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Unlocking the Depths: Why Proper Training is Essential for Beginner Freedivers

Unlocking the Depths: Why Proper Training is Essential for Beginner Freedivers

Transitioning from snorkeling to freediving is a thrilling and transformative experience. As a freediver, you’re no longer just skimming the surface but diving deep into a world of serenity and wonder. However, this exhilarating adventure also comes with its own set of challenges and risks. At Delphy Pool, we strongly advocate for proper training, particularly for beginners. Let’s explore why gaining proper training is crucial when making that leap from avid snorkeler to freediver.

Safety First: Understanding the Risks

Freediving might seem like an extension of snorkeling, but it’s a whole new ball game. Freedivers hold their breath and dive to significant depths, which introduces unique risks. Without the right training, you can encounter serious dangers such as:

  • Shallow Water Blackout: This can occur when a diver loses consciousness due to a lack of oxygen, usually during the ascent.
  • Barotrauma: Pressure changes can cause damage, particularly to the ears and sinuses.
  • Drowning: The ultimate risk if safety protocols aren’t followed.

Understanding these risks and learning how to manage them is crucial. Proper training, like the courses we offer at Delphy Pool, ensures that you can dive safely and confidently.

Mastering Equalization: The Key to Comfort

Equalization is one of the most critical skills in freediving. This technique helps balance the pressure in your ears with the surrounding water pressure, preventing discomfort and potential injury. Many new divers struggle with equalization, and without proper guidance, it can become a significant barrier.

In our AIDA 1 and AIDA 2 courses, we teach various equalization techniques, such as the Valsalva maneuver and the Frenzel technique. Finding the method that

works best for you is essential to making your dives comfortable and enjoyable.

Building Confidence: Knowledge is Power

Freediving is as much about mental discipline as it is about physical ability. Understanding the physiology of breath-holding, the importance of relaxation, and the principles of buoyancy are all essential components of a successful dive. Our structured training programs at Delphy Pool cover all these aspects, building your confidence as you progress.

We emphasize:

  • Breath-Hold Techniques: Learn how to maximize your breath-hold time safely.
  • Relaxation Methods: Discover techniques to stay calm and conserve oxygen.
  • Buoyancy Control: Understand how to use weights and your body’s natural buoyancy to your advantage.

Learn from the Best: Master Instructor Oli Cacioppo

One of the standout features of our training programs is the expertise of our instructors. Oli Cacioppo, our Master Instr

uctor, has taught a record number of students over the recent years, guiding them to achieve

their AIDA qualifications. His extensive experience and passion for freediving make him an exceptional guide on your journey into the deep.

Enhancing Your Experience: Connecting with Marine Life

Freediving opens up a world of underwater exploration that’s beyond the reach of snorkeling. With proper training, your experience becomes more enriching an


d enjoyable. You’ll be able to:

  • Dive Deeper: Explore new underwater realms.
  • Stay Longer: Increase your bottomtime to observe marine life and underwater landscapes.
  • Interact Safely: Learn how to approach marine creatures without disturbing them or putting yourself at risk.

The Freediving Community: Sharing the Passion

One of the joys of freediving is becoming part of a community of like-minded enthusiasts. At Delphy Pool, we foster a supportive and encouraging environment where you can learn and grow alongside fellow divers. Sharing experiences, tips, and even the occasi

onal mishap creates a bond that enhancesthe overall journey.

Ready to Dive In?

Transitioning from snorkeling to freediving is a journey that opens up a whole new world of underwater exploration. By investing in proper training, you ensure that this journey is safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling. Dive into the depths with us at Delphy Pool anddiscover the incredible adventures that await you beneath the surface.

Curious about starting your freediving journey? Join us for our AIDA 1 and AIDA 2 courses with Master Instructor Oli Cacioppo and take the first step towards becoming a confident and skilled freediver. Happy diving!

