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Recently I’ve given a workshop within the freediving club where I train, called CNO Apnee St-Germain-en-Laye. The club has been very helpful arranging extra times for my training for which I’m very grateful! Thanks to their generosity I train 3 times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

So far whilst being in the club, I’ve been solely focusing on my own training. But, being the teacher that I am, it came to my attention that they could do with some advice. So, after the last series of my competitions we decided to organize a Masterclass.

The first thing I’d noticed is that many of the club members did not know how to properly make a full inhale… Though some have passed freediving courses with experienced freedivers, and been practicing freediving for quite some time now.

Therefore, I decided to take them through the “basics” and to make sure that their knowledge of the freediving fundamentals (breath hold preparation, full inhale and recovery breathing) was properly assimilated.

For me, full inhale is the basis for freediving. This is your “luggage” for a breath hold “journey”. And it’s important to make sure that there is no free space in your suitcase! This is not the first time that I notice such simple skill, as breath hold preparation, not been fully understood.

To clear up all your doubts and to nail every single one of your full inhales, I’ve decided to record an educational video, and describe in all details the breathing techniques that I use. If you are interested in this topic – feel free to subscribe to my newsletter, not to miss it when out.

Another skill not properly assimilated was neutral buoyancy. Fact – incorrect buoyancy will work against you.

Just take a look how the body position changes if the freediver does not have enough weights.

But a simple buoyancy check can fix that. Even better, if during the buoyancy check someone is watching or filming your body position. Because sometimes you may think that you already have enough weights, but it’s not the case.

In the water, we went through the fundamental skills, such as buoyancy and body position, although it felt as if we were talking about some advanced techniques.

All the participants of the class seemed happy and very grateful, and it made me glad in helping to create a solid foundation of the basic knowledge of freediving techniques.

And how do you feel your final breath? Do you nail it every time? Or sometimes you feel you could have inhaled a bit more?

I will be covering all of the basic points and more advanced skills during my April’s 22-26 Masterclass in Egypt. There’s still 2 spaces left!

CNO Apnée St Germain en Laye - Marianna Gillespie

Welcome to My Journey to Depth, a blog in which I share my training tips, freediving adventures and competition stories.

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