Over the past few years, freedivers have been growing in number, and this makes me very happy. When I started out, freediving wasn’t so normal. Now, after 25 years between records, competitions and promotion of the discipline, participating in a course, a competition or being part of a freediving club is not so strange.
In the summer season with warm, clear waters is exactly when practicing the discipline attracts greater curiosity and more enthusiasts, but we need to make sure that we never put ourselves at risk when diving.
Here are a few simple rules to follow in order to always dive safely
1. NEVER FREEDIVE ALONE, being in a group of 2 or more people makes it more fun and helps us to improve, but above all SAFETY is MAXIMUM
2. ALWAYS DIVE WITH A CLEARLY VISIBLE BUOY AND DIVER SIGNAL FLAG, a freediving buoy, as well as being obligatory, allows us to be visible to boats and is a useful support which allows us to relax after our dives
3. DO A COURSE BEFORE GOING OUT IN THE SEA, this allows us to understand what is most fun about the discipline but also the possible risks, how to prepare and breathe correctly, how to equalise and avoid ear problems and many other things which allow us to appreciate the discipline in greater comfort and safety
This is useful advice for everyone in general, even the most expert freedivers must never forget:
- A sporting medical check-up once a year allows us to avoid accidents and to be calmer
- In the water we should only do what we are capable of and not emulate more expert freedivers who have more training
- Always respect the sea and thoroughly evaluate the sea's conditions before going out
- Eat healthily, especially before diving. It is important to eat fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water in the diving period.
- Our physical condition is very important. If we are tired or weary we should behave accordingly and not exaggerate
Happy diving all, I hope to see you in the water soon,