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    TadPole
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    Breathhold

    Anyone have some good suggestions on increasing breathold times?

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    Back in my younger days, I would literally practice at home and got up to a little over 2 minutes. In a pool I got to 2/12 minutes.

    Here's a good place to start looking at it (a free-diving site) ImpulseAdventure - Freediving - Apnea / Breath-hold Diving

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    Great link. Thanks navyhmc!

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    Good luck with the breath hold endevors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free.diver View Post
    Anyone have some good suggestions on increasing breathold times?
    time and experience... 4 minutes was my personal best back in the day... I need to get back at it though - it's about 25% physical and 75% mental...

    wow, I just read that page linked above - his personal best as of 2005 was 61 meters with no fins... I remember in high school swimming almost 100 yds without fins (down and almost all the way back 50 yd pool)
    Last edited by mitsuguy; 11-19-2007 at 10:22.
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    I recall doing similar after diving from the side of the pool. Never really tried it without pushing off in some way.

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    That stuff kind of makes me nervous. I have gotten dizzy swimming laps before and found myself at the bottom of the pool (guard was not watching I guess). So I do not mess with things like that, but whatever floats your boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaJenn81 View Post
    That stuff kind of makes me nervous. I have gotten dizzy swimming laps before and found myself at the bottom of the pool (guard was not watching I guess). So I do not mess with things like that, but whatever floats your boat.
    Different people have different reactions to breath hold techniques, plain and simple...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BouzoukiJoe View Post
    I recall doing similar after diving from the side of the pool. Never really tried it without pushing off in some way.
    that first push definitely gets you going, but in the grand scheme of things is really only good for 5 yards...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitsuguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BouzoukiJoe View Post
    I recall doing similar after diving from the side of the pool. Never really tried it without pushing off in some way.
    that first push definitely gets you going, but in the grand scheme of things is really only good for 5 yards...
    I don't know about 5yds....I have watched my son (a div 1 college swimmer) go 2/3 of a 25yd pool without taking a stroke after a strong pull out, and if your not stroking your have less drive to breath.


    BTW: if he had gone any farther, he would have been DQ'ed.

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