Saturday, March 29, 2008

Freediving Disciplines


Disciplines of Apnea
There are seven major disciplines in the world of freediving;
Constant Weight
This is the most common freediving discipline in the world today. In this discipline the amount of weights the freediver carries stays the same during the entire dive. The freediver may use the aid of bi-fins or a monofin.

UnassistedIn this discipline the aid of freediving fins and rope are forbidden. The freediver uses only his muscle strength in order to ascend and descend underwater. The principle of constant weight applies to this discipline.

Dynamic Apnea
In this discipline the freediver attempts to cover the greatest (horizontal) distance possible underwater on a single breath while making sure no part of his body raises out of the water. The freediver may use the aid of bi-fins or a mono-fin. The principle of constant weight applies to this discipline. (This discipline also has an unassisted version)

Static Apnea
In this discipline the freediver holds his breath for as long as possible with his face immersed in water.
Free ImmersionFree immersion is considered by many to be the purest of freediving disciplines. In this discipline the freedivers descends and ascends underwater without the aid of any propulsion equipment, but only by pulling on a rope. The principle of constant weight applies to this discipline.

Variable Weight
In this discipline the freediver uses the aid of a ballast weight (that may weigh up to 1/3 of his body weight) to descend and his own strength to ascend, either with bi-fins, a mono-fin or by pulling on a rope.

No Limit
In this discipline the freediver uses the aid of a ballast weight (of any weight) to descend and ascends by a method of his choice (air filled baloon, inflatable vest or any other means). No limit is not considered to be an official discipline by any freediving association because of the great danger involved in performing no limit dives.

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1 comment:

  1. I think we have six disciplines here rather that seven..

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