Friday, November 18, 2011

Freediving courses/cursussen

The BeWater site is up and running. We have decided to call it BeWater as an homage to a famous Bruce Lee quote that ends with "Be water my friend". See the site for the full version. If you are looking for AIDA freediving courses (cursussen in het nederlands) then please visit us to see that we can offer what you need.

BeWater my friend

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I'm now an AIDA Instructor

Some time ago I successfully finished an AIDA instructor course in Greece with Stavros from Freediving Club Greece.

Fellow student Daan Verhoeven and I will now be unleashed upon the world (and The Netherlands in particular) to preach about this beautiful underwater experience.

Daan made the following movie when we had a little bit of time to play after an open water training/teaching session.

Stay tuned, a website is in the making.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dutch Freedivers in Dahab (Teaser)

Three more nights until my first freediving trip to Dahab in Egypt.

The trip is organized by Nanja of dutch freediving school Enker. There will be a group of about 15 dutch freedivers among which four of my teammates of Freediving Utrecht - Danny, Edwin, Erik and me.

On the 18th and 20th I will go sled diving with OnlyOne in Sharm. On the 21st I will attend a mini competition where I get the chance to do one depth discipline for an official Aida ranking. To make the time go a little faster I made this short trailer in iMovie'11. I hope you like it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

One hour successive apnea

During my freedive training between christmas and new years eve 2010 I decided to see how long I could stay under water during one hour. This non-official discipline is called successive apnea and records have been set of around 59:30 and even 59:45.

This movie is speed up 8 times during the breathhold to make it easier to digest. :-)

The rules are: two timekeepers (average time counts). Stopwatch starts with lifting my airways above the surface and stops with me submerging again.

I managed 59:09 (only ;-) ) even thought I did longer breathholds (therefor less times breathing) than the earlier fools. Next time I will need to work on surfacing and inhaling quicker.

Happy new year!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Max dives

Negotiate the things that go on inside my head.
Be gentle, nice, understanding, but be the father.
Tell it as it is, be firm.
Thoughts of quitting, curses that can be felt throughout the body.
Flashes of intentions go as they came.
Pavlov reaction at times and distances known
the relative unknown races my heartrate
or so I think
my remembrance more distant
expectations, hopes, a memory
inside... inside...
the world still there and well
which is enough to know
waves of attention glide though my body
be water
some more
and more
waiting for a sign, trust, gentle
respect for what is, be happy but realistic
concentrate, some more and more
wait... wait..
surface with this mind and body
attention and feelings take some more time to return
let go

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

RMC Wiesbaden competition virtual ranking

Virtual ranking for saturdays (oct 2nd 2010) RMC Wiesbaden competition based on personal bests in competition of athletes on the inlist. Data by, script for producing this output by me...

note: when you see '0:00' or '0 meter' than that just means you haven't got an official ranking in that discipline yet or the script/program contains another bug. You could still win the competition!
Female athletes...
1) 134.5 points (4:45 + 155 meter DYN) Olga Martinez Alvarez (GER)
2) 131.7 points (5:01 + 143 meter DYN) Barbara Jeschke (GER)
3) 111.1 points (4:03 + 125 meter DNF) Dajana Zoretic (CRO)
4) 100.6 points (4:03 + 104 meter DNF) Aleksandra Sulkiewicz (POL)
5) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Zdenka Demlovà (CZE)
6) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Susanna Dietz (GER)
7) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Silvia Vater (GER)
8) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Silvia Schmidt (GER)
9) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Monika Hopf (GER)
10) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Julia Döllmann (GER)
11) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DNF) Agnieszka Sawicz-Orska (POL)

Male athletes...
1) 204.4 points (8:42 + 200 meter DYN) Robert Cetler (POL)
2) 190.5 points (8:35 + 175 meter DNF) Goran Colak (CRO)
3) 173.7 points (8:01 + 155 meter DNF) Eric van Riet Paap (NED)
4) 170.6 points (7:23 + 164 meter DYN) Andrea Richichi (ITA)
5) 166.5 points (6:35 + 175 meter DYN) Sergio Martinez Alvarez (GER)
6) 157.2 points (6:31 + 158 meter DNF) Michal Mrozowski (POL)
7) 146.0 points (5:55 + 150 meter DYN) Jens Berger (GER)
8) 140.1 points (5:28 + 149 meter DYN) Adrian Kwiatkowski (POL)
9) 138.2 points (6:01 + 132 meter DNF) Igor Migunov (RUS)
10) 130.6 points (6:23 + 108 meter DNF) David Cizek (CZE)
11) 124.3 points (5:09 + 125 meter DYN) Cedric Bourgaux (BEL)
12) 118.3 points (5:29 + 105 meter DNF) Danny Martherus (NED)
13) 116.7 points (5:06 + 111 meter DYN) Lukasz Piszczek (POL)
14) 115.6 points (4:03 + 134 meter DNF) David Kent (GBR)
15) 114.2 points (5:16 + 102 meter DYN) Martin Link (GER)
16) 111.4 points (4:47 + 108 meter DYN) Aristidis Efstathiou (GER)
17) 111.1 points (4:23 + 117 meter DNF) Pavel Soukup (CZE)
18) 98.2 points (3:26 + 114 meter DYN) Eric Gerritsma (NED)
19) 94.3 points (4:09 + 89 meter DYN) Erik Skoda (NED)
20) 80.2 points (6:41 + 0 meter DNF) Roman Ondruj (CZE)
21) 72.0 points (3:30 + 60 meter DYN) Thomas Ehresmann (GER)
22) 42.0 points (0:00 + 84 meter DYN) Piotr Debski (POL)
23) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Udo Pörschke (GER)
24) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Stauber Sebastian (GER)
25) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Piotr Grenda (POL)
26) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Miha Karner (SLO)
27) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DYN) Jochen Lummel (GER)
28) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DNF) Frank Wiedemann (GER)
29) 0.0 points (0:00 + 0 meter DNF) Dominik Grimm (GER)
There is nothing like spending a day on something to save five minutes of work! :-)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gozo 2010 - miniature arch

During our latest freediving trip to Gozo we also visited Cominetto, a tiny island between Malta and Gozo.

