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Outdoor freediving GoPro Video

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I spent last night creating the movie clip from the GoPro Hero camera footage we shot last week during our Outdoor freediving training. The images it made turned out to be very impressive and I had to boggle my mind to see how to fit it all into a nice looking video clip.



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Panheel Outdoor Freediving

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img_4324Yesterday the sun was shining and the weather was good, so we went to our training lake in Panheel. Guy, Sanne and me were planning to have another nice freediving session over there, and because weather was good we brought our girlfriends and kids as well.

img_4327When we arrived it was already pretty busy, but we found a good spot to park and change near our entry into the water. First I walked to see the water and noticed it was quite wavy for Panheel terms that is. So I was afraid the visibility wouldn’t be so good today. After putting on the wetsuits, we jumped in and it looked like I was right. Not so good sight in the beginning.

On our way to the 10 meter buoy

First our warm-up at the 10 meter buoy. I went down first, guy watching me. After the great session in the pool from last Thursday I was eager to get the good feeling back again at a little deeper depth. At the bottom I tried to relax a little bit and it actually felt already pretty good for a first dive. Sanne was hovering around me, because he attached the GoPro camera to his forehead and was filming our session.

Next in line was Sanne to dive and afterwards Guy. After the first dive cycle was done, I was up again for another one. I thought I would try to make it a little longer dive and managed to do so. 1:35 minutes and still no contraction. So it felt good.

034Time to hit the 23 meter buoy. Because of all the waves we didn’t want to swim all the way to the 35 meter buoy, so we took the somewhat shorter swim to our other spot. I was up again, so after some preparation I started with some free immersion pulls. I noticed that I was pretty negative at 8 meters depth, so I stopped pulling and let myself go in a freefall to the bottom. It was an excellent feeling and it felt so easy. When I arrived at the bottom, it was still so light, so I looked arround and there was 10 meters visibilty at 23 meters depth! Wow! It was amazing, I’ve never seen anything so clear in the Netherlands at depth before.

After I came up again, I told about it and Sanne and Guy were as eager to go again as me. Sanne and I decided to do a duo dive. Me up front and Sanne following me so he could film me. For sure this most have delivered some good video images that Sanne will deliver in another videoclip.

Freediving @ 23 meter buoy
Training at the 23 meter line

We did some more deepdiving and after 1 hour it was enough to go back to the other 10 meter buoy. There we tested our technique and Sanne had the excellent idea to do some FRC (Functional Residual Capacity) dives and see how it goes. First one for me since years, so I was curious. After the last breath, I relaxed my lungs and got them back to neutral. After the duckdive I didn’t really have to do anything. I just fell down slowly. Suddenly I almost hit the 10 meter platform, so that wasn’t a problem at all. Great thing was I could stay down for a pretty long time, especially because it was a FRC dive.

025Next try was to do an empty lung dive. Again same preparation, but this time blowing out all my air. After the duckdive, I felt that I was sinking fast! So I really had to use my diaphragm to equalize. But going down again to 10 meters was again not a problem. I was pretty amazed by that. I didn’t really have to rush back up and managed to stay there for around 10 seconds, before returning. Great! Sanne filmed me on this one and he told me that he could see me working with my diaphragm big time. Curious to see it on video.

img_4344The last thing we always do is swim back from the 10 meter buoy to the exit place. I had some troubles the last 3 times finding the right direction, but was in good spirits to get it right finally. Guy and Sanne went first and come up at the correct spot. So now it was time for me to finally get it right. Going down to 10 meters I was making sure I was leaving the platform in the right angle and right side and was very pleased when I finally came up at the right spot, at last!

All in all a perfect training! Hope to have a lot more of these sessions this season.

Outdoor freediving session, with super visibility

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20090521-panheel-02-mediumToday Jorg, Yugyug and me met up for a freediving session in Panheel. After we checked the weather was OK, we headed for the Bosmolenplas. Marieke also tagged along to go for a good run, whilst we were freediving. We changed into our suits after we discussed the freediving plan for today.

