Freediving and scuba diving, although having the same aim of
exploring the depths, mean a completely different physical and mental approach.
Here are a few of the differences:
is a sporting discipline in every sense of the word, where to reach high levels
of performance, as well as having good technique, you need to be in good
physical shape. Scuba diving,
however, is a purely recreational activity, where once you have learnt the
technique, no particular physical training is required.
· With Freediving,
during descent, you look at what is happening around you, but being a very
introspective discipline, you also listen to your senses and emotions. When scuba diving you explore the depths,
looking at what is around you in complete comfort, with a lot more time
· With scuba
diving, you can spend much more time underwater exploring the underwater
world safely, though once you return to the surface you must stay there for a sufficient
amount of time in order to eliminate the nitrogen accumulated in your system.
With freediving, times are obviously
reduced compared to diving with a regulator, but a freediver can stay in the
water for longer and carry out many dives. Also, once in the water, if the area
does not offer anything to see, you can move immediately to another dive
· A characteristic of freediving is freedom in the water, with comfortable, light equipment
which allows you to move with agility without using up too much energy, both in
and out of the water. A scuba diver is without doubt less agile in the water,
with heavier, bulkier gear, and is a lot more dependent on their
· Scuba divers
can dive in more demanding water conditions and temperatures with a dry suit;
with waves, once you go down, the problems caused by the waves no longer exist;
with current, with a large quantity of air, the effort used to combat the
currents is less. A freediver must
dive only when there are good marine conditions. Cold waters, rough seas and
strong currents greatly reduce the capacities and safety of a freediver.
Freediving and scuba diving are two ways of going underwater
which are perfect for exploring within 20m. With good weather conditions, freediving
is a lot more comfortable and functional, whereas to explore a wreck at 30m or
more, the use of tanks becomes an indispensable commodity with added security.