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Bizzy: Looking Back

20080415_Day_One_07_autocolor.jpgLooking back on the past few days of competition and training I must say I’ve learned quite a lot about the freediving to depth, techniques and about my approach. The depth part is a new and undiscovered area which I really like to explore more.

20080418_Day_Three_57.JPGBesides that I also liked the competition and to meet all competitors and enthusiasts. Good to see there a lot more people out there having the same thing with freediving. All freedivers were very open to each other, helping with technique and helping out with anything.

For me I think the best for future training and depth-options in the Netherlands I’d best be of with doing FRC-dives, which give me the possibility to train for deeper dives within shallow waters.

20080417_Training_Blue_Hole_08.jpgThe stretching which Jorg already told me was very important for deep dives, has proven it’s point and this should be in my preparation for future deep freediving.

Coming here I think my body was well prepared and my ears have seen multiple depth’s without tiring out on me. In my opinion the pool exercises and training from the past weeks/months really paid of in this event.

2008_BizzyBlueHole_Results.jpgPutting it all together this whole event was about training, getting into depth’s again and totally for exploration. But in the results ending up with a reasonable 100+ points and respectable depth’s (CNF: 35m, FIM: 33m & CWT: 40m & All PB’s) on a 13th place overall is good inspiration for the future. I really like to compete in more depth competitions and explore the capabilities and moving the boundries for my body in depth.

Overall feeling I have with competitions is still that it brings a certain structure and planning which really suits me…For the Bizzy Blue hole depth-competition I liked the fact of choosing my own time of entrance to the water, which makes it like the approach Jorg and I always use for pool competitions.

Bizzy: Competition day three

20080418_Day_Three_010.jpgThe last day of the AIDA competitions and I feel very confident in doing the 40 meter constant weight. It was about 10 o’clock when we arrived at the Aqua Marina and the weather had settled a bit since yesterdays 10 mph wind speed. The water still was a bit choppy, but over the Blue hole the waves were not too high.

20080418_Day_Three_015.jpgPreparing the dive with a few stretch exercises and planning this one only with valsalva technique. So no mouthfill, just on pure relaxation and focus on good equalization. As the water was a bit colder than yesterday, I decided to go in only 15 minutes before my official top (OT).

10 minutes before my OT I did a 1 minute 20 seconds static at 10 meter, which should let my body know that I’m about to dive deep. I felt really at ease and confident that I would make it. 4 minutes left to OT and I get called to the line and the safety prepares the depth gage and connects the lanyard to the competition line. I hear Marieke telling me I’ve got plenty of time down there, which reminds me that I do indeed; so no lightning decisions.

20080418_Day_Three_021.jpgI start the dive and descent with my normal speed rate (~1 meter per second) and reach 25 meters without any problem. I start the sink phase and focus more on the equalization, just as I think the equalization starts getting harder I see the bottom plate within normal reach. I choose a tag to bring up, put it in the side of my cap, finish the turn and head back up to the surface. A total of 1 minute 16 seconds dive time and I resurface and do my surface protocol within 2 breath’s, gave my tag to the judge and got a white card presented. This is how a freedive should go, feel and be executed. I’m very very pleased with this dive and depth! I recall Sebastian (organizer) saying this was one of the best dives on execution of that day.

20080418_Day_Three_097.jpgLater that night at the meeting there was a BBQ arranged. Also a small pop-quiz with some freedive related questions, which was really fun to do. Everybody drinking Sakara’s and having fun. A really festive night and kind of closure of the event.

Bizzy: Training Blue Hole

20080417_Training_Blue_Hole_03.jpgLast night we decided to go training in the Blue hole with a few other freedivers. So we arranged our taxi to be there at around 10:30 and we were of to the blue hole. The weather was a bit on the rough side, yeah you might put it that way… 😉 The waves luckily rolled over the reef and were not as high anymore when they passed over the blue hole.

20080417_Training_Blue_Hole_08.jpgThe training dives went pretty well and I wanted to train my equalizing thing I learned yesterday, but my ears weren’t really up for it. So I tried a few times, but had to call it a day with a 31m dive.

Dave actually felt much better than the day before, although he wasn’t fully recovered. He started of with a practice dive for constant weight without fins, but had to come up free immersion style. After that he did a few really good free imeersion dives to 40m and they looked real easy on him.

