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pendulum diving

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Mar 20, 2002
Im not sure exactly if this is what its called but i was wondering if there are any dangers or any technical data about semi shallow pendulum diving. I have tried it with an additional weight belt tied to a rope to help my decend somewhat more quickly without effort to about 50 feet which is somewhat shallower than my max freedive depth. i found that the time i was able to spend on the bottom was greatly increased and helped for ease of diving. I would like to know if there are any technicalities or dangers. Im quite new to technical freediving so if you can spare the apnea jargon id appreciate it.

thanks a lot.
It's quite a 'commom' practice (for those in the know) in South Africa. We tie a weight to our floatline (when spearfishing) about 5 - 10 m down, and then you don't have the schlep of having to lug it back to the top again. Only thing that you should consider is that you can over extend your reach - think no limits sleds .... don't go too deep. But it sure as heck helps to go that extra 10 feet to the reef every now and again.

Yeah Riaan's way is probably the best, Alberto March uses something that looks pretty neat he has the pendulum which for him is kinda a flat piece of lead with rope attached he says he uses a weight around 3-5kgs. He only kicks for about 18m then sinks the rest of the way to 42-45m. He also seems to tuck this pendulum under his weight belt and simply pulls it out when he hits bottom.

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