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We start the open water freediving 2018

We will be starting the regular Tuesday freediving at Dolime Quarry on June 12th at 5pm.

You are welcome to dive with us if you are taking the Open Water AIDA 2 or 3 Star courses or you join our Open Water Training.

If you are at least AIDA 2 star certified, you can also just come out and dive with the other freedivers.

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Halloween Dive – 2017

Halloween Dive – Saturday October 14th

Location: https://www.enjoyfreediving.com/dolime-quarry

Time: 11am

The summer season is coming to an end and we want to see all of you and celebrate the great season we have had.

We will be diving and carving pumpkins under water. Our SCUBA friends will join us as well and we will make a day of it.

After the carving dive, we will have a Bonfire and a BBQ. There will be prices for the best pumpkin and the best costume etc.

Please bring your own drinks and what you want to cook on the BBQ.

Family and friends are welcome to come out. We will provide pumpkins under water as well as on land for the little family members.

We require a 2 star or equivalent certification to dive. If you have started the depth portion of the 2 Star you are of course also welcome.

We hope to see you all in the Quarry and please bring your best dry or wet costumes. Please let us know by email if you are coming.

We are also diving this Tuesday and will continue every Tuesday as long as people want to come out.

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Why am I cutting up my daughters old Tu Tu skirt to Freedive?

Canadian freedivers know exactly why I am doing this, don’t worry, my daughter has outgrown the skirt.

We dove just North of Parry Sound a few weeks ago, which is in the beginning of black fly season. Because black flies are attracted by CO2, they simply loved to hang out on the top of our snorkels.

We are diving again this weekend which will be in the middle of black fly season, which means that I need to be prepared.

Even though I am not a vegetarian, there is a limit to the amount of black flies I can eat.

I have put together this tutorial showing my high tech solution.

The materials

Snorkel, tape and Tu Tu

The end result

You can request detailed design and structural drawings.

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Freediving Competition – April 5th 2017

Freediving Competition

On April 5th EnjoyFreediving will be hosting a freediving competition here in Toronto.

Location

Humber Collegiate Institute
(Spectators are welcome. The first divers hit the water at 8pm)

What happens at a Freediving Competition

There are three competitive AIDA freediving pool disciplines. They are: Static, Dynamic and Dynamic No Fins.

For static, the diver will be lying in the surface holding their breath for as long as possible without moving. For dynamic, the diver will be swimming horizontally under the water for distance. The diver can choose to do this with our without fins. Most of all, freediving competitions allow divers to get together and test their limits in a safe environment. We are much more concerned with you being safe and having fun, than how far you go.

Schedule for the night

At this competition you will be able to choose to do one of the three events: Static, Dynamic or Dynamic No Fins.

We start the freediving competition night at 6:30pm with information for everyone about rules and the schedule. If you have never tried a competition before, we will guide you through the process, so you don’t feel lost.

We will follow the AIDA rules during the freediving competition, but will not be able to give points or AIDA ranking for this competition. We are planning on having another competition before summer, which will give AIDA points and ranking.

Because this is not an AIDA snctioned event we can help you with coaching if you don’t have your on coach.

Prerequisites

You will need to have and AIDA 2 star pool certificate or equivalent from another freediving organization.

The competition entry is free.

Everyone need to sign up here: April 5th Competition

 

Organizers

The EnjoyFreediving competition will have an experienced safety and judging team. We have organized several competitions before and been safety divers at world records and world championships.

If you have never seen or participated in a freediving competition, we would like that you come our as a spectator or competitor. We are very willing to answer any questions about what is happening during competition or what the best way would be to compare for a competition.

Freediving Competitions are usually lots of fun and we will all be going to the local pub afterwards to watch videos so come and hang out.

We will be watching video and celebrating performances at The Swan and Firkin after the competition

Google: https://goo.gl/maps/BZFbgeq94s92
Website: http://firkinpubs.com/theswanandfirkin/

See you all in the water

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How to make a neck weight for Freediving

We often get asked about neck weights and I recently needed a heavier neck weight so I decided to create this post to show how to make one.

Below are two images showing the supplies needed.

01 Neck Weights - Supplies

02 Neck Weight - Lead Pellets

The bag of lead pellets can be purchased at Bass Pro Shop or most other hunting stores. I bought a 25 lbs bag of very small pellets, but you might be able to find a store that carry smaller bags or maybe a dive shop that carry lead pellets. Bass Pro Shop also has the 1 inch buckles I used for my neck weight. I find 1 inch big enough to open even with cloves on and it isn’t as bulky as some of the larger buckles.

