This week's top tip is a comprehensive list of every essential bit of kit you'll need to start out in freediving. You can download the checklist PDF here.
MASK: Low volume mask
- The mask is the most important piece of freediving kit
- The mask needs to cover your eyes and your nose
- Freediving masks are different to scuba masks as they need a low amount of air inside the mask, and are often called LOW volume masks
- My favourite is the Aqua Lung Sphera mask, I love the 180 degree visibility!
SNORKEL: Keep it simple
- For freediving we need the most simple snorkel we can find
- Purge valves, wave guards and high tech snorkels just get in the way
- The best freediving snorkels are slim, cause minimal drag in the water are slightly flexible
- My favourite is the Seac Sub snorkel
FINS: Long and Durable
- Freediving fins are so beautiful they’ve almost become iconic!
- They are much longer than scuba or snorkelling fins and are designed for efficient propulsion in the water
- Your fins should have CLOSED foot pockets, not straps. The foot needs to be secure without any slipping whilst you fin and closed foot pockets are the only way to ensure this.
- Beginners should opt for plastic blades. They’re cheaper and must more durable.
- My favourite beginner fins are the Cressi Gara 3000 LD.
WEIGHT BELT & WEIGHTS: Elastic and streamlined
- Unlike Scuba weight belts, freediving weight belts are elastic and made of rubber, not nylon. This helps them not slip off when you’re upside down at depth!
- Weights are smaller than Scuba weights and much more streamlined
- Weight belts go around your hips when freediving, not your waist
WETSUIT: Warm & durable two piece wetsuit
- When freediving you need to stay warm as you don’t move around as much as you think
- Freediving wetsuits are normally made up of two pieces with separate top and bottom sections
- The wetsuit should have no zips which makes them more flexible and a lot warmer
- They normally come with integrated hood for extra warmth and to keep you streamlined in the water
- For beginners, opt for a nylon lined wetsuit. This makes them more durable and less likely to rip when you’re exploring some rocks or coral
ACCESSORIES: The fun part!
- We all love accessories! As you’d expect, the sport of freediving doesn’t have that many though
- The most useful one to have is a dive watch. Keep it simple though, you just need a freediving/snorkelling watch that can measure your depth and time underwater
- I can’t live without my dive bag. A lightweight fin bag should do and you can put your mask and snorkel in there too. I carry it everywhere with me
- Carry a marker buoy with you so that people are aware that you’re diving. It should have the international divers down flag or the alpha flag attached to the top