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Are there any apps that can help work my breath hold?

I’ve been Freediving for a couple of years (not religiously) and have done my AIDA 1 and 2. I struggle with breath holds as I’m quite an anxious person and although I try to train them I go through periods of trying and looking into techniques and then getting busy and not doing anything for ages.

I’m wondering if there’s an app that can make a plan for you and send you notifications to stick to it (a bit like Duolingo but for apnea)! Has anyone heard of an app like this? I’d like to be more strict on my training and do breath holds everyday and apps tend to help me fit things into my daily routine. I’m also looking to do my AIDA 3 soon but know I could mess up the breath holds. Paid apps would also be fine!

If anyone knows of an app like this or has any tips please let me know! Thanks!

8 Comments
2024/05/28
11:06 UTC

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Upper back pain

Hey everyone, I've been getting pain in my upper back in-between my spine and wing bone when I take deep breaths. It does feel like I've strained a muscle or something like that. (Physical job and train often)

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this even in their ribs or chest?
Sucks cause I can't even do static training comfortably.

Tips on recovery or prevention would be great! Thanks

1 Comment
2024/05/28
09:56 UTC

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Advice on creating training programs that have a peripheral effect on freediving.

Want to increase general fitness that will help me reach goal freediving to 60m (currently at 40). Will focusing on training programs that have aerobic O2 energy system delivery and build Cardo fitness be the best. E.g. long distance running, swimming and road cycling or mountain biking. Or am I thinking about this wrong and imire anaerobic and ATP focused activities would be better?

2 Comments
2024/05/28
05:54 UTC

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Koh Tao buddy

Hey everyone I’m currently in Koh Tao, Thailand. Looking for a buddy to do some pool training with. I’ll also be here for the next month or two. Please send a message!

0 Comments
2024/05/28
01:14 UTC

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Near-shore diving OBX (Hatteras and Wilmington area)

There are a bunch of wrecks and artificial reefs around 3-6 miles from the shore in those places. I have a rigid-hull I can take out to those distances on good weather days. Question is, how are the conditions underwater around those distances? I know scuba guys frequent these wrecks. Is the vis trash? Strong currents out in that distance? I do know within a few hundred yards of the shore there are some strong currents.

Thanks in advance.

4 Comments
2024/05/27
23:58 UTC

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Cressi Nepto vs Mares Smart

So I can get a Cressi Nepto which is only a freediving computer or pick a Mares Smart (not the apnea version) which is a complete scuba diving computer with a freediving mode. Anyone knows if the freediving mode on the Mares provides enough information and safety features for a beginner?

I do both scuba and freediving, but usually just rent all the scuba equipment since I only do it from time to time. That includes the computer.

4 Comments
2024/05/27
18:27 UTC

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Should I Skip the Beginner Level Course?

Hi all,

I have been planning to take a freediving course this summer. There is a diving organization near me offering AIDA courses. Their requirement for AIDA 2 course is 16m CWT and 2 min STA. I haven't taken any official courses before but got the theoretical background and practice on equalization, rescue and breath hold techniques back at my university club.

I would love to take any level courses on freediving. It has been my passion for a long time, but I am short on money and can't afford two consecutive courses.

So my question is: Is it bad of me to wanna skip the AIDA 2 and try to get enrolled in AIDA 3 since my STA and CWT are already higher than the required limits?

8 Comments
2024/05/27
17:30 UTC

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Standard traveling suitcase that fits fins

So I have to get a new suitcase, for general traveling but also I want it to fit some fins, either modular ones dismantled or the Beuchat Mundial 50 that I own.

I have found Eastpak has some longer travel bags, like these:

Eastpak Tranverz L: https://www.eastpak.com/oc-en/luggage-c140/tranverz-l-black-pEK63L008+00+999.html

Eastpak Container 85: https://www.eastpak.com/oc-en/luggage/shop-by/city-break-c7545/container-85-black-denim-7c4c01-pEK29E77H+00+999.html

Also more regular suitcases like this one:

Gladiator Extra Large Trolley: https://maletasgladiator.com/en/producto/metro_extra-large-trolley/

What do you guys think? Any other suggestions? The last one is actually the longest and cheapest, but also maybe an overkill in some way, it might be half empty most of the time...

