Freediving @ Vinkeveense Plassen #2

I’m up 36,000ft in the sky while writing this blog update; barely having survived a Serbian wedding and now halfway a full day of travel to get to my girlfriend in Spain. 

It’s been a while, and I wanted to let you guys know what’s up before reporting on this coming holiday where I hope to do some nice Mediterranean dives and hopefully film some.

Don’t think I went for a freediving break up until now. No, no… I have been training at least once a week for the last couple of months. All in the green, murky waters of Vinkeveen. 

We might have found the deepest spot within the diving area over there. That I know, because I touched bottom and took some mud back to the surface. And by doing so also setting a new personal best of 23.7 meters! 🙂

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Dives of around 18 meters come more easily and regularly now. I found out that as to go deeper I have to focus quite a bit on keeping the glottis (or is it the epiglottis, still don’t f**king know) closed, but also not forget to equalize the mask at some point. Slowly and steadily I’m getting to finetune this whole Frenzel equalization process. Next goal is to get super comfortable between 20 to 25 meters.

Every now and then we still hang around the buswreck though. A backdrop like that is a bit more appealing for the images, since it is absolutely pitch black down around those 18 meters and deeper. On one of our training sessions a scuba diver (from the dive school of my regular buddy) came along. He was interested to shoot some freediving stuff and ended up editing this short movie:

By now I’ve also introduced some friends to freediving. They all seem intrigued but everyone seems to struggle with equalization, even the guys with some prior scuba experience. Which makes me wonder why equalization has not yet really been made a part of the level 1 freediving courses. I would definitely make it part of one if I’m ever to become an instructor. Pinky promise. 

As for my travel today I can say that carrying this huge bag that can hold all the gear (including fins) is plain hell… They should give these things good straps and maybe a back carry possibility like the North Face duffles do. But let’s just assume it’ll be all worth it 🙂 And I do sincerely hope it arrives at Malaga, because it’s been turning around on the Paris airport luggage belts for four hours during my overlay. 

For now I will leave you guys with this and my latest video:

Hasta luego!

PS My luggage with gear arrived!

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