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MermaidNerenia
08-22-2011, 04:16 PM
Just wondering what is the normal time for mers to stay down? I am starting to practice to expand my lungs and get better at breathing. I do good at controling my exhaling but could be better.

HBMermaid_Angela
08-22-2011, 05:35 PM
I've gone up to just shy of 4 minutes (static)....my "typical" is 2 - 3 minutes (swimming/moving)

AniaR
08-22-2011, 06:39 PM
I can only stay under for the average of 20-30 seconds while moving (most people are like that) but static I can do a wee bit longer.

Mermaid Jewel
08-22-2011, 06:57 PM
Moving I'm about 30 sec, though I think I recorded nearly 40 sec max but that was pushing it. Static I'm about 45-50 sec. I like to sit at the bottom of the pool often :)

Derek Broussard
08-22-2011, 09:08 PM
Everyone is capable of doing a static of 3 minutes or longer.

All it takes is the proper technique and good warm up.





My personal best

4:38 static

3:08 Exhale static ( exhale on my last breath instead of an inhale)


Swimming 1:42 - 72meters no fins

NewYorkMermaid
08-24-2011, 04:52 PM
in the past 4 minutes. now on lung and a half its going on 2:10. Im working on going back to 4.

Mermaid Kalliope
08-24-2011, 05:40 PM
A measly 20 seconds. I'm working on trying to get to at least a minute.

Moving and static, I don't see too much of a difference (yet)

Mermaid Lorelei
09-16-2011, 12:36 AM
I've hit 1:20 static finally. I used to be around 45 seconds static.

MermaidAubrin
09-16-2011, 02:03 AM
I think I'm at 20 static :(

Capt Nemo
09-16-2011, 12:59 PM
Personal best 4:15 static. Haven't pushed dynamic much since the SWB. But diving at the quarry, I'm pushing 25-30 min of accumulated bottom time on my old gauge in about 1-1 1/2 hours of diving.(below 7 ft depth)

AlohaMermaid
09-17-2011, 10:19 AM
3:45 static after taking a freediving course, which greatly improved my breathing and taught me a lot about safety and techniques.

Odette
09-23-2011, 01:25 AM
i can do 2 min static but only 1:15 with very simple swimming and tricks. gotta stay REAL calm. i think im going to do research on holding ones breath. we dont want to hurt ourselves.

Aquatica
09-23-2011, 11:43 AM
timed my self last night so i could answer this..lol
I am 2min 36 static and 1min 40 swimming.

gypsymer
01-24-2012, 08:27 PM
2:15 static record
average static is around 1:45
I don't know what I am swimming.

Ocean is different than a pool too, what with lungs contracting and expanding. I've definitely pushed myself to the point where my lungs are almost spasming for air as I surface. Not the safest thing to do.

AniaR
01-24-2012, 08:40 PM
forgot to update here that I broke 2 minutes!

Coradion
01-24-2012, 09:37 PM
Don't usually time, it depends on what I'm doing. Like an active lap swim a 100m free at a normal tempo is doable without a breath. Active free dive depending on what I dive with is 2-3:30.

happyguava
01-25-2012, 06:24 AM
I've got 2 minutes static in me, but when I get in the water I lose about 20 seconds from that!! Only about 1 minute dynamic.

Amphitrite
02-07-2012, 11:03 PM
When I try to hold my breath I get a headache! Whyyyyy? :(

Lorelei
02-13-2012, 07:14 PM
I used to practice holding my breath everyday at school and everyday I got a little more and a little more. It's been a while since I've been slacking, but last I checked, I was up to just about 2 minutes. :)

Mermaid Saphira
02-13-2012, 07:30 PM
50 seconds is my best when I'm not moving :p
Would love to reach 1.5 mintue!! :)

Kitty-Madison Snel
06-19-2012, 12:21 AM
How long can I stay underwater... well, my best static time was 6:00. Dynamic with a mermaidtail: 100 meters. But normally I stay underwater for 2:30 or 50 - 75 meters dynamic.

halesloveswhales
06-19-2012, 12:29 AM
The highest I've gone while swimming was 45 or 50 seconds. The lifeguards at my pool don't like it when people hold their breath for too long, so I have a hard time trying to go higher. Haha

MermaidHaru
06-19-2012, 04:15 PM
forgot to update here that I broke 2 minutes!
I'm so happy for you!! :D
I can hardly hold my breath at all... D:

Mermaid Caidence
06-22-2012, 02:04 PM
The longest I ever held my breath for was 2 minutes and 5 seconds. I can hold my breath on average about 1 minute and 45 seconds. But that's while not moving.

Mermaid Miel
06-23-2012, 11:44 AM
20-30secs Dynamic, just short of 1 width of the pool.
I havent tried to get a static reading because it freaks out the Lifeguards and my beloved mertender.

Ilonka
06-26-2012, 12:02 AM
1:30. I wish I could do more :(
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Merman_Shawn
07-17-2012, 12:03 AM
Swimming time underwater used to be 2:30 and static was 3:00, but that was back when I was on a swim team and doing the junior lifeguard stuff. I'm a little out of shape now, but I was able to clock my static at 2:00 just now. I'll let you know what my swim time is once I hit up the pool the next time. :)

Gem Stone
11-14-2012, 05:27 PM
Not moving- just under 4 min
swimming- just under 2 min

MerEmma
11-14-2012, 05:38 PM
Ilonka, I love that picture of you. :P

Mizuko
11-14-2012, 05:58 PM
2 minutes static, I havn't timed myself dynamic! Although I've got in contact with a free-diving instructor so I'll be starting lessons soon to hopefully improve :)

Ashe
11-14-2012, 06:12 PM
My longest so far is 1:06 when not moving and an average of 40 seconds when swimming around. I haven't timed myself in a long time though, so I most likely improved.

Mermaid Azira
11-14-2012, 06:26 PM
Eek! I can only hold my breath for ten seconds not moving. :(

Elle
11-14-2012, 06:32 PM
Eek! I can only hold my breath for ten seconds not moving. :(

it's a case of practice. I used to only be able to do 10, like yourself. I've gotten up to 40-50 now.

Gem Stone
11-15-2012, 08:39 AM
For those who are practicing or want to practice, my buddy who is a regular free diver told me to wait five minutes between each attempt to let your body return to normal and relax again so it's safe to try again.

elinox
11-15-2012, 02:07 PM
For static my personal best was 2 minutes, 32 seconds years ago. I've never timed myself while swimming.

