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Intro to Freediving: Learn to hold your breath longer & how it benefits in the alpine · Thursday, January 19th

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Organized by: Luca Malaguti.

Start: Thursday, Jan. 19th, 5:00 pm


Hello all, 

I've been wanting to set this up for a while, and I want to gauge interest in this sport, so I'm giving it a shot!

Here in Vancouver we have beautiful mountains and beautiful seas, and in both there are exceptional worlds to discover. If scuba diving is the resort skiing of the waters, then freediving is the backcountry, self-propelled equivalent.

This is a very basic introduction to breathhold diving/freediving and how this training can benefit your alpine game. How to hold your breath calmly, relax when underwater and learn the benefits of this traning.

So what is freediving? This is an example (at the intense level of course): and

For training we'll be practicing something more like this in the UBC pool:

Freediving training works on two "main" principles: 

1) Working on your CO2 tolerance (perform physically under high lactic acid build up) known as hypercapnia

2) Working on low levels of O2 (a state known as hypoxia)

You can probably notice the similarity with high-altitude training, in fact it does increase your pulmonary capacity and oxygen exchange. 

We'll start around 5pm in the clubroom, go over many important freediving terms and safety procedures. We'll practice diaphramatic breathing and breathholding as well. 

Then we'll go to UBC pool to practice underwater laps (dynamics) and maybe some static breathholds. 

If you're interested in reading some material on the subject beforehand let me know, I can send you some short and super useful pdf's. 


1) Must be able to swim several laps comfortably, and be very relaxed in the water. 

2) Be in good health and absolutely not a smoker.

3) Don't eat anything for at least 4-5 hours beforehand (believe me you'll be miserable otherwise). 


Mask or goggles, nose pinch (if you have one) and a bathing suit, towel, lock, etc. Fins if you have them!

We'll be going to the UBC pool right next door:

Posted: 2017-01-12 18:17:01
Last modified: 2017-01-17 19:06:44