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The world's dedicated freediving podcast. Longform interviews with the deepest humans on Earth.

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The world's dedicated freediving podcast. Longform interviews with the deepest humans on Earth.

    #121 | Chris McKay | Safety Angel

    #121 | Chris McKay | Safety Angel

    Chris McKay was Chief of Safety at the 2021 AIDA World Championships in Cyprus and runs Freedive Tulum in Mexico.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How was Chris' whole experience of the AIDA WC 2021 in Cyprus?
    Did the issue with Taiwan flag negatively affect the athletes?
    Chris is from Queensland in Australia.
    A start in freediving through spearfishing.
    Enjoying depth but not competing.
    Comparing freediving to climbing.
    Chris came from a safety and rescue training background, working in adventure tourism.
    Talking about organising safety at Vertical Blue.
    Which competition memories stand out most for Chris.
    Remembering Sayuri Kinoshita.
    How has the safety situation changed over the years in freediving competitions?
    Identifying potential problems with divers and predicting possible negative dives.
    Chris' most challenging experiences during comps.
    Is there anything missing from rescue techniques in freediving education?
    A Patreon question from Mauricio about 'bad spots'.
    A Patreon question from Kai about rescue techniques.
    A Patreon question from Jan about becoming certified as a safety diver.
    A Patreon question from Christian about safety divers not taking part in competitions.
    Shout out to Linda Paganelli.
    A Patreon question from rescue swimmer Dalen about diving alone.
    About Chris' set up in Tulum, Mexico.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    How to get in touch with Chris?
    Freedive Tulum

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #120 | Tom Peled | The Power of the Breath

    #120 | Tom Peled | The Power of the Breath

    Tom Peled is a breath coach and freediving coach from Tel Aviv, Israel. Join us for this fascinating conversation on the power of the breath, working with trauma, helping athletes to their peak performance and much more.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Shout out to Madison and Alice Modolo
    Tom is from Tel Aviv, Israel
    He joined the Navy when he was 18 and eventually became a scuba instructor.
    Discussing the diving conditions off the coast of Israel.
    Did Tom get involved in the competitive scene?
    Meeting up with Aharon Solomons!
    The research phase begins...
    How Tom's teaching methodology developed.
    How does Tom define breathwork and how is it applied?
    Helping victims of trauma with breathwork.
    Inspiration from the oxygen advantage method.
    How breathwork is integrated into the athlete's training strategy.
    Hypoventilation and reduced breathwork.
    When complementary training is and isn't useful.
    Tom's thoughts on the benefits of running.
    What a year of training would look like?
    Respiratory health, treating asthma, COPD with breath work.
    Tom's take on respiratory training devices.
    Tom's thoughts on supplementation, what is garbage and what is worth taking? Creatine, beta alanine, citrulline, NAC, ashwagandha.
    Mental work, long distance athlete's mentality.
    Talking about the 2 minutes before the dive, the "breathe-up".
    Hyperventilation - is it always bad?
    How to get in touch with Tom and get some coaching.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - Patreon Exclusive
    Tom's plans for the future.
    Why does he freedive?

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #119 | Julia Mouce | Instructing & Coaching

    #119 | Julia Mouce | Instructing & Coaching

    Julia Mouce, Freedive Cafe favourite returns for her fourth appearance!

    Julia is the owner of Apnea Bali freediving school on the island of Bali, Indonesia and one of the most highly regarded professional freediving coaches in the world.

    Today we focus on the art of instructing freediving, from the beginning level, to coaching athletes at the top of their game.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Discussing the AIDA World Championships in Cyprus.
    Advice for instructors:
    Don't talk too much!
    Always say something positive.
    Don't get too serious with the students.
    Dive with your students.
    Don't discuss theory on the buoy.
    The value of putting the students feet first.
    Advice for coaching those struggling with EQ.
    Tips on coaching duck dives.
    Developments in freediving as a sport.
    Coaching and its value.
    Training smart and training silly.
    How negative performances can influence future performances.
    Finding the right coach to suit your personality.
    Don't be too proud as a coach.
    About the current situation for Apnea Bali and Julia in Bali.
    About Julia's coaching services.
    Julia still has a few coaching spaces left!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #118 | Fatima Korok | Training Talk

    #118 | Fatima Korok | Training Talk

    Fatima Korok is a World Champion freediver from Hungary.

    She first appeared on the show on Episode #110 and now returns to dig deep into her training methods with a special Training Talk episode.