Marieke tried a few dives as well and surprisingly she dove down to 16 meters without any problem. I think it’s a good thing she enjoys the deep waters just as much as I do.

20080417_Training_Blue_Hole_07.JPGTomorrow the last day of the AIDA competition days is up and I think I’ll be registering for a 40 meter constant weight. As Dave, Marcus and Allan already told me…just try and relax and the equalization will be just fine. This is actually what Jorg has been telling me since a long time, but now it seems to make more sence as the 33 meters or more are getting easier, it all comes down to being able to do more depth training in the end.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings and I’ll report back later.

Bizzy: Competition day two

20080416_Day_Two_06.jpgToday the 2nd day of bizzy Blue hole’s Aida competitions were up. The first official top time had been moved to an earlier time, so the freedivers had to readjust their taxi appointments a bit, but everybody was right on time. Dave, which whom I share the taxi with, had to cancel due to ongoing belly problems. So Marieke and I got the taxi at 9:00 and got to the blue hole to sit and relax for a while.

Daan had swapped with Martin and so he had is dive in the beginning. Daan did a good 44 meters constant weight without fins, which was good for a new national record as he got the white card presented.

20080416_Day_Two_10.jpgI started preparing 35 minutes before my official top and got ready with a small hang at 10m’s. The hang was about 1 minute 20 seconds, it helped me great to prepare for my dive. At 11:38 I was up and arrived at the small yellow boat and got the d3 attached around my wrist and the safety took care of hooking me up to the line. I prepared and took off a few seconds over official top. My duckdive wasn’t optimal which loosened my weight belt, never the less it was no problem. At around 23 meters I did a mouthfill, which actually got me to the 33 meters without equalizing just holding the pressure on my eardrums. At the point of 33 meters, I wanted to top up my mouthfill, but instead of topping it up, it slipped back into my lungs…startled as I was I turned around and headed back to the surface. That was the stupidest thing to do as I had enough air left to just relax and refill the mouth again. In the end it’s never too late to learn from moments like those. I surfaced after a 1 minute 16 seconds dive without a tag and lesson learned.

20080416_Day_Two_29.jpgI’m very pleased with the dive as it was my first ever successful mouthfill performed 😀 Although now I’ll have to train a lot to get this thing right the next times. Also I instructed Marieke to remember me that I must realize I have enough air and should take my time down there. Never make the quick decisions as I normally do when I’m down there. The fact of having enough air was confirmed later this day when I did a test for lung capacity; without any packs I got it to 6,9 liter and with a limited pack I got to 7,8 liters. I was kind of surprised and on the other hand it helped me gain some confidence.

20080416_Day_Two_11_edited.jpgAfter the competition Marieke and I were going out in the water again to check out the bells. Unfortunately the sun was hiding behind the clouds so we did not have all the proper light to make the pictures. We managed to make a few, but never the less we enjoyed it. I think we’ll go out there again sometime later this week and then with proper sun shining over the corals.

Registration is due, so i’ll head out and maybe post back later.

Competition Day One

20080415_Day_One_03.jpgToday was the first of the competition days organized by Freediving.biz for the Bizzy Blue Hole. We met up with Dave at around 9:00 and arranged for a taxi to pick us up and bring us to the Blue Hole and back. Once we’d arrived we just got into the relaxing Aqua Marina lounge bar to sit a couple of hours. Dave was feeling quite a bit sick from last night’s food, but eventually he decided to do his first CNF (Constant weight No Fins) dive anyway. He made his depth of 30m’s but his stomache didn’t agree all to much.

20080415_Day_One_02.jpgI got into the water at around 11:30 to swim out and do a warm-up dive to about 25m’s. The warm-up felt really good and I was confident about my 35m CNF-dive.

After the warm-up, at around 12:00 it was my turn to make my freedive to 35m’s without fins. The first part went really smooth; duck-dive, the first strokes and equalisation were fine. 20080415_Day_One_07_autocolor.jpgAt around 16m’s I got into the sink-phase and I could focus more on my equalization, but it wasn’t as smooth as I’d hoped it to be. I looked for the plate and it was only a few meters away and just descended a bit slower, grabbed the tag and returned for the surface with the tag still in my hand.

20080415_Day_One_08_autocolor.jpgI surfaced after 1 minute and 33 seconds immersion and took 3 breath’s, performed my surface protocol and gave my tag to the judge. A white card was shown to me, meaning the dive had been judged as valid. I’m very pleased with this nice performance, it shows me that I’m capable of doing a little more with some more practice hours.

