Free Diving

"Freediving is about silence, the silence that comes from within"
Jacques Mayol

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the ocean? What it would be like to swim freely along the reef, admist its many inhabitants without making noise, without blowing bubbles, in complete silence, propelling our selves gracefully, in tunewith the ocean? It is hard to imagine feeling like this scuba diving because it always feels like there is a barrier between us and the surrounding nature, but when freediving, we can just float around peacefully underwater, with the only noise present, that of our heartbeat.

Every time we take a breath-hold dive our body adapts more to the marine environment. Diving down beneath the waves on the surface our body becomes calmer, our heart starts beating slower, and we can truly relax and observe what happens around us as a quiet observer instead of a noisy intruder. As opposed to scuba diving where we dive to look around and see animals and landscapes, freediving is more about exploring what goes on inside of our body and mind. By diving down on a breath-hold the ocean holds up a mirror and confronts us with the tensions we are carrying around and might not have been aware of before. More importantly we can experience true bliss and real inner peace for an extended period of time. We learn to be more conscious about our physical and mental negativity and so something about it, as well as enjoy the ecstasy of pure relaxation. Freediving is for most people a life transforming experience.

FreedivingWe are physiologically equipped to do this activity and training freediving makes us more and more apt to stay down longer, relax more, and go deeper. By awakening and developing our mammal dive reflex, we condition our bodies to be underwater and be in total harmony with the ocean. We all have the latent dive reflex present in our bodies, everybody can stimulate it and awaken it to become a real diver and enjoy the underwater environment. We explore the sea, as much as ourselves.

Freediving we can do with a minimum of equipment. We learn to rely on our body instead of instruments. Our body slowly adapts naturally to the ocean instead of forcing its way underwater depending on artificial equipment. We don't need a tank and regulators as we learn to oxygenate our body and economize the oxygen in our bloodstream to stay down longer in silent harmony. We don't need pressure gages but listen to our diaphragm contractions who tell us when it is time to slowly come up. We don't need a BCD to control our buoyancy but glide like seals to deeper depths and come up with powerful fin kicks to go back to the surface when it is time to breath.

Freediving is easy to learn, just because it is such a natural thing to do. Explained next there is a review of the different courses we offer and how you can start your own new adventure underwater here in Bohol with Seaquest Dive Center, step by step.

Padi offers three different courses, each one progressively longer and more eloborate. The entry level course is called the PADI freedive course. When that's not enough you can continue and become a PADI Advanced Freediver.