I’m still aspiring to be a better free diver. I love the sport.
But the truth is, like so many philosophies and religions, aspiring to and doing, often look very different.
Freediving isn’t about the depths a human can reach or the time a person can hold their breath underwater.
It’s about learning to be incredibly relaxed and at the same time developing impeccable form to move through the water with the least amount of resistance.
By mastering both of these disciplines, a person will, by default go deeper and for longer.
Another way of saying that to a newbies like me is the continual – ‘Head in, don’t look around, relax your legs, activate your core and numerous other instructions that I’m currently violating.
Much of the time I’ll be descending under water like some sort of rigid neoprene aquatic banana as my coach dives down after me trying to manipulate my bow shaped torso and inquisitive head that just won’t quit looking around rather than tucked in and stream lined, or he will be jabbing my stiff legs that, unbeknown to me, clearly are not ‘zen relaxed’ enough.
For us to make changes, we don’t have to change who we are, we just have to metaphorically change the position we are viewing things from.. By doing this we won’t biologically have changed, but the way we perceive things and how we respond in the future will be totally different.
If you are interested in reading the whole of this blog and one of my reflections from the Germany dive weekend regarding changing perceptions and performance either in sport or life than in general then please go and check out this link-