“Nate – why do you freedive?”
The short answer: I freedive to explore underwater.
Most people assume that when I’m diving, it’s with a SCUBA tank on my back. While I am SCUBA certified, and have done a bit of SCUBA diving, I strongly prefer to freedive.
Choosing freediving was a conscious decision, here’s why I chose freediving:
- It requires less gear
- It is natural and it feels natural
- You glide underwater freediving, with SCUBA you move like a wounded manatee
- There is a Zen in freediving that is difficult to describe – it’s part mammalian dive reflex and part awesome
- The marine life is more receptive to you when freediving, with SCUBA you’re a bubble-blowing invasion of space
- You don’t need to worry about surface intervals, filling up tanks, or any of the other SCUBA limitations
- There is a physical fitness aspect to freediving – with SCUBA any fat, old, chain-smoker can strap on a tank and head down to 100′
- It’s much more challenging to spearfish freediving, and I believe freediving to be a more ethical spearfishing technique
Pictures worth 1000 words:
In the pictures above, one appears to be “home” – while the other appears to be visiting. That’s the easiest way to sum up the reason I chose freediving over SCUBA. But to be clear, I’m not a freediving purist. I do occasionally strap on a SCUBA tank – if it’s too deep to safely freedive or I’m sightseeing.
Did you make a choice between the two? Leave it in the comments below