Do you all find that holding your breath above water, like sitting in school or at work, helps as practice? Or should practice only be underwater?

Elle
11-15-2012, 03:38 PM
No, practicing out of water is really good. You can get to air easy and there is a very, very low risk of drowning! :)
I do breath-holds while I'm walking/jogging around in my garden.

Sammyantha171
12-23-2012, 12:16 PM
2m50s is my longest time underwater, static. While swimming my time is a lot less, but I'm not very good at swimming efficiently yet. I can only just about do 60m dynamic with bifins.
But am practicing a lot more! all it takes is doing it enough for my body to get used to it. :)

MerEmma
01-09-2013, 08:06 PM
I posted earlier but forgot to mention myself.

I haven't officially timed myself but I know I'm under a minute for both. I'm doing breathing exercises right now and I've actually noticed that since I started whistling a lot more I'm doing better. I'm also going to try and do a freediving course this summer and I hope to improve my breath-holding techniques.

Mermaid Narina
01-09-2013, 11:24 PM
1 minute 20 static and 1 minute 40 underwater!! Its actually EASIER for me in water!! But if im swimming, i use up more energy and cant hold my breath as long... :(

Mermaid Muir
05-31-2013, 02:17 AM
Right now I can stay under for about 30 seconds. I'm working to stay under for longer though

Echidna
05-31-2013, 05:16 AM
It's very inconsistent for me :/

My record static was around 3 min, and I didn't even feel it was hard.
At other times, I barely manage 2 min.
Swimming, I once was under 2 min and didn't even notice, and yet sometimes, I can't dive longer than 30 seconds or so.

No idea why it is like that- probably because I have a chronical illness which sometimes affects my sinuses and ears.
I also never did any breathholding training, warm-up, or special techniques :p

spottedcatfish
06-03-2013, 02:59 AM
I just tried doing a breath hold, and breathing up before it, while relaxing. Like what a freediver would do. Before I could only do 30 seconds, but this time I got 1.02 mins!! It really helps to prepare before you hold your breath! I should do this daily. I've never gotten to a minute timed before!

Echidna
06-03-2013, 04:40 AM
^^were you swimming, or static?

spottedcatfish
06-03-2013, 11:23 AM
It was just a static breathhold.

Mermaid Dottie
06-03-2013, 01:26 PM
So far, My record is 1 minute, but on average I'm under for about 40 seconds.

seagirls626
06-03-2013, 01:43 PM
Moving underwater my record is 1:10 but my average is 30-40 seconds. On land I once got 1:30, but I was trying to fall asleep and I was really relaxed, so I don't think I'll be doing that again anytime soon. I play saxophone so that helps a lot with breathholding.

MerMarla
06-03-2013, 03:56 PM
Ages ago, when I worked at Weeki Wachee, I held a very short record of 4m:12s, doing a deep dive (this is considered a working breath-hold). I was in a tail for this part of the show, and remember that the announcer had to rewind the music background tape twice, which was 2 minutes long. I had company in the audience so I did my best for that show. Not realizing my grandfather was timing it! So it made sense to me when I heard the music tape twice... and then some blank time inbetween to rewind it. I held that record for only a few months when another Mermaid broke it doing the same routine, a deep dive. Her record was just under 5 minutes... I believe now the record is near 6 minutes. (BTW, a Deep Dive, can be as deep as 80 or 117 feet! We go down using an air hose, but it is removed (hauled up) so the audience can see the bubbles trailing from the hose, there is no supplemental air there, just alot of rocks to wedge yourself into against the water flow from the springhead. You can tell how deep a Mermaid goes by the size of the rising bubbles in the current from the outflow! The larger the bubble, the closer to the surface you are, so from the deepest stop, the bubbles coming up are really really tiny, and beautiful!... I digress... LOL!)

Currently, I can only hold my breath just under 2 minutes anymore (always stated as working, not static).... It seems dependent on water temperature (the warmer, the shorter time I get breath-holding), and if I prepared for it doing diaphramatic breathing, etc., similar to what freedivers do now, I could extend longer. I am working my way back up into the 3 minute working range, just because I know I can do it! (at the moment I am recovering from a concussion, and my neurologist would frown on any breath holding other than a quick 10-15 sec dive!... LOL What he doesn't know won't kill him, but might hurt me, so, I am trying to be good. I have several months of rehab to go, so I sort of have to behave! LOL)

Good luck to all increasing your breath-holding time. Just be safe doing it!
Hugz and Bubble https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/e/B0C'z
Mermaid Marla

Mermaid Caspiana
06-03-2013, 04:07 PM
Static: 1:00
moving: 1:10
i want to still improve. :)

MerMarla
06-03-2013, 04:21 PM
Static: 1:00
moving: 1:10
i want to still improve. :)

HI Mermaid Nerin!
You will!
Just keep practicing! What I found helpful was simple distraction. Thinking about the flecks in the pool wall, or counting the tile colors... whatever works. At WWS we watched the fish, or the eelgrass swaying, or looked at the rocks, but most of all I would be mesmerized by watching the bubbles go up! It was a great way to practice bubble rings too, they get really big, and fall apart if you don't give them enuf air to form all the way up! Since we HAD to exhale on the way up (remember we were breathing compressed air on the way down) it was fun to watch the bubbles!

You will do fine, just do it slowly and consistantly!

Hugz and Bubble https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/e/B0C'z
Mermaid Marla

MermaidSaku
08-29-2013, 10:03 AM
I can only stay under for 2-3 min and it takes some serious calming and relaxing int he water before i do it. : /

Mermaid Danielle
08-29-2013, 10:33 AM
My record for static was 1:45, but on average it is 30-40 seconds.

Mermaid Caspiana
08-29-2013, 07:52 PM
HI Mermaid Nerin!
You will!
Just keep practicing! What I found helpful was simple distraction. Thinking about the flecks in the pool wall, or counting the tile colors... whatever works. At WWS we watched the fish, or the eelgrass swaying, or looked at the rocks, but most of all I would be mesmerized by watching the bubbles go up! It was a great way to practice bubble rings too, they get really big, and fall apart if you don't give them enuf air to form all the way up! Since we HAD to exhale on the way up (remember we were breathing compressed air on the way down) it was fun to watch the bubbles!

You will do fine, just do it slowly and consistantly!

Hugz and Bubble https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/e/B0C'z
Mermaid Marla
Thanks! I never thought of that. Lol! I'll definitely use that next time!

