Freediving Lesson on Dolphin Snorkeling Tour

After you have mastered your snorkeling skills on one of Hawaii's best snorkeling reefs, you will be able to move on to this more advanced sport of freediving. In this portion of the tour you will be introduced to the beginner skills of apnea breath holding. You will have the ability to comfortably dive below the surface and swim along with aquatic life as if you were one of them! Special top of the line OMER free diving gear, like long fins, are included. Tour also includes refreshments and transportation from Waikiki and Ko olina hotels and resorts. Add on freediving lessons to your dolphin snorkeling tour for only $30!

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What is Freediving?

Freediving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers' ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. Examples of current freediving activities are: traditional fishing techniques, competitive and non-competitive apnea freediving, competitive and non-competitive spearfishing, and free diving photography.

Freediving Today

Today freediving is mainly a recreational activity, celebrated as a relaxing, liberating and unique experience significantly different from scuba diving.

The advantages freediving has over scuba diving are:

    • Less equipment to wear
    • Greater mobility and speed
    • Lower diving costs
    • Shorter preparation time
    • No decompression time for deep dives, (although it is possible to get decompression sickness from repetitive deep free diving with short surface intervals.
    • Greater time in the water since air tank refills are not needed

Experienced freedivers can often go as deep as scuba divers, and sometimes deeper. Recreational scuba diving is generally limited by diver certification to a maximum of 130 feet (40 m), for reasons of safety.  Recreational freediving is practiced by many people ranging from the average snorkeler to the professional free diver.

Freediving History

Freediving was practiced in ancient cultures to gather food, harvest resources like sponge and pearl, reclaim sunken valuables, and to help aid military campaigns. In Ancient Greece, sponges were used for bathing. By using weights of as much as 33 lbs to speed the descent, breath-holding divers would descend to depths up to 98 ft (30 m) to collect sponges. The Mediterranean had large amounts of maritime trade. As a result of shipwrecks, particularly in the fierce winter storms, divers were often hired to salvage whatever they could from the seabed. Divers would swim down to the wreck and choose the most valuable pieces to salvage.

In Japan, the Ama divers began to collect pearls about 2,000 years ago. For thousands of years, most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers working in the Indian Ocean, in areas such as the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and in the Gulf of Mannar. The Gulf of Mexico was also known for pearling. Native Americans harvested freshwater pearls from lakes and rivers like the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi, while others dived for marine pearls from the Caribbean and waters along the coasts of Central and South America.