Free Immersion (FIM) has never been my strength. I'm much more of a fin person, and my dives are generally quite fast 💨... Especially for deep diving 😅! Reaching a proper state of relaxation pulling myself down is still quite challenging for me. Before I enter the freefall phase, I often feel little tensions. But then everything finally falls together during the sink phase... Until the turn! When you start the ascent, feeling the right rythm, one pull after one, finding the best ratio of O2 use / relaxation / speed, will become the main focus.
Everyone is different, you need to experiment safely, and make your own dive plan. Some divers are extremely slow, while others are very fast. It doesn't mean that what your buddy is doing will work for you. Just try not to focus too much on the time, and instead "go with the flow", and document your dives in a logbook, including state of mind during descent / ascent, level of comfort, hypoxia, EQ etc. to find out what will work better for you.
Here is a truly magical picture of one of my FIM dives during the Blue Element 2018 Competition in Dominica 🇩🇲, with a breathtaking view of the platform, the lines, all the fish, and this shallow clay layer coming from the mountains after a big rain that day, giving this beautiful spectrum of colors underwater 😍!
My dive went well, and felt really easy. Maybe it is time for me to explore this discipline a bit "deeply" ^^
Freediving competitions are also a way to get out of your confort zone, try new things, and finally ending much stronger!
Picts by the amazing @daanverhoevenfreediver during the @blueelementfreediving 2018 Depths Competition
-Thanks to @holistikatulum @tulumcrossfit and @lacasasurya for the support in that deep quest!
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