It was great to see both our Chairman and DO braving the elements in Portroe Quarry on Sunday for our first official Open Water Freediving session. Training in a colder environment has many benefits and the main one is to stimulate the human “Mammalian Dive Reflex” which all humans are born with but only very few get to re-awaken in adult life. This Reflex allows humans to dive deeper and longer on breathold with less effort and more ease. I found it facinating watching both Mike and Martin hanging around at 6 metres with such ease especially as both are only 12 months or so at this sport. Martin was returning slowly up the rope using his finger tips as if he was threading a needle and Mike was counting under water with an interesting technique “Missisipi 1,Missisipi 2 etc, etc” for seconds.(Martin did suggest he try Limerick City 1,Limerick City 2 etc,etc but Mike was in the zone). I believe Freedivers training in cold water is similar to a runner training with a parachute attached, once the parachute is removed the runner can run faster and once the freediver hits the warm water after training in cold is a heavenly feeling that has to be experienced to be believed. Well done again guys!