My Diving Philosophy
Diving is something I do for pleasure, it is meant to be adventure, entertainment and sport. It is not meant to be a "do or die" situation. That is something that arises when one takes it too seriously. I take diving seriously enough to commit the attention required to be "on top of my game", but not so seriously that my whole identity gets determined by my performance and results. It is my way of interacting with nature and keeping plugged in to the pulse of our Ocean and the planet. As a teacher it is my way of giving back to others the wonderful gift I received as a 19 year old, that something that has made all of the difference to me throughout my adult life.
While I believe good physical condition contributes to excellence in freediving, no doubt, I place far more emphasis on the effect that knowledge, skill and understanding the activity has on it. I also do not believe it is as psychological as many would have us believe.
For me it is quite a simple formula...
- understand your activity
- know the laws (physics)
- tailor your skills to maximize any advantages and minimize any disadvantages the physical laws bring
- perfect those skills technically through accurate practice of a series of drills
- bring my "A" game whenever I get into the water
- have fun