Free diving is such an ancient activity, as humanity itself. The free diving is the most natural and simple method to visit the underwater world. The diver submerged with apnea is holding his breath, since he leaves the surface and submerged until the moment that returns to the surface. Free diver’s equipment consists of a mask, snorkel, wetsuit, weights and fins. Discover now with SEA U diving center the beauty of the underwater world.
History of free diving
Free diving in Greece, as in all coastal cultures throughout the globe, was used with different methods and styles for the collection of food and raw materials: anglers in Polynesia, the Ama female divers in Japan, pearl fishermen in India and Yemen. According to the findings of paleontologists earlier signs placed in 5,400 B.C the use of free diving by tribes inhabiting the coast of the Baltic Sea. Free diving technics was used by the Mesopotamian civilizations of the Tigris and the Euphrates in 4,500 B.C and all the coastal civilizations of the Mediterranean Sea. The first free diver mythological figure with the name Glafkos appears in the Minoan civilization in 2,000 B.C and transported to the mythological culture of all Greek cities. By Thucydides historian mentions the 415 B.C Athens divers participating in the battle of Syracuse. In the era of the Roman Empire ”Urinatores” was a corps of elite divers of the Roman army. Free diving in Greece continues with divers involved from the 160B.C e.g. in collections of objects from shipwrecks and sponge collection until the time of the industrial revolution. At that era the use of scuba diving techniques begins, as in the rest of the world, this leads to the oblivion of free diving. The free diving was revived as a sport in 1949, where pioneer divers, defying the dogmatic medical theories, begun to attempt diving to depths exceeding 30 meters. After so many decades of evolution today the free diving is an officially established sport, governed by specific rules on safety, theory and techniques.