Mizuko
08-29-2013, 08:04 PM
I haven't timed myself in three months or so, but my latest was 2.30 static and 1 minute dynamic :)
I dont practice static breath-holding underwater, though, so I think that if I did my time would be longer thanks to the good old mammalian dive reflex! I avoid doing it because often I'm alone and shallow water blackout is a real possibility. I do it sitting on my bed so if I do pass out I'm safe! XD

Seven Devils
09-20-2013, 04:12 PM
Static: 2:50, Moving: 2:30 :)

NerineArcticMermaid
09-21-2013, 01:48 PM
So..
ok.. Im not sure i posted before but new stats anyways...

Static 2:30 at 12ft depth
Dynamic 1:30 leisurely pace
Dynamic 45 full pelt kick

Also can swim 112ft-150ft lengths on one breath.
Recently proven to be able to free dive 35ft on one breath

mermaid Syrean
09-25-2013, 02:35 AM
Ive been free diving and training for a while now but at my last practice these were my recorded results :D
dive depth - 7meters
because its in a pool haha my dynamtic swim is - 50meters in a single breath hold
dynamic breath hold - 1:30mins
wet static - 3:30mins <3

currently training to become a free diving instructor :P

Kuda de la Mer
01-27-2014, 10:03 PM
I'm pretty new to all this, but with limited air gulping before holding my breath allows me to get to static of 1:30. Without gulping, I'm around half of that. I don't know my dynamic time yet.

More practice is in order! :)

Aziara
01-28-2014, 09:57 AM
I always get my best breath holds just after I finish my CO2 tables (hold 30 seconds, breath 2 minutes, hold 45 seconds, breath 2 minutes, and so on by 15 seconds until I can't go any longer) Best static was 2:45, after recovering from that I held my breath while pacing around the house and had a hold of 1 minute. Of course, neither of those were in the water, I think I might do better with the dive reflex helping me.

Mary Marine
01-28-2014, 01:41 PM
About 30-40 seconds while swimming, 2:00 - 2:30 while sitting above water. It seems harder to hold your breath underwater sitting still when you have the water pressure pushing on your chest.

I practice while I'm driving and listening to music since the CD player while show the track time. Time seems to go faster when you can tell yourself "just make it to the end of the chorus." Then I'll take a break during the next song, so every other track I'll hold my breath.

I'll also practice this breathing exercise: inhale for 8 counts, hold for 16 counts, exhale for 8 counts.

Mermaid Adriel
01-28-2014, 03:32 PM
20 seconds swimming (my last swim was last year, lol) and 2:00 static; my record is 2:30.

MermanZen
01-28-2014, 03:49 PM
Moving slowly 1 to 2 mins. when im still maybe 3 or more

JaceAquarius
01-28-2014, 08:55 PM
I can hold my breath for 2 minutes. Working on more.

green52
02-01-2014, 07:49 PM
Damn.

Some impressive times up in here.

Mermaid Jaffa
02-03-2014, 10:31 PM
10 -20 secs... Terrible innit?:cry:

Maybe I should start practicing in front of the tv too.

BayouMermaid
02-14-2014, 04:43 PM
I'm at about 1 minute 20 seconds static. It's closer to 45 seconds while swimming quickly. The longest I've gone is 2 minutes, but that doesn't usually happen...

MermaidMichelle
03-01-2014, 12:35 AM
My static apnea record is just over 3 minutes and 20 seconds, though without a good gulp of air I seldom go beyond two minutes.

selkie13
03-02-2014, 03:27 PM
I can't time myself underwater (I'm as blind as a bat) but on land I can hold my breath for 1 minute and 7 seconds

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Mermaid Melanie
03-12-2014, 04:11 AM
just yesterday I finally broke my personal best static at 2 mins 37 ! Woooo :D

MermaidMichelle
03-22-2014, 01:20 AM
Congratulations, Melanie (your avy looks very happy about it...lol) :mermaid kiss:

I haven't actually timed myself underwater since my first time monofinning, but then I pulled off a very-active 45 seconds as an entry-level bit. I haven't been trying to beat my static apnea record of about 3 and a half minutes, but I recently have been endeavouring with breath-holding without a full gulp of air. It is still static, but it provides preparation for those times when one doesn't have as much prep-time as one might like before being submerged. Without air-filled lungs, my record is 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

Mermaid Riia
03-22-2014, 09:24 AM
Super! Congratulations Melanie also from me :D
Everybody seems to be able to hit 2mins, cool! I just starter "training" for AIDA 2, we are having a course here in May and I so desperately want to nail it and get the darn card!! I started jogging and doing breathing exercises. Before starting dry best 37sec lol :D now 1.02min. Still have to get to 2min because it's one of the requirements to pass the course. Any tips from you who have done similiar courses?
Hopefully I get a "mentor" after getting accepted to local diving sports club

MermaidMichelle
03-22-2014, 12:43 PM
I lifeguarded for 9 years, yet never was trained in breath-holding (thus I don't recommend trying my "breath-holding without a good gulp of air" approach yourself!)
My best advice is STAY CALM. When one is new to breath-holding (as admittedly, I am somewhat) one will hear their heart pounding in their chest and be counting the seconds. This will not work at all unless one's constitution is already high and will never work as well as a relaxed approach.

Start out on land, so that you can remind yourself that there is nothing to fear, until you become very confident in your time and can hit it regularly. Having something to distract your thoughts away from yourself will also help greatly. For example, the first time I topped 3m 15s was when I was watching the ending swim sequence in Splash!; I wanted to go from Daryl Hannah's submersion to the point at which she and Tom Hanks reach the underwater city and the pan to it begins, yet I had only planned to top 2m 30s in the process!

Sammyantha171
03-23-2014, 01:19 PM
3m30s is my best static. That's on the couch though, hopefully I'll be getting to the pool again soon and I'll try and improve! :)

Mermaid Aalayah
03-23-2014, 07:05 PM
1min30secs, im working on getting it higher but for now im pleased with it :P

Echidna
03-24-2014, 05:07 AM
Damn.

