Recreational freediving runs the spectrum from snorkelling in shallow water to making deep dives to see things beyond the range of recreational scuba diving. The motivations and activities for recreational freediving are much the same as for recreational scuba. The disadvantages are of course that your time on the bottom is limited. There are several advantages, however, to exploring the underwater world without tanks:
- Less equipment means you can get to more locations
- No bubbles means fish are less afraid of you
- No regulator noise so you can hear boat, fish and other sounds
- Movement along the bottom is effortless due to reduced drag
- You become more aware of planktonic and shallow water life
Along with the exploration of the underwater world comes the inner exploration of sensations and personal limits. Many people enjoy freediving for the feeling of sinking into the depths and floating back to the surface. Others enjoy the sensation of their heart slowing down as the diving reflex takes hold.
Please remember, as in any sport, freediving does have risks. Never practice freediving alone and obtain proper instruction. Whether you are out in the ocean diving or just practicing breath holds in a pool or at home in your bath tub, always have a buddy there for safety.