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Question New to freediving, soon taking a course

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Hi, I am interested in freediving and i am likely going to be enrolling with SSI in the Level 1 freediver course. However, I am not sure if I have what it takes. All the people I've seen freediving have been fit or have been in good shape. I am not necessarily fat but not fit I was wanting some feedback to see if others think I could still do it. I can do a 25 meter dynamic apnea with no fins (so using a breaststroke-like stroke) but thats all i can do as of right now. I know this is a ridiculous question, but do you think i have what it takes? I just would like some feedback.
 
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If you are unsure, you might want to consider having a medical evaluation.

Assuming that does not bring up any concerns, I would definitely recommend pursuing the freediving course. Invariably your time and distance underwater will improve, but your safety and enjoyment will increase even more.

Freediving is a sport and a recreational activity. It can be enjoyed at all kinds of different fitness levels and intensities. We always recommend our customers seek professional training, primarily for the safety aspects of it.

Also, once you get a decent pair of freedive fins, you will probably be able to bang out 50 meters in the pool. You will be surprised what a difference good fins make.
 
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Hi, I am interested in freediving and i am likely going to be enrolling with SSI in the Level 1 freediver course. However, I am not sure if I have what it takes. All the people I've seen freediving have been fit or have been in good shape. I am not necessarily fat but not fit I was wanting some feedback to see if others think I could still do it. I can do a 25 meter dynamic apnea with no fins (so using a breaststroke-like stroke) but thats all i can do as of right now. I know this is a ridiculous question, but do you think i have what it takes? I just would like some feedback.
I'm in a similar boat. I did a one day safety workshop that was pretty much level 1 pool work and really enjoyed it. I'm capable of "passing" the pool work, not 100% confident about the open water if I have issues equalizing or stress out on a rescue. Presently, I'm working on fitness swimming, exercise bike, weight training, yoga and a bit of breath work.

I agree training is very important but feel I'd get more out of open water training if I were fitter. Everyone is different and certainly different factors go into our decision making process. You probably would get through the course but if you aren't confident about your fitness would you be doing it to "pass" or get the most you can out of it? Just some food for thought.
 
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If your first time diving in the ocean is in the class, it's going to feel overwhelming.
 
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What Dano said. Go for it!
 
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Hi there! This is a great question. I'm doing AIDA I & II Courses end of May, my requirements are a medical exception and to be able to swim 200m unassisted. I've been working on my swimming fitness & breathwork for the last few weeks. Reading this threat I will definitely include weights, cycling and yoga.
 
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