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A few suggestions for the beginner

Wetsuit

You will need a wetsuit, if you have a 3mm flexible one used in watersports - its OK.
A real freediving suit, extra flexible with open cell, that is bare neophrene on one side will take you deeper. A 5mm one will keep you warm in northern waters or during long training hauls.


This one is a Sporasub diablo. 2-piece suit. Nylon on outside and opencell on the inside. It will stick to your skin so you need water to put it on.

 

Fins Regular fins are OK but if you are going deeper (than you know you could) – you will need freediving fins. Like these sporasub elite fins. Later the blade can be exchanged for a carbonblade.
Mask

You need a mask – the smaller the better.

Like a samurai mask.
or
A Sphera (left)(Herbert nitsch among others)
or
A Cressi-sub minima (Umberto Pelizzari)



Weightbelt Now you better find yourself a rubberweightbelt – it sticks better to your hips when moving around and lets you breath more easily. How much weight – well - weight yourself so that you float up from 5 or 10 meters of depth, better having an easy ride on the way up - than sinking like a stone. 1 kilo of led per mm of suit, but, the deeper you go the less weight you need.
Depth gauge

If you dont have a depth gauge – put markings on your training rope – take it slow – never dive more than 3 meters deeper then your personal best.

There are special depth gauges for freedivers - like the mares raptor (right) and the new Suunto D3 (freedive and scubadive mode) below.

Carbonfins

Now you are putting your lustful eyes at a pair of carbonfiber fins – and you know they will take you many meters deeper. The italian C4 are very popular, they can be attached to the sporasub footpocket.

The sporasub variant blade can be changed into longer carbon blades. This system also makes it easy to travel
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Monofin But if you are totally into performance freediving and competition – you will need the dolphintail – the monofin - to reach your limit in the depth – Waterways was used by the current WR holder. And if you need more comfort – check out Sebak seen to the right.

Wetsuit advanced

You can always by a super stretch open cell ultra thin wetsuit custom made for your body. Like this one (right) worn by WR holder David Lee from Jamaica.

 

Photo: Gido Braase

Pulsemeter

Why not top it of – with a pulsemeter – I mean how can you live without it. Think of the sheer pleasure of seeing your pulse drop as you descend. The longer you hold your breath the lower the pulse. It is called bradycardi – a diving reflex – seen on all diving mammals; seals dolphins usually have their pulse drop 50%, humans 20-30 %, its the bodys way to save oxygene in a stressfull situation.

 

 

Fluidgoggles To crown it of - buy yourself a pair of fluidgoggles. Though filled with water you will be able to see below the surface AND thanks to beeing waterfilled you will not have to waste air equalizing the mask, AND you will be able to wear a noseclip which will set your arms free.
Noseclip

Maybe you should start with the noseclip - it´s cheeper.

 

Hmmm... wonder why they call this sport skindiving?