If you want to hold your breath for longer
while swimming, there is no other way but to practice it in the pool while you’re
swimming. Before we begin, i want to warn you about the dangers of this practice. Shallow
water black outs is an underwater “faint” due to a lack of oxygen to the brain brought
on by holding your breathe for long periods of time. Without immediate rescue, the swimmer
quickly drowns. Shallow Water Blackout occurs WITHOUT ANY WARNING of its onset. In fact,
because of the hypoxia and detached mental state one can feel euphoric and empowered
to continue breath-holding. If you want to learn more, check out the link in the description.
They recommend the following tips to prevent SWB. Never hyperventilate.
Never ignore the urge to breathe Never swim alone.
Never play breath-holding games Personally I have done swimming sessions that
have pushed the limits of my body in regards to holding my breath. At that point you start
losing control of your body and you purposefully ignore the urge to breathe. This video is
not intended to encourage do that. You should try the next exercises not ignoring the urge
to breathe and always with a trained lifeguard present. This is a fun exercise. We did 4 X 50s, the
first one we did with 4 breathes total in the 50. The next one 3, then 2 and the last
one with 1. Depending on your ability, you can do this 4,3,2,1 or with more breathes
like say 7,6,5,4. The key here is to time your breaths strategically. For example on
this 50 my brother does 3 breathes. Since he just took a breath before leaving he goes
almost to the flags at the other end to take his first breath. Before the turn you will
naturally feel the urge to breathe. So it is good to have fresh air before doing it.
Now, he has two breathes left for the last 25. He takes them relatively early knowing
that he will breathe right after he touches the wall. For the 50 with only two breaths it’s a
little bit more challenging. Notice the long streamline. It is easy speed without wasting
oxygen in the blood for moving your muscles. Again the first breath before the turn. Now
there is only one breath for the next 25. I took it in the middle because I felt the
urge to breathe and I knew that as soon as I finish I would breathe again. My brother does the last 50 with only one
breath. Again he has a lot of oxygen stored at first because he was breathing normally
right before, so he goes the whole 25 without breathing. After the turn he could take the
breath whenever he wants. He chooses to go up to the middle because he was probably feeling
good. it is also good to take only one breath in the 50 free during competition to not waste time breathing at
full speed. The next exercise is 4 x 25s. I took two breathes
for each 25. The interesting part though is to control your breathing during the rest.
I rested for only 3 breaths. After the third breath I went on to do the next 25 with only
two breathes. If you are not there yet. You can try a variation of this with more breaths.
Something like 4 breaths for each 25 and 5 or 6 breaths while resting. These exercises
will train you to feel more comfortable with the urge to breathe. While this is good for
training it can also be dangerous for your health. Shallow water blackout is most common
among physically fit swimmers, spear fishermen and free divers. Let me know in the comments bellow if there
are anything else you would like me to explain or make a tutorial about. See you next time!
be careful and swim fast!