Five time freedive British record holder Dean Chaouche grew up surfing. Surfing was his first love and inspired his relationship with the ocean. He's surfed all over the world, some of his favorite places to surf are Indonesia and France. He picked up climbing in Egypt and fell in love with the sport. "There are many parallels with free diving and rock climbing. It's a very mental pursuit where you need to trust and believe in your body's ability" says Chaouche. "I also enjoy snowboarding, I spent a season in the Alps and it was epic! I can't wait to return to the mountains!" Chaouche added.
What's does your training entail to be a world class freediver? "I have a varied training plan where I combine heavy volumes of pool training along with dry training (static breath holds and stretching) and depth training. Depth is also split up into more base phase training and finally, deep diving, which is mainly just diving deep and then resting a lot. This happens a few weeks prior to a competition. I also supplement my training with vigorous body resistance workouts that focus heavily on core and functional strength.. During the latter stages of training the emphasis swings towards flexibility. Which is why I practice yoga. I enjoy yoga very much!"
Any favorite foods? "That's a tough one" says Chaouche! "I eat a primarily plant based diet so fresh fruit and veggie dishes. If I eat fish it's because I caught it myself or if I know it was caught in a sustainable manner. I don't eat meat primarily from an environmental stand point, health and ethics are also defining factors. Making sure that my diet is varied and provides the nutrition I need is fundamental to my training. I couldn't train at the level that I do without nutrient dense super supplements like BioAstin and Pure Hawaiian Spirulina."