Some impressive times up in here.

yep, reading some of them I always have a voice in my head going, "pics or it didn't happen" :lol:

MermaidMichelle
03-24-2014, 12:08 PM
Quite; my time of 3m 20-30s was just over halfway to the world record for a woman, but here it seems to be near the lower end of the "D***. Some impressive times up in here" spectrum.... :crazy:

Mermaid Melanie
04-08-2014, 12:35 PM
Thanks guys you all sound like your doing fab ! I went training again this week with my coach and am now over the 3 minute mark ! (3:03)
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When I first started freediving I could barely hold my breath for 40 seconds so this for me is a real personal achievement - when people tell you ad others you are no good at something don't let that keep you down ! use it and turn it into positive motivation! anything is possible ! x

Mermaid Melanie
04-08-2014, 12:44 PM
Hey chick - I found temperature was a key factor for me - make sure you have a wetsuit thats keeping you warm and comfortable - once you get cold in the water its hard to relax - also your breathe up is a big part of it - try timing 3 mins just tidal breathing nice and slow - some people use the 1 in 2 out method ( breathe in for so many counts and breathe out double that ) - this slows your heart rate down, in turn using less oxygen. Try to relax every part of your body from the tip of your head to the tips of your toes - some instructors will do relaxation techniques with you - my instructor ( AIDA Judge - Sarah Whitcher ) was very good at this - meditation and yoga help with getting into the zone - don't worry about numbers - its not really about that - its about learning your body and how you feel - how to listen to it. I find a lot of people when they do a static are very stiff in the neck - your head should be free and slightly bobbing with the water - releasing tension in the muscles will really help - and remember your body has to adapt and get use to higher levels of CO2 - so longer statics might not happen overnight - it can take time but patience is key to this as well as practise. I usually do 3 statics - my best is normally my second - first one is a warm up and the last one I'm usually a bit tired but remember your breathe up in-between - my breathe up I have been practising recently is 3 mins slow tidal breathing , 3 light purge breaths then 1 full inhale - fill the belly first then the chest the suck in that last drop like you sucking through a straw- then start the static. hope some of this helped ! everyone is different so play around ( with a buddy) until you find what works best for you xx

Aziara
04-08-2014, 12:45 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are the record breath holds without breathing pure oxygen beforehand?

Mermaid Melanie
04-08-2014, 12:59 PM
breathing pure oxygen before hand would disqualify you from holding a record - its kinda like cheating thats why competitors have to show up at least 1 hour before they are due to start so that they don't have the benefits of breathing oxygen and enhancing their performance

Echidna
04-08-2014, 01:50 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are the record breath holds without breathing pure oxygen beforehand?

around 7-10min. mostly men, but Natalia Molchanova is at 7:30.
Note that this is static only though. (and always the same few guys competing against themselves, so it's not a common lungvolume)

Dynamic, it's much, much less if you consider that even with NoLimits (the guys that drive down on a sled and get back up with a balloon, meaning they basically don't have to move), a single dive isn't supposed to take much longer than 3-4 minutes.

When mers time themselves, they usually don't mean "that one time" they can do once per day and need several hours preparation for, but a working breathhold they could easily do 50 times in a row without breaking a sweat, and only short surface periods in between.
(at least, that's the way I measure myself)

To arrive at a conclusion what a really impressive, repeatable dynamic breathhold is, you'd have to look up the dive times of, say, pro pearl divers or spear fishers.

Aziara
04-08-2014, 02:17 PM
Thanks, Caltuna. Every time I'd look up breath hold records, it was always 15-20 minutes, but they took oxygen beforehand, so I didn't think that was really a true test of how long they could hold their breath. I'm gonna see if I can find out what the breath holds of pearls divers are. I'd like to know what is possible for us mers.

MermaidMichelle
04-08-2014, 05:49 PM
Mermaid Melanie has excellent advice and Caltuna has an excellent grasp of the freediving/breathholding situation! Congratulations to you both! :mermaid kiss:

I must admit that you have more dedication to this sort of thing than I, though I have at times engaged in casual breathholding to see how long I can go without having prepared or taken a good gulp of air. My latest is just over three minutes, but then my vital lung capacity (though not musculature) did partially develop like a male's.

Mermaid Melanie
04-11-2014, 04:59 AM
With training you can extend your breath hold as your body adapts and gets used to the high CO2 levels - Natalia is in her 50's now and can hold for just over 9 minutes - she hold all but one of the world records for freediving ( Tanya Streeter - No Limits 160m ) Tanya will probably hold that record forever as they have suspended the No Limits record attempts due to people dying from this discipline.Otherwise Natalia would probably have broken it already - if anyone beats her record she simply gets in the water a week later and sets it again - she's incredible. You can check out all the current record on the AIDA website as well as competition history for each athlete ! I managed to rank No.10 in the UK for DNF ! but hoping to do better for the Dynamic !

Anahita
04-11-2014, 05:07 AM
I have a weird as hell problem; my mother and I were actually just talking about this the other day. I have a very weak static hold (IMO, you'll see why in just a second) of about 1:47, give or take a few seconds, but 1:47 seems to be about average. But I have a dynamic of almost 45 seconds greater on average. Like anywhere from about 2:30 to 2:35 dynamic. (So see, it's not that 1:47 is actually weak, it's that compared to my dynamic, it looks like my times are mixed up)

My mom and I think it has to do with my lung condition rather than my oxygen intake. Because my lungs hurt often, and so any static breathhold results in me paying more attention to my diaphragm and its twitching that serves as a reminder to me to breathe. The problem is that the twitching feels like it's causing my lung inflammation to exacerbate. But I can ignore this more when I do activities. So, not a lack of oxygen, but the fact that I can't actively ignore the spasms without a real distraction. It's kind of frustrating, because it makes me feel like I need my medication even though I know I don't.

Same thing happens, too, when I perform vocals... If I'm not moving and singing, I can't do tahrir nearly as well. I need to either play an instrument so I can focus on that, dance, so I can focus on that, or make big, dramatic movements so I can focus on them.

Mermaid Melanie
04-11-2014, 05:25 AM
It sounds like you are experiencing contractions, which is normal in Apnea but I don't know enough about lung conditions to say whether it might be a mental block or physical block - you can try counting the contractions starting at say 1 contraction on the first breath hold then hold for 2 on the second and so on... contractions don't usually happen till after at least 1 minute - maybe it is a mental block stopping you from holding longer ? Over time your body learns to cope with the contractions - while it might be uncomfortable, you do get more "used" to it I guess. I try to let my mind go and not think too much just relax my muscles and body for the breath hold - when I over think the time it really works against me!

Anahita
04-11-2014, 06:30 AM
Yeah, I just looked "contractions" up in my dictionary... That's definitely what's happening. And I'm probably thinking now that maybe they do warrant my medication for my pleurisy, because I'm pretty sure that contractions + deep breathing are actually inflaming my lungs rather than making me just a bit uncomfortable.