7 Comments
2024/05/27
15:43 UTC

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Freediving school near Manila

Could you help me choose a freediving school? I'm a beginner looking to get certified in either AIDA or Molchanovs. I live in Manila and am willing to travel to nearby areas. I want a serious school that offers comprehensive courses, not just weekend introductory sessions.

9 Comments
2024/05/27
04:55 UTC

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In the search

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2024/05/26
12:35 UTC

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Do you know how to fix this?

I bought this carbon monofin last year, it's a Second hand. This morning I tore it while trying to put it on. Is this fixable and if you know how ?

10 Comments
2024/05/26
12:34 UTC

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How does everyone travel with their Freediving fins?

Hey guys, I’m going to the Philippines in November for my first solo backpacking trip, and bringing my fins with me. I’m a bit stressed as I thought they would fit in my backpack. For reference I’m taking the Osprey Fairview Trek 70L (which surprisingly doesn’t fit my fins in there). I was going to attach them to the bag and put them in as checked baggage, which I realise I’ll probably need to pay extra for. I’m just worried as attaching them isn’t as secure and worried they will get damaged. Also worried about restrictions while flying domestic in the Philippines. I was thinking I could take them as carry on but they are too long. How does everyone travel overseas with their fins? Stressing out just slightly now 😅 any help appreciated 😇

25 Comments
2024/05/26
01:13 UTC

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Frenzel, blowing air out tear ducts/ eye?

I swear I’m talking about a friend. They were learning Frenzel and blew air out of their tear duct/ eye, occurred out of water.

Has anyone seen this happen?

Thanks

8 Comments
2024/05/25
23:50 UTC

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Flying after freediving

Hi guys,

Ive been freediving all day today, and am flying in 13 hours. Wasnt going çast 8 or 9 meters., but sometimes staying down for a good 30 seconds. Think it will be an issue? Thanks, from sunny Sharm el sheikh.

5 Comments
2024/05/25
12:50 UTC

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Beneath the Surface

7 Comments
2024/05/24
07:05 UTC

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Air escaping from lungs into mouth during static breath hold

Title's weird but that's the only way I can describe it. I was doing a dry static CO2 table lying down on the floor and during my last two breath holds, toward the end of each hold I was unable to keep my vocal fold closed over my trachea. The result was small amounts of air coming up into my mouth and the "grouper call" noise associated with reverse packing. Has anyone experienced this? And if so what was the remedy? I feel pretty relaxed doing this table and don't experience contractions, and didn't experience this during the first 6 holds of the set. Is it caused by holding too much air in the lungs in a supine position? Help.

3 Comments
2024/05/24
00:43 UTC

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Inherent differences between freediving and spearo fins?

I'm looking to upgrade my fins, and my choice is coming down to two brands now. One is highly regarded among the "pure" apnea/freediving community (Alchemy) and the others have been highly recommended around the Spearfishing circles where I live (Spetton), lotta spearos here.

Im sure both of these brands make great fins. I'm just wondering, is there any inherent difference between freediving sport fins and spearfishing fins, other than the marketing behind them? I don't spearfish (yet). Are some better value for money than others? Performance differences? Anything at all?

5 Comments
2024/05/23
22:57 UTC

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POwerfins rubber fins sizing

I'm looking to buy a pair of Powerfins CMAS bifins and could use some advice on sizing. My feet size is right in the middle at 27-27.5 cm, which places me between the sizes 41-43 and 44-46.

I will primarily be using these fins for pool training, which size would you recommend?

4 Comments
2024/05/23
14:37 UTC

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Noob: Free Dive Physical/ past injuries

Disclaimer: I’ll see a doctor. Not looking for medical advice.

Hello, not many free divers in my area. I spoke with a dive doctor and they didn’t know if they did free diver physicals. I’ll keep looking.

