity improves. For diet, I loosely follow the guideline of hippie and yogi communities. You know, a lot of veggies and fruits. Drink a lot of water, kombucha, kefir. Avoid artificial substances, fried stuff, preservatives, gmo, pretty much everything what Americans love. But when I dive I eat a lot before and after session. As far as I mentioned, if I eat light for a max dive, or long hard session, it’s likely that I will go into LMC or feel it coming.

7. Let’s talk about money 🙂 Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?

11140030_10153347413196229_7685488548639477533_nI wish. Freediving is not expensive by definition. I try to live cheap and dive cheap.

8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?

I don’t have some measurable goals like that. I just hope to be able to do it as long as I could. Although it will be nice to tap into some ocean expeditions. I saw swimming with wild aquatic creatures only on the Discovery channel.

9. What do you do except freediving? Do you have any hobbies?

I have participated in many activities in the past. Now I have to cut them down to freediving and whitewater/ocean wave playboating which get along really well while traveling.13512051_10153698614959849_7309470111188644712_n

10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this sport?

Just like any other skills, be patient and a little dedicated, keep it fun.

 

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