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Top 5 Freediving Books

top 5 freediving books

Table of Contents


  1. Manual of Freediving
  2. Longer and Deeper
  3. Specific Training for Freediving
  4. Breatheology
  5. Deep

1. Manual of Freediving

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Number one on the list of top freediving books of all time, Manual of Freediving by Umberto Pelizzari, is a manual on how to freedive. This book cannot solely teach somebody how to free dive without training, but the book does give a lot of great tips and draws much visual description of many of the keys to diving. This book gives an awesome description of the history of freediving but it also states the science behind how the body reacts differently to working underwater. This book is for freediving fans of all levels.

2. Longer and Deeper

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At number 2 on the top 5 best freediving books of all time, Longer and Deeper by Jaap Verbaas, is specifically aimed to make its readers better at diving each day through various techniques. This book shows that there are many techniques that can help spearfishers and divers, including on land cross-training workouts and exercises that can help divers hold their breaths longer. This book is very easy to read and is very informative from a health perspective in relation to the sport of diving. The book contains detailed workouts plans and timetables to keep its readers organized when trying the workouts written in the book.

3. Specific Training for Freediving

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Specific Training For Freediving by Umberto Pelizzari, is another wonderful freediving manual from an experienced and well known author. This manual, unlike his other manual, is for advanced freedivers and focuses heavily on deep diving expeditions. The writer is a world record holder himself and he shares many of his techniques and training exercises that he has perfected throughout the years to help him achieve this award. The book features interviews of many other famous freedivers and they reveal some of their secrets on how to improve as well.

4. Breatheology

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Breatheology is a much different book than the others on this list. When trying this book, readers should not expect in depth explanations related to the wide range of techniques and practices when it comes to freediving. Instead, this book teaches the importance of breathing, and how to breathe differently in certain situations. This book states that many of the common types of breathing techniques are taught incorrectly and that breathing is the most important part of training for free divers.

5. Deep

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At the number 5 spot on the list of top 5 best freediving books of all time, Deep by James Nestor, is a famous book about the author's famous and adventurous life through the eyes of a freediver. He takes the reader through many stories throughout his life, including his background, and experience with the sport. He explains his fascination with divers who don't use breathing devices. The author describes the limits of the body's capabilities and also some of the vast secrets of the deep blue sea. This book, which is filled with many awesome marine facts, introduces an inspiring story and can be read by both freedivers and people who have never experienced this sport before.