The duck dive is the technique that freedivers use to leave the surface of the water. Many beginner freedivers, as well as some experienced ones, have a lot of room for improving it, as it is a very important part of each and every dive. Here are some tips from National & Continental record holder, Sheena McNally:
“The duck dive is the technique that freedivers use to leave the surface of the water, that’s how we get underneath and ideally we should be performing it using as little energy as possible”.
“Many beginner freedivers and also a few more experienced freedivers, who are doing this technique have room for improvement, so maybe they’re not being as efficient as they could be, using a little bit too much energy”.
“The best way to learn this technique is to take a certification level freedive class with an experienced instructor – it doesn’t matter what agency – and that way you can get some real-time feedback”.
“You can bring both legs up while duck diving, if you like, but by using one you consume less energy and I think it looks cooler too”.
“If you’re holding an object it helps to point the object straight down”.
“Go slow, you don’t need to be moving fast to do this”.
“A lot of people, especially when they’re new, think like I need to kick really hard and get a lot of speed in order to make it work, and that’s totally not true”.
“Once you’re underwater, wherever the top of your head is pointing is where your body is going to want to follow”.