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Training Danger

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Jul 13, 2000
I was reading through the archives from one of your '98 issues and there was an article about somone training to freedive in a pool. No mention was made of communication with lifegaurds or a buddy in the water. Anyone even considering this type of conditioning should read Terry Maas' chapter on shallow water blackout, reprinted in its' entireity here.


cut and paste the url, and consider staying in the cold water cause the damage to your lungs in pool water is so much worse. Don't die playing arouond with this, too many people do.
I train most of the time in a swimming pool at the University and have so for the past half year. I understand the
concerns people may have about SWB but I would not discredit pool training completely. The environment is relatively safe and given that pools have set lengths, allow you to measure your progress. Although SWB is a concern, if you do not push it too hard when training alone and work within your limits, I do not think pool training is so bad.
Not to be undertaken lightly

Freediving can be, by its nature, a hazardous sport.

All our articles related to training carry warnings and disclaimers.

They are there for a reason and not designed to give complete advice on how to train for Freediving. Just like any sport, professional/expert advice has to be sought before starting any training and better still, try and attend a course run by various people in the sport.
Additional comments on training

As many know, I put disclaimers at the beginning of any article I write that gives general recommendations for freedive training.

Whether you train in a pool or not I think depends on your geographic location. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and since the weather is only diveable part of the year, Pool training is the only way for me to maintain my fitness level. In my opinion, too many divers place an importance on where they dive, instead of actually diving where they can.

Those who practice diving consistantly, dive consistantly better... No matter where it is...

Besides, diving in the pool is my only source for clear water diving in a warm environment. One day I'll get back to Hawaii or Mexico. :)
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pool is fine but...

I live in Prague just by looking on map as far one could see no ocean. So pool is the only possible choice for training. Well of course there are lakes, fluted mains etc. but honestly visibility is poor and thermocline is a killer. Also in the pool one could really focus on the body signs without any interruption, while in lakes, ocean - there is more stressful factors around. At the other hand training in pool can be pretty boring and also find the right hour when is the swimming area empty is not easy.:DD
Well ocean is ocean
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