Basic Training for Beginners – Part 3



The most important thing is for you to be safe while you train or dive. Every time you go to the pool, you should have a partner with you, somebody that can keep an eye on you while you swim your laps underwater. This person should know exactly what your training consists of, so that he/she can know if something is wrong as soon as it happens and help you. At the same time, when you dive, there should be divers with you ALL THE TIME. A properly trained scuba diver should be positioned every 10 to 15 meters of depth when you are diving and they should be properly trained on how to act and react in case of an emergency. In addition, there should always be another freediver on the surface waiting for you, ready to assist you. If there is not somebody available to accompany you to the pool or the ocean, then don’t dive at all. Remember something, all other sports are done while the athletes are breathing, but freediving is the only one that requires the person not to breathe. Therefore, it is very easy for something to go wrong, and this can happen at any point and to anybody on any day. The most common problem encountered by freedivers is blackout, where the person loses consciousness because of lack of oxygen in the brain. If the person is helped quickly and properly, then his/her life can be saved, but if not, death is the result of most blackouts. Most blackouts happen in swimming pools and in shallow water, not during deep dives done by experienced freedivers. ALWAYS DIVE WITH A PARTNER. It is also more fun to share your training with somebody else instead of diving alone, and you can help push each other and excel, this is a very motivating tool. There is a proper way to deal with a blackout, and somebody who is not properly trained can injure the victim even more, so if you decide to become a freediver, learn how to deal with this emergency the right way. I will explain how to deal with a blackout in an upcoming article, so we can discuss this subject later on. For now, remember, never dive or train alone.

Some final words

To finish this article, I wanted to remind all of you out there that ego is not an acceptable part of a freediver’s mental set up. I have been fortunate enough to do thousands of dives throughout my life, and the more I dive the more I realize how insignificant and powerless we humans are compared to the sea. Only if we respect and love the water, and understand that we are moving in a completely alien environment, will we be able to reach our full potential. Those who practice freediving to satisfy their egos with deep dives are the ones that get hurt, or that die, because they will never know what their limits are until the day when they go too far. Remember, even the smallest mistake can have huge consequences underwater. It is not important how deep you dive, but for how many years you are able to dive. Freediving is a sport that, sadly, attracts many people who only care about being better than others. Stay away from those, it will be easy to recognize them, trust me. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from those with more experience, but make sure that they have true and proven experience, not a lot of tales to tell. For those who are really interested in freediving, I suggest that you register for one of the courses that the instructors of “” will be teaching around the world this year. You will become a better freediver AND a safer freediver.

Safe dives to all,

Rudi Castineyra

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