Can you imagine the marine industry, which is engaged in a thousand people, while all of them are women and collect the catch using dives to hold their breath, using simple tools for this? This community has indeed existed for many centuries on Jeju Island (South Korea). And I think I’m very lucky. After all, I managed to catch a glimpse of it with my own eyes. Here are some photos of my meeting with henyo, along with excerpts from my research on them. I would like to tell you my story and gladly share my impressions of the ancient roots of freediving ….
The waters of Korea have a long history of diving for breath-holding. Seafood here is extremely valuable from a commercial point of view and is an integral part of Korean culture. These peoples went to the seas Continue reading
One of the basic rules for any form of diving and just being in the ocean is “do not touch”. We all know that to control ourselves and not to touch anything under water is not only respect for the underwater world, which we come as guests, but also the best way to avoid injuries and injuries. However, in some cases contact is inevitable.
Most of us at some point still have a painful encounter with the marine organism, whether it be contact with corals or a bite of a jellyfish. It is important to know how to respond to this. In this article, we will consider the treatment of several common marine injuries. In most cases, the listed actions may be sufficient. In severe cases, they can provide crucial support while the victim is awaiting professional assistance.
Earlier we wrote about the 10 most dangerous animals in the ocean. We recommend that you read this Continue reading
I am often told (usually, I must admit, a coach of a “certain age”) that unlike, for example, football, where any professional over the age of 30 needs to think about retirement, freedivers get better with age.
How Age Affects Freediving Success
Anyone who knew the late Natalia Molchanova, who at the age of 56 was truly invincible, set world records in every discipline, it would be difficult to disagree. Ever since I heard that Pascal Berger from Switzerland calls himself the representative of the “young generation”, I’ve been intrigued by what Continue reading
Discussions about freediving safety in competitions are always evolving, but what about safety during training?
We may not dive to the same depths as the top freediving athletes, but this does not exclude the possibility of a blackout or samba, which means applying all the necessary measures that make diving not only as pleasant as possible, but also safe. Safety should always be the number one task for every freediver, but, unfortunately, it is often not taken seriously enough, especially by novice divers.
Below are 7 important tips to help you avoid common mistakes and improve the safety of your workouts.
Deep Freediving Training
1. Never dive alone
The most important rule of freediving, which is constantly talked about at every freediving course, and no matter what your level of diving.
Choose an experienced partner. Ideally, your level or higher. A partner must know the principles of insurance, how to react in case of samba or blackout and how to provide first aid.
Remember and practice this important skill periodically during your workouts. Continue reading
Freediving is a young sport in which athletes swim in length or in depth while holding their breath.
Freediver enjoys the depth …
Thanks to quality theory and practice, top freedivers can dive to incredible depths (~ 253 meters, Herbert Nitsch) and hold their breath for up to eleven and a half minutes. It sounds incredible!
Learning about such opportunities, lovers of big waves could not stay away and began to wonder “how do they get it?”. As a result, the so-called “Surfer Survival Courses” appeared. In these courses, experienced Continue reading