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 Posted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 08:05 am
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x_yeti wrote: At the moment the guys and girls (Paul, Sophia, Hanli and me) are doing around 150m with fins. Times vary depending on the person but I'd say between 2-3min. I think we will see 200m in the near future because Freedive Cape Town are running regular competitions now and more people are training for records.

Statics between 5-7 minutes. Bevan Dewar still holds the record at 7'08".

To have a shot at the D4 I'd say you'd need to do a 5'45"+ static and do a 140m dynamic.


Howzit x_yeti,


Some questions...

Having never used a monofin - besides personal preference, are there any real advantages using a mono over standard fins?
Also, what do most of the guys use when going for records?

How far do you guys go when participating in dynamic without fins?

Where do you guys (Freedive Cape Town) operate from?

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 Posted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 08:41 am
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Sure, a monofin is by far more effecient in terms of energy and speed, but only with proper technique. Monofin swimming requires use of the core muscles instead of just the legs like when using bifins. A good set of carbon bifins will be far more forgiving if you have bad technique.

Most use monofins to set records these days, but Paul did 153m with a crappy pair of plastic Garas at the last comp. Unfortunately he had a BO though.

I'm currently doing 100m no fins, no legs (my kick sucks so I've abandoned it). Hanli's record of 126m still stands. The guys record is currently 99m and there are a couple of okes looking to go beyond that at the comp.


I'm not part of Freedive Cape Town, but me missus is Linda Paganelli who runs FDCT. I'm a desk jockey thus my activity on this forum :)

They are opening up a shop next to Pisces Divers in Glencairn soon, but essentially they operate at a pool in Wynberg and do open water dives at Blue Rock.

 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 08:56 am
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x_yeti wrote: Sure, a monofin is by far more effecient in terms of energy and speed, but only with proper technique. Monofin swimming requires use of the core muscles instead of just the legs like when using bifins. A good set of carbon bifins will be far more forgiving if you have bad technique.

Most use monofins to set records these days, but Paul did 153m with a crappy pair of plastic Garas at the last comp. Unfortunately he had a BO though.

I'm currently doing 100m no fins, no legs (my kick sucks so I've abandoned it). Hanli's record of 126m still stands. The guys record is currently 99m and there are a couple of okes looking to go beyond that at the comp.


I'm not part of Freedive Cape Town, but me missus is Linda Paganelli who runs FDCT. I'm a desk jockey thus my activity on this forum :)

They are opening up a shop next to Pisces Divers in Glencairn soon, but essentially they operate at a pool in Wynberg and do open water dives at Blue Rock.

 


Shot, thanks for the info...

I don't know when age starts taking it's toll on one's maximum underwater  performance (think I'm getting there :fbash) but I'd like to come and join you guys sometime...

Linda Paganelli the 55kg Italian Ball Buster?? :hyst:


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 Posted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 09:56 am
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Freediving is more of a technical and mental sport than physical, so age isn't really that big of a factor. Natalia Molchanov, the woman's world record holder, is pushing 50 and she just keeps going deeper and further. I think some dude in the US is 65 and recently beat the US men's static record. Herbert Nitsch also seems to be getting better with age.

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