by steven watts August 09, 2017

Fail To Prepare And Prepare To Fail

This is a good motto to live by. This article is from a more indepth article on how to holding your breath underwater and especially while being active in the water and is worth reading if you plan on going near any form of water. This is about how essential it is that you are prepared for the very worst circumstances when in the water and especially the ocean. In the article we talk on the practical techniques and training programs that I have picked up over the years either from research or my own experience. They should will give you a great start in knowing how to hold your breath longer

Hold downs in the ocean can be gnarly

If you have had the displeasure of a long hold down, you will know, There is very little more scary than being held underwater twisted around in every direction not knowing which way is up and then the panic starts to set in. Your body can go into a fright or flight mode and you can make some stupid decisions and lose even more oxygen . It is not a nice experience and a particular gnarly situation that can lead to an awful outcome. The first time this happened to me on a trip to Indonesia after watching a friend have a 5 wave hold down in 15 foot surf and also experiencing a few flogging myself on the same session. This experience led me to find out more about how to hold my breath longer. I wanted to be very well prepared for the next time this happened. Being prepared is quiet honestly the only way to help preventing a bad situation turn into a terrible one. By being prepared you can enjoy the sports you love. I am sure every water man has at some point had a gnarly hold Down. NOT FUN! 

Bodysurfers above all need to practise good breath holding

As bodysurfers and Handboarder It is even more important for to practice breathing exercises. The nature of our sport we spend more time under the water than most other water sports. Therefore the chances of getting a good beating when you are dropping in late on a  bomb wave is that much higher than on stand-up surfboard and less chance you are going to be able to kick out or over the section. As a bodysurfer we tend to cop it on the head a lot more! This is and I'm sure you will agree, part of the fun of bodysurfing and handboarding. Getting hammered for me is part of the allure. However for some reason I really love it, you have to know how to be able to deal with the beating or it could be your last. You wouldn't step into an UFC Octagon without at least the basics on martial arts and mother nature can be a lot more violent and destructive than any UFC Fighter. 

Training to hold your breath should be part of your daily routine

Practising to hold your breath in you everyday exercise regime is also great because bigger lung capacity is good for keeping alert and healthy. Making daily preparations for the big day when you are 20 feet under and don't know which way is up you'll be glad you put the effort in

In the article there are tips on how to improve your Breathing and fitness simply through your Diaphragm control there are also tips from the pros on how to better deal with being held under. What to do and what not to do. Simple procedures that could end up saving your life.that will give you a great start in knowing. Don't find yourself in this position before you start to think about how long you can really hold your breath for how to hold your breath longer

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steven watts
steven watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left


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