All good trilogies require three parts by definition, Star Wars for example (but only the first ones) & Abbrvs deserves ending as fine as Jedi.
So after our previous delves into the world of diving Abbrvs & Abbrvs: Part Deux, this episode is Part Free, for Freediving. Freediving has its own set of unique abbreviations for the different disciplines, some of which are included in the SSI level 1 & level 2 Freediving programs & can be divided into the categories depth, distance & time.
FIM – Free Immersion is the discipline of descending using just your hands, holding onto the line & pulling yourself down is also a great exercise to help new Freedivers to practice equalising head down. It’s also an excellent warm up technique to use when heading down for “hangs” before deep dives.
CWT – Constant Weight is also a depth discipline like FIM except the gained by the use of fins, preferably the instantly recognisable freediving bi-fins or the less common but extremely powerful mono-fin. The name Constant Weight stems from the fact the same amount of weight is worn during descent & ascent.
“Generally reserved the incredibly talented or mentally unstable”
DYN – Dynamic freediving utilises the same equipment as CWT except one major difference, it’s performed horizontally instead of vertically & is therefore the first of our distance disciplines.
STA – Static Apnea is our only time based discipline, holding your breath face down in shallow water may not sound like much fun but it’s an excellent way of building up your body’s tolerance to CO2 build up by performing CO2 tables & coupled with DYN can be great “off-season” ways of mentally & physically practicing freediving when deep water may not be readily available.
CNF – Constant Weight: No Fins, Speaks for itself, surely!
DNF – Dynamic: No Fins. Probably the only freediving discipline that almost everyone in the world who has even been to a swimming pool has attempted, how far can you swim without fins!
VWT – Variable Weight is a much more advanced version of the CWT discipline, instead of descending & ascending with same amount of weight you, wait for it…….vary the weight! Using sleds or other devices to assist on the descent by over-weighting the freediver, increases their descent rate & can increase maximum depth. Releasing the weight at their desired depths allows the diver to ascend back to the surface unencumbered, conserving energy & oxygen.
NLT – No Limits is the most extreme depth discipline in freediving & generally reserved the incredibly talented or mentally unstable. No Limits allows in practitioners to use any means necessary to reach the depths they desire & return to the surface as long as it’s achieved on a single breath. This type of freediving leads to mind boggling depths & really is the only type of freediving with any real risk as each freediver has to relay on mechanical assistance for each dive.
Freediving is a safe & rewarding activity. Opportunities for every person to partake in events & compete or just have fun with friends are abundant wherever they are located; at your local pool, nearby lake or even the tropical waters of Koh Tao, Thailand.
So take the plunge & Go Freediving today.