I’ve been helping freedivers and spearos polish their skills since early 2009 and it took some time for me to understand/figure out how traditional old-school advice actually inhibits progress.

  • You have to relax completely!
  • Practice slowly and gradually build up!
  • As long as you equalise using Frenzel, it’s ok to dive deeper.
  • Minimum effort and reduced muscle mass will help your muscles burn less, resulting in less oxygen consumption.

This may work for some people (which is great), but most get stuck because of this and other similar advice.

If you can already freedive deep very easily thanks to that kind of advice, don’t read further, you are doing great already!


If you’re currently stuck or feel that you should make faster progress, then this post is for you.

The main problem is that you’re taking these statements as a fact, without looking at your individual situation.

You know that you have to relax completely, but you have no idea about how to relax properly during the actual dive. 

Or, you could be trying to relax more while training, when in reality you’re actually too relaxed. You might need to ADD a bit of tension to specific parts of your body to become more streamlined and take it to the next level.

However, it’s impossible for me to have an accurate opinion on whether you have too much or too little tension, without discussing this topic thoroughly or seeing you freedive.

Either way, if you’re stuck and want to level up your breath-hold skills, I have good news for you.

I can arrange an online session for you covering the following topics:

  1. The biggest mistake you can make when trying to increase depth and dive time on a single breath of air 
  2. How my students went from 30m to 45m in just 2 days
  3. The reason why freedivers come to a standstill

During the online session, I will talk about the new training program I’ve built to help freedivers and spearheads consistently level up, so you will never reach a plateau again.

Just contact me to schedule our first online meeting! Go from where you are to where you want to be!

Vassilis is a passionate and knowledgable freediving and spearfishing trainer.

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