Freediving might seem like a task that is believed to be achieved by only the superhumans, but this is not true. Many people may want to pursue freediving as a career or maybe just as a hobby but there persist some myths that stop them from following their passion.
Let’s discuss some of the most common myths so that you can look past these and have a clear vision about freediving.
You can Freedive Alone
It’s a very common myth that one can freedive all alone in the deep waters, but this is a myth and strictly prohibited to try out freediving alone. There are many other benefits when you go for freediving in pairs. If you are ever trapped in a blackout, currents, or any kind of breathing and lung anxiety, the other person can always help you out.
Hyperventilation is Helpful
Hyperventilation implies the condition where a person starts to breathe very fast, the natural balance is disrupted and one starts to exhale more than inhale. This process can prove to be very dangerous for your body, as it increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the body and less oxygen reaches the brain.
Freediving means making contact with the marine creatures
It requires applying common sense and staying away from all the possible dangers under the water. Some freedivers look at it as an opportunity to interact with the water animals, which again proves to be life-threatening. For eg- while freediving if you find yourself close to a shark or any other mystic sea animal that doesn't mean that you have the signal to connect with it.
It is vital to hold the breath for longer intervals
It is very important to hold your breath for as long as possible, most of the freediving competitions follow a static way of breathing. The majority of freedives last approximately a minute. Most freedivers find this easy to do with proper techniques. A minute under the water, however, can seem a lot longer than a minute on the ground. This is because a free ride is such an intense experience.
Stretching doesn't help before Freediving
One must know the importance of stretching your muscles just before going for a freedive, it's crucial to always stretch out a little to get some help with the process of equalization. This in turn could help you easily breathe underwater for about 10 minutes.
Although freediving is an ultimate meditation activity, that doesn't mean for a person to go beyond his limits, the end verdict is to never push yourself beyond your comfort zone.