Can you freedive with standard scuba equipment? YES
Are you going to have as much fun as someone with freediving equipment? NO
Freediving fins are the most iconic peice of equipment that freedivers use. Just about eveyone notices the "long" fins we use. Yes they are long and powerful, but there are also many other features to consider when looking for your perfect freediving fin. Most freediving fins come as 2 sperate parts 1) the blade and 2) the foot pocket, which 99% are full-foot instead of the standard open-heel SCUBA fin. This allows us to find a footpocket that fits your foot just right, and then choose the right blade as well. Freediving blades come in different stiffnesses, different colors and different materials (plastic, fiberglass, carbon fiber).
DA Pro-Tip: Want to go spearfishing? Want to set world records? Want to interact with marine life? We can help you decide what brand foot pocket and blade to got with, what stiffness would be the best fit for your body type and diving style, and help you decide whether you should go with some durable fiberglass blades or the highest performance carbon fiber blades.
Freediving masks are not too different from standard SCUBA diving masks, or snorkeling masks. The biggest diffference? They are incredibly low volume. With a low volume mask a freediver doesn't have to use as much of their precious air to equalize the airspace between their mask and their face. Freedivers are also always concerned about hydrodynamics (drag in the water)- low volume masks also tend to have less drag.
DA Pro-Tip: When trying on freediving masks, don't forget to check the upward visibility or field of vision. When freediving you want to be able to maintain a neutral head position, but still be able to look upwards with your eyes.
There is not much to a "freediving snorkel". Basically to get a great freediving snorkel, you are looking for a streamline tube that breaths well. Things to look for in a freediving snorkel: 1) Ease of use 2) Hydrodynamics (streamlining).
DA Pro-Tip: When looking at freediving snorkels, look for a snorkel that will be able to be mounted closer to the back of your head than the side of your head and still be comfortable to breath through. Also take a look at the snorkel keeper/mask clip and make sure it will not easily slide off the top of the snorkel.
Freediving wetsuits are very well-fitting, stretchy, warm, streamlined wetsuits. Open cell neoprene is preffered for best performance. Open cell neoprene tends to be much more stretchy which improves not only comfort, but performance. Proper arm positioning and the ability to be able to achieve a true peak inhale are both affected by the flexibility of the wetsuit. Freediving suits also tend to have built in hoods, and be two peice wetsuits, rather than a jumpsuit with a zipper. It is all about flexibility and streamlining the diver in order to achieve the maximum performance while spesrfishing and freediving. Spearfishing specific freediving suits also have a chest loading pad, for added comfort while loading your speargun.
DA Pro-Tip: Looking for a wetsuit, or just bought an open cell suit? Check out our basic care and maintanance guide.