Best 3 Free Freediving Training Apps

PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE

Ok, so now that you have been training and improving your freediving skills, and keep hearing everyone talking about training tables, using apps, keeping track of their training and some other terms that are getting you confused? Well, here we are going to try our best to explain and give you a few tips for when choosing an app for your dry static table training.

But before we start, please understand this is our recommended exercises collected from different documents and personal experiences and under no circumstances should be taken as “the only way to train”. Even less, doing training tables using any technique or app  you can find will replace doing a course, so this does post does not intent to do so. and remember rule #1 of Freediving: never do it alone.

Same way this is entirely user responsible guide, meaning that nor OceanSense Freediving, its instructors or representatives could take responsibility for any injuries caused due to practicing these techniques.

Remember we run Freediving courses up and down the Queensland coast almost every week, if you want to know about, click here!

What are training tables?

 

When we talk about training tables, we talk about a sequence of breathe ups, and breath hold, one after another in order to increase our tolerance to high levels of CO2 or low levels of O2 in our system. 

Most common and recommended are CO2 tables, but you will learn how to set up your CO2 or O2 training tables based on your performance in your advanced freediver course , but because we have technology on our side, we can just download an app, introduce our performance and let it do the calculations for us, and not only that, it would do the count downs on every breath-hold and breathe-up for you so you will not even need to look at the chronometer. Thanks technology for all these Free Freediving Training Apps!

In our experience training, coaching and competing in freediving, we all have come across different apps, so we have decided to leave here in a few word and under our modest opinion, what are our best 3 training apps that can not miss in your smartphone.

Freedive

 

Developed by Luca Naterop, this app with more than 100k downloads and more than 4 start rating in both google and apple platforms can be called the most user friendly app. Easy to use, simple to program, and got several way to modify the count down alerts.

In the Main Menu we find 4 tabs:

  • Tables to use the automatic CO2 or O2 tables programmed according your performance, or to program personalised tables in case you have specific coached program.
  • Hold A simple breath-hold timer to keep track of you max performances and with optional time notification in case you are aiming for specific goals and don’t want to keep looking at the screen.
  • Settings As the name of this tab suggest, here we will introduce our max breath-hold time (aka mx performance) so the app can set up both of  your tables, for CO2 and O2.
  • About tab will tell you about the author and a quick explanation of how to use this app.

There is only one version, the free version, which also doesn’t have “annoying apps” and you can create and edit several amount of tables. As you see it is a very simple and yet complete app to start your breath-hold journey.

Download for Android HERE

Download for Apple iphone HERE

 

Freediving trainer

Developed by Maksim Pipkin, this app with more than 180k downloads and higher than 4 start rating in both google and apple platforms can be called the most complete freediving training app. Even though it is not as easy to use when first using it, it is still simple to program, and got a specific count down alerts system, the AIDA count down, which is really convenient if you are thinking of becoming an athlete.

Now, probably one of the reasons why this is app is very popular in the freediving world, is that during the breath-hold time you can press the “contraction” button, so then you can compare to your past self and see when you are getting contractions on every session.

Even better, to this we ad the the capability of connecting the app directly to a pulse oximeter vie bluetooth (check compatibility on the app before buying any) , which means that you can see live, or on a stats graphic later, you heart rate and Oxygen saturation at any point of your Breath hold or breathe up. Now they also connect to Garmin watches for heart rate info, how cool is that!

In the Main Menu we find a few tabs:

  • Home This will show the table you have chose to do next or the one you are currently runing.
  • Tables to use the CO2 or O2 tables already set up as default that you will need to program according your performance, or to your  specific coaching program. On the free version you will limited to a max of 3 tables.
  • Best Time A simple breath-hold timer to keep track of you max performances and with optional time notification in case you are aiming for specific goals and don’t want to keep looking at the screen. Yes as expected you will be able to see live stream on your phone screen your HR and O2 saturation, and will be able to tap the contraction screen whenever you get one.
  • Square Breath a 4 times breathing exercise to practice
  • One Breath Mode An on going table that you go pressing on the screen as you go to see your progression.
  • History Keep track of all your breath-hold training, details of your tables with charts notes and biometrical data, even downloadable on an excel file.
  • Settings As the name of this tab suggest, here we will introduce our max breath-hold time (aka mx performance) so the app can set up both of  your tables, for CO2 and O2.
  • Sensors To connect your app to your pulse oximeters, garmin watch, google fit and others.
  • Premium tap so you can register for the paid version with no ads and more table saving options.

As you see it is a very complete app, great for the ones looking to go beyond the recreational freediving.

Download for Android HERE

Download for Apple iphone HERE

 

Prana Breath

 

Compared to the two previous ones, this is a very different app, developed by Oleksandr Albul this app with more than 5MM downloads sadly can only be downloaded for Android phones. Prana breath will guide you through different breathing exercises and meditation based on your areas that need improvement to increase your mindfulness and improve your freediving skills. It will also send you reminders so you won’t forget to practice.

In the Main Menu we find 5 tabs:

  • Training This will show seven different exercises based on your present needs, such as Relax, harmony, power, anti-stress, anti-appetite, even cigarette replace and more!
  • Control Basically breath-hold sequences also based on your present need, mostly calming.
  • Experience Basically your log and statistics so you can see your progress.
  • Reminders need no explanation.
  • Options Basically your settings and configuration.

As you see it is a very powerful app, powerful enough to make people that have switch to iphone to keep their old android so they could keep using the app.

Download for Android HERE

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