Avoiding a Split second decision

IMG_1100.jpgAt the end of 2003 I started freediving and ever since that time I’ve been evolving and growing in my freediving experience. However with all the good that comes from freediving, somewhere along the way a bad habit has been digging itself in my way of experiencing freediving. I’ll try and put it in words as the “Split second decision”.

When I’m doing a freediving performance, whether it’s for training or for competition, my decision making isn’t controlled in a way I’d like. It should be as simple as this: if your brain doesn’t send a signal to your body to surface, you won’t surface from a performance.

back_on_track.jpgSo, why is it that I never had the urge to really push my self and see where I end up when I wouldn’t have made the split-second decision? In all my freediving I never had a single black-out and I actually think that on itself that is quite a remarkable achievement, since I’ve been freediving on a certain level where you’d expect it to happen. So far I’ve been looking at this from a negative/rational side and keeping in the back of my mind that blacking out sets you back in training, competition and in general.

Why shouldn’t I try and find my real limit and go for the experience and see how I recover from a black-out, as there have been just as many positive/inspiring stories as there are negative/rational stories. Maybe it takes away my split-second decision making organ and persuades it into not making the early call to bail.

twilight_freediving.jpgThe quest to end this habit has been around since Jorg, Marieke and I have spotted it in my behaviour… And after looking at this part of freediving from a certain point of view it’s time for me to look at it from a different point of view and meet my match in finding out where real limits are defined. I won’t go blindly into black-outs now, but I see it as the process where this whole training period revolves around. Explaining it in two key-phrases:

Breaking the mental limiter.

Black-out not as a means, but a consequence I’d be willing to accept.

I would like to hear your Feedback
If you had a black-out:

  • What is your opinion on this matter?
  • How did you experience a black-out vs. eventually raising your limits?

If you didn’t have a black-out:

  • How is your point of view in this matter?
  • What is your opinion about a black-out?

One thought on “Avoiding a Split second decision”

  1. I’ve recently gotten into free diving while meeting a free diver from FL during a water survival instructor school on the east coast. I was really impressed on he performed on water and controlled himself. Now trolling around website and trying to learn more I came across yours. I never blacked out from a breath hold but my black out experience came from a swim qual evolution during recruit training for the Marine Corps (boot camp) which landed me in the hospital for several days. What contributed to the occurrence was I had been recovering from bronchitis and pneumonia and I hadn’t picked up on bi-lateral breathing yet (hyperventilated). So there I was in a full combat load ( as they say) swimming 50m usually horrible technique. I was underwater swimming and then come up to breath out and in for air (the hyperventilation). I was already borderline drowning as at 25m I wanted to give and called out for a bouey. Well someone decided I made it half way and I could continue, so I did. Well I was determined to make it and tried but arms length away (or at least that’s what I was told how close I was) it happened. No idea, no control, no sense of what happened. I came to feeling like I was twitching and convulsing for what seemed like maybe 5mins where actually I had just been pulled out of the pool and stripped of all the gear I had on. No clue what happened but with my rescuer over me asking if I’m ok and what my name is and that they pulled me from the bottem of a 13ft pool. I was taken via EMS to the ER where I had fever and water in my lungs and kept there for several days like I mentioned earlier. My view is that it is a very real situation. But I my health and other circumstance contributed to it. Just one second you are in control and trying your hardest the next you are regaining consciousness on the side of the pool. Hope this gave you some answer or incite.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *