reply to post by ravenshadow13
I struggled with freediving until a buddy showed me the secret. It's all mindset and clearing of ears. You know how to balance the pressure by
holding your nose and "pushing", right? So you do that before you dive, then again as you feel the pressure, say at six feet and so on. Mindset.
I used to use up all my oxygen just getting down a few feet. I learned to calm myself, and go down slowly with efficient moves. Yes, I use fins
and mask/snorkle. On the way back up, you get back some of that air, and I always let it out slowly coming back up. I've been to 80 feet, but
that was too close to a bad zone for me, so I stay in the 40-60 zone. My Bride can get to 35-40 feet and she says that it's mostly (for her) in an
efficient flipturn when diving down.
You probably don't have much body fat. I have about 20 pounds and as a result, I pop up like a cork
Add to that an easy dolphin kick and I
get to the surface pretty easily.
Hey, feel free to let me know if you come down here. There are excellent dive sites, abundance of sea life, and very clear visibility.
I think I've seen something strange or wonderful every time I've gone out at night. I remember once being eyeball-to-eyeball with a small group of
squid. With a light lighting up the area but not directly upon them, they have like a multi-colored movie matinee lights running around their
bodies. I made very slow and nonthreatening movements and one of them drifted toward my mask and we were literally inches apart, checking each other
out. I think they must be very intelligent.
Octopi here change colors depending upon their "mood"....... I've seen them suddenly turn a reddish hue -- what I suspect is alarm, and I've seen
them a turquoise/magenta color that is just beautiful.
I go out at night (in season) for food. Much of the time I come home empty-handed because of some critter or another I was fascinated with. I won't
take female lobsters. The first one I struck 15 years ago was a female that was full of roe, and I just hated that that represented so many killed
lobsters, so I figured out how to tell the gender looking down one them (carpace ratio to tail is more marked with males). Female lobsters are more
tender and tasty, however -- as with much of nature -- there are always plenty of males to go around.
You'd love the sea life here. Hurricanes are our only threat, currently.