Hello water lovers! As some of you may already know, freediving comes with a variety of perks. But if you’re new to the sport you might be asking yourself, “why do these crazy people do such horrible things to their bodies?” Well if that’s the case you’re not alone in your musings, so I’ve assembled some of my favorite reasons for freediving!
**Disclaimer: Due to my current state of sleep deprivation I probably should not be writing, so I’m gonna go ahead and keep on writing but also apologize in advance for any general sarcasm or sexual overtones that may be present. But do try to enjoy 😉
Alrighty then, without further ado here are 7 reasons I personally love freediving!
You get high! The deeper you go, the better it feels. Endorphins, adrenalin, oxytocin… yep. A chemical brain cocktail is waiting for you just beneath the surface. Got get some!
Bruce Lee was totally into it. OK maybe that’s a stretch … but he probably would’ve been! Here’s what he famously had to say about water:
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
See? Totally into it…. Similarly, when you put your body into the water, you then must become the water. And let me tell you, if your body is rigid or your mind is not empty, an 80 meter dive can Mess. You. Up.
You can get closer to marine life. Fewer bubbles = friendlier animals. Fact.*
*Probably not a fact.
It teaches you to listen to your body. As Umberto Pelizzari once said, “The scuba diver dives to look around. The freediver dives to look inside.” Learning to look deep within ourselves is an important part of freediving and an essential tool for growth. As we hit walls and face new challenges with each passing meter, looking within and listening to our bodies is an important initial step towards moving through those barriers. As many freedivers can attest, this often translates into our terrestrial lives as well. In time, we find ourselves becoming more attuned to our physical state on a daily basis.
It’s sexy AF. Wet, dangerous, intelligent, adventure seeking, bikini clad, shark wrangling (yep), speargun-wielding, neoprene wearing, world record setting, and environmentally conscious – that’s just me describing some of my fellow freedivers. Need I say more?
You become better at managing strees. What’s strees?? It’s how people who freedive too much spell stress. OK, so you become better at managing stress and worse at spelling. But I digress….
As you take that first freediving course one of the things you will learn is how to breathe properly before and after each dive. These breathing techniques are meant to lower your heart rate and keep you safer upon surfacing (among other things). But these techniques can also become incredibly handy when you’re faced with a huge deadline at work, or a screaming child at 2 in the morning. I’ve even used static tables to lull myself to sleep at night – and if you don’t know what a static table is, all the more reason for you to sign up for a class! :p
You meet AMAZING people. As you take courses and perhaps move into the competitive side of freediving (or spearfishinguugghhhh… whatever), you’ll be networking with some incredibly fascinating and talented people from all around the world. Also, refer to point #5.
Well there you have it friends, some of my favorite reasons for freediving. Got any of your own? Leave a comment and let me (and the rest of the world) know about it =)