I am more and more frequently asked questions about lung squeeze. For some reason, incidences of lung/trachea squeeze seem to be getting more frequent .
This can be frightening if it is not better understood. Most of the “lung” squeezes, are in fact, micro tares of the small blood vessels in the Trachea .
Pulmonary is, in fact, much rarer in freediving. The symptoms of Trachea squeeze are coughing on surfacing, blood in the sputum, dark red in color, blood from the lungs is pink and sometimes frothy. Continued…
It’s a long way from Mexico to Eilat. I was traveling with a very efficient and portable counter weight system. On arrival in Heathrow, I was informed it was “temporarily” mislaid. It later, 4 days later, re-incarnated as a cork screw, horribly deformed.
The idea of this particular training was Continued…
Freedivers are teching three advanced courses in the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel in July. The minimum prerequisite for those wishing to attend is 40m CTW. The objective of the course is to teach all the advanced techniques for the competitive freediver to demonstrate how depth can be achieved and obstacles overcome. And to arrive at a logical incremental realisable program for your personal development. places are extremely limited. Book now!
-First course 9-13 July – 1 place available.
-Second course 16-20 July – FULL
-Third course 23-27 July – FULL
-Fourth course 29 July – 2 August – 4 places available.
Subjects to be addressed :
> Full cheek fill , not many people do this correctly , When ,where , how.
> Cheek squeeze equalisation
> Air scavenging and recovery after cheek fill
> Discussion of “flooding”.
> Training for depth Variable weight training and tables to increase depth.
> Static at depth pros and cons .
> very important mental training for depth
> Focus and dispersed focus
> Tactics for depth
> Pool and dry training for depth
> Yoga and pranayama for depth
> Diet , rest ,hydration
> How to increase your resistance to cold .
And much much more
The month was mainly spent in training four divers with different objectives, in different disciplines, for different competitions. As you see – a lot of differences, but I hope this will become clearer as the story is told.
The deepest diver was MT. Maria Teresa was preparing for the 3rd Mediterranean Cup in Greece, and then on to Okinawa 2010 in Japan with the UK team.
Her style with a monofin is excellent, rythm and pace were right, her breath hold was on target, her static, which is not her favourite occupation, was in the 6 min range. Her challenges were regularity. The demands of work and courses were the problem here and when there were consequetive days, sometimes the weather didn’t like us and there was always the third day tiredness factor, which we have always attributed to 2 factors – Nitric Oxide depletion and phsycological exhaustion. More is not always better! Rest is the most often ignored facet of training and it is vital, together with hydration.
However, her progression in depth was going exactly to schedule, the progression was systematic in small realisable units of 1 or maximum 2 mts. Each time the equalisation at the bottom was achieved -just !
She had put in a lot of work on mental training, normally people resort to this when there is already a problem. The correct approach is that it should be an integral part of the training from the begining, its initially being able to give yourself a command before the dive and then being able to execute it at the right time in the dive.
In the case of a beginner it might be “I must not look down on descent”, this is the begining of mental training, later it becomes taking control of the mind which involves knowing what commands to give and how to “frame” them. Later with the advanced diver (more than 60mts), when a lot has already been transferred to the automatic pilot and rythm of equalisation, timing of cheek fill, and entry into the glide are all automatic, then the art becomes one of finding the right focus, which passes from the needle point focus to the dispersed all encompassing focus, where everything just happens by itself without conscious effort. It is the Zen of diving.
Alina achieved this in her Israeli record dive of 38mts. Only 38mts! it could have been quite a bit more but the limitation was mine as this was her first competition and we wanted to get it right as she said it could have been an easy 40mt+. Alina has excellent monofin style and impressive will power.
For the 40mt diver one of the challenges is avoiding pressure “set points” ,every good trainer is familiar with this, it can even happen between 20-30 mts the diver descends without a depth guage on an unmarked line and stops at exactly the same depth every time. What is happening is the mind is confusing a feeling of pressure and the sensation of running out of air. The solution is first asking the diver to test if during the ascent the feeling of out of air persists or dissappears. In the advanced diver, more “empty lung” work is reccommended and later tables of head down descents in variable weights. Alina pre-empted this trap.
With Estrella – whose main discipline is no fins, the focus is, at first, on minute alterations of style to eliminate drag and maximise movement and to know exactly what amount of glide between each movement at what depth. She was a competition swimmer and has the physiological advantages of height and the build of an athelete that was formed at a very early age. Her understanding of style and how to adapt it for the under water is quick and intelligent. In her first week of training she passed the 4 min mark in static. Her challenge was in agreeing to the idea of systematic, incremental progress. She had a degree of impatience to explore the limits of her considerable potential, the trouble with this is you discover your limits, and they tend to become limits.
So time with Estrella is spent in counting movements to a certain depth and timing the distance covered. Discipline!
The group is completed by Manolo who is training for the Mexican National record in Static, he currently holds the male CNF and DNF records. He has an instinctive understanding of the axiom “you need stress to produce results, but stress does not produce results, adaptation to stress – does”. In here is the golden mean the right amount of stress and Manolo has an instinctive feeling for this.
It was a great group and I learnt a lot working with them .
Next we will be telling you about the competition the Cortez Challenge.
PRE SEASON TRAINING FOR SPEARFISHERMEN AND FREEDIVERS
Winter Sun Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(additional fishing days by previous arrangement)
Improve your ventilation and Breath-Hold NOW!
You’ve invested in all the right gear but if you want to be prepared for the upcoming dive season, learn to stay down effortlessly for longer and safely this course is for YOU!
‘FREEDIVERS’ Aharon Solomons and MT have worked with Oxford University, and co-operated with tests for the University of Stockholm and have trained elite world and national freedive record holders and spearfishermen since 1992. They are both highly qualified AIDA Master Instructors and compete at world class level.
Aharon is current US Masters freedive champion in 3 disciplines and MT is to be twice UK national team member in the World Freedive Championships, with personal bests in Static breath-hold of 6:00 minutes and 220ft, (72m) in Constant Weight.
The objectives of the 2-day course are to improve your uptake, transportation and utilization of oxygen and ability to cope with higher levels of CO2. In other words,
‘STAY DOWN LONGER and SAFER!’
What do you leave with?
You get to set your own efficient dry and wet breath-hold training program and the assurance of improved personal in-water safety. You get to return home ALIVE!
INVEST IN YOURSELF!
THE BEST IN BREATH-HOLD TRAINING!