The leap of faith - Part 2 / Part 1
So back to the begining. Henning is lying there motionless in a bay in Sweden among the kelp holding his breath - waisting his time since this should be a dynamic dive he should be swimming, shouldn´t he? And so after 50 seconds he starts and swims for slightly over a minute and reaches the distance 115, maybe 120 meters far out in the bay. What is his conclusion? Well he has done over 150 meters in a pool with warm-ups, ventilation and being warm., but still he is puzzled how was it possible to do this under these circumstances. And can the two approaches merge. Can you get the benefit of Sebastiens findings and keep the goodies from the old ways.
Sebastiens family emigrated to Australia when he was ten. His origins are in Switzerland, his mothertongue is french. He has spent the last years in the sports and science faculty in a university. He has been freediving for ten years. I use to be a big inhale diver he says. And yes he did do 200 meters dynamic. It was curiosity that made him start with exhales, of course looking for rolemodels in the animal kingdom. His first exhale dive reduced his performance to 60 meters in the pool.
He also claims that laziness brought him closer to the FRC techniques I just couldnt bother carrying those weights. And yes he has been down to 192 meters (NLT with a lot of packing). His FRC techniques has taken him to 78 meters in CNF and to 105 meters in VWT.
His NLT dives done outside Papua Guniea has a lovely simplicity to them. A 30 kilo weight around the feet (a loop he can twich out of) two thin safetylines to the surface attached to a drum (electric and manual). When he releases the weight the surface guy notices this and starts reeling him in with 3 meters a second.
Dont expect emediate results and don´t grab the bull by the horn and introduce too many things at once.
I put Murats theories to the test on the last day. I leave my usuall 5 mm suit at home and get into a 2mm shorty. We moor in the reknown swedish divesite "Gaseklavan" (60 up to 80 meters under the keel). I sit in the boat, do a few RV sucking breatholds of very short period. I get into the water no fins. I skip my three minute deepbreathing. I skip my 30 packs and the lovely 1.5 litres I get to equalize with. I feel the chill of the scandinavian waters closing in on me. "The colder side of comfortable" Sebastien advices. I emerge my dry face once. My safety announces that no stinging jellyfish can be observed. I take one deep breath and go. Slowly - slower than I ever have done before. My 2 kilo neckweight helping me down helping me to relax at this stage. I am of course tormented by breathing reflexes, I have to use all my skill in equalization. Its dark down there but I see the torch surpsisingly fast. At 48 meters I turn. An old PB of 46 meters done in the warm clear waters of Egypt is broken. It's a long way up. I get nervous when I feel my legs getting really stiff from the lactic acid. At this stage I do not remember Sebastiens words from his lecture; "If you come up from a maxdive with fresh muscles then you should be really worried". If the hypoxia is not in the limbs where is it then?