I guess I should make sure I either dope up or keep my stuff under 1 minute at a time, lmao. ;)

Aziara
04-11-2014, 09:11 AM
Is it weird that I never get diaphragm contractions in the water? Only on my static dry breath holds?

Mermaid Melanie
04-11-2014, 12:05 PM
Some people don't feel contractions till later in their breath hold - if you don't feel it I'm pretty sure you can hold for longer than you are already x

Aziara
04-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Yeah, I don't really get contractions until past the minute mark, sometimes not until I get to 1:30. I guess I'm just more cautious when I'm underwater about coming up for air. I'm just bad at knowing how much longer I can hold it... If I misjudge, I still have to swim all the way to the surface, whether I need air NOW or not (I'm typically at the bottom of the deep end, which depending on the pool, is 9' - 12').

Mermaid Jaffa
04-13-2014, 02:32 AM
I must be really bad at breath holding. Whenever I take a deep breath to go under, my heart starts pounding like I'm drowning and I come up gasping for air!

How long will it take to master it so I am relaxed that my heart doesn't pound like that anymore?

Mermaid Wesley
04-13-2014, 03:28 AM
It's different for everyone but you should try dry holds and practice being calm


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MermaidMichelle
04-13-2014, 01:59 PM
That is precisely what I was going to say, MerHopefully, and dare I say excellent advice! :mermaid kiss:

I would also add that, once you are calm holding your breath on land, find a time with which you are comfortable doing so. Then, when you are beneath the waves, you can reassure yourself that you are capable of holding your breath for at least that period of time; it works! :pearl:

Mermaid Wesley
04-13-2014, 02:32 PM
Yes exactly. :)


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Mermaid Jaffa
04-14-2014, 12:14 AM
Ok. Thanks! I'll try breathing exercises before bedtime. That's when I feel most relaxed.

Mermaid Kaito
04-14-2014, 06:19 PM
I used to be able to hold my breath for about 2 minutes and 34 seconds but ever since I had bronchitis and a small case of pleurisy (I had it from the end of November till about the beginning of February and I still have a slight cough from it now that is barely noticeable, but now I am lucky if I can hold my breath for 1 minute.
Time to start practicing again...

Mermaid Wesley
04-14-2014, 06:41 PM
I got sick and lost a minute too :( but I'm back to practicing now. I do breath holds in class when I'm bored. Hehe


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Mermaid Wesley
04-14-2014, 06:55 PM
Oh and I forgot to add: does anyone else yawn a lot when practicing breath holds? Or am I just really bored? lmao


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Aziara
04-14-2014, 07:01 PM
Oh and I forgot to add: does anyone else yawn a lot when practicing breath holds? Or am I just really bored? lmao


Sent from my shellphone using Tapatalk Yep, I do. Thought it was just me.

Mermaid Kaito
04-14-2014, 07:49 PM
Oh and I forgot to add: does anyone else yawn a lot when practicing breath holds? Or am I just really bored? lmao


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Haha, Everytime. It's not just you.

Odette
04-14-2014, 09:41 PM
3 minutes is my new best, but that was last year.

Something I want to check is the Sp02 and Sa02 levels in our bodies while holding our breath. Oxygen saturation is an important factor. I want to see the difference between static and dynamic apnoeas and also get a blood count on hemoglobin. When I held my breath for 3 minutes, I was calm and my heart rate was about 56 bpm. I took deep breaths. That's all i know. pressure.That can also be a factor. I was at the surface with my head just bobbing around.

When I did my worst (just breathing), my SpO2 was at 68. That's pretty dang low! I felt I couldn't breathe. Was very tired. I was in the er though. They did do a CBC and i just learned that night that I had really low hemoglobin when i was born. I wanna see my results now and hopefully applying this with techniques can be another tool to be better or even determine if hypoxia is an issue for any reason. :rainbow:

Thalassa
04-14-2014, 11:13 PM
I can't seem to hold past 45 seconds static. I just can't get over the panicky feeling and relax! I also don't practice as much as I'd like to since I don't have a spotter and don't want to pass out and hurt myself. :-S I hope to take a freediving class soon, but my mermaid schedule keeps me busy in the summer and work schedule keeps me busy during the school year.

Mermaid Wesley
04-14-2014, 11:35 PM
Well 30 is average so you're already above that. You have to keep practicing to improve, but don't be unsafe!


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JessieMermaid
04-15-2014, 12:08 PM
42 seconds static......havent done dynamic

Mermaid Riia
04-15-2014, 01:06 PM
Don't you worry! I was 41sec static for a long time, practice practice :) and patience
I practice dynamic holding my breath while walking around our couch (ofc have another pair of eyes watching me). This thread has very useful info and tips too!

JessieMermaid
04-15-2014, 01:14 PM
Yeah I'm @ work too lol. I am trying to do the exercises, but I forget to time it....

Odette
04-15-2014, 04:01 PM
Something I do occasionally is pretend you are getting ready to go to sleep. I put my feet on the side of the pool and gently do a simple support scull.Put a noodle under your head. and just do what yo do to fall asleep. After so long, your heart rate will go down. Also your spotter could even make you feel anxious. Like your'e pressed for time and they are expecting something of you? I get like that sometimes.
:pearl:

Mermaid Jaffa
04-15-2014, 11:46 PM
I don't have a personal spotter... Though I do have many lifeguards watching me all the time at the pool.

MermaidMadeline
07-08-2014, 09:41 PM
Usually my average time is from 30 to 45 seconds moving, but have not counted staying still. Once I actually was underwater for about 1 minute and 15 secs while moving!!! I was so proud of myself! My trick that time was to go into a fish state of mind and relax. If you don't think about your breath you'll go ALOT longer!

Ashley
07-16-2014, 02:00 AM
Well I used to do a static 3 min when I was younger, but since I took up smoking when i was in the military it regressed a lot! i am now about 30 sec static. I have quit smoking i am happy to announce and am working on getting it back up.

MermaidMichelle
07-16-2014, 05:23 PM
Congratulations to you both! :mermaid kiss:

Ashley, I'm not surprised you were in the military; with lungs like yours you must have been a powerhouse! Congratulations again for giving up smoking, too; you are strong in both body and mind!

