Have you ever wondered how some people can hold their breath for very long and dive? This is the fairly new and growing world of freediving! Aquarius Scuba is proud to begin it’s very own freediving training at the Etobicoke Olympium on Monday nights.
What is freediving?
Freediving is any of various aquatic activities that share the practice of breath-hold underwater diving. Examples include breath-hold spearfishing, freedive photography, apnea competitions and, to a degree, snorkeling. The activity that garners the most public attention is competitive apnea, an extreme sport, in which competitors attempt to attain great depths, times or distances on a single breath without direct assistance of an underwater breathing apparatus.
The sport of freediving is becoming more popular all over the world, especially with younger generations, and we are proud to say we have helped it grow in Toronto. Join our class and pool session, and you will meet pro freediving coaches, who were part of the world-record breath-hold dive.
Join our optional 1 year Club Membership for only $150, to benefit from world class coaching and quality practice at the Etobicoke Olympium Pool.
**PLEASE NOTE: PADI Discover Freediving is offered on Monday nights at the Etobicoke Olympium Pool. The AIDA 1 Star Pool course is offered every second Thursday of every month. You may upgrade to AIDA 2 Star at any time and continue on with your training on the next 2-3 Thursday nights. Choose the month that best fits your schedule.**
Octomask – GoPro mount freediver mask
OCTOMASK’s newest mask offers a super low volume masks with a built in GoPro Camera mount offers divers a great way to shoot incredible video while diving in addition to keeping your hands free. Works with ALL GoPro® Models!
This mask fits nearly everyone!
Low volume design works great for freediving, sprearfishing and scuba!
Works with GoPro® (Original, GoPro HERO2, HERO3, HERO3+ and HERO4 Cameras)
Embedded nut for thumb screw (won’t fall out when screw is removed)
Large Easy to Reach One-Handed Nose Pocket for Ear Equalization
We have put together an amazing freediving package for beginner to advanced level freediving. It’s the perfect set for your freediving course.
INCLUDES: Cressi Gara Modular Nery Fin (Special Edition) Cressi Nano Mask Cressi Corsica Snorkel Cressi Freediving Fin Bag.
The Gara modular’s foot pocket is wider than the other Gara fin models. We suggest to use it with neoprene socks in order to have a proper fit. For use without neoprene socks, we recommend buying one smaller size.
The Nano mask is for advanced freediving and spearfishing, designed to offer an extremely hydrodynamic and compact shape to help divers cut through the water and aid movements in small spaces. The internal volume is minimal and does not require intentional equalizing. The swiveling buckles feature micrometric regulation. Angled tempered glass lenses. Anatomical strap.
The Corsica snorkel is a highly technical snorkel designed specifically for deep freediving and spearfishing. The soft bendable large diameter tubing makes it extremely comfortable to properly position behind the head while maintaining ease of breathing on the surface. When diving, the mouthpiece tucks neatly under the chin for the ultimate in hydrodynamics. The anatomical hypoallergenic silicone mouthpiece provides extreme comfort during long durations in the water.
Cressi – Gara 300 LD Freediving Fins
The structure of the Gara 3000 LD is identical to the greatly-appreciated Gara 3000, but the material of the blade, which is softer, is what makes them stand out.
The LD in the 3000 LD stands for Long Distance, indicating the main use of the product, and these fins have emerged from the need to offer enthusiasts increasingly powerful fins, which are however less demanding than the Gara 3000 fins.
Less muscle effort is required for kicking so divers can use them for longer, making them perfect to use many hours in a row.
The softer blade is also very suitable for use in cold water, which is notorious for its tendency to stiffen materials and make them less flexible.
Cressi – Gara Modular Carbon Blade (Single)
$229.95 – $239.95
Directional camouflage carbon blade to ensure the thrust that only composite fibers can deliver.
An interchangeable blade which is very lightweight and reactive and also well-adapted for advanced freediving and spearfishing.
Each sold seperatly.
Cressi – Gara Modular Carbon Freediving Fins
$519.95 – $529.95
The Gara Modular Carbon fins use the same foot pocket module as the standard modular fins but with a composite carbon fibre blade finished in a directional camouflage green.
The carbon fibre blade provides a stiff but lightweight blade for excellent propulsion for the advanced diver.
The modular design is also perfect for travelling, allowing the fins to be disassembled and packed into shorter travel bags and reassembled at the destination.
The foot pockets use a soft rubber around the foot and arch for comfort and a stiffer compound along the sides and traction pads for efficient power transfer.
The foot pocket also features an expansion zone on the top of the pocket that expands and contracts to allow the fins to be worn barefoot in warmer climates or with socks in cooler waters without the need to have a different size fin.
Aqua Lung – Sphera
Popular among freedivers for its ultra-low profile, the Sphera mask blends the best qualities of dive and swim masks. A narrow bridge separates curved lenses that give divers a true 180-degree range of visibility while a sleek frame and trim buckles reduce drag while swimming.
Cressi – Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins
The first fin in the world made by combining three different materials, a process that Cressi perfected and patented with this fin, which guarantees unsurpassable performance.
The blade is made from a special, incredibly reactive polypropylene, which is at the same time extremely light, and progressively charges up during the stride to take off like a spring at the exact moment the stride is inverted.
A soft elastomer anatomically wraps around the foot, blocking it with a comfortable bite, which guaranteesperfect transmission of the leg-fin thrust.
A suitably solid copolymer hardens some critical zones of the foot, and is extended along the sides in two lateral stringers, which go halfway along the blade.
The function of these stringers, assisted by special raised bands on the bottom of the blade, is to regulate and harmonise the bending, at the same time protecting it from shocks and abrasions.
The fins are extraordinarily light compared to equivalent models of rubber footed fins and reduces the inertial masses to the minimum, to the full advantage of the effort-efficiency ratio.
This fin is designed for deep skin-diving, although some Scuba professionals and instructors appreciate it a great deal.
Cressi – Gara Modular Foot Pocket
Please keep in mind that these pockets are only available in pairs and a quantity of 1 is one pair of pockets.
New self Adjusting footpocket from Cressi, manufctured in 2 materials to enhance fit and performance. The footpocket uses the conventional small rail system to attach the footpocket tendons to the blade. The pocket is soft and comfortable. The sole is stiff and allows good power transfer to the blades. The footpocket tendons have moderate stiffness and offer good supprt to the blade without negatively affecting its flex pattern. The Cressi footpockets combine well with Speardiver carbon blades.
These sizes reflect European and US numbers stated on the footpockets. The European size is correct, but the US size may not be accurate. It’s important to use the stated US sizes as a reference to the footpocket only, not necessarily to how it fits. For example the Cressi 42-43 size is stated as US 8-9, this is blatantly incorrect. The 42-43 fits a shoe size 11 foot (actual foot length 11″, width 4.25″) perfectly. Albeit it is a tad tight (not uncomfortable) width wise, which makes the Cressi footpockets nicely suitable for narrower feet.