Free diving is a sport that involves descending to the bottom of a body of water without any scuba equipment. The popularity of free diving has grown as more people are looking for ways to get away from their busy lives and connect with nature. It also gives people an opportunity to push their bodies and minds further than they ever thought possible.
A Free Dive Is a Dive Without SCUBA Gear
A free dive is a dive without SCUBA gear. A free diver uses the natural buoyancy of the body to float instead of being weighted down by tanks and other equipment. Breath-hold diving, also known as apnea and freediving, has been practiced since time immemorial, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that breath hold divers started experimenting with deeper dives using various methods to help them stay underwater for extended periods of time.
In 1960, Jacques Mayol became arguably the first person to cross over into deep sea diving without any assistance from equipment such as oxygen tanks or diving suits when he dove 100 meters (328 feet). He set this record in Tenerife, Spain in 1960 at El Quinto Pino beach—a spot now known as “The Mecca of Apnea.” In 1979 Umberto Pelizzari set out to break Mayol’s world record by going even deeper: He dove 130 meters (426 feet) off Torbole near Venice in Italy using only his lungs and will power!
Free diving has grown increasingly popular over time thanks to technological advancements that allow people like you and me who don’t have superhuman lung capacity learn how do it ourselves safely on land rather than just watching others do it while we stay above water
Shallow Water Blackout Can Occur After Just One Breath
Shallow water blackout is a form of hypoxia (low oxygen levels) that can occur while diving. It occurs when a diver takes one breath at depth, and their partial pressure of oxygen (PPO2) drops below the critical point of 1.6kPa. This can cause unconsciousness and drowning, because the diver will be unable to return to the surface without assistance.
Divers who wish to avoid shallow water blackout should use a buddy system, wear safety lines with clips on them, or use oxygen tanks if they’re going deep enough that they’ll need more than one breath before they’re back at the surface again
Multiple Types of Free Divers
- Recreational free diving is the kind you do for fun and exercise, typically by holding your breath underwater.
- Technical free diving, also called deep-water soloing, involves using a special breathing apparatus to reach depths of up to 100 meters (328 feet). This can be done anywhere there’s water at least that deep—like in lakes or oceans.
- Competitive free diving is an extreme sport where athletes compete in distance-based events, similar to swimming but without any strokes or kicks. Instead of just holding their breath for as long as possible before surfacing for oxygen, competitive divers dive very deep in one breath and return to the surface with their next inhalation.
Competitive Free Diving
Competitive free diving is a category of sport in which athletes compete to dive as deeply as possible underwater on a single breath. The sport involves three different types of dives, each with its own set of rules and scoring system: static apnea (STA), dynamic apnea (DYN) and constant weight no fins (CNF).
Dynamic apnea sees competitors descend through five stages: pre-flight, in flight, entry into water from the platform, underwater swimming down to maximum depth and ascent back up to surface level. Each stage has its own rules for timing or points awarded depending on performance. For example, in one stage called “no limits” you have 45 seconds to go down as far as possible before returning back up again without any restrictions on how quickly you need to do it—but if you exceed this time limit then your score will be deducted by 0.1 points per second over your limit.*
In contrast with dynamic apnea where divers are permitted limited contact with the surface while they are under water during their descent and ascent phases respectively; static apnea only allows divers’ heads above the surface level at all times during both these phases – except when they are blowing bubbles or inhaling oxygen after reaching their max depth point.*
Herbert Nitsch holds the record for deepest free dive.
The deepest free dive was performed by Herbert Nitsch, who dived to a depth of 214 meters (702 feet) in the Red Sea. The record-breaking dive took place on October 16, 2007 at Dahab, Egypt.
Nitsch holds many other records in freediving as well; he has done multiple dives with weighted sleds and fins, one of which included hanging weights from his wrist and ankle joints totaling 45 pounds(20 kilograms). He also broke the world record for time spent under ice when he spent 5 minutes in an ice hole near Spitsbergen, Norway.
Herbert Nitsch was the first person to dive over 240 meters using only one breath of air
Herbert Nitsch was the first person to dive over 240 meters using only one breath of air. In 2007, Nitsch set a new world record by descending to an amazing depth of 253 meters at Tauchgänge Tauchen in Vienna, Austria. He accomplished this feat using a rebreather (a special type of breathing apparatus).
The deepest free dive in history took place on March 18, 2012 when Herbert Nitsch dove to a record-breaking depth of 258 meters during an event held by Guinness World Records called “Free Immersion No Limits” at Lake Garda, Italy. Free diving is when you don’t use any sort of breathing apparatus other than your lungs and mouthpiece; it’s also referred to as “unrestricted” or “barefoot” diving because divers wear no wetsuits or flippers.
Getting Certified For Free Diving
You can get certified to free dive, but you’ll likely need a professional organization. In order to be properly certified, most free divers need to meet several requirements including:
- You must be in good health and not have any respiratory issues or physical disabilities that would prevent you from swimming.
- You must be over 18 years old.
- You must learn how to swim and be comfortable in deep water before attempting your first free dive.
Herbert Nitsch is the world record holder for deepest free dive.
The world record for the deepest free dive is held by Herbert Nitsch. In 2007, he was able to dive down to a record depth of 253 meters and stay underwater for over 8 minutes. This achievement meant that he used only one breath of air during his descent and ascent from the water. He also had to wear a special suit that would allow him to withstand such low temperatures in the water at such depths.
Free diving is a sport that has been around for years, with many athletes competing against each other in a variety of events. The deepest dive ever made was by Herbert Nitsch who set this record during an official competition.