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This is the video on my thoughts on deep equalisation! Long promised, hope you will enjoy it. It is not the magic bullet, but part of a strategy for depth. It is amazingly simple, but still may not be that simple to learn from a video, in which case the fault is mine and not yours 🙂
It’s been nearly a week since the golden day when all three of my divers did PB’s. The sea was an invitation 25 degrees, beautifull clear visibility no current and very little waves. It began with a 300 meter swim to the point we deployed our buoy. Warm ups were very limited, Walter Chivescu went first with his dive, we had been working on the pacing and tactics – when to begin the glide. Walter was comfortable with an ascent and descent rate of 0.8 mts per second. It turned into a beautifully planned relaxed CNF dive to 43.2 mts.
Jeroen had been consistently been improving his CWT in Bi-Fins, he has a very elegant and effective style, his equalising had been consistently improving with methodically increased depths. He had an excellent dive to 36 mts, with all the pieces in place.
Mikhail was the last to go absolutely no dramas here, a beautifull controlled descent with great style and pacing and completed a PB of 36 mts CNF, Mikhail has much more in the tank.
All the team completed their dives with perfect surface protocols, and no blue lips. Well done all! I take my hat off to all 3 of you.
The 6th day of training for my 2 Giants – Walter Chivescu and Jeroen Van Haudt. We had been doing a lot of empty lung training, to acclimatize to pressure. Learn my advanced technique of equalisation for depth, and get used to the noseclip. Yesterday the sea was perfect, 20mt visibility, no current and the surface like glass. The white line, a thread, an invitation into the deep blue, there were smiles exchanged, I felt a surge of joy and knew it would be a good day. Things began slowly, each wrestling with Continued…
The idea for this video came by way of a chance encounter, it was I admit something that had been rattling around in my head for a long time, but I have a great talent for procrastination. Several people had suggested I tackle the subject. The “Frenzel“, it is a basic technique specific to freediving. It came to my attention, many people fail the AIDA 2 star course that has a depth minimum of 16 mts by failing to cross this hurdle. People were coming to me after courses, having tied themselves in knots worrying about their soft palate their epiglottis and tongue position. All unneccessairy! Get the tongue action right, and the rest follows automatically. This – you can teach yourself with a flash light in front of a mirror with a bit of persistence.
There is so much confusion out there – it sounds like the tower of Babel, this is what at first put me off adding just another opinion to mess.
Then I met Continued…
Lauri Aalto visited us from Finland via Aquaba. He had to finish the water part of the 2 star AIDA course and went on to do the water part of the 3 star course. On the first day it became apparent that there was an equalisation issue. His Frenzel was nearly correct, but the nearly was creating a problem.
There was no movement in the area of the diaphragm, therefore no hybrid of Frenzel and Valsalva. The little pits behind the nostrils were inflating correctly with each equalisation and the muscles under the chin and lower jaw were also contracting correctly, but still each equalisation was too forced and too slow.
His problem was easily noticeable when he equalised with his mouth wide open in front of the mirror. The front of his tongue was pushing forcibly against his bottom teeth. This is a common fault and is usually the result of miss-understanding or in correct teaching, the student believes that in order to raise the back of the tongue he must push the front of the tongue against the bottom teeth. This vastly complicates the issue making the equalisation too slow and bringing in a lot of tension, which means problems at depth!
After the first day Lauri did 3 hours of dry practice and arrived the next day with the problem solved. He could equalise with the mouth wide open and only the back of the tongue was active pushing against the soft palate.
Lauri came with an excellent water sense ,great determination combined with good humour and intelligence, so his progress was astonishing. A small amount of polishing on the duck dive was necessary, after that concentration could be brought to tactics – correct weighting, counting strokes for determining when to go into the glide, and correct technique for the glide.
His partner work was exemplary.
Altogether Lauri was a joy to work with we had very rough seas and 20 knot winds and on the last day one of the worst currents I have seen in recent years. In spite Lauri completed his 30 mt dive with ease. He is to be congratulated on achieving all his objectives, a very creditable performance.
Walter Chivescu came to us on the 23 rd Nov for his second visit during his first visit he had achieved 46mts FIM. He had been plagued by equalisation problems since his first course in freediving .
Walter did our remote coaching program both before his first visit and before this one . He had achieved 6:06 Static and a breath walk of 2;15 after a 1;20 static hold . he had also been doing empty lung statics . So we knew his breath hold would not ever be in question for any realizable depth during this visit .
We spent the first 10 days basically ignoring depth and Continued…
A terrific performance, a real tour de force, by one of the most exciting of the up and coming athletes.
Destined, I feel, to be a great Champion.
A post from Matt’s Facebook page:
This year I was mostly focused on pool competitions with ability to dive deep, however it was not my main focus due to lack of my presence at depth World Championships. By “ability to dive deep” I mean that I was maintaining my lung flexibility levels but not Continued…
Aharon is returning to Mexico on the 21st October – 18th November, 2013. He will be holding Clinics together with MT Solomons.
Aharon and MT Solomons are both AIDA INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS, we teach all levels of AIDA courses. We have taught over the years many National record and also World record holders. We are one of the very first freediving schools, teaching since 1992.
CLINIC TO BE HELD IN LA PAZ, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO FROM 28th OCTOBER –2nd NOVEMBER
EQUALIZATION TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE DEEP DIVER
Our deep water equalisation technique and all exercises, both dry, pool and sea to acquire it (5 days), (Max 6 students –1 to 3 instructor to student ratio)
Extra days, up to 5 are available by special arrangement. The Clinic will focus on all aspects of equalization for deep water
It will cover:
How to minimalize or totally eliminate the risk of Trachea or lung squeezes .
Our special stretching routines for increasing neck and thoracic flexibility without the dangerous practice of stretching on a packed lung
Our pool exercises for the 4mt dive pit as the best winter training for simulating and acclimatizing to depth. This is all empty lung work, with our progressive tables.
Fitness training for depth , lactic and anaerobic training , dry and in the pool
Our very special breathold tables especially tailored for the deep diver, these take in account for the first time the different kinds of breath hold required during a very deep dive.
The open water sea training will be done from our boat , and will be conducted at your level . The boat price is included in the price of the clinic.
The all important subject of the Mental and relaxation techniques.
Diet for the deep diver – this includes –what to eat and drink ,what to avoid ,supplements and eating intervals.
We can arrange accommodation for those requiring it in a broad range of prices ,including sharing living quarters.
Please consult us for prices for either a package to include accommodation + Clinic, or Clinic alone.
Full payment is required on booking
All enquires can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM 10th NOV – 17th AIDA INSTRUCTORS COURSE
This is available for all applicants that have the AIDA 4 Star Certification
FROM THE 6th –9th NOV. We are teaching an AIDA 4 Star course which is a pre-requisite for all those not currently
possessing the AIDA 4 Star and wishing to do the Instructor course.
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