    The Training Talk questions are:

    What is your favourite freediving discipline and why?
    Do you have a coach and who do you train with?
    Do you periodise your training through the year?
    What kind of dry training do you do?
    Do you have a dry EQ practice, if so, what kind of exercises?
    Can you handsfree? How deep?
    Describe your favourite pool training sessions, if you train in the pool.
    How do you structure depth training sessions and how does it change through the year or the season?
    What are you doing, in your mind, in the 2 minutes before your deep dives?
    Do you do warm up? How? Or why not?
    Do you pack? How many times?
    At what depth do you begin your freefall?
    Do you count your kicks or strokes?
    Hands up or down on the ascent?
    Do you exhale before surfacing or remove the noseclip before surfacing?
    Do you do recovery or hook breathing?
    What is your experience with narcosis and how do you deal with it?
    Have you ever experienced decompression related symptoms?
    Do you drink coffee, alcohol or smoke?
    What is the one piece of nutrition advice you would give?
    Do you take any supplements?
    What lifestyle or mindset change helped you improve more than anything else?
    Which person, or persons have influenced your own approach to freediving the most?
    What do you like to do on rest days and do you have any strategies to speed up your recovery?
    Describe your deepest dive in detail.
    What is your favourite memory so far from your freediving journey?
    What was the best place you ever freedived?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #117 | Alice Modolo | Discover Yourself

    #117 | Alice Modolo | Discover Yourself

    On today’s show we have another amazing girl joining us, you know the girls are really the ones leading the way in terms of exciting freediving these days, and Alice Modolo of France is no exception. 
    This year at the famous Vertical Blue competition she achieved the first ever 100m dive for a french female athlete and topped that off with a CMAS world record in CWT bifins with a dive to 95m.
     Alice has had a long and interesting journey in freediving, at one point giving up the sport for several years to focus on her career, then ultimatley giving up her career to focus on the sport. We’ll hear all about the process she has gone through to bring her mind, her breath and her body into alignment with what is necessary to be a world record making freediving athlete.

    In this episode we discuss:

    How it’s more complicated to teach freediving in France.
    A good performance at the French Championship and great year at Vertical Blue for Alice.
    Hats off to Alenka Artnik.
    Alice is from France and started freediving when she was 23 years old.
    Seasickness and issues with the water.
    Taking a 4 year break from freediving to pursue her professional career.
    Coming back stronger than ever.
    Alice is a dentist, but quit her job to pursue freediving!
    The benefits of working with a mental trainer for athletes.
    The influence of trauma on your performance as an athlete.
    Deep freediving is also facing fears and facing death.
    Shout out to one of Alice’s coaches Tom Peled.
    Talking about yoga for flexibility.
    Strength training is important but softness and relaxation is more important.
    The importance of not overtraining and focusing on the specific training needed.
    Alice’s approach to food and nutrition.
    What does Alice do in her free time?
    The impact of working with Federico Mana on her equalisation skills.
    A question from Patreon supporter Marc Sodoyer.
    A question from Patreon supporter Joshua about her mask/goggle set up?
    Shout out to Stavros Kastrinakis at Freediving Club Greece.
    DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONS - PATREON EXCLUSIVE SECTION
    Another question from patron Marc!
    Why does Alice freedive?

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #116 | Gary McGrath | Training Talk

    #116 | Gary McGrath | Training Talk

    Gary McGrath is and English competitive freediver. His first appearance was episode #109.

    This is a Training Talk episode. The Training Talk questions are:

    What is your favourite freediving discipline and why? 
    Do you have a coach and who do you train with? 
    Do you periodise your training through the year? 
    What kind of dry training do you do?
    Do you have a dry EQ practice, if so, what kind of exercises?
    Describe your favourite pool training sessions, if you train in the pool.
    How do you structure depth training sessions and how does it change through the year or the season?
    What are you doing, in your mind, in the 2 minutes before your deep dives?
    Do you do warm up? How? Or why not?
    Do you pack? How many times?
    At what depth do you begin your freefall?
    Do you count your kicks or strokes?
    Hands up or down on the ascent?
    Do you exhale before surfacing or remove the noseclip before surfacing?
    Do you do recovery or hook breathing?
    What is your experience with narcosis and how do you deal with it?
    Have you ever experienced decompression related symptoms?
    Do you drink coffee, alcohol or smoke?
    What is the one piece of nutrition advice you would give?
    Do you take any supplements?
    What lifestyle or mindset change helped you improve more than anything else? 
    Which person, or persons have influenced your own approach to freediving the most?
    What do you like to do on rest days and do you have any strategies to speed up your recovery?
    Describe your deepest dive in detail.
    What is your favourite memory so far from your freediving journey?
    What was the best place you ever freedived?

    • 1 hr 12 min

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