WHY DIVE IN A DIVING TANK OR SWIMMING POOL IN THE WINTER?

WHY DIVE IN A SWIMMING POOL IN THE WINTER?

There are several reasons...

TO TRY OUT DIVING

The perfect place to start.

The pool offers a reassuring environment that is highly appreciated when trying out diving for the first time and getting used to the feeling of breathing underwater in a regulator. During your first immersions, you've got a lot to learn that will already take up all your attention: swimming with a cylinder of compressed air on your back, breathing in a regulator, using the equipment, wearing ear protectors, handling the buoyancy jacket, etc. When you've memorised every inch of the tiles at the bottom of the pool, then you're ready to explore the natural sea beds, and you'll be much calmer and better prepared.

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TO IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE AND LEARN ABOUT DIVING

Winter is the ideal season to train and learn!

Many clubs offer pool diving in the winter all over France. The idea of these sessions is to avoid neglecting the sport for the long winter months and make the most of the off-season to improve your technique. Winter is actually the ideal time to train, take certificates and not lose your "aquacity"! Aquacity? This term describes a human being's general ease in the aquatic environment or water confidence. A diver must therefore know how to adapt all his/her behaviour and his/her reactions to the aquatic environment to get the most from it in terms of safety, effectiveness and pleasure. Most of the time, diving clubs offer you varied, recreational activities in the pool. This doesn't mean an hour practising emptying your mask, so as not to discourage more motivated divers! Your instructors will suggest games and courses that make you work whilst keeping you motivated and interested in learning.

EXAMPLES OF EXERCISES

- Leap-frog: 3 divers, the 1st takes up a position at 1/3 of the depth, the 2nd further on at 1/3 from the bottom. The 3rd must move by performing the lung-ballast technique between the different depths and swim with fins without touching his team-mates.
- Spoon game: take a spoon and a ping-pong ball and move from one side of the pool to another, swimming very slowly with fins. Of course, you can't let the ball escape! Race in a relay with the others.
- Potato game: attach weights to a swimming float so that it remains on the bottom. This submerged float represents the potato or the coral that you can't touch in case you break it.
The student must swim under the float only using lung-ballast technique. They must not touch the float with their body or with their fins or any octopus that might be lying around... Variants of this game can use 2 floats to simulate a large potato. The students spend a little time above, as if watching something on the surface, always without touching it.
- Closed eyes: go towards the source of a noise (a pole tapping on the bottom of the pool). Initially, the noise is continuous, then the taps are spaced out. This game teaches you how difficult it is to work out the origin of a noise in the aquatic environment (distance and direction).

All these exercises must be organised in a fun way, with blackboards or boards to provide info and have some fun. This can include lung-ballast sessions with games of tic-tac-toe or hangman to try and think about something other than your buoyancy. Divers thereby learn to multi-task underwater!

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TO KEEP IN SHAPE OVER THE WINTER

Taking part in a pool diving session also provides the chance to get fitter.

Pool training helps you prepare and thereby maintain your physical shape in the winter period. Check out our tips explaining why it is important to get "physically" ready in a pool and take a look at all the training exercises we suggest!

WHY DIVE IN A TANK?

To dive in chlorinated water, going deeper than the 2 or 3 metres in your local swimming pool, there are also diving tanks.

In France, these tanks go from 10 to 20 metres deep. The two deepest in the world are Deep Joy Y40 in Italy (42 metres) and Nemo33 in Belgium (33 metres). Our teams had the chance to test them, so here's a little guided tour! Just like diving in a pool, the point of tank diving lies in the chance to remain in contact with the water, at greater depths, repeating technical routines at depth and enjoying being "deep down" even if all you have to look at are some tiny tiles.
Tempted? Here are a few examples of diving tanks in France:
- "Fosse de plongée", a 20m diving tank in Yvelines.
- "Les Vagues", a 20m tank in Lyon.
- "Le Nautilus", a 15m tank in Amiens.
Etc.

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ARTICLE WRITTEN BY

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Baptiste, Digital Manager Subea 

I am 36 years old. I am the Digital Manager for the Subea brand. I am keen on spearfishing and freediving and have been practicing scuba diving for over fifteen years. I have my level 1 FFESSM and I followed the PADI course until “Rescue”.
 

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