Interested in free diving but don’t know how to get started? Here’s a rundown for beginners.
If you’ve wanted to try snorkelling or scuba diving but haven’t found the opportunity to start, you might want to try free diving. It offers a similar underwater experience without the hassle of special suits and equipment.
Free divers are able to become one with the ocean, allowing them to have closer interactions with underwater creatures. Plus, you’ll learn how to be comfortable in water with just yourself.
Why people love free diving
Not only is free diving fun, cheap, and equipment-free, it also gives people a sense of freedom and confidence that is hard to find elsewhere. As you are not relying on oxygen tanks or snorkelling masks, but rather, your own breathing, it can be a cathartic practice.
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Benefits of free diving
Besides the fun aspect, free diving also has proven health benefits. Slow breaths help to calm your mind down, by reducing anxiety and stress levels. The enhanced control of blood oxygen will clear your mind and increase neurotransmitters that make you feel good.
Working under all that pressure – physical and mental – also means that you will be fitter and more able in other sports too.
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Free diving in Singapore
Even though equipment is not required for this sport, we recommend going for a proper free diving course as that will teach you the basics and safety rules to build a proper foundation for your practice.
Free diving is not that big in Singapore currently, but there are a few organisations including Singapore Freedivers, Singapore Freediving Academy, and Zen Freediving. Some people also opt to go to nearby countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, or Philippines for this – or they pick it up along with surfing and diving.
Though the lack of equipment might make free diving seem like a cheap sport, essential training can cost you anywhere from $100 to $800. It’s an investment that is worth making because free diving is dangerous when not done properly.
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