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The Duck Dive

The Duck Dive

The Duck Dive (DD)

The primary maneuver to start the dive.

The DD should start just after completing the last full breath, snorkel out and pre-equalization (if it apply to you).

A good DD allow you to transition from horizontal relaxing position (pre-dive breathing posture), to vertical streamlined posture with fins/monofin (or without in CNF) into the water ready to start kicking towards the depth, all in an efficient and clean move. There are different styles and approach to perform a proper DD, depending on discipline (amateur, competitive, CWT, CWTB, CNF, spearfishing). Following I will describe step by step the two DD styles I personally like to use and teach for amateur freediving.

Static Duck Dive

Is my favorite! It is the smoother and more efficient I teach and use. I´ll describe the step by step process, but is fundamental to understand that keep the relaxation is key, as well when you start to move after the pre-equalization, all the sequence should be fluid and continuous:

  1. Ending your relaxation phase in horizontal posture, take the last and full inhale using your snorkel (face in the water), then: snorkel out and pre-equalize. Now we are ready to start!, The Duck DiveStretch both arms pointing towards the bottom, next bend your head inside your arms and your torso follow your head and arms towards the bottom. Now you are in 90 degrees posture. All this movement must be continuous, fluid and relaxed (don’t waste energy doing it explosive).
  2. Following the previous 90 degrees posture, lift your legs-fins up, looking to be in streamline posture from the tip of your fingers to the tip of your fins. Now you start to sink/dive vertically., The Duck Dive
    , The Duck DiveThat is the moment to do your arms stroke! Just when you reach the vertical streamline posture, then arm stroke, and immediately equalize! Start with energy/amplitude kicking after the arm stroke. Now you are descending, freediving!
  3. TIPS: Use the momentum of the bending (Step #2) to lift your legs up, keeping your arms stretched pointing to the bottom. As well use the sinking momentum just after the arm stroke to glide in streamline posture, and start the kicking phase when you are depth enough.

Dynamic Duck Dive

, The Duck DiveIt’s the easier to learn for basic students. The downside is that require more energy to perform, need more movement to start (this is why I call it dynamic DD). I’ll describe the step by step process, keep relaxation is fundamental, all the sequence should be fluid and continuous:

  1. Ending your relaxation phase in horizontal posture, take the last and full inhale using your snorkel (face in the water), then: snorkel out and pre-equalize. Now we are ready to start!
  2. Stretch both arms pointing towards horizontal in front of you, next perform 1x kick cycle to get momentum in forward horizontal direction. Bend your arms-head and torso towards the bottom. Now you are in 90 degrees posture. All this movement must be continuous, fluid, and relaxed.
  3. Following the previous 90 degrees posture, lift your legs-fins up, looking to be in streamline posture from the tip of your fingers to the tip of your fins. Now you start to sink/dive vertically.
  4. That is the moment to do your arms stroke! Just when you reach the vertical streamline posture, then arm stroke, and immediately equalize! Start with energy/amplitude kicking after the arm stroke. Now you are descending, freediving!
  5. TIPS: Use the momentum of the bending (Step #2) to lift your legs up, keeping your arms stretched pointing to the bottom. As well use the sinking momentum just after the arm stroke to glide in streamline posture, and start the kicking phase when you are depth enough.
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