Member of French National Freediving Team Aurelia Voyer

1. Do you remember how and when did you find out about freediving? What made you start freediving? What were your 1st steps in this kind of sports? aurelia8
I found out about freediving in 2013. I started competition quickly, one year after beginning. I was attracted by relaxation and nice sensations during static or dynamic apnea. My first steps were in childhood when my father was timing me! Good memories.
2. What is your favorite discipline in freediving and which one you don’t like? And could you explain why?
My favorite disciplines are static and dynamic apnea. For me, static is the purest apnea because we have to let go our thoughts, to meditate in the silence of water. It’s a real challenge for me! During a dynamic apnea, I imagine that I’m a Manta and it is changing my perception of the performance. I hope to begin freediving (outdoor) next year, after indoor AIDA World Championship. I’m impatient, it will be a new step in my life and in my training.
3. Tell please few words about your freediving training approach: How many times a week do you train? And do you have a fixed schedule or you just wake up in the morning, look into the mirror and depending on your mood, body condition or weather decide what to do today?
I train 16 hours by week: 5 hours of static and dynamic apnea, 3 hours aurelia4of yoga, 2-3 hours of swimming, 2 hours of running, 3 hours of physical preparation. All the time I do 15min of stretching after training. I have a fixed schedule every week but sometimes I have to change my planning if I’m tired or sick.
And do a lot of biking since I’m not using a car 🙂

4. And how often do you try something new in your freediving training?

Ha ha, it depends on my coach! He likes giving me new exercises and new challenges.
5. The next question – what makes you day after day to go to train in a pool/sea? What motivates you to train hard? How do you fight humans’ laziness?
aurelia2I always take my bike for 20-25 minutes to go to train in a pool. Last year I had 45 minutes of a bus! I fight laziness with my passion and my willpower. I think that if we want something, we have to fight for it. Freediving has an important place in my life, so it’s normal for me to be passionate, demanding and endurant.
6. Do you believe that some food products could influence the ability to equalize? Like gluten or lactose, for example, create more mucus which is not good for equalizing? Do you personally follow any diet?
Yes, food is energy. It’s important to choose what we eat and what we drink. I don’t eat red meat and avoid white meat, wheat (pasta and bread) and cheese. I don’t drink alcohol one month before a competition. I never drink animal milk. I’m asthmatic and cow milk doesn’t help me!
7. Let’s talk about money 🙂 Do you have any support from sports community of your country or may be some trade brand?
No, I have not any support to pay my freedive material, my trips to competitions and myaurelia3 individual training. But I would like to be supported 😉
8. What about your targets in freediving? What would you like to achieve and how deep would you like to get?
My targets will depend on my evolution during the two years coming. For the moment, the first objective of this season could be to do 5’45-6’00 in static and 150m in dynamic.

9. What do you do except freediving? Do you have any hobbies?

Except for freediving, I do shiatsu massage and magnetism. My hobbies are walking in mountains, reading, writing, painting, traveling and meeting people.
10. What would you advise to people, who just discovered this kind of sports?
aurelia6Come to discover new sensations in water and to discover YOU. Freediving is like a soul’s mirror. Don’t forget your pleasure to be in nature, in the water element.
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