FREEDIVING CLINIC

Questions:
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Pre-requisites:
DYN 75 or DNF 50, CWT 25 or CNF 20. STA 3 minutes.
Be able to endure 1 minute of breathingreflexes.

If you have a pulsemeter - bring it.

Next course:
7 august Sweden West coast
2010
With Nordic Deep

ADVANCED FREEDIVING CLINIC
"How much oxygen do you spend?"

Dry
- Yoga for freedivers
(Asanas, pranayama, breathing excercises, lung stretching e t c)
- Relaxation, body awareness, visualization
- Mouthfillexcercises and negative dives
- The ear - how does it work (frenzel, BTV, equalizing excercises, neti cleansing).
- Spirometri (lungvolume in/out of water)
- Hyperventilation experiments.
- Walking apnea (lactic acid training).
- Theory on the dive response.
- Dive response (excercises and pulsedroptests)
- Three different warm-ups. Workshop.
- O2 and CO2 measurement.


Extended
- Sport Psychology.
- Freediving films.
- Theory (pressure and hypoxia).
- Equipment - discussions.
- Diet and nutrition (short term / long term).
- Training methods (cardio and muscle)
-
Weighting (building neckweights)

Wet day
- Hydrodynamics (less work more glide)
- FRC diving, Mouthfill exercises
- Dive strategy - energy spending
- Videofilming of technique
- Handling of LMC and blackout.

Philosophy behind my clinics:
Its all about identifying the factors that will make you reach your limit in one deep or long dive. I am not an athletic person, I have not a history of putting time into either muscular or cardiovascular training. I have spent more time finding the small details of technique, diet and warm-up proceedures. Someone with better physics (and bigger lungs) than me should be able to use my techniques and go deeper than me.
I also stress that there is not one way to improve - there are several ways. Sometimes it is a question of personal taste. I will deliver a lot of options to chose from. You yourself will have to make yourself a better freediver.

Since I do not work with any certification in this course or fixed trainingprograme I focus on evaluating individual needs. Freediving is so much more complicated than scuba diving and there are still parts of a freediving perfomance based on intuition. Following a manual based on standards and levels can be limiting.

I ask only one question: what stops you from going deeper/further?

Yoga and dive response

I have exceeded all my expectations on my body (claiming several national records and a 5th place in a world championship). This is thanks to two significant factors: practicing yoga and using the dive respone. The mechanisms of a real dive response I have found out by working with Sebastian Murat during a clinic. In order to prove the signifance of the dive respons to myself I did a 100 meter no fins pool dive during the world championships 2005. With no warm-up and no ventilation and no suit I spent the first 30 seconds of the dive breatholding without moving in order to let the dive response kick in. This was an eye opener for me.

Yoga gives us a holistic view on our bodies. You have to dive with all parts of your body. Yoga teaches us lung stretching, muscle warm-up, calming and oxygenating breathing techniques, but most of all - training in focus and awareness. I have picked 20 asanas and some of the pranayama and dharana techniques, that I find suitable for freediving.

If you are happy and healthy - you will also be a better freediver.


I have several assistants.

I work with Annelie Pompe, a PT with an expertise in cardiovascular and muscular training aswell as specialized knowledge about nutrition.

She developed from a 20 meter diver to 50 meters in just 3 months (to 80 in less than 2 years). She is a dive master that has won competitions in fitness, climbing and mountainbike.