“It’s a journey between two breaths, a journey into the very limits of human possibility, it’s a journey into the unknown, and above all its an inner journey.’ ~ Guillaume Néry, World Champion Freediver
Imagine yourself floating in the Indonesian archipelago, the water is warm, clear and a deep blue colour. The marine life is like nothing you have seen before. You are holding onto the flotation ring and practicing your breath technique, slowing your mind and relaxing your body before you take your final breath.
You dive under, pulling yourself along the line, feeling the sensation of the water on your skin, the deeper you go, the cooler it gets. Your attention is on your heartbeat and the crackling sounds of the ocean. The pressure builds up in your ears with each pull on the line, as you descend deeper into your journey. It feels so natural, yet so unnatural at the same time.
This is where the experience really starts, this is when you begin to really exercise mind control. You clear your mind of any thoughts and bring it back to a state of relaxation. You become aware of your buddy diver beside you, its all okay, they are watching your every move to make sure you are safe.
Learning to Freedive is all about learning to be comfortable being outside of your comfort zone. It’s an opportunity to be safely challenged in a new and unique way. Initially, it will feel so foreign being meters underwater without the ability to breathe. Yet through understanding the physiology behind the dive reflex, knowing and trusting that your body has this under control, you are able to discover what you are truly capable of.