Go Deep, Dive Safe: Proper Training Important For Safe and Enjoyable Freediving FII

by FII - June 23rd

Go Deep, Dive Safe: Proper Training Important For Safe and Enjoyable Freediving

F.I.I. Instructor Trainer, Mark Lozano shares an important article on freediving safety in the Californian Diver Magazine.

Freediving is an inherently dangerous sport. Driving a car is inherently dangerous as well. Adding to this perception, whenever a person in the diving community drowns, the media nearly always emphasizes how hazardous the sport of diving can be, even while the hundreds of injuries and fatalities that occur in traffic accidents daily are rarely mentioned on the evening news.

As professionally trained freedivers, we learn and train to be prepared for blackouts (the loss of consciousness underwater) and sambas (loss of motor control) while diving. Most importantly, we learn to not fear them if we are properly supervised and follow the important rules of freediving safety.

By definition, on every apnea dive we make we are putting our bodies into a hypoxic state, and this hypoxia can have different effects on us. Mild hypoxia is equivalent to the feeling of trying to catch your breath after a light jog, while more severe hypoxia can cause your brain to send random electrical signals through your body, causing what is known as a loss of motor control, or a “samba”. During this loss of motor control, a diver can lose control of his respiratory functions and fine motor skills. A loss of motor control can easily escalate into a full loss of consciousness, also known as a blackout. If you should ever encounter this with your buddy while diving, do everything possible to protect their airway and encourage them to breathe.

When a blackout occurs, the heart is still pumping blood to the brain, and the majority of the oxygen remaining in your body is still being distributed to the vital organs. A blackout does not mean someone is drowning.

To continue reading this article, click here. (http://californiadiver.com/freediving-safety-first/)

Browse Mark's upcoming courses here. (MarkL.freedivinginstructors.com)

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