Learn About Competitive Free Diving

The Essences of Exercise and Competition

When it comes to attaining optimal levels of health and fitness, there are a vast array of activities an individual or group of individuals can engage in together to get the most out of their workout. One of the most exhilarating and effective forms of exercises is free diving. Free diving has has evolved so much since its first days that it has now become a competitive sport all around the world.

What Free diving Consists Of

Free diving is a form of diving that occurs underwater and relies heavily on the diver’s ability of holding their breathe until they resurface onto the water without the utilization of breathing apparatuses or scuba gear equipment. Some popularly recognized examples of free diving activities include competitive free diving, non-competitive free diving, traditional fishing techniques, underwater rugby, underwater hockey, synchronized swimming, underwater hunting, snorkeling and underwater target shooting. The term free diving is associated with holding one’s breath in a competitive environment. However, while some may regard the sport of free diving as a specific type of activities that occur underwater, others may consider it to be the same as breath-hold diving. The free-diving activity that is most popular and commonly participated in is competitive apnea that requires its competitors to attempt at attaining great times, depths and distances on one single breath.

Free diving On a Competitive Level

The competitive free diving community is governed by two world associations currently, the AIDA and CMAS (International Association for Development of Apnea and World Underwater Federation, respectively). The majority of free diving competitions are common in that they are individual based sports in which one’s success is based on their individual achievements. A solid exception to this rule is the World Championship for Teams that takes place twice a year. There are currently nine different disciplines utilized by official governing bodies and a dozen different disciplines being practices at the local level. Every discipline can be conducted by women and men, and while they are done outdoors, there are no particular differences in the environments as far as records go.
The AIDA disciplines can be conducted in competition and record attempts with the exceptions of no limits and variable weights in which each are done solely as competitive record attempts.