Sounds so simple ayt? Yeah right.But I panick when I see deep, dark undersea cliffs. Pakiramdam ko lalamunin ako ng dagat.
Doi of www.travellingfeet.com is a freediving enthusiast who is so much into the discipline lately. I have travelled with Doi in Capones-Nagsasa-Anawangin way back 2011 and I have grown comfortable with her eversince.Our meeting in Cebu was our long delayed reunion despite me going back and forth in this Central Visayan city in the past few years.Lagi kasi syang wala.
Basically, what you have to do is,
1.relax, float in lateral position face down making sure your snorkels tip is afloat and breath from there.
7.Slowly flip your legs to propel you back to the surface.
Note: If your ears hurt, depressurize before you bottom out.That is, pinch your nose and blow until you feel your ear pop up.
Repeat as often as your heart desires.
Easy ayt? I mean it sounds easy but it is really difficult to master at first.The trick is to find your rhythm from the dive to the transition and to bottoming out.Whatever happens, don't panic.
In my case, as long as I see the bottom of the sea, I am okay.But I freak out when all I see under is pitch black.
What I thought would be an impossible feat turned out to be really fun and fullfilling. I used the word fulfilling because there's a nice feeling every time you complete a freedive attempt. There is also a certain kind of peace you feel during the few seconds you are underwater that you don't normally get at the surface especially during the split second when you transition from your deepest spot and get ready to swim up.It's just different.I am sure you too will enjoy freediving. Do find some people you can try it out with.If you happen to fly to Cebu City, look for Doi's group DiveTaBai, they do welcome newbies and enthusiasts.
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