Freediving safety has always been very important. I get asked a lot about freediving techniques and freediving tips, but I really do believe that the most important information that I can offer and spread is freediving safety.
Here are five free diving safety tips that could save your life. Actually I really hate when people make these top five, people seem to love them, so let’s just give it a go.
Number one. Take the snorkel out of your mouth when you dive if you black out underwater. Your body goes into lockdown mode, your throat or your lounge may snap shut, your door closes your body does everything that it can to stop you from inhaling water. Unless you have a funnel that takes water down into your lungs. Also the last thing that anyone needs is to be purging water from this snorkel after a dive. That’s when you need to be breathing not blowing water out of your snorkels.
Number two. Don’t over weight yourself.For the most part if you’re properly weighted, you should float at the surface after exhaling. This is because most blackouts happens at the surface, and when you blackout you will exhale.
Don’t be lazy. we use good technique to get us down not weight, and if you’re struggling with your technique well then my friends there are these beautiful things called free diving courses.
There is something that I want to say, if you think that this content and information is valuable take a moment and press that share button share it onto your Facebook or whatever else you use. You me and everybody else watching this video are responsible for our global free diving culture. The more we do to educate ourselves and our friends the safer that we all become. And given that besides my dog free diving it’s the best thing in the world, I think it’s really important that we all contribute.
Number three. Don’t dive when you’re congested. This one probably won’t save your life, but it could save your diving life. If you just have a cold or a flu or if you work around a lot of dust. There’s a very good chance that your sinuses will be just filled with mucus. That mucus can stop the flow of air traveling in and out of your sinus passages just above and below your eyes as you dive up and down. And if you continue to dive with blood sinuses there’s a very good chance that you’re going to burst a blood vessel in your sinuses and blood will come out of your nose.
If this happens you need to rest until the wound is healed, it may take a day it may take a few days it may take a week it may take a month. But you need to rest until the wound is healed. If you try to dive too early there’s a very good chance you’re just going to reopen the wound and believe from your Sciences again. Now this isn’t an issue in itself, but you don’t happens, when you continuously reopen and make wounds worse, you develop scarring. And you develop scarring on the inside of your sinuses you have a very hard time equalizing for the next few years.
Number four. Don’t exhale under water. In the atmosphere we inhale 21% oxygen and we exhale 16% oxygen. When you’re underwater, you need that oxygen so don’t exhale underwater also, if you do exhale underwater in a very short space of time, you become a lot more negatively buoyant which makes it harder for you to swim to the surface and that’s not good for anyone.
Number five. Recovery breathe after every dive. With three after every single dive. Active inhale, brief pause, passive exhale. And now we don’t do three of these after a ten-second dive to five meters, because we desperately need the oxygen.
We do it after every single dive, no matter how big or no matter how small, because we are trying to program this. We’re trying to ingrain this into our bodies and muscle memory. So that if there is a time where you come to the surface and you are hypoxic and low on oxygen, your body will know what to do even if you don’t. It’s becoming a safer and better freediver.