Had past concussions long ago and occipital neuralgia (neuralgia of the eye nerve).

I’m fully recovered and in great shape. My concern is symptoms of these mimmick barotrauma.

I was wondering if any free divers have had nuero stuff like this is the past? Or maybe “have a friend” that has.

Again, not looking for medical advice. Just wondered if there are people diving with past nuero “stuff”.

Thanks 🫡

2 Comments
2024/05/23
04:07 UTC

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Polishing/Buffing Scratches of Fiberglass/Carbon Fins

Just a random wild idea, has anyone tried polishing/buffing the scratches out of their fiberglass/carbon fins? Like the one that they do in auto detailing shops?

I did this to my scratched insta360 X3 dive case which is polycarbonate or plastic material and it somehow worked. I was thinking if it could also be done on fins that are scratched.

But perhaps there might be a limit, heavily scratched fins will not go back to the original state but for minor scratches, it might. Then, probably just add protective films after.

9 Comments
2024/05/22
11:51 UTC

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Anybody going to Yemanja Feeediving Festival next month?

I’m considering going, it’s on Elba Island in Italy and seems nice, would love to connect with some people and even hear of anyone that has been in the past.

https://yemanjafreedivingfestival.com/

2 Comments
2024/05/22
11:47 UTC

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Breath Holding and muscle recovery, are they enemies?

Hi all!

I’ve had this question buzzing in my head for a bit.

I’m roughly going to the gym 4 times per week, with a day of rest between the sessions. In one of the rest days I go to the swimming pool to practise apnea.

I don’t practise with Freediving experts but with people from my scuba club, so I don’t have access to a freediving expert. Here’s my question:

What’s the influence of my training on breath holding times?

I know the urge to breathe is driven by co2, but I guess during resting days my metabolism is consuming more oxygen(thus making more co2) for recovery?

I’m at a bit of a plateau in my static breath holding time, I’m at roughly 2:45 minutes, is my strength training hindering my progress? ( I’m doing the tables)

Thank you :)

8 Comments
2024/05/22
10:42 UTC

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leaderfins: pure carbon, carbon fiber, or fiberglass?

hi. so i went freediving last weekend and i rented pure carbon leaderfins (soft). so far, i liked it and now i’m plannong to buy but pure carbon are kinda expensive.

what’s the difference between the 3? (pure carbon, carbon fiber, fiberglass). since i’m seeing soft carbon fiber online, is it the same as soft pure carbon when finning?

thanks in advance for the answers.

10 Comments
2024/05/22
05:28 UTC

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Mental Cues To Keep Pushing? Tips For My Specific Test?

Hello. I have a test upcoming for the military where I jump off of a high platform (6.5m), and then land in the water where I have to swim through a series of hoops. The total yardage is probably about 35 yards underwater with no breathing, and the test is done in full uniform and boots so it’s significantly harder to swim. I’ve worked my way to a static breathhold on land of about 3 minutes 10 seconds. Would this be enough considering the test i’m taking? After practicing it gets a bit uncomfortable at the first hoop but I want to know if there are any mental cues to make pushing past that easier. Or any tips somebody may have for this specific scenario. Thank you!

9 Comments
2024/05/22
02:29 UTC

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Is it worth the money to get a hard case for my fibreglass fins?

I do a lot of travelling via sleeper bus and train and this includes to diving activities. Now I'm certified to freedive most of the main good dive spots are 200 miles away.

I've got a pair of Leaderfins Ice fibreglass fins. Normally to store them I've been using the standard Leaderfins fabric soft bag but this makes me a little nervous about taking them with me because my usual options for storing the fins are to hope I can fit them under/around my chair or take the risk of putting them in the overhead storage (and people here aren't careful about stowing luggage either). I'm really worried about them getting damaged, partially for cost and mainly the fact they're my only personal pair (wanting to buy another pair though).

So I'm looking online and seeing a few options for hard fin cases. They seem expensive but would make my travelling easier. Wondering if anyone here has one and thinks it's worth dropping $2-300 on one.

10 Comments
2024/05/21
23:46 UTC

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