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Freedive! Hardcover – Jan 1998

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book Technically - bit maudlin 21 Dec. 2000
By Robin S. Slomkowski - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There is not much writing about free diving physiology or equipment. This book does an excellent job of explaining why you select certain equipment, what happens to you when freediving and what the real dangers are. The book has specialty sections on underwater hocky and mono-fin swimming.
The main complaint is the author tries to put too much excitment at times into his writing and it just turns out sappy, when what you really want is information about what happens to you.
The photography is excellent and it makes a nice table book. The book does have a nice section as a very brief introduction into underwater photography. It explains the basics and reccomends books to learn more.
The book has excellent discussion of technique such as lowering your pulse rate and how to do deep breathing without excessive hyperventelation. And a good explenation for how shallow water blackout occurs.
It explains why you want long fins, has an excellent explenation of how to weight yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not just scuba, also apnea diving is wonderful 29 Jan. 2002
By vojteh mocnik - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When scuba diving is becoming just a modern trend all over the world, the apnea world is still more all less a virgin. There is not a lot of literature available about this theme, Freedive! is a good start from all aspects. You get a good overview of freedive world - history, techniques, equipment and some of the area where apnea diving is used. Maybe I missed a litle a background of apnea, but you can read that also in some other literature...A good source of information with nice photos.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Freediving necessity 19 Jan. 2012
By Rob Winn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was not overly scientific like the Manual of Freediving. I has the basics and it's pretty thourough. The sections on cameras and gear are somewhat dated, as there have been new developments in materials used for fins and more available good and cheap cameras and video equipment, but all of the basics are very sound. When this book was written it was all cutting edge.

If I were asked which book to give to a beginner freediver, this would be it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete but a good initiation when read along with Dr. Maas' first book. 12 Oct. 2014
By torskk - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent book. The fact that Dr. Maas disclaims this book as not being a substitute for a dive buddy bodes well with me. There are some contradictory statements and photos. Head up in decent causes drag as does the open chest, snorkel in mouth causes drag and if diver blacks out, it's a straight pipeline to our lungs. Duck dives should be head down and not facing down towards sea bed or pool bottom.
Oxygen conservation through Efficiency.
Books are no substitute for the many freedive training companies operating world wide. The many first aid and safety techniques that are required to be practiced and perfected are missing. These would be how to get a diver in a support position where their airway is well clear of the water. When and how to remove mask and use the sensors on our face to aid recovery from certain cases of hypoxia among others. Look up Aii a very advanced and thorough training group with very high standards. Freedive 1 is a tough 2 days for the uninitiated but very fair.
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