Dive into Safety: Navigating Ocean Sewage Challenges and Exploring the Clean Waters of Delphy Pool

Dive into Safety: Navigating Ocean Sewage Challenges and Exploring the Clean Waters of Delphy Pool

Cornwall, with its picturesque coastline and vibrant marine life, is a beloved destination for divers and sea swimmers alike. However, the region’s pristine image has been tarnished by a pressing environmental issue: sewage pollution. As sewage management becomes a growing concern, understanding its impact and advocating for change is more important than ever.

The Reality of Sewage Pollution

Sewage pollution in Cornwall has been an ongoing issue, with significant ramifications for both the environment and public health. Recent data highlights numerous instances where untreated or partially treated sewage has been discharged into the ocean, especially after heavy rainfall. This not only disrupts marine ecosystems but also poses serious risks to divers and sea swimmers.

Surfers Against Sewage: A Beacon of Advocacy

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a grassroots movement that has been at the forefront of tackling sewage pollution in the UK. Their efforts are crucial in raising awareness and pushing for stricter regulations and better sewage management practices. One of their most impactful tools is the SAS Sewage Alert Service, an interactive map that provides real-time updates on water quality and sewage discharge incidents. This tool empowers divers and swimmers to make informed decisions about when and where to enjoy the ocean safely.

The Dangers of Sewage-Contaminated Waters

Diving and swimming in sewage-contaminated waters can have serious health implications. Sewage often contains harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause illnesses such as:

  • Gastroenteritis: Inflammation of the stomach and intestines, leading to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
  • Hepatitis A: A viral infection affecting the liver, causing symptoms like jaundice, fatigue, and abdominal pain.
  • Skin Infections: Direct contact with contaminated water can result in rashes, infections, and other skin conditions.

Additionally, ingesting or coming into contact with contaminated water can lead to ear, nose, and throat infections, respiratory issues, and eye infections—conditions particularly concerning for those who spend extended periods in the water.

Shellfish Safety Concerns

Shellfish, such as oysters, mussels, clams, and scallops, are filter feeders and can accumulate toxins and pathogens from polluted water. Consuming shellfish from sewage-contaminated areas poses significant health risks, including:

  • Norovirus: A highly contagious virus causing vomiting and diarrhea.
  • E. coli: A bacteria that can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  • Hepatitis A: As mentioned earlier, this virus can also be transmitted through contaminated shellfish.

To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to heed public health advisories and avoid consuming shellfish from affected areas.

Delphy Pool: A Safe Haven for Divers and Sea Swimmers

Amidst the challenges of ocean pollution, Delphy Pool offers a sanctuary for water enthusiasts. Located in an area free from the adverse effects of sewage, Delphy Pool maintains clean and well-filtered waters year-round. This is primarily due to underground springs that continually refresh the pool, ensuring it remains unaffected by weather conditions and tides.

Delphy Pool provides the safest place to dive and swim all year round, offering:

  • Consistent Water Quality: Thanks to the natural filtration by underground springs, the water stays clean and clear.
  • Stable Conditions: Unlike the ocean, which can be unpredictable due to weather and tides, Delphy Pool offers stable conditions, making it an ideal spot for diving and swimming.

Take Action for Cleaner Waters

Addressing sewage pollution requires a concerted effort from individuals, communities, and policymakers. Here are some steps you can take to help:

  1. Stay Informed: Utilize resources like the SAS interactive map to stay updated on water quality and sewage discharge incidents.
  2. Support Advocacy Groups: Engage with organizations like Surfers Against Sewage to support their campaigns and initiatives.
  3. Reduce Runoff: Implement sustainable practices such as reducing impervious surfaces, using rain barrels, and planting native vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff.
  4. Advocate for Change: Lobby for stricter regulations on sewage treatment and discharge, and support infrastructure improvements to better handle sewage and stormwater.

By staying informed and taking proactive steps, we can all contribute to preserving Cornwall’s beautiful coastline and ensuring safe, clean waters for future generations.

For more information and to access the interactive map, visit Surfers Against Sewage.

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or an enthusiastic sea swimmer, you deserve a safe and clean environment to explore. Delphy Pool offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the water without the risks associated with sewage pollution. Let’s commit to a cleaner, healthier future for Cornwall’s ocean and beyond.

