Equipment

Depending on the Apnea discipline you need different equipment. Depending on which function you take – safety diver or diver, you also need other equipment.

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Static

– Cold protection
– mask, swimming goggles
– if necessary, nose clip
– Snorkel for securing diver
– Stopwatch for securing diver

Dynamic

– Cold protection
– mask, swimming goggles
– if necessary, nose clip
– Snorkel for securing diver
– weight belt and / or neck weight
– fins (bi / mono / no fins / training fins)

Deep dive

– Cold protection
– Mask if necessary, NO swimming goggles!
– if necessary, nose clip
– Snorkel for preparation and for securing diver
– weight belt and / or neck weight
– fins (Bi / Mono / No Fins)
– Boye with rope, base plate, basic weight
– Lanyard

Common to all disciplines is that you need to take care of protection against cold. In 24 degree Celsius of warm water, you cool down considerably after 1 hour of water. Here, a light cold protection is suitable, e.g. in the form of a swim suit or neoprene shirt. In open water at a temperature of 14 degree Celsius and colder, of course, you need a better cold protection, at least 5mm neoprene and socks. In the case of a suit, it is important that it comes without a zipper (cold bridge / restriction in breathing) and therefore in two parts. A hood should be installed so that no water can penetrate to the neck and the water resistance is lower. Neoprene socks should fit to the fins if necessary. Otherwise, they are too much compressed when you dive, and the fin can slip from the foot!

Many Apnoists dive with mask. That’s OK. Be aware, however, that the dive reflex is used more when the area around nose and cheeks is in contact with water. The dive reflex is responsible for slowing down your pulse under water and thus consuming less O2. So try to dive right from the start without mask or with swimming goggles, especially with static / time dive – but then with a nose clip. This ensures that you do not inhale water or breathe in the Struggle phase when fighting against the respiratory stimulus. A nose clip for swimmers is not suitable because of the low resistance keeping it on your nose. If you dive with mask, choose an apnea mask with little interior volume. When diving, you have to compensate for this volume, which of course goes off your O2 reserve.