Missing the sea and all the underwater beauty?

Stay connected and inspired with these top tips!

1. Read an Inspiring Book

James Nestor’s book DEEP is one of our recent favourites. It’s a fascinating look into the art of freediving, that is, diving without tanks. It has particular interest for us here at WaterMaarq as author James’s inspiration for the book came from his attendance at the World Freediving Depth Championship’s held in Greece. This is an event run by Stavros Kastrinakis, a freediver capable of diving over 150m deep on one breath, and the same person who taught WaterMaarq founder, Marlon Quinn, to freedive. Marlon’s first freediving experiences with Stavros led him to become a freediving instructor, and in turn begin WaterMaarq.

Buy DEEP on Amazon Australia or Amazon International

NEW INSPIRATION!

We’ve just ordered this new title too by Alex Rogers, professor of conservation biology at University of Oxford, and can’t wait to read it:

“The Deep: The Hidden Wonders of Our Oceans and How We Can Protect Them”.
Buy on Amazon Australia.
 
Buy on Amazon International

And let’s not forget the Children’s Books!

Steve Parish Children’s Story Book: “Seeking Seals” – Buy on Amazon Australia.

 

2. Rest

 

Rest is essential for recovery and general health and well being.

Did you know, seals can rest and sleep in the water? They float on their side and often hold their breath for periods of time. During their in-water sleeps, they can shut down one half of their brain and remain partially alert with the other. 

Australian Fur Seals return to land or a haul-out every week to ten days to have a good solid sleep after fishing and hunting bouts. They will remain hauled-out for two to three days at a time. [Source].

One study has even found that one species of seals, the northern fur seals, experienced REM sleep (like we humans do) of up to 80-minutes a day on land. Whilst in the water, that REM sleep fell to just 3 minutes a day. The study also discovered that the half-brain sleeping occurred much more often in the water than on land, with 94% of sleep being in half-alert state in water, compared with 62% on land. [Source].

If you really want to spin your mind into relaxation, research autogenic training, a technique developed by German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz around the 1930’s. This is a little similar to the seal half-brain sleeping, where you feel simultaneously asleep and aware [Source].   

And here’s another 12 scientific reasons why a day of rest works:

1. Time out reduces stress
2. It gives you a chance to move
3. It reduces inflammation and risks of heart disease
4. It boosts your immune system
5. Reduces sleep-disrupting practices 
6. Active time off extends your life
7. Restores your mental energy
8. You’re more creative
9. And more productive
10. You’ll focus better
11. And remember better!
12. Find your passion again
[Source]

 

 

3. Watch a Movie

 

Nothing gets the inspiration flowing better than a relaxed couple of hours with your mind taken away into the depths of a movie.

These are a few of our broader suggestions:

Blue

A documentary film about how the oceans are broken and how we can be part of the solution.

The Shape of Water

An other worldy tale by masterful storyteller Guillermo del Toro, is a romantic film about the discovery of an amphibious creature by a lonely janitor and the encompassing nature of the water.

Herbert Nitsch: Back from the Abyss

The flying fish as he’s known, watch the ambitions of Herbert Nitsch as he attempts to freedive towards depths of 1000ft on just one lung full of air. 

 

Before you return to scrolling your favourite Instagram feeds, we hope you’ve been inspired to explore a little further and ready yourself for your return to the sea!

Thank you for visiting the blog and we look forward to sharing more underwater adventures with you when you return.