Discovering Breathwork: A Journey of Personal Growth

Welcome to our first breathwork blog, where I dive into the depths of exploration and self-discovery. I’m Nicky, and I am thrilled to share the beginning of my journey into the captivating world of breathwork.

My introduction to breathwork was somewhat unexpected. Initially, guided by my husband Oli, an AIDA international master freediving instructor my focus was on enhancing freedive performance through a much-studied practice called The Oxygen Advantage. Brought to fame by Patrick McKeown, focussing on the importance of nasal breathing and improvements of athletic abilities. Little did I know that this path would lead me to the ancient practice of Pranayama and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

As I delved deeper into my studies fuelled by the focus of improving my own freediving along with improving the freediving courses we teach at Delphy Pool, I found myself drawn to the gentle techniques of Pranayama, each breath unlocking a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me. It was a revelation—a shift in perspective that forever altered the course of my journey.

Reflecting on my past learning, I am reminded of the twists and turns that brought me to where I am today. Through my notes, journal ramblings, and reflections, I hope to offer a window into how I evolved from a curious seeker into a dedicated practitioner of breathwork, not only for freediving but for every breathing human in search of better health, well-being, forgiveness, release of trauma and a door to something much bigger than themselves.

So, join me as I revisit the moments that shaped my understanding and appreciation of breathwork. Together, let’s uncover the transformative power of the breath and discover the endless possibilities it holds for our lives.

Breathe deeply and dive in with me.

Equalisation Course event for Freedivers and Spearfishers

Dive Deeper: Recap of Delphy Pool’s First Freediving and Spearfishing Course Event”


Yesterday marked the launch of an exhilarating series of events at Delphy Pool, specifically tailored for Freedivers and Spearfishers eager to elevate their underwater prowess. The inaugural course delved into a vital aspect of diving – equalisation. Led by AIDA master instructor Oli, participants explored both the theoretical and practical dimensions of various equalisation techniques.

Equalisation Mastery:

Commencing with a thorough exploration of the science behind different equalisation practices, the course empowered participants with insights into the principles underpinning effective equalisation. This session demystified a tool that many find challenging, combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on exercises. The inversion table and an array of EQ tools were utilized, enabling participants to perfect the art of equalisation by hanging upside down.

Winter Training Series:

Delphy Pool is committed to providing a holistic training experience, drawing inspiration from AIDA principles. Throughout the winter, a series of mini Freediving and Spearfishing courses will be offered, each focusing on a different facet of training. These courses are designed to equip participants with a comprehensive skill set, ensuring they become well-rounded and confident divers in both Freediving and Spearfishing disciplines.

Expert Guidance:

The driving force behind these courses is AIDA master instructor Oli, whose expertise ensures participants receive top-notch training in both Freediving and Spearfishing techniques. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced diver, these courses provide a unique opportunity to refine your skills under the guidance of a seasoned expert.

Warm Hospitality:

Delphy Pool went the extra mile to ensure participants were comfortable and energized throughout the Freediving and Spearfishing course event. Hot drinks and snacks were provided, creating a welcoming atmosphere for learning and sharing experiences. The day concluded with a refreshing cold water plunge, followed by a blissful relaxation session in the wood-fired hot tub.

Stay Informed:

To enhance your search potential and stay informed about upcoming Freediving and Spearfishing course events, regularly check the Delphy Pool website for updates and announcements. These courses promise to be an essential component of any diver’s arsenal, offering a unique opportunity to master both Freediving and Spearfishing skills.

In summary, Delphy Pool’s inaugural Freediving and Spearfishing course event was a resounding success, laying the foundation for an enriching winter series. Dive deeper, learn more, and embrace the thrill of underwater exploration with Delphy Pool’s specialized training sessions in both Freediving and Spearfishing.


