At Astoria we love to practice free diving. We believe this sport helps you become a more confident scuba diver.
Scuba divers may find themselves surprisingly well-prepared for freediving, because there are many similarities between the two sports. Both require that the diver is comfortable and confident in the water. Scuba divers who gained confidence underwater may find that freediving is an easy transition.
Many techniques learned during open water certification transfer into freediving. One example is ear equalization. Like scuba divers, freedivers must compensate for the pressure increase in their ears during a dive’s descent to avoid an ear barotrauma. In many cases, freediving techniques also transfer to scuba diving. For example, freedivers use different, more efficient equalization techniques than scuba divers because their descents are so rapid. Scuba divers may benefit from learning these techniques.
A good scuba diver is relaxed, and moves slowly and calmly underwater, and the same is true of freedivers. The ability to be relaxed underwater is mandatory in freediving because freedivers must minimize their oxygen use in order to extend their dive times. Scuba divers who have already learned to stay calm in the water will have an easier time adjusting to freediving than people who have not.
Finally, the advanced relaxation techniques that freedivers use to extend their dives can be useful in scuba diving. For example, pre-dive freediving respiration techniques can be a great tool for scuba divers who want to calm themselves before a dive. Learning freediving respiration techniques may actually help a scuba diver to reduce his air consumption rate.
source: www.thoughtco.com by Julien Borde