Is Freediving dangerous?

Is Freediving dangerous?

Freediving can be a dangerous activity if proper safety precautions are not taken. Some of the risks associated with freediving are as follows:

  1. Blackout: When a freediver holds their breath for too long, they may lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen. This is called a blackout, and it can be extremely dangerous, as the diver may not be able to resurface or signal for help.
  2. Decompression sickness: If a freediver ascends too quickly from deep depths, they may develop decompression sickness (DCS), also known as “the bends.” DCS is a potentially deadly condition caused by bubbles of nitrogen gas forming in the blood and tissues, leading to symptoms such as joint pain, skin rash, and difficulty breathing.
  3. Hypoxia: Prolonged lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to hypoxia, a condition in which the brain receives insufficient oxygen – causing brain damage or even death.
  4. Cold water immersion: Freediving in cold water can lead to hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature that can cause shivering, fatigue, and confusion.

To reduce these risks, freedivers must be properly trained, use proper safety equipment, and follow safe diving practices. 

When freediving, it is also a good idea to have a diving buddy or an experienced instructor with you.

All Apnea Zone’s instructors are PADI certified and have an average training experience of over 10 years. 

We’ve trained people of all skill levels (beginner, advanced and master, across several nationalities, and have even trained other instructors). 

We have EFR services onsite. And oxygen tank providers as well – just in case someone blacks out. It’s never happened to us before but we want to make sure we are able to administer care until we get the person safely to hospital.

To make you feel at ease in the open water, we use the buddy system. Someone always always dives with you (one up , one down) so you never feel alone.

Visit to know more and join our best-selling PADI freediver course.

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