Lessons I’ve Learned From My Free Diving Lessons

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I’ve always wanted to go for Free Diving Lessons and I have been searching for sessions here in the Maldives but I guess it isn’t a trend yet. Most dive centers only offer Scuba Diving Certification. Maybe because almost all the Maldivians who can swim (take note, not every Maldivian can swim given the type of location the country is in)  can also free dive and even beat those who take lessons.

They can easily reach 38 meters even though the maximum depth to be certified is just 20 meters.

I can also free dive, I assume, but I wanted to understand the basics and the principles behind it.

So when I saw this instagram account of free divers in one of the local islands, I got so excited and I didn’t waste time. I went to the island for 2 days to get the lessons and get the certification.

I was so confident given that I have been on (and under) water (literally everyday) for the last 2 years of my life here and I thought I am of advantage.

The first day of the course went pretty well. I was very happy with the results. Earlier, I can only hold my breathe underwater for 30 seconds but after the training, I was able to hold my breathe for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. I was also able to survive a 30-meter horizontal swim with just one breathe.

Amazing! Isn’t it? I was so happy with the result.

The second day was the open water session. This time, my 30-meter swim had to be vertical. I struggled a lot. I wasn’t able to focus. My target was to reach 10 meters depth to pass the certification but I was only able to reach 7.8 meters. So guess what, I didn’t pass.

Why? Why didn’t I make it?

I wasn’t listening to my instructor. I wasn’t focused on what I was doing. I’ve been hit several times on the head with a snorkel because of this. (I thought I was a good listener, but maybe I was wrong all this time).

I’ve learned free diving the wrong way. I have some hard habits to break, quite difficult to correct.

So what now? I have to practice and come back again once I’m ready for the test.

And what else?

This trip was disappointing because I didn’t pass the certification but also a good one, a little break in between the usual life and it was fun meeting several free souls.

My free diving instructor is a free lancer, he’d been to Indonesia and Philippines as well for free diving. He’d been to Europe as well for a leisure trip. He is always travelling to different islands and places to see what the world has to offer.

On the way to the dive site, I met a Filipino guy who went to the Maldives all by himself. He was going to dive even though he can’t swim. Few minutes after his dive, I saw him lying (and floating) face up, being dragged by his instructor back to the boat. As to what happened to him, I didn’t ask. We had a chat after the dive and he said came from Thailand, had a few weeks holiday and then came to Maldives, staying here for a week.

This trip was memorable, not only because of the lessons I’ve learned from free diving but also because of the people I have met.

I know I’m a lazy traveler (as written here several times), and I don’t usually travel alone (except for flights back home, apart from tardiness, fear of the unknown I guess) and this short trip, though just to another island was a good ‘solo’ trip. I ventured to a place I don’t know, all by myself. I met people,  people that I would most probably won’t meet again. People who were very happy to share their stories and experiences and also listen to mine.

12 responses to “Lessons I’ve Learned From My Free Diving Lessons”

  1. Sayang yung certificate. Pero di bale, ang importante may mga learnings ka naman sa experience mong yan. Next time makukuha mo din yang certificate na yan. Mabuti ka pa nga marunong mag free dive, ako nga di man lang marunong lumangoy eh. LOL

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA, hindi talaga lahat makukuha agad, baka kelangan ko pa ng praktis…. Pero Jheff, exciting pala kapag ikaw lang mag-isa ang gumogora ha ha ha

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      1. Oh diba? Nakakapag isip-isip ka, tapos natututo ka din makisalamuha sa iba. Mula ngayon dalasan mo na gumora ng mag-isa ah? Hehehe..

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        1. HAHAHAHAHA let’s see…..

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  2. Nice! Diving is something I find amazing but not for me. Sometimes even snorkeling makes me panic 🙈

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    1. Haha. It takes time…first you have to be comfortable underwater 🤣🤣🤣

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      1. Yes! Here lies the problem 😂

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  3. I think I’ll try paragliding, bungee jumping, and sky diving, than free diving. hahahaha! But who knows, it might entice me 😛

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  4. Hi it`s been awhile, browsing my older post that you have visited so I decided to check how you are and glad to see new post from you.

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  5. You have my utmost respect: I’m too much of a chicken to get in the ocean!

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  6. […] diving instructor for my “make up classes”, since as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I failed my free diving […]

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