Tonight’s registration will be at 19:00 and I might have list of the performances of today with the points and I hope to have a list of the starting times for tomorrow aswell.

Magic 3, Team Static and depth-training

20080414_BlueHole_03.JPGSo today we were up for a magic 3 and team static competition, which was held at the pool of our hotel. The magic 3 is basically static breathholding to what you think is 3 minutes, which I managed quite good, but still 18 seconds off with 3:18. The winner Georgina Miller had a time of 3:02 very close to the magic number ;).

The team static was very nice to do…it’s a small competition where 3 freedivers are put into a team and you have to hold your breath the longest of all groups. So head in the water, before your team mate surfaces. I was in the team with Daan Verhoeven and Ulrich Wulff and we managed to reach a time of 11:56 which was good for a 3rd place.

20080414_BlueHole_47.JPGAfter that we arranged for a cab to bring us to the blue hole and start a training session. The road there is a bit bumpy, but as I heard Sven telling me that when he was there like 10 years ago, Dahab wasn’t the city as it is now. I started practicing with Daan and Sven and I had to say…Blue hole is just an amazing site. Althouh I didn’t do much more than train for 1,5 hours, my girlfriend Marieke managed to shoot quite a few very nice pictures.

20080414_BlueHole_28.JPGTraining went very well, as it was a warm-up day I didn’t expect anything above 25m’s, but turning up feeling well after each deeper dive was very nice. I tried to do the different styles and train with a lanyard, as that is my first as well. I think training was really good and I’m very pleased with today. With a maximum of 37m’s almost equaling my previous personal best, says enough. Free Immersion was also very nice and relaxed on which I was curious on which point the free fall starts, in my case at about 16m with 3 kg’s.

20080414_BlueHole_71_resized.jpgLater that night the briefing and registration for tomorrow’s competition was due and I registerd for the first day with a constant weigh without fins of 35m’s. The rest of the starting list is in the picture.

We’ll grab a cab together with Dave Tranfield and head out there at about 9:00 in the morning.

Bizzy: Arrival and Ras Mohamed

20080413_Egypte_Ras_Mohamed_01.JPGAfter our arrival at the airport we got through customs and there was a cab-driver waiting to pick us up. He brought us to Dahab in quite a good tempo, we were a bit confused by the way they communicate on the road here, but after a while the flashing and claxon fade into the background.

As we’d just checked into the hotel (Nesima), Rahel called me to meet up with the rest of the group. So there we ate a quick meal and met up with all the other freedivers around.

20080413_Egypte_Ras_Mohamed_02.JPGWe managed to tag along with the excursion next day to Ras Mohamed. With a few check-ups and a bag searches, we were on a boat to the dive area. A nice quiet place surrounded by mountains and a few other boats.The first stop was a good warm-up area with a few corals and a lot of trigger fish.

20080413_Egypte_Ras_Mohamed_03.JPGAfter a nicely cooked meal on the boat we were on our way to the 2nd and last site for that day. This site featured a nice long coral wall and one beautiful cave to freedive through. I think that was quite an amazing part of the day.

20080413_Egypte_Ras_Mohamed_04.JPGTime to head back to Shar el Sheikh and from that point we travelled back to Dahab. When we were back there was a small briefing about tomorrows schedule. We’re asked to meet up at the pool of Nesima to do the magic 3 and team relay static. After that I’m going to finally meet the Blue hole and hopefully with a nice line to dive by.

Bizzy Blue hole – schedule

Egypt_Dahab__Blue_Hole_1074.jpgCounting down the days has stopped, packing the freedive gear is done. I think it’s time to travel to Egypt now… 😉 As you might have read in my previous posts I’ll be taking part in the Freediving Competition: Bizzy Blue Hole (Dahab, Egypt). A depth competition featuring 3 of my favorite disciplines when it comes to depth; Constant Weight , Constant Weight Without Fins and Free Immersion. In the preceding weeks I’ve been preparing for this competition and also finally made my very own lanyard.

The global plan for me for this event are as follows:

12th of April
Departure @ Schiphol Amsterdam The Netherlands & Arrival @ Sharm el Sheikh & transfer to Dahab Egypt

13th of April
Training day in preparation of the competition.

