Manual Of Freediving: Underwater On A Single Breath (Anglais) Broché – 30 octobre 2004
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Bien évidemment, la pratique de ce sport peut-être dangereuse, et ce livre ne remplace pas un moniteur !
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I went beyond -40 m. in constant weight, 100 m. in dynamics and 5:30 in static, before I met my first freediving teacher. I was exacting student, but my teacher was the great one, he gave me the knowledge structured and detailed in the very same manner how you'll find in the book.
Analyzing the chapter about training I found that my techniques are very similar to those described in the book, though I spent years looking for some of them! For a beginner I would recommend to read the book instead of inventing things that are already there. This great book helps me to reorder and complete the structure in my mind.
I would recommend the book to all the people who love freediving or want to know what freediving is.
The only reason why I don't give it a 5, it's because it's even too complete... there are sometimes way too many details, so it gets long and heavy to read. Anyhow, the first and perfect freediving bible for anyone.
This is probably the most complete book on all aspects of freediving, and is manditory reading before taking one of Umberto's Apnea Academy courses.
I have trained with Kirk Krack, Pipin Ferarras and Aharon Solomons and can tell you that each has taught me something, but it was the combination of Aharon's teaching along with Umberto's book that took me to a new level of freediving. Since Aharon is an Apnea Academy Instructor, it was only natural to have this book be my required reading. As far as I am concerned, it is the best source available outside of taking one of Umberto's courses for learning how to freedive correctly, efficiently and effectively.
Do yourself a favor - get this book, forget about the hype - it is an instruction manual - learn from it - you won't regret it.
While this book is a good precursor to taking a professionally taught class on freediving, it does not substitute for hands-on training clinics like Umberto's or Performance Freediving. It is an excellent book for a freediving group to use for training. I am recommending this book to all my friends who have expressed interest in freediving.
To me, this book is infuriatingly short of relevant information. Not only do you get advice on how to put on pants, there are sections that seem relevant (the 2.5 pages on the circulatory system, say), that jump between streams of grade-school exposition ("The heart is a hollow muscle that has the capacity to function like a pump; expanding and contracting, it sucks blood that is delivered continuously by the veins and pushes it to the peripheries of the body through the arteries....") and trivia ("...[blood] is propagated by their elastic walls at a velocity of 9 meters per second. However in the arterioles of the periphery the velocity drops to one millimetre per second....") without actually introducing any relevant facts (does blood velocity have something to do with freediving? Maybe. I wouldn't know it after reading this book. And the book is packed with clearly irrelevant information, such as 2 pages on the Beaufort wind scale).
To reconcile my reaction with the 5 star reviews from those who can do statics of 5+ minutes and so forth, I can only say that perhaps they skipped the trivia, don't need practical advice on breath holding, and valued specific advice on, say, finning technique.
The 30 pages of chapter 11 "Training for Apnea" will _possibly_ take less time to read than finding equivalent advice on the Web, but are hardly worth $40. For me, this book was an utter waste of money.