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The World Championships 2013

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We’ve been in Kalamata training for just over a week now. When we first arrived, the water temperature felt so much colder than in Sharm. It was 26 degrees on the surface compared with 29 degrees in Sharm and so I quickly switched from my 1mm wetsuit top to my 3mm. The colder water really helped my dive response kick in and I was doing really nice Free Immersion dives to 52 metres. I haven’t trained Free Immersion much so I spent the week working on just this discipline and seeing how much I could push my body. But after the first few days of really nice dives, the water temperature was dropping fast and few people were getting clean dive results. There was a huge percentage of early turns during the Constant Weight Competition (with a monofin). At 50 metres, the temperature was 20 degrees, 9 degrees colder than in Sharm, and my dives were getting harder and harder each day.

Finally, the day before the Free Immersion competition I went out to do my dive and I could not stop shivering. I tried to ignore the cold as I was breathing up but today was just too cold. I went for my dive and it started off really well. By the time I reached 40 metres the thermocline hit me hard and although it nicely pre-occupied my mind, the journey from 40 metres down to the bottom was just too cold and I came back to the surface and had a samba (un-controllable muscle spasm due to hypoxia – or lack of oxygen). This would have been a disqualification if it had been a competition because I did not make the surface protocol cleanly, to let my safety divers (or judges if it had been in a competition) know I was okay.

The cold water at depth caused tension in my body which used up vital oxygen and also resulted in a very tiny lung squeeze. It wasn’t a bad squeeze at all but I could feel that my lungs were not 100%. Not a great result the day before a competition day! So after much contemplation, I decided the best decision would be to not compete. I based my decision on two big lessons I’ve learnt over the summer. The first is to always listen to your body. If it’s not feeling right, then don’t dive. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a competition dive if your body or head is not in it. Secondly, you have your whole life to compete. Progress will come so don’t rush it. There’s always tomorrow and thankfully for me, there was also last month where I got a good world ranking in Constant Weight to end my season of depth training with a smile.

It’s been a great summer and I’ve learnt a huge amount about freediving and also about how to train properly. I’ve built a solid foundation in all three depth disciplines and so I’m excited to see how I progress. But for now, it’s time to head back to London where I look forward to having a much needed break in my freediving. Although I have a feeling that I won’t be able to stay out of the water for very long!

Enjoy the blue and I hope to see you there soon.

Allie Crawford is a recreational and competitive Freediver and Author of Freedive, a quarterly magazine that brings you amazing stories, beautiful photos and hot topics within the world of Freediving, including training videos, interviews, amazing locations and stunning videos. For more information about Freedive magazine, email info@freedivemagazine.com. To subscribe to Freedive magazine, visit www.magzter.com/GB/Freedive-Magazine/Freedive-Magazine/Lifestyle/46323

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at www.paulrose.org


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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