Join us for an exciting freediving event on Sunday, November 19th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Delphy Pool. This event marks the beginning of a thrilling series of gatherings for freedivers, proudly hosted by Delphy Pool.
For just £35, you can secure your spot for this fantastic event. Your ticket includes a morning dry class dedicated to addressing equalization challenges, gaining insights into failure depth, and initiating the journey into mouthfill techniques (with the upcoming Mouthfill event led by AIDA master Oli Cacioppo).
This event offers more than just training; it’s a unique opportunity to connect with fellow freedivers and potentially find buddies from your local area. Delphy Pool will keep you fueled and energized with hot drinks and snacks, and you can cap off the day with a refreshing dip in our cold water pool, followed by relaxation in a wood-fired hot tub.
But that’s not all! As a special bonus, attendees will receive a 10% discount to spend on merchandise at our shop and towards any future Delphy Pool memberships. This event is open to both members and non-members, and we welcome freedivers of all skill levels.
Don’t miss out on this incredible experience. Secure your £35 ticket today and dive into the world of freediving with Delphy Pool.

Olla Hiki Sauna Experience with Cold Water Therapy 9th and 10th September

Revitalize Your Body and Mind: Embrace the Olla Hiki Sauna Experience with Cold Water Therapy

Are you ready to embark on a journey of relaxation, rejuvenation, and holistic well-being? Look no further! The weekend of September 9th and 10th marks a significant milestone as we introduce the Olla Hiki Sauna experience at Delphy. Prepare to immerse yourself in the world of saunas and explore the transformative synergy of cold water therapy. Get ready to unwind, detoxify, and revitalize your body and mind like never before.



The Benefits of Saunas: A Time-Honored Tradition of Wellness

Saunas have been cherished across cultures for centuries, celebrated for their myriad of benefits that extend beyond mere relaxation. As you step into the warm embrace of the Olla Hiki Sauna, you’ll be greeted by an environment of dry heat, typically ranging from 160°F to 200°F. This controlled heat induces a rise in body temperature, leading to an array of advantages:



  1. Detoxification: Sweating is your body’s natural mechanism for eliminating toxins. Saunas induce a profuse sweat, flushing out impurities and promoting a healthier, clearer complexion.
  2. Stress Relief: The soothing warmth of a sauna stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. This natural high helps alleviate stress and anxiety, leaving you in a state of serene tranquility.
  3. Improved Circulation: The heat causes your blood vessels to dilate, enhancing blood flow and oxygen delivery to your muscles and organs. This can contribute to improved cardiovascular health over time.
  4. Muscle Relaxation: As your muscles heat up, tension and soreness melt away. This makes saunas particularly appealing after a strenuous dive session.
  5. Enhanced Skin Health: The increased blood circulation brings more nutrients to the skin, promoting a healthy complexion and possibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Cold Water Therapy: The Perfect Complement to Saunas

To truly optimize your wellness journey, we’re introducing the invigorating concept of cold water therapy. Often referred to as “contrast therapy,” this practice involves alternating between exposure to intense heat and cold water. After your sauna session, consider taking a refreshing plunge into delphys waters. The benefits are astonishing:

  1. Reduced Inflammation: Cold water immersion constricts blood vessels, helping to reduce inflammation and swelling. This can aid in post-dive recovery and alleviate joint pain.
  2. Increased Alertness: The shock of cold water triggers a release of adrenaline, providing an instant energy boost and heightened mental alertness.
  3. Immune System Boost: Cold exposure has been linked to an increase in white blood cells, which play a pivotal role in immune function.
  4. Improved Circulation: Alternating between hot and cold temperatures enhances blood vessel flexibility, which in turn can improve overall circulation.

Olla Hiki Sauna Experience: Your Weekend Retreat

Mark your calendars for September 9th and 10th as we roll out the red carpet for the Olla Hiki Sauna experience. As a member with a booking during this special weekend, you’re invited to partake in the sauna delights at an additional fee of £7 for 30 minutes or £12 for 60 minutes payable on the day

with no pre-booking needed.  This is your chance to embark on a journey toward holistic well-being and relish the harmonious interplay of sauna heat and cold water therapy.

In a world that often demands so much from us, taking time to prioritize self-care is essential. The Olla Hiki Sauna offers you a sanctuary to unwind, detoxify, and emerge as the best version of yourself. Prepare to step into a realm of rejuvenation that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to conquer the world.

Your body and mind will thank you.

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