Mermaid Narina
07-16-2014, 07:54 PM
2 and a half minutes static, 1 min 45 sec underwater :) I use an app on my phone to practice :)

Aquarianne
07-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Static I don't know, but while swimming i would say maybe...8 seconds swimming? I am REALLY bad at it. I can hold my breath for a full minute sitting on the couch, but the minute i start moving around, forget it. I REALLY need some more cardio. But then again I'm very out of shape, so I'm sure it'll improve after more workouts.

Mermaid Melanie
07-17-2014, 12:02 AM
when your body is exposed to water cooler than your body temp. the mammalian dive reflex starts to kick in, which means your heart rate will start to drop, if you can focus on trying to relax each and every muscle in your body you should be able to hold for longer, just always have a buddy that knows what they are doing, make sure you try it in water you can stand up in and close to the edge, your buddy should keep you from floating away or your head hitting the wall by gently touching your back and moving you into place, when you feel its time to come up, be controlled and meaningful with your actions, bring your hands up in front of you, place them on the side of the pool, slowly bring your feet down under you, you can stay in this position for a bit longer if you feel comfortable, then you can decide when to slowly lift your face from the water. Once you come up remove your mask, nose clip whatever equipment on your face, signal OK to your buddy and say "I'm okay" this is whats called surface protocol and makes it easier for your buddy to determine how in control of your facilities.

Mermaid Wesley
07-17-2014, 12:35 AM
Good info!


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Nicky-Katz
07-21-2014, 10:25 AM
I've broken my 2 minute record last week. Now I am at 2 minutes and 20 seconds in static. I've yet to measure my dynamic and immension time.

Lostariel Telrunya
07-21-2014, 10:30 AM
I can get just above 2 minutes static, but I can only last about 30 seconds while swimming. I'm also trying to work on it!

Nicky-Katz
07-22-2014, 05:43 AM
It looks like you're too tense and unrelaxed underwater... Did you try some calming exercises before diving?

Aquarianne
07-22-2014, 06:05 AM
I'm gonna have to just get a lot more cardio going and get into shape, because I still can't get beyond about 10-12 seconds active and a mere 20 seconds totally static underwater. It's embarrassing!

Ashley
07-22-2014, 06:23 AM
Congratulations to you both! :mermaid kiss:

Ashley, I'm not surprised you were in the military; with lungs like yours you must have been a powerhouse! Congratulations again for giving up smoking, too; you are strong in both body and mind!

Thank you so much! Your a sweetheart.

Nicky-Katz
07-22-2014, 07:04 AM
Aquarianne, cardio is one thing and apnea - the other. Yes, you'll have to be fit to dive, but what you actually have to train is your breath muscles (your diaphragm and between the rib muscles).

Aquarianne
07-22-2014, 07:34 AM
Aquarianne, cardio is one thing and apnea - the other. Yes, you'll have to be fit to dive, but what you actually have to train is your breath muscles (your diaphragm and between the rib muscles).

I can't figure out how to do that, none of the breathing exercise videos I've watched have really helped. What would you recommend?

For the record, I have no problem holding my breath for one minute while sitting on the couch at home, although by the last ten seconds I'm fighting it pretty flaily. XD

Nicky-Katz
07-22-2014, 08:59 AM
I went from about 40 seconds in static to my last 2 minute record in about a week of practice.

My advice would be pretty long and consists of diverse methods I've picked up from a lot of videos and a book I'm currently reading ( "Apnoetauchen" by Dagmar Anders-Brümmer - I'm not sure if the same book exists in English, but there are several other books which contain the relevant information. E.g. Pranayama). Anyways, here are a couple of things I use:

My usual wake-me-up Dragon Breath a.k.a. Fire Breathing:

What it does:
- wakes me up almost every morning
- activates stomach muscles and diaphragm
- active exhale and passive inhale (yes, that's right). These help



Strengthen your exhale-muscles (upper stomach and diaphragm)
Improve concentration
Minimize your need to breathe
Turn your perception inside you
Improve emotion control


How to do it:

I've found a good explanation video that describes the exercise just as I'm doing it.


http://youtu.be/V86Xao9bcRI

WARNING: due to hyperventilation danger NEVER EVER EVER EVER do this exercise right before the dive. It is meant to train your breathing muscles, not ready you for the dive!

Another exercise I'm doing is Triangle Breath or Alternate Nostril Breathing:

Waht it does:
- it is basically meditation and helps to calm down
- slows down breathing rate

How to do it:

Yet another video. It'd be a lot of text to type, and the video gives more clear instructions.


http://youtu.be/WxEqooqgCEs

Note: I sometimes do this exercise before going into the water, just to calm down, lower my heart and breathing rate.

The last, but most helpful and in my case also most used is what I call Snake Breath. I did not find a video extra about that, so I'll type.

Waht it does:
- slows your heart and breathing rate,
- activates diaphragm, stomach and rib musles,
- calms you down,
- helps inhale more air.

How to do it:

I'm using this technique either for static dry practice or on the surface, pool edge etc. before the dive.

1. Lie down on your back. I like to raise my knees to ease tension on my stomach. Or lie down flat. Just as you like. Use flat or no cushion for your head - you have to make way for air through your throat, so knick in your neck is not an option. You can put your arms either on the sides of your body (or one palm on your belly and the other on your chest for starters) or you can stretch your arms overhead. Close your eyes if you like.
2. Exhale completely.
3. Inhale with your diaphragm first and then widen your chest to stretch the lungs and pump more air inside.
4. Put your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
4.1. Exhale through your mouth under pressure. You should be making a prelly loud snake-like sound: shhhhssssssssss!
4.2 Your exhale time should be twice the time you've inhaled. Inhale slowly, exhale even more slowly. E.g. I usually inhale for about 6 seconds. That makes a 12 second exhale for me.
Continue with 3.

Continue the exercise for several minutes. Inhale with your diaphragm and then your chest. And hold. See if your time has improved.
At some point you'll feel the contractions of the diaphragm. That's your body telling you you need to exhale, as your CO2 level has risen. Ignore it. Ignore it longer and longer gradually. But don't forget you'll eventually need to breathe sometime soon.

Same exercise on the water surface:

You'll need a snorkel and a mask. And a buddy to watch over you! NEVER EVER EVER dive alone! NEVER EVER EVER hyperventilate!

1. While floating on your stomach, grab a hold of the pool edge so you don't float away.
2. Breathe in the same way through the snorkel.
3. Continue for several minutes.
4. Hold. Important: take the snorkel out of your mouth!!

Note: your hold time in water static might probably be longer than your dry static due to mammalian diving reflex.