20090521-panheel-09-mediumFirst up we did some warm-up freedives at the 10m buoy and we were amazed by the super visibility. You could see the platform at 10 meters deep, which doesn’t happen a lot as we recall.

We continued to the PADI-awareness object to see if the Pike was at his usual spot. Unfortunately he wasn’t there, but we spotted some perches around the object.

Next up on our list was the sunken boat, after a small search for the boat we found it and descended to it. It’s a nice object to freedive around, also because there were 3 or more big perches around the boat. Jorg suggested going in the boat, I went down and into the boat. When I turned around inside the boat, I looked out of the window and a perch was observing me. A strange sight, but yet a fun thing to do.

20090521-panheel-41-mediumNow we faced the question of swimming all the way to the 22m deep buoy or just swim to the 35m buoy, which in distance now was closer, because we were at the boat’s location. So we set out to swim there. Jorg was up first and did a nice 20m freedive FIM style. Next up I went down CWT style to the same depth and after my dive I buddied Yugyug, who did a 18m CWT dive in our cold dutch waters 😉

20090521-panheel-52-mediumThe second round Jorg headed down FIM style to 25 meters and yanked the rope on his way back up. Always reminds me of a float which gets pulled down by a fish, but a big fish in this case 😉 AFter that I prepared to go for a deeper freedive also FIM style, but eyes closed for most of the dive. It was somewhere around 16 meters where the rope goes over in a thinner rope, where I started my free fall. All felt good and I made a turn and headed for the surface again. Somewhere around 10 meters depth you could get tangled in the ropes, so I opened my eyes for that part, when I spotted a free floating camera and no Jorg attached. I grabbed my camera and soon after I saw Jorg, just as amazed as I was 😮 Great dive and after re-counting the statistics it must have been around 30 meters depth. After that Yugyug made another freedive to 20 meters and resurfaced with a smile on his face.

20090521-panheel-07-mediumLast but not least we went back to the 10m buoy to make a swim to the lake-entrance from that buoy. As we’ve done this quite a few times, Jorg still manages to turn up 20 meters to the right no where near the lake-entrance, “But next time I’ll get it”, he said. All in all a super outdoor freediving session, making us all excited for more freediving.

We also shot a lot of movie footage, but I’ll edit that later into a small movie clip and put it up on Youtube.

Panheel: Perches and Pikes

8What a freedive! I do not have any other words for it… Jorg and I went out for a freedive in Bosmolenplas, Panheel. We would have gone to the pool for freedive training, but the weather was extremely nice, so we decided to head for Panheel. The parking lot was filled with Scuba divers, suiting up or their dives. We unpacked and got ready for freediving, getting into the elios suit in the hot sun proved to be challenging 😉

2After we put on the C4’s and masks, we dove down to the first object in the lake, right away we spotted a nice perch hovering around the object. Just cool to see…

Continuing to the 10m buoy to check visibility, we noticed that nothing had changed since the last dive. It had slightly improved to a visibility of 6-7m, but below the 7-8 meters deep it all got blurry and green-ish. So we enjoyed the freediving by making bubble rings, which we had been practicing in the pool for quite a while now. Just an amazing thing to watch these bubble rings.

5On our search for the PADI-object which helps fish and their habitat, we bumped into a pyramid object filled with tiny fish.

After that we found the PADI-object and with that we found the Pike we saw the last time. He was at the same location hovering in between the vegetation, accompanied by a perch family as well.

6As we both felt like doing a little deeper dive, we continued to the 23m buoy to check out the depth’s again. Jorg hasn’t been doing depth since last year June, so we were eager to see how that would feel. After his first reconnaissance freedive he was exhilarated with the ease and enjoyment.

On our way back to the side of the lake we tried to make some more bubble rings and spotted yet another perch… Just so much fun and enjoyment in 1 hour and 35minutes of freediving.

Like I said at the start, what a freedive!