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Freediving in cold water?

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Drrayb

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Does anyone have advice about learning to freedive in cold water? I dont mean competing, rather snorkeling with short dives to 10ish meters or so.
I wouldnt like to wear a wetsuit.
Is this just a matter of time and 'miles'?

Thanks!
 
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DRW

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Does anyone have advice about learning to freedive in cold water? I dont mean competing, rather snorkeling with short dives to 10ish meters or so.
I wouldnt like to wear a wetsuit.
Is this just a matter of time and 'miles'?

Thanks!
I used to snorkel in the cold waters of the North Sea in a late-1950s-early-1960s drysuit (below) that kept me warm and dry. It didn't take long to learn how to seal and vent the suit. Does that count?
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hteas

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I dive in Puget Sound year-round. I use a freediving suit:7mm top and 5mm bottom.
My biggest suggestion is to take a cooler full of hot water for aftern the dive. I can thaw my hands and dump the hot water over me after the dive as a hot water shower.
 
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dcvf

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Hi “Drrayb"

“…cold water…“ how much is it for You?
I would say learn first in a normal pool : finning, ear compensation, duck dive, abdominal ventilation.
Afterward you’ll can affront the stress of the low temperature.
Of course, you will need to train intensively to be able to do like Natalia Avseenko ;)
Please watch the slide show here below
You can increase the speed



cheers
 
Julie Daniluk

Julie Daniluk

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Here in Canada, cold water freediving is just normal but a time of serious adaption is needed. I loved studying WIM HOF , the ICEMAN who teaches proper cold adaptation techniques.

I find when I loose the feeling of being cold is when I need to get concerned about hypothermia. I know it goes without saying but your dive buddy becomes a critical lifeline in the cold.
 
vrokhlenko

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Pissette does not help in cold water :p :p :p Keep that in mind!
 
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Scott Valentine

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Does anyone have advice about learning to freedive in cold water? I dont mean competing, rather snorkeling with short dives to 10ish meters or so.
I wouldnt like to wear a wetsuit.
Is this just a matter of time and 'miles'?

Thanks!
I dive Puget Sound year round as well, the water temp doesn't change much so diving in the summer is about the same as diving in the winter, and use a 5mm freediving suit which keeps me warm for an hour or so. I should switch to a 7mm top like Hteas.
 
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Drrayb

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Hi All, thanks, sounds like its just a matter of repetition and practice...
This autumn lake Ontario spent very little time between 16 and 10 degrees so it was impossible to get any "reps" of exposure in... if I lived in BC or west coast where you have 14 degree water and 20 degree air temps this would be a breeze...
Pissette does not help in cold water :p :p :p Keep that in mind!

Is pissette a "wettie warmer?" Haha
 
vrokhlenko

vrokhlenko

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Hi All, thanks, sounds like its just a matter of repetition and practice...
This autumn lake Ontario spent very little time between 16 and 10 degrees so it was impossible to get any "reps" of exposure in... if I lived in BC or west coast where you have 14 degree water and 20 degree air temps this would be a breeze...


Is pissette a "wettie warmer?" Haha
No, due to extreme shrinkage pissette does not help! :p
:p :p
 
vrokhlenko

vrokhlenko

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OK, I serious suggestion would be a special cold water glove that has only two sections for fingers. I dove in a 7 degree water and it was a life savior. A mitt would be even batter but you lose dexterity.
 
hteas

hteas

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I used 7mm 3-finger mitts for winter diving in Alaska. Definitely helps when it's really cold.

btw winter temps around here in winter are 7-8C, and summer is up to 11C
 
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