Stoked about my new fluid goggles, UGoogles designed by @rodolforobatti My last pair were accidentally dropped in the Blue Hole 😭Very grateful for the replacement and the awesome updated design 😁❤️
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Freediving in a shoal of sardines off the coast of Mafia Island, Tanzania, in hues of blue, rose quartz and serenity, the latter two both pantine's colors of the year. Framed print coming soon at reneeblundon.com #freediving #rosequartz #serenity #interiordesign #underwater #underwaterphotography #trending #decor #interiors #underwaterworld #beautiful #amazing #instadaily #instapic #instaday #instagood #followforfollow #follow #interiorstyle #interiorstyling #interiorandhome #yourshotphotographer
'Where Sky Meets Sea' in an interior, an above and below underwater piece where nature is the artist, I've simply just attempted to capture and reproduce it as accurately as possible in a form that can be admired above water. A limited edition print in colorful trendy hues of dark green and purpley-grey serenity. More at http://www.reneeblundon.com/product/where-sky-meets-sea-white-frame/
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'Where Sky Meets Sea' A seam of vast expanse, and a liminal landscape, captured in a marginal space. Above and below the coastal waters of remote Mafia Island, Tanzania. More at
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'Beneath the Boat' taken in Msasani Bay - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania #naturephotography #underwaterphotography #colorful #ocean #fish #photography #followforfollow #green #fluorescent #beautiful #freediving #freedivingphotography #tanzania #africa #picoftheday #photooftheday #instadaily #instagood #instapic #instaday
Working on my monofin technique with short, and very buoyant fins 🐬
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Just because the whiteboard was 75% empty does not imply that this dynamic apnea training was not 100% full-on! Thursday night I was a bit under the weather, but I certainly was not going to miss my last night training with the Saint Raphael Apnee Club 🙂 300M One-Breath Dynamic Apnea with Buddy We b...
Renee Blundon added 5 new photos.Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 12:59am
'Train insane or remain the same!'
Some pics of static apnea training with the Saint Raphael Apnee Club. Pics do not do a justice as to how intense this night was :D
The session started with everyone doing a max attempt in a competition-like setting, with 10 minutes to prepare / warm-up.
Then we proceeded with 10 minutes of static apnea, taking only one breath every minute or two (with contractions pretty much the whole time).
We finished off with DNF, swimming underwater width-wise of the pool. Sounds easy? Umm no, we were in full wetsuits and without weights. Some lengths were using just arms, some passive exhale, some full exhale.
A hard, and therefore, excellent training. Big thanks to the coach, Jean-Baptiste, for pushing us harder than we would push ourselves.
Photos courtesy of Sabine Guyot who rewarded us with delicious home-made banana cake at the end :P
Dynamic apnea training with the Saint Raphael Apnee Club, lead by Jean-Baptist. This was THE training to work on apnea, monofin technique, rhythm and self control.
"As most things in life, dynamic apnea, is best with RHYTHM. Having a consistent rhythm keeps my mind in a somewhat meditative ‘flow state’ and it helps performance by keeping a consistent speed. Both go hand-in-hand. I notice that when I loose control of the rhythm, I loose control of the entire situation. For example, if I speed-up at the end of a dynamic, my position, technique and mental relaxation, all go out the window. And all my attention goes to a single thought: arriving. That’s when I lose all self-control.
Self-control is the keystone of freediving. The same I’m sure applies to other sports as well. It’s written in the Manual of Freediving that in the last part of the dynamic apnea, it’s important to maintain total control. The moment that the mechanism occurs that would have you speed up, it’s necessary to intervene mentally and actually do the opposite and REDUCE your rhythm in finning. This is said to provide a general relaxation of the mind and lucidity of the body, which allows you to have COMPLETE CONTROL over the entire action . In this moment, only by reducing your rhythm is it possible to control every movement in the body.
I didn’t reduce my rhythm of finning (will try that next time) but I did prevent myself from speeding-up, which is a start. And although I was getting more and more tired, overheated and full of CO2, with every dynamic apnea, my mental control was improving ten-fold. So with mind over matter, I was finishing the 50 meter dynamics fresher, more relaxed and with eight fewer undulations than the first 50 meter dynamic. Go me."
Today is day seven, I'm to do dynamic apnea tonight with the Saint Raphael Apnee Club. My hamstrings and shoulders are sore morning from yesterday's yoga workout, but I'm getting accustomed to soreness...
Gletwyn Rubidge It's hard for a depth diver to adapt.
Jean Claude Venturi bon conseil (à essayer en pratique)
Swimming training, one of the most effective ways to train for freediving.
Right now I'm focusing on training anaerobic capacity and aerobic power, also known as VO2MAX. Aerobic power is essential for freediving because it measures the quantity of oxygen that the muscles are able to turn into energy in a unit of time. With a good VO2MAX and with aerobic training, I'll have a larger red blood cell count, a higher amount of hemoglobin, lower resting heart rate and an elevated vital capacity, all vital for apnea.
Also, I’ll better develop my tolerance to the high levels of lactic acid, which occurs towards the end of a dynamic or constant weight dive when muscles, especially my thigh muscles, begin burning, that’s due to the high amount of lactic acid in the muscle.
Renee Blundon with Renee Blundon.Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 12:16am
"Don’t think outside the box. That’s too easy. You need limits to chafe against; limits trigger and release creativity. So climb inside the box – and find ways to kick the edges way the hell out."
Photo by Nicolas Largueze and Renee Blundon
Jeanine Grasmeijer For one second I thought you got shrunk and put into your glass cube!
Markus K M Bosch A cube reminds me of the time I had to turn off a valve in a flooded concrete chamber. Very confining space, warm water, about 18' deep. I could only wear a Speedo and swimming goggles to swim through the pipe jungle.
The Day I Fell in Love with the Sea By Renee Blundon Posted September 30, 2016 In Marine Life, Prose Poetry, Reflections, Travel 0 0 Being an avid freediver, water lover and creative type, I’ve arranged a collection of underwater photos to recall and share my earliest underwater experiences in Afr...
A post about freediving in the RedCcup competition, breaking through the barriers of fear and worry by developing a successful program. Gaining the confidence to throw my whole mind, body and soul into the dive, into something I love to do, yielding a power I just needed to tap into.
It was 6:15 am when my alarm went off on August 25th, 2016, the first day of the 5th annual RedCcup competition. The day before, I had announced a 55 meter constant weight dive, which was scheduled for precisely 11:20 […]