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welshmikey

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I am looking to do some formal training this summer but I specifically want training in constant weight without fins as that is the type of diving I am most likely to do (and most comfortable doing) since I find fins annoying. Also I cant always carry fins on my bike easily ^_^

If i did a beginners/intermetiate course i.e. aida */** at saltfree would I be allowed to train without fins to depth of 30m?

I have limited experience with some scuba diving and snorkeling, my max breath hold atm is non existant but when I trained last summer I got it from 20 seconds to 2:45 in two weeks before hitting a barrier I couldnt seem to get past (static on land). The max depth I have dived to snorkeling is only at most 12m (with bottom time)
 

samdive

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Hi Mikey

Best thing would be to do the course and see how you get on - if you're safe training to that kind of depth once you've done the course, then we'll let you. Most people are training to around 20m after the course, then grow from there - it has to be quite organic and take it as it comes.

But we do have people training to 70m and beyond - so if 30 is right for you, no problem

next course with spaces is the one in early August - details are all on
www.learntofreedive.com

We do have some "no fins" experts in the club so maybe once you've done the course, you could do a deal with one of them for a bit of extra specialist coaching. Or just buy them a few beers or something...

See you soon perhaps

Sam
 
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welshmikey

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I don't think ill be diving down to those kinds of depths ^_^ my goal is 30m that seems challenging enough to me at this stage lol

Its £250 though, I cant really afford to go twice (not even sure i can afford once atm) as university is costing me a bomb and I wont be able to afford my masters course lol.

Is there anyway I can just stick to the normal routine but perhaps have someone show me how to dive more efficiantly without fins? I'm not sure if its due to the deformity of my feet but fins are really not comfortable to be diving in.

What fins should be use? I think i have typhoon hurricanes, they are very rigid.
 

samdive

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You wouldn't need to do the course twice and yes I'm sure we could persuade someone to give you some tips on technique - it's not my specialty but we do have a few no-finners

we lend you fins for the course so don't worry about that

Sam
 
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welshmikey

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Thankyou ^_^ hopefully i will be able to come along, when is the closing day for application?
 

Kars

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Hi welshMikey,

I also like the no-fins CW diving, for it feels very pure.
It can be daunting and even scary at times when you venture into the unkown deep cold blackness. Similar to other diving I whish you a capeble buddy and coach to help you out.

In general it's key te devellope a good swimming technique, good streamline, equalisation (Hands free makes so much difference in CWNF), and relaxation. You can practice swimming in the pool, and try to find the most efficient there, doing less and less strokes' a lane. When I go to deep diving I basically remove most of the 'glide-phase' of the NF stroke, because I want to maintain speed on the way down or up, when the 'resistance' is much more than during a pool dynamic.

On land you can work on your overall condition, flexability, strength, concentration, relaxation, coordination. All this you can do before the course, so you'll be in peak shape and you'll likely be able to make a nice jump in not only performance but also in the quality of the experience itself.

Love, courage and water,

Kars
 
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