Freediving Playa del Carmen
Freediving Playa del Carmen, Mexico is an experience out of this world! The Riviera Maya and especially the area around Playa del Carmen and Tulum is one of the best places in the world to freedive.
What is freediving?
Freediving, also called Breath Hold Diving or Apnea, is a sport in which we voluntarily hold our breath while we perform different tasks or activities underwater.
The sport of freediving (diving underwater on one breath without scuba gear) has grown in popularity in the last few years. It is a fascinating activity that pretty much anyone can try and also experience another view of the underwater world than scuba diving. With the proper freediving training, you will open up many possibilities to enjoy the underwater environment in a natural way. You can experience amazing animal encounters that would not be possible or practical when scuba diving in Playa del Carmen or other parts of the world.
Diving without an aqualung is often referred to as ‘skin diving’ or ‘snorkeling’. Both can use a mask, snorkel, and fins, but freediving will always involve a breath-hold, no matter how deep you go. Humans first started freediving through necessity, for food, trade-able items or items lost overboard, however in more recent times, freediving has evolved into a recreational pastime, a way to take photos, catch food, and as a sport.
Freediving breath training
Freediving has its root in yoga and meditation and breathing techniques. It goes way beyond a duck dive and snorkel. Many free divers assert that it’ s a life skill, you learn to face your fears, control your breath, still your mind, slow your heart, relax and focus. When your face meets the water, your heart rate will slow down, allowing to conserve valuable oxygen for when you hold your breath. Various breath training techniques exist to increase breath hold for freediving that you can learn taking a ssi freediving course and a padi freediving training in a freediving school.
¿Where can you dive in Mexico?
Freediving Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is on the Caribbean coast of southern Mexico. The best freediving Playa del Carmen spots however are the inland freshwater cenotes (sinkholes). These cenotes were formed millions of years ago by changing sea levels to leave an interconnecting underground river system in the limestone rocks. There are thousands of these cenotes in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, with probably many more still undiscovered. However, not all are suitable for freediving.
To start a freediving course you don’t need any prior experience with snorkeling, scuba or skin diving. You will need adequate swimming skills and good physical health.
The Freediver course consists of 3 in-water sessions (one confined water and two open water/depth) which can be completed over 2 or 3 days. You will need to complete some eLearning before you start and your instructor builds on this knowledge during your freediving training.
Your level 1 course is your introduction to freediving, on this course you will learn the proper breathing techniques, familiarize yourself with diaphragmatic breathing and take a deep breath like you never have before. In the SSI level 1 Freediving course you will acquire proper skills and knowledge to partake in Freediving to depths of 20 meters in the most relaxed and safest manner possible. You will develop skills necessary to train your body to be more efficient with oxygen, gain better respiration and muscle flexibility and learn new skills to take your freediving to the next level.
You will learn how to hold you breath longer than ever before and understand the effects it has on your body. You will also learn the first stages of rescue and recovery in freediving and will practice four different freediving disciplines: static (holding your breath while motionless face-down in the water); dynamic (swimming horizontally underwater while breath holding); free immersion (pulling yourself up and down the line); and constant weight (finning up and down next to the line) to a maximum depth of 16 meters/55 ft. You will also learn proper safety techniques to avoid accidents, and how to help your buddy in case something does go wrong.
Then you can also get your freediving certification in the level 2 and 3 and also get your freediving instructor course if this world is yours.
Expect to spend 2 to 3 hours in the water, depending on how many divers you are. If there is more than one freediver training, your instructor will assign the rotation to ensure a smooth flow of the freediving class. Even with a 5mm wetsuit, 3 hours is usually the maximum before you start to feel cold and tired.
For more information about freeding lessons in Playa del Carmen, contact us. We will help you to find the best freediving school in Playa del Carmen.
Freediving in cenotes
¿Where can you freedive in Playa del Carmen?
The best spots forbfreediving Playade Carmen however are the freshwater cenotes (sinkholes). These cenotes were formed millions of years ago by changing sea levels to leave an interconnecting underground river system in the limestone rocks. There are thousands of these cenotes dotted around the jungle near Playa del Carmen and Tulum, with probably many more still undiscovered. However, not all are suitable for freediving.
This cenote was only relatively recently discovered by divers due to its small opening. In Spanish the name means “wonderful” and you will understand why when you visit this place. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the circular entrance is only around 5 meters in diameter. Underwater the cenote opens to a much larger chamber. It has a thick sulphur cloud at around 30 meters. It is, however, not recommend to freedive into the cloud because it can cause skin irritation.
Cenote Maravilla is probably most famous for its beautiful sun beams that shimmer through the water. Due to the amazing visibility most days you can see your body cast a shadow onto the sulphur cloud below.
Freediving courses and training maintain a heavy focus on safety. Freediving makes you aware of your own behavior in the water, how to spot signs of trouble, and teaches you how to behave in rescue scenarios. More confidence in the water is beneficial to everyone, especially if you are capable of helping someone in trouble.
Contact us now to book your freeding Playa del Carmen course, or find out the others activities in Playa del Carmen.