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Major differences between freediving and scuba diving


Freediving has always been confused with scuba diving, but quite a few people know that these are both different types of divings having several differences between them. They sometimes appear to be two individuals competing against each other, but they are both two entirely different ways of enjoying the water.


Below are the key differences between the two, let’s take a closer look:


  • Diving for relaxation

If you are one of those people who love to explore the corals and underwater marine life, there may be circumstances in which scuba diving and freediving can be more beneficial. For shallow depths, freediving is preferred over scuba diving because it allows you to dive multiple times whereas it does not happen for scuba divers.


  • Exploration of marine life

Exploring the underwater world is a key feature for the divers, in the case of freediving one has to dive deeper and wait for the marine creatures to show up and at times they might scare the creatures of marine life. On the other hand, scuba divers have the advantage over the freedivers, they can easily move around quietly and wait for some of them to turn up and have much more time to watch them.


  • More oxygen requirements

One of the most important things to keep in mind while discussing the differences between the two activities. The oxygen consumption is much more in the case of freediving, as the freedivers have to dive deeper than the scuba divers at restricted bottom timings. In this aspect, scuba diving holds a major advantage over freediving.


  • Training and sessions

After hitting a particular point in training, scuba diving will be limited. You are allowed to enhance your skills and oxygen consumptions but you are limited to a depth of about 50 m approx.

Whereas freediving allows you to explore many different aspects of the underwater, it is yet to be discovered. Freediving never lets you get bored and explore numerous underwater cultures.


  • Equipments and gears

You will be requiring gears and equipment for both the dives, but there lies a catch in here. In the case of scuba diving, the use of equipment is a must whereas in freediving you might be able to free dive without a gear depending on the conditions of the water and your training practices.

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