SEBASTIAN NASLUND - SWEDEN

Merits
- I have had the swedish records in FIM 65, CNF 51, DNF 109. I have been down to 74 meters and have held my breath for 7 minutes.
- Scubacertificat, CPR, boatlicence, has worked as airport fireman and teacher. Level E Aida judge. I have myself taken part in four clinics in freediving (among others; Performance Freediving team and Sebastien Murat).
- I have participated in a doussin competitions (one world championship) and several swedish record attempts. I have organized several competitions.
- I have taken hundreds of freedivers on excursions and have coached over 50 freedivers to new depths and lengths.
- As underwater filmer I have met some of the best freedivers in the world.

Motivation
I freedive to know myself. The challenges of freediving teaches me body control and awareness. Exploring new depths is a good mental challenge. I have been brought up by the coast and feel attracted to the pressure, the silence and weightlessness I find below the surface. I like the fact that I carry a skill that can be used without any complicated equipment.

I care not for certifications. Not being linked to any certification structure gives me the possibilty to charge less, and focus on the individual students skills and goals instead of "following the manual".

Science participation
A lot of my knowledge in freediving has been aquired by meeting some of the best freedivers in the world. I have explored my limitations in an offensive way and learnt the risks of freediving. Much of what I learnt comes from being a participant in several advanced apnea studies by scientists - pressure and hypoxia. Read more here.

Philosophy behind my clinics:
Its all about identifying the factors that will make you reach your limit in one deep or long dive. I am not an athletic person, I have not a history of putting time into either muscular or cardiovascular training. I have spent more time finding the small details of technique, diet and warm-up proceedures. Someone with better physics than me should be able to use my techniques and go deeper than me.
I also stress that there is not one way to improve - there are several ways. Sometimes it is a question of personal taste. I will deliver a lot of options to choose from. You yourself will have to make yourself a better freediver.

I ask only one question: what stops you from going deeper/further?

Since I dont work with any certification system or fixed trainingprograme I can focus on evaluating individual needs. Freediving is so much more complicated than scuba diving and there are still parts of a freediving perfomance based on intuition.

Two tools
I have exceeded all my expectations on my body thanks to two significant factors: yoga and using the dive respone. The mechanisms of a real dive response I have found out by working with Sebastian Murat during a clinic. In order to prove the signifance of the dive respons to myself I did a 100 meter no fins pool dive during the world championships. With no warm-up and no ventilation and no suit I spent the first 30 seconds of the dive breatholding without moving in order to let the dive response kick in.
Yoga gives us a holistic view on our bodies. You have to dive with all parts of your body. Yoga teaches us lung stretching, muscle warm-up, calming and oxygenating breathing techniques, but most of all - training in focus and awareness. If you are happy and healthy - you will also be a better freediver.
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