First you see Danny Martherus and later me.

We were experimenting with the fluid/apnea goggles from Kerian Hibbs. The water was chilly but we just had to swim without our neoprene suits to get as close as possible to William Trubridge' video of the real Dahab Arch nofins dive.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Freediving competition on march 28th in Namur (Belgium)

Already more than a week ago but worth mentioning here I think...

I have good memories of this place because last year I did my first and so far only 8 minute static in competition here. Like all Belgium competitions this one included all three disciplines. Last year I messed up my dynamic and nofins for various reasons. My body was still tired from the static (all three disciplines are done within about three hours) and I was very satisfied with the static result. This made that I had little motivation to endure the mental and physical challenges of long dives. In last years competition there were people with far more constant results who eventually won the competition. Usually I try to focus on the overall result and if the opportunity presents itself I try to grab it regardless of anything I wanted to do afterwards. There are only very few competitions I go to and who wins a competition is quickly forgotten. What counts more (for myself as well) is the place in the international Aida ranking and the best performances in each discipline. However, for me freediving is most of all about getting to know my body and mental side and work from/on/with that.

So my goal was to take first place in the overall competition. There were a couple more candidates for that spot (Sergio, Daan, Igor and some Belgium guys I knew little about) so this would be a challenge.

We started with static and I did a nice 7:08 which was 4 seconds less than Thomas Moureau. To tell the truth I did not like that ;-) . It's great for Thomas and I was hoping he would give the king of belgium (pool) freediving (Jean-Pol Francois) a good scare. JP always had by far the best performances so it is good for him to get some competition. Apparently belgium national records can be set at any training as long as there are judges present. This made the 7:12 from Thomas the best belgium static performance in competition! (not 100% sure I have the facts straight here, but this is what I've been told) Number three in static (Sergio) was about 30 seconds behind us. This translates to 13.2 meters Sergio had to win back in the next two dynamic disciplines.

Dynamic with monofin: my recent longer dives have all been done in perfect circumstances (one of the best 50 meters in the world) while my personal best in a 25 meter pool was about 50 meters less. This pool in Namur was only 1.1 meter deep on the shallow side but I was training that a lot lately and did no longer feel the stress of having to make many turns with my monofin. I was eager to improve my p.b. here. Nothing much to say about the dive itself, it was not very interesting. I could keep motivating myself to continue swimming although I had better days. I surfaced a bit to my own surprice. Still a good distance with 169 meters but soon after I knew I could and should have made the turn to have the 200 in sight for future dives. But I didn't and had to make the best from what I've got. Sergio did a personal best in competition with 175, Igor also did a personal best (I hope he picks up a monofin and starts training with that), Thomas got no points because he forgot to take of his noseclip during the surface protocol and Daan did a nice 157 dive with cursing from beginning to end. Very quick swim - I can tell you that! :-) So one happy Sergio, one slightly irritated me, one steady as ever Igor and one bouncing Daan. Obviously I'm forgetting many performances here. The results can be found at the link at the bottom of this post. One thing I'd like to say is that training partner and friend Danny Martherus made a huge dive of 132 meters (I'm in that video to somewhere) after only training with a monofin a couple of times. Way to go Danny!

Dynamic without fins: people getting tired. Dreaming more about big plates of pasta then about long dives with lactic acid filling up their arms and (most of all) legs. The funny thing is that people that don't train DNF ofter or have personal bests way below their capabilities did very well. I liked what the dutch women did with Judith's easy looking 100m, Natascha's over 50m and Pauline's almost 50 meter dive. To bad Nanja had a mouthdip and therefor a red card but that's just good motivation for her to pick up training more seriously again.

I thought Sergio would swim before me and that I would therefor know what I had to do. I was mistaken and I had to go first knowing that his best in competition was 125 meter. I swam and swam and swam some more until I was getting close to 125 where I knew that every meter would drastically increase my changes. After the 125m turn I did one more stroke and realized I had not been this close to my personal best and national record (153 meters) in about 18 month. I still felt good, made the turn and surfaced at 155 meter. I had a samba/LMC (loss of motor control) for a second which I did not feel coming but managed to hold it together and got a white card. The tiredness of the long day and the fact that the lines between the lanes could not be trusted because they were extremely loose both must have played a role here. I guess about half the red cards in this competition were caused by those lines and because neither of the four floaters we were handed by the safetydivers had enough buoyancy to keep us afloat. They should tape a few together instead of keeping two seperate floats per safety. Anyway - Sergio did his nofins, which was 100 meters, his limit for the day after his 175 dynamic. So I could have swam 62 meters less to still win the competition. But of course I'm stoked that I did more than that.

This is the movie Daan shot of the 155 meter dive. At the end he gets exited because he didn't see the record coming and neither did I to be honest. :-)


The competition results can be downloaded from here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New personal best with monofin 40 meters (january 2007)

It's been three years since I started to swim with a monofin. So I thought it would be funny to compare my previous dives with the first one I recorded..... Enjoy yourself!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

200 meter dynamic movie

This is my dive of the competition. Total divetime was 3:28.