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Freediving in Cabo San Lucas

How long can you hold your breath? For how long do you think a human being is capable of holding their breath? Well, incredibly, the world record for ´static apnea´ aka holding your breath while remaining completely still at the surface of the water is 11 mins 35 seconds. There have also been stories of young children surviving up to 20 minutes submerged in cold water thanks to the mammalian reflex: the body´s survival reaction to submersion for an extended period of time distributing oxygen only to the heart and brain.

Freediving is the practice of developing this reflex and making good use of the oxygen in the body. After only a morning of training in the pool freediving students are able to breath hold for sometimes double the amount of time when they first tried. The courses involve various stages of training: 
  • Knowledge development about free diving principles.
  • A confined water session to learn breath-hold techniques with static and dynamic apnea. The goal is apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
  • An Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives.

Once breath hold is mastered and coupled with efficient slow paced swimming techniques a diver can begin to explore the aquatic realm in a beautifully calm and unobtrusive manner: getting closer to the animals without the cumbersome equipment of scuba.

Here in Cabo San Lucas, Freediving is gaining popularity as well it should. We have the perfect environment here in the bay for training and exploration. The famous snorkeling site of Pelican rock, for example, makes for an impressive freedive. The canyon in the bay is deep and the topography dramatic. The walls of Pelican Rock boast a nice spread of soft coral. Further down into the emerging depths different interactions with all kind of aquatic life forms can be had.

We offer and promote tours that utilise freediving concepts. These include Spearfishing and snorkeling with the magestic hammerhead and mako sharks out in the Pacific. In addition Snorkeling trips to the Sea of Cortez can be more fun with the benefit of freediving skills as it becomes easier to get closer to the fish beneath.

Our research guides can be seen Freediving when evaluating the magnificent Whale Sharks during our excursions to La Paz or while playing with the Sea Lions at Espiritu Santo Island. Any keen freedivers can help the project volunteers identify gender and ID markings as the swim along side. Sometimes these animals reach 20 – 25ft in the bay of La Paz and they often swim slow enough to allow you to see them feed.

If you would like to give freediving a try please contact us at Cabo Trek for more information.



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By PADI IDC Staff Instructor Laura Tyrrell

Philipp Moser

Scuba in Cabo

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