About Freediving or Breath-Hold diving
Explore Saba underwater world without heavy equipment. As a freediver you won’t need any uncomfortable gear, you are almost all the equipment you need. We go Freediving to connect with the water and with ourselves at the same time, to become more mentality and physically aware of our bodies, to safely push our limits for competing or just freedive for fun, take underwater video & Photos, and to get rid of all the worries and stress of your daily life. When you go underwater, you will be one with the ocean and experience its silence and beauty
Humans have been freediving for thousands of years for numerous reasons, such as war, exploration, forage in search of food etc. In recent years, Freediving has become an amazing sport. In Saba Freediving School NV, our mission is to educate on what it takes to freedive safely, providing education and tips on apnea, breathing techniques, fitness, stretching, meditation and nature.
Freediving is where meditation meets endurance. You must quiet the mind before entering a world that asks you not to breathe. But if you can clear that hurdle, then prepare to be amazed. Here, you can swim alongside jacks, mantas and sharks, explore shipwrecks and find the limits of your inner strength
Learn how to connect your body, mind, and spirit capabilities to make deeper and longer dives while interacting with amazing sea life on a single breath of air, developing the mammalian diving reflex to aid in conserving oxygen and restrict the flow of blood to the extremities.
Here at Saba Freediving School NV, we are advocates of the sport of Freediving and always ensure that freedivers are safe while being competitive. If you want to learn more about Freediving just check our courses.
There are eight disciplines in freediving, from static apnea (floating on the surface, face-down, holding your breath for as long as possible) to no-limits, where the diver descends on a weighted sled and ascends using an airbag or other lifting device. On our freediving courses you will learn static, dynamic, constant weight and free immersion diving, with the option to learn variable weight on the 4 Star AIDA Course.
No Limit (NLT)The freediver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends via a method of his choice. No limit is the absolute depth discipline. Going down with a sled, and going back up with a balloon, a diving suit or a vest with inflatable compartments, or whatever other means.
Variable Weight (VWT)The freediver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends using his own strength: arms and/or legs, either by pulling or not pulling on the rope. Variable weight is the first of both depth disciplines using a sled to go down in the water. Old sleds was descending “head first”, like presented in the famous Luc Besson’s movie “Le Grand Bleu”, but new sleds descending “feet first” are now generalized.
Constant Weight (CWT)The freediver descends and ascends using his fins/monofin and/or with the use of his arms without pulling on the rope or changing his ballast; only a single hold of the rope to stop the descent and start the ascent is allowed. Constant weight is the common sportive depth discipline of freediving, because of the specific fins or monofins used in it. Constant weight is one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Static apnea and Dynamic with fins.
Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF)The freediver descends and ascends under water using only his own muscle strenght, without the use of propulsion equipment and without pulling on the rope. Constant weight without fins is the most difficult sportive depth discipline, because of absolutely no propulsing material to go down in the water. This category needs a perfect coordination between propulsing movments, equalization, technique and buoyancy.
Free Immersion (FIM)The freediver dives under water without the use of propulsion equipment, but only by pulling on the rope during descent and ascent. Free immersion is the sportive depth discipline with the purest sensations, because of the speed of the water in the body, and the power of each pull on the rope as only mean of propulsion. Performances could be done the head first during the descent, or the feet first, depending equalization facilities of each freedivers… Some of them also even use mixed solutions.
Dynamic With Fins (DYN)The freediver travels in a horizontal position under water attempting to cover the greatest possible distance. Any propulsion aids other than fins or a monofin and swimming movements with the arms are prohibited Dynamic with fins is the most typical of both disciplines measuring the distance in freediving, because of the specific means of propulsion : long fins or monofin. Performances could only be recognized in swimming-pools with a minimum length of 25 meters.
Dynamic Without Fins (DNF)The freediver travels in a horizontal position under water attempting to cover the greatest possible distance. Any propulsion aids are prohibited. Dynamic without fins is the most natural of both disciplines measuring the distance for many freedivers, because it doesn’t need any propulsion material, but a very good technique. Performances also could only be recognized in pools with a minimum length of 25 meters, and are greatly appreciated from “old-swimmers”.
Static Apnea (STA)The freediver holds his breath for as long as possible with his respiratory tracts immerged, his body either in the water or at the surface. Static apnea is the only discipline measuring the duration, and one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Constant weight and Dynamic with fins. Performances could be done and recognized in both pool and open water (sea, lake, river, etc.).
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