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Question Relative risk of Freediving versus "Land" Sports

Apr 11, 2018
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Just a question - have you guys experienced that freediving is "more" dangerous than other (land-based) sports? I saw a close call in the pool yesterday although it was not free dive related...just makes one wonder about what I am trying to do and if i am prepared for it. Any thoughts? Again not trying to be negative here just realistic about my abilities! I am a very newbie here
 

J Campbell

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The best safeguard in freediving is having a buddy who is willing and able to watch you and rescue you when you blackout (NOT a pool lifeguard). If your buddy can't see you or can't get to you then you are essentially alone - so when diving in dark water or very deep water then you should consider yourself "alone" even if you have a buddy with you.
 
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Apr 11, 2018
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The best safeguard in freediving is having a buddy who is willing and able to watch you and rescue you when you blackout (NOT a pool lifeguard). If your buddy can't see you or can't get to you then you are essentially alone - so when diving in dark water or very deep water then you should consider yourself "alone" even if you have a buddy with you.
Most certainly. I guess i am talking about even in best of circumstances. I also saw a couple blackout vids on "serious" freedivers. They were not pretty. Also on a more personal level I did find a buddy in my area relatively close. He only dives to around 15-20 feet. He is looking for people to dive with. I think I will be clear if i am to dive with him that i have not been trained in rescue and might not know what to do. I could certainly be eyes to an extent. Just wouldn't want to be suddenly responsible if i'm not trained.
 

Nathan Vinski

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I think that the only intelligent and reasonable way to freedive is to take some sort of formal course, whether that's with a freediving agency or just an instructor teaching appropriate skills and rescue procedures and only dive with buddies who have learned the same skill set.

What it all comes down to is that if you black out and aren't rescued you will die. It's as simple as that.

I know it's not always easily accessible but if there's a will there's a way. It would not only help your safety, but also improve your diving if you found and made the trip to find an instructor that could teach you properly.
 

J Campbell

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It is not hard to learn to revive a blacked-out pool buddy - and in competitions it is almost routine. You just need to take a course and practice it. Pool diving is safe if you have a buddy that is watching you and knows how to properly bring you to the surface and revive you.
I have only seen a blackout once in my life and the guy who blacked out was not really doing freediving - he was just competing with his buddies to see who could go furthest underwater.