*Covid-19 club update: Our club has decided to scale back activities in Whangarei and will be extending our winter training into November 2020 due to the late start. To find out more about these changes feel free to read the Club Update – Issued May 2020 by clicking the above link.
We currently train in the pool twice a week during the winter season from late March through to September. We also encourage members to coordinate extra goal-specific training’s through the week when needed. Our Facebook group is used as a primary tool for coordinating training’s so it pays to check the Facebook event before coming.
There are three main types of pool training sessions: Static, Dynamic 02 and Dynamic CO2. As there is only one fixed training in each town per week we try to have a small static session at the start of each training followed by either 02 (long slow swims with big intervals) or CO2 (short fast swims with small intervals)
Safety is a big part of our club with the mantra ‘always dive with a budy’, we follow the National Pool Training Standards and have our club Incident Response Plan readily available.
To train you will need to have filled in our online membership form, completed an induction session and paid a membership fee prior to attending regular sessions. Training’s will be planned and coordinated through the group Facebook page where the focus and equipment needed for each training will be made available.
Mask and Snorkel – can substitute for goggles and nose clip
Fins – Can be long freediving specific or short swim-fins to (make it harder)
Wetsuit – 2.5m (tri/surf suit) is ideal for dynamic and static sessions, however if you feel the cold, a 3 or 5mm spearfishing wetsuit is fine for an induction/static session. Some Dynamic training’s are OK without a wetsuit but please check the event description before ditching the suit as it usually only works for C02 sessions, we always recommend bringing one if you have it anyway.
Weight – Weight belt and weights, or a neck weight.
For more about other clubs and Freediving in New Zealand, we recommend you check out the Freediving New Zealand website.