Freediving course - conclusion
Short version: Highly recommendable.
For me, the course totally has paid off.
I had set myself a lot of goals and most of them I could achieve. As I wrote in a blog post before the course started, I hoped that
- I am much more relaxed in the water after the course...
- ... and therefore can stay underwater much longer than before
- I improved my pressure equalization technique
- I can dive down to 20m in a relaxed manner
- I will achieve a better technique
- after this week I can do the safety exercises blindfolded
- I will take home a good training plan for breathing tables
- I will have a lot of fun
On the first day point 1, 2, 4 and 8 were fulfilled already.
Due to the calm and safe atmosphere Dunia always creates I was more relaxed in the water than ever. I was amazed how easy it was to stay 2min under water - before that I had never made it over 1:20min. It thrilled me when I also could make 22m depth without effort. And I decided to follow with level 2 if the second day would be as successful as the first one. I think that speaks well for the team there!
I am still working on points 3, 5 and 6.
My technique of equalization and duck dive has already improved during the course. And thanks to the Otovent and the helpful advice from Dunia and Youssef I know what needs more attention in my further training.
The fact that I wanted to master the safety exercise blindfolded within one week makes me smile now. It will take a little longer - after all, there were many other things to learn and practice in Radazul that I’m not good at yet.
Point 7 - the training tables
I have learned enough to create my own CO2 / O2-tables and adjust them continuously according to my training level. That’s much better than just taking home pre-built tables. Nevertheless Dunia offered to give me some tips by mail after the course or to double-check my training tables. Super nice.
What else would I have wished for?
That the course would last even longer and having more time to dive with this fantastic team in the wonderful sea at Radazul!
As soon as I feel like an experienced AIDA 3 star apnoist, I will return.
At the moment I can’t imagine a better place for training freediving.