An Introduction to Freediving Competitions
Blog Introduction: When most people think of freediving, they think of the solo sport of diving down into the depths of the ocean on a single breath. While this is certainly one aspect of freediving, there is also a competitive side to the sport. In fact, there are multiple disciplines in which divers can compete. Here is a look at some of the most popular types of freediving competitions.
In depth competitions, also known as variable weight competitions, divers attempt to reach the greatest depth possible within a set time limit. Divers typically use a weighted sled to descend quickly and then rely on their fins to return to the surface.
Pool freediving competitions, also known as static apnea events, are held in swimming pools and involve holding your breath for as long as possible while floating motionless in the water. The world record for men in this discipline is 11 minutes 35 seconds, while the women’s world record is 10 minutes 2 seconds.
Dynamic apnea events are similar to pool competitions, except that instead of floating motionless in the water, competitors swim horizontally as far as they can while holding their breath. The men’s world record in this discipline is 246 meters (807 feet), while the women’s world record is 200 meters (656 feet).
Constant Weight Without Fins
In constant weight without fins events, competitors dive down to a predetermined depth and then return to the surface using only their muscles and breath-holding ability—no fins or other propulsion devices are allowed.
These are just some of the many different types of freediving competitions that exist today. As you can see, there is more to freediving than meets the eye! Whether you’re interested in competing yourself or simply spectating, these competitions provide a great opportunity to see some of the best freedivers in action.