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Free Diving again…

October 24, 2008

I hope you have read the wonderful story of how Joy overcame her fear of water and fairly swiftly became a free diver. If not scroll on down – it is just below these photographs. I thought I’d post these photographs to show you that there’s no bull**** in the article – these photographs speak for themselves.

Joy

Joy

And another just confirming complete contentment:

So… who says you can’t conquer your deepest fears?!

“For me free diving is an inspiration to challenge everything.  I challenged my fear of water, and found a great passion. Free diving is great for reducing my stress levels, a great way to keep fit and tone all the right bits of your body and its a very special time that I can spend with my husband, developing each others techniques and encouraging each other to do better.” Joy.

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One comment

  1. I thought I would let you know what happened in the pool this week! Kerian and I were at “deep end” of the pool. I am still not entirely comfortable in this end of the pool – the shallowest end is 1.5m and it drops to 3.5m at the other end. we usually train in the shallow end which starts at 1.1m and drops to 1.5m We had been at the pool for around and hour, and were just wrapping up, I headed off to the end of the pool underwater, and one goggle started to fill up with water – this was fine, I’m getting used to this happening, and I just closed that eye and carried on. Then – as I hit the dive well ( where it drops to 3.5m ) I descended down a bit, just as the other goggle filled up with water – my reaction, was to close my eye – that meant both of them were closed, and I was well under the surface. I started to panic, was “doggy paddling” to the surface, it was only a couple of metres to the surface, but it felt like I was never going to get there. By time I did hit the surface I was disorientated, very very shaken, and really upset, I ripped my goggles off and noseclip and was ready to fling myself up out of the water, when Kerian, who had see everything unravel said to me, “its ok just breathe” – I hung on to the side of the pool, replayed what had happened, and kept telling myself ” I wont let this affect my freediving!!” After I had calmed down, Kerian took me down a couple of metres, and I practiced coming to the surface with my eyes closed, just to re-assure myself that I was ok the whole time. The following day we arrived at the pool, the usual routine unfolded, get the fin on, slide into the water, put goggles on, noseclip, and my ritualistic dunking of my face – but this time, as I bent over to put my face in the water, I stopped, just shy of the water. I stood back up and thought ” that was weird” went to do it again, and same thing, I couldn’t put my face in the water – I wanted to, but something in the back of my brain was not going to make it easy. I stood back up, splashed water on my face, took a few deep slow breaths, then started to blow out as I put my face back in. This has been one technique that I used at the start. By breathing out, you don’t have the feeling of being tense, and its also something we do instinctivly when you relax.
    One thing about fear, is that sometimes, like mine they can be an irrational fear – if you can recognise that and put things in place to ensure that any irrationality that comes up can be dealt with, you will find it easier to face that fear.



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