Another important thing about freediving is to practice often. I needed just a week to make a huge improvement. Also it can be helpful to write down your practice log. It is also useful to have a swimming trainer. I'm lucky to have joined the DLRG (German Life-Saving Association) and my boyfriend is one of their trainers. So no skipping training for me :D

In any case, keep practising, have a lot of fun and be safe while diving!

MermaidMichelle
07-22-2014, 04:18 PM
I'm over 3 minutes static consistently, though I haven't done those exercises and suspect they would help a fair bit. One thing I shall add again for Aquarianne and others' benefit is this:

Particularly when timing your breath-holding, mentally remind yourself of what you have already been able to do​. Having this in your mind as a basis will help you reach this length (or pass it) more consistently, as you can more consciously resist the urge to exhale.

Nicky-Katz
07-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Oh, yeah, Michelle, you're totally right... Time is the enemy :D I never look at my timer and wonder every time I break my record :D

I use two types of timers: Unaerobic - which is an apnea-app with tables, where I have created my own routine (3 minutes breathe, 2 minutes hold and sycled for how many times I fell like doing) and the second is just the usual stop-watch, where I press the button when I'm not able to hold longer.
In the first case I often fell like "two minutes, already!?" when the app tells me I'm done and have to breathe again. Even through one training it becomes easier and easier to reach the desired time mark.

Mermaid Jaffa
07-22-2014, 10:13 PM
I've been breath holding as I'm walking around at work. I figured its kinda like breath holding in swimming. Work colleagues always think I've smelt something bad in the boxes!

Mermaid Melanie
09-02-2014, 08:48 AM
So my coach Walter is back and we had a great training session this morning and I beat my personal best in statics - 3:31 ! :D very happy now I can see 4 mins on the horizon ! :D

Slee
09-23-2014, 08:51 PM
Well, I started at 40 seconds and am up to 1:47 static, and 30 active. It's not fabulous or anything, but I'm pleased to have more than doubled. Pleurisy last winter severely negatively impacted my lung capacity, and I'm getting back where I need to be. W00t.

Mermaid Jaffa
09-24-2014, 12:50 AM
Sorry, what do people mean by "static"? Is it not moving or moving?

Slee
09-24-2014, 01:03 AM
yep. i've found that even having my eyes open and looking around reduces my hold times.

Mer-Crazy
09-24-2014, 02:03 AM
Sorry, what do people mean by "static"? Is it not moving or moving?
Static: Still
Dynamic: Moving

MermaidMichelle
09-24-2014, 01:04 PM
Static apnea (breath-holding) can be accomplished on land, and I highly recommend so doing if one is working on one's time!

Miyu
10-10-2014, 05:55 AM
Ooh, there's some great info in here... Thank you so much Nicky-Katz for all the great exercises! I'll definitely be adding those to my daily routine to see if they help. I've been sittinghere doing "snake breath" for a few minutes and boy does that feel amazing on my lungs! I tried singing right after doing it and woah, there was a whole new range there for me to play with! My voice cracked for a minute because I didn't know what to do with all that air :P

I've only just quit smoking less than half a year ago, so I'm still trying to rebuild my lung capacity and retrain my voice (I used to be a pretty good singer, at least that's what I'm told). I don't get to go swimming too often - I haven't been since February I think - so pretty much all of my training is on land, and I have to try to make the most of my lungs so that when I do get to go swimming, I'm not wasting all my time trying to figure out how to hold my breath. Last time I pretty much flailed around trying to both breathe then sink - I float.

Tomorrow I'll try timing myself, then doing some exercises and see how much I can improve.

Mermaid Jaffa
10-10-2014, 10:53 AM
I can hold my breath 3 secs more than my first ever monofin swim. That makes it 13 secs so far! Its not much but I also notice that my heartbeat isn't all panicky like the first and second swims. Getting used to having my head underwater and to be able to see where I'm going helps alot.

Merman Jamie
10-11-2014, 05:52 AM
i used to be able to do 3min but haven't done anything to do with breath hold for many years so will have to work my way up to that point again and hopefully take it even longer

Mermaid Jaffa
10-21-2014, 08:22 PM
20 secs at the last swim. That was my 5th time mermaid swimming.

catchan1980
10-23-2014, 10:46 PM
I badly need to work on my breath holds. Next month, I might take a freediving class so I could learn the basics. Included in the course are meditation and relaxation techniques. :)

Mermanjo
02-17-2015, 07:35 AM
Hi, I'm a guy - not really into "mermanning" myself, but I LOVE freediving, even though I'm only a (total) beginner in terms of frequency of training and experience. As for mermaiding, a freediving course is a great idea, so, Catchan1980, and every one else who said (s)he was going to take a course: have you? If not, just do it!

You'll learn a lot about relaxation, breathing, and especially: safety!

Nicky-Katz already gave a lot of good advice, and Mermaid Melanie too, as well as others. Lately I discovered the site www.seaunseen.com (http://www.seaunseen.com), run by Renee Blundon (and others). Renee freedives herself. You should check the site and her Youtube channel, there's a lot of info / tips on freediving, breathing, etc.
Renee told me she is going to do a video on how to breathe, the so called "breathe up" preparation before a dive...

Check her out!
www.seaunseen.com (http://www.seaunseen.com)
and: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNMNYsiCtP4suEgnstKkG2Q/videos (be sure to read the descriptions below the videos in Youtube, lots of info!)

Mermanjo
02-19-2015, 03:59 AM
Here's Renee Blundon, talking about proper breathe up technique (part 1, relaxation breathing):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNGKj8iiFK4&spfreload=10

Here's Youbuur, I'm sure you already know him:
https://www.youtube.com/user/freediveryoubuur/videos
(The 5-6 most recent videos are about techniques to to hold your breath longer...)

Cheers!

Little_Orca
02-20-2015, 01:21 AM
I am up to a minute when I am just going nothing, or about 30 seconds to 45 seconds when swimming.

Mermanjo
02-20-2015, 07:19 AM
Just keep practicing!

Renee posted her video about the first part of the freediving breathe up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNGKj8iiFK4&spfreload=10

I commented on the video in the comments section below it (on Youtube) with a addition concerning the inhalations and exhalations.

Now Renee is on to part 2 of the breathe up. Wonderful info!

Hope this is helpful!