The scale, funnel and inner tube was purchased from Canadian Tire and the tape is from Home Depot. Only one color tape is needed, but I just wanted to show all the cool colors available.

03 Neck Weight - Hose and - buckles

The length of the bike tube should be the length of your neck circumference plus 20 cm. My neck is 40 cm and I cut off 60 cm of tube, which worked out nicely.

The thickness doesn’t matter as much, because the tube will expand, but I did made sure I didn’t buy a racing tire, which is very thin. The inner tube I bought can be used for a range of tire widths, ranging from 1.75″ to 2.125″.

04 Neck Weight - Buckles

There are a few ways of attaching the buckles and I have chosen the simplest solution. I find it has worked well on my last neck weight which has held up great for two years and show no signs of wear and tear. It can be a little difficult to get the tube through the ends of the buckle, but it only took me 5 minutes for the first and 2 minutes for the second buckle. Make sure to do the hardest of the buckles (if they are different) first, because the tube is easier to hold when it is empty.

There is a different way of attaching the buckle shown here from another blog: orangellous.

There are also great tips and discussions about neck weights at the Aida Canada Forums

05 Neck Weight - Weighing

The lead pellets are extremely small and hard to control, so make sure to do all the weighing and filling in a big plastic container. You should get some help from an instructor or experienced freediver with determining how much weight you need both with and without a wetsuit.

06 Neck Weight - Filling

Filling the neck weight would have been hard without a funnel and I also found out that I needed a plunger. I am creating a 5 pound neck weight and all the pellets don’t fit in the tube without stamping them and expanding the tube a bit. I filled up about 10 cm of the bike tube and then used the stick to stamp the pellets. After stamping, the tube will mostly keep the thicker shape and more pellets can be added. I did this in 5 cm increments stamping each time and made sure I had about 15 cm of tube left after adding all the pellets.

The plastic clip was very useful when adding the second buckle. I placed the plastic clip tight to the pellets which allowed me to fairly easily add the second buckle and try on the neck weight for size. The size of the neck weight stretched out was about 47 cm, but bent it was only 43 cm and with tape it finally ended up a little over 42 cm inside.

The spoon in the picture was used to scoop up a few of the small guys that got away from me.

07 Neck Weight - Before Tape

Above is the neck weight before I taped it and before I shaped it. Make sure to spend lots of time shaping it so it will be symmetrical and  isn’t too thick in the sides. If you make it too thick in the sides it can be harder to get your arms correctly above your head for streamlining.

08 Neck Weight - Finished

This is the final look of the neck weight with two layers of tape. I added two layers to make it as strong as possible and make sure none of the little pellets have a chance to get out and so water can’t get in.

This is almost identical to my previous neck weight which has been great so far. I will be using it for our freedive practices when I don’t wear a wetsuit.  I will be creating a heavier neck weight for when I wear a wetsuit.

I hope this will help you make your own, but I will also be posting these neck weights for sale, because several people have said that they prefer to buy them instead of making them.

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One Big Breath – Description of a breathhold

Philippe Beauchamp

This is such a great video by our friends in Montreal from ApneaCity about a breathhold and deep dive.

The video takes you on a journey on what it is like to dive deep while holding your breath. Philippe Beauchamp is an instructor and great at explaining the feelings you have during a dive.

If you have never tried freediving I hope this will make you want to come join us or other instructors in a freediving course.

 

 

 

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Do I Need To Do a Freediving Course

Freediving is a very easy sport to get into. Many freedivers and spearfishers get into the sport by learning from friends and family, but this can carry serious risks if they’re not learning from a qualified instructor. Freediving appears to be relatively simple, but there is a lot of information on safety, physiology and technique to learn and it is easy to get wrong. Read more…

Split shot of two free divers training in sea with buoy

 

Read More on Deeperblue where this article was posted…

 

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William Winram 145m Freediving World Record (VWT)

This is the full video of William Winram’s world record from September 3rd 2013. Congratulation again to our good friend and inspiring mentor.

It was a privilege to be a part of the safety team and see how well William prepared physically and mentally for this event. The organization and safety preparation were very well planned and executed which I have written more about here.

More information:

http://williamwinram.com
www.facebook.com/WilliamWinramPage
www.twitter.com/williamwinram