14th of April
Training day in preparation of the competition.
There are also events planned on this day:

  • Magic 3 – Hold your breath – stop at what you think is 3 min.
  • Team static breath hold – Relay teams of three against other teams.

15th,16th and 18th of April
Aida Freedive competitions – disciplines: FIM/CWT/CNF. Furthermore on the 18th they might plan another Unassisted series of attempts.

17th of April
Resting day or training day

19th of April
This will be our last day at the Blue Hole , depending on the sistuation I might participate with the relay freedive that has been organised.

19th – 26th of April
Shark-Bait Xplores Sharm El Sheikh Egypt

Reef Oasis

27th of April
Arrival in Amsterdam The Netherlands

I hope to have some kind of an internet connection so I can write a few updates on how things are going. If not, you’ll just have to wait for me to get home, or Jorg might write a few lines here to keep you posted.

Coupe des Dauphins – Report

Find the photo’s we made here…

20080126_Geneva_09.jpgI’ve already posted about the performances I did at the Coupe des Dauphins, but what we did do all weekend in between the disciplines… Well the initial plan with heading for Switzerland was to combine it with a snowboard adventure, unfortunately this could not take place, but still we headed for Geneva at midnight on Friday. Jorg, as a coach, volunteered to drive the whole deal to Geneva. Of course with the safety/emergency stops planned in between 😉 During the night there wasn’t much traffic around so the trip was pretty much without any big obstacles, but the fog was a bit thick in the mountain areas.

20080126_Geneva_27.jpgArriving 8:00 o’clock in the morning and initially we drove around a bit to find all the places we needed to be, like the pool and the Youth Hostel where we stayed. But still the pool doors hadn’t opened at that time, so we headed for the mountains as we still wanted to see some snow this weekend. First mountain ofcourse didn’t feature snow immediately, so we drove for a 2nd one which was just a little bit further…

20080126_Geneva_33.jpgThe roads got narrower and steeper by the minute and eventually we reached a nice mountain road which we pursued on foot. It featured quite a few nice panorama views, but still no snow… Time to get back to the pool and inscribe for the competition and see what time the Official Top’s for my performances were planned. As my OT was quite in the start of the day Jorg already entered the water to make some underwater pictures from the other competitors. 20080126_Geneva_61.jpgAfter the dynamic without fins we watch the other competitors and arranged for a few others to meet up at the Pizzeria across the Ibis Hotel. But It turned out there were two Ibis Hotels in Geneva which both had a Pizzeria in front of it… So eventually we didn’t meet up with anybody, which was a pity.

20080127_Geneva_JJ_12.jpgThe next day I was first with my static, after that we headed for Chamonix in France to find some snow. The road to Chamonix already featured quite a few nice panorama views which already made the trip over there worthwhile. To get up the mountain they featured a pedestrian fee to get up by lift, so we went up to the first plateau on the mountain on the Mont Blanc. Really a nice place to be and clearing your mind is no problem whatsoever on such a great place.

20080127_Geneva_JJ_20.jpgWe headed back for the pool again, as we planned to arrive about 20 minutes before my official top for dynamic. Finally arriving about 15 minutes before the official top, I think that the one who had his official top after my performance was already sitting in a chair near the pool’s edge preparing himself. 30 seconds before OT I entered the water and took a few deep breath’s, got on my way and dove my planned dive. To head back into the mountains again so that Jorg could take a nap and me and my girlfriend could enjoy the mountains by night.

20080127_Geneva_46.jpgBy the time Jorg had finished sleeping we arrived back at the car, to head back to the pool again. There we watched one of last competitors and waited for the ceremony to start. Until that time we talked a bit with William about some technique details, his future plans and some other fun stuff. After the ceremony the group of Freedivers were set together for a group picture.

Then it was time to head for dinner in a nice italian restaurant in Geneve near the airport, this time we made sure to follow William’s girlfriend to the place, as we didn’t want to end up without the others again ;). During dinner we had quite a few laughs with the other freedivers, but the waiter also made the freediver group laugh as he was a little bit like Louis de Funes…he was so fast paced that we were almost betting our money on when he was gonna drop down. We ate our good food and finished our drinks as we had to head back for the Netherlands.

We departed in Geneva at around 23:00 at sunday night, but this time Jorg and I took places in driving as we both had to work on Monday again. I think it was about 6:00 in the morning we arrived home. But we look back on a marvelous weekend. Thanks for the organizers to invite us to come and thanks to all others for the great weekend.