Emmadives
02-24-2015, 03:00 AM
I'm currently taking the SSI freediving class and I have a 2:30 static and am hoping to work up to 3 minutes for my next goal. There are apps for iphone that can help you practice and get used to O2 and CO2 build up called "tables." Take them slow and don't do them on the same day, but they should help! Before I started the freediving class my longest breath hold was 1:20, so I almost doubled it with just a little practice.

Mermanjo
02-25-2015, 05:10 AM
Way to go, Emma! A freediving course seems the best way to improve safely.

Renee from Seaunseen posted her second part of the breathe up for freediving: Part 2: final breaths.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHoUzPhgqPo

Very informative. (And gosh, does she look FIT... :jawdrop: Sorry, I'm male and couldn't resist this reaction... Clichés, right? Lol!)
First part is here: http://youtu.be/rNGKj8iiFK4

Cheers!

PS: NEVER ever train alone in the water. Can't stress that enough! Do have someone watching you (like a hawk, and NOT from a distance!).

Mer Maid Lexi
08-27-2015, 09:30 AM
i have my tank gig today in front of many people.. i have been practicing but no free diving.. can do 1.30 on land and under 30 moving in the water.. i will try to warm up better. doesn't help when the gig I'm at has so many pros to compete with... wish me luck lol

SeaMansa
09-03-2015, 11:54 PM
Barely a minute. Even less if I am actually moving :P

Merman Jon
10-07-2015, 11:34 AM
Last time I was timed, i was around 23 seconds while swimming with my fin. That was from the shallow end of the pool to the deep end of the pool. Also it was on one breath.

Princess Pearl
10-07-2015, 04:17 PM
I just cracked two minutes static! My main problem with holding my breath under water is I spend so much energy trying to stay under.

Stupid floaty butt.

Mermaid Wesley
10-07-2015, 07:41 PM
Hooray!!!


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Merman Chatfish
10-13-2015, 08:44 PM
You could just float on the surface (just please warn us lifeguards). I usually hold my self down using the pool ladder.

Mermaid Wesley
10-13-2015, 08:50 PM
You could just float on the surface (just please warn us lifeguards). I usually hold my self down using the pool ladder.

I've never practiced breath holds in a public pool but now I can't stop picturing panicked lifeguards "rescuing" me lol


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Mermaid Jaffa
10-13-2015, 09:31 PM
I don't do it either.

Though I tried it last week and the stupid underwater self floating up feet first, and the hands struggling to get a grip on the in-set ladder... Not a very nice mermaidy picture!:lol: The minute I let go of the ladder, I went shooting straight to the surface without having to kick or swim!

Princess Pearl
10-13-2015, 10:13 PM
You could just float on the surface (just please warn us lifeguards). I usually hold my self down using the pool ladder.
If I hold myself down with the ladder, starting in a sitting position, I actually filp upside down so that my butt is on the surface. I have to fight just as much to hold myself in place that I might as well swim.

Floating on the surface and breath holding just bores me.

Mermaid Jaffa
10-14-2015, 02:10 AM
I can't even go in a sitting position underwater... Its just not worth the effort for us floaty mermaids!

I rather just swim too.

MermaidMichelle
10-17-2015, 01:40 PM
I've never practiced breath holds in a public pool but now I can't stop picturing panicked lifeguards "rescuing" me lol


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You should have seen me on my first day of life-guarding. It was July of 1997, a few months after my 18th birthday, and I was burning in the sun after having responded to an impromptu calling to an outdoor pool when I saw a middle-aged Indian man floating face down in the middle of the pool. All my training from 1995 onward came shooting back and I barely restrained myself from blowing the whistle and leaping into the pool to perform mouth-to-mouth....

...I restrained myself because there was another man standing in the pool right next to him. I asked this man if his corpse-like friend was OK, and he said yes. Being an attentive life guard can at times be stressful, which may explain why so many life guards avoid it.

moomer
02-04-2017, 08:33 PM
There are some mighty impressive times here!
Static: 47 seconds average.
Dynamic: 40 seconds average.
I am practicing simple breathing techniques to help extend these times, and actually allowing my self the time to relax. It's a very handy side effect of breath training!

Slim
02-04-2017, 11:57 PM
I can swim a full minute with the tail holding my breathe. I'm sure it's less if I stand still because my mind insist I must need to do something. The only training I have on breath holding is I got to clean the bathrooms at both of my jobs and I will hold my breathe as I'm cleaning the toliets everyday. I refuse to breathe that stuff in as as I clean. Apparently that practice actually paid off.

Takahao
04-24-2017, 07:52 PM
I can only hold for about 30 seconds now. I used to get in breath holding contests in middle school 4-5 years back, and got to about a minute and twenty seconds static, but I haven't done that in a while. Would it be weird if I practiced walking down hallways at school, lol?

Ocean
01-17-2018, 03:27 PM
My personal best static is 6mins and I really have no idea about dynamic but it covered 125meters.... thank goodness for AIDA freedive training:)

Ransom
01-17-2018, 08:04 PM
I can only hold for about 30 seconds now. I used to get in breath holding contests in middle school 4-5 years back, and got to about a minute and twenty seconds static, but I haven't done that in a while. Would it be weird if I practiced walking down hallways at school, lol?It's actually a great way to train, called apnea walking. No one needs to know while you're doing it ;)

Ocoree
01-17-2018, 08:31 PM
It's actually a great way to train, called apnea walking. No one needs to know while you're doing it ;)

I oughta try that walking around at work since I'm on my feet all day!

Ransom
01-19-2018, 12:10 PM
I oughta try that walking around at work since I'm on my feet all day!Yup, hope it helps!

Mermaid Holly
01-21-2018, 10:59 AM
Right now, my best while standing still is 1:30, 1:15 average. I have yet to time myself when it comes to actually being underwater. Mostly, I hold my breath while looking at the clock in Science class XD.

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Ransom
01-21-2018, 11:25 AM
If you're looking to get better, take a freediving class and train under an instructor who can guide you along, help you stretch and prep properly and solve problems with your technique. As Derek says, everyone's capable of 3 minutes or longer; just stay safe and never practise in water alone.

I was a pretty decent freediver and hold an AIDA 3 cert, but I'll spare you my PB as that part of my life is over for now.

Mermaid Holly
01-21-2018, 11:55 AM
If you're looking to get better, take a freediving class and train under an instructor who can guide you along, help you stretch and prep properly and solve problems with your technique. As Derek says, everyone's capable of 3 minutes or longer; just stay safe and never practise in water alone.

I was a pretty decent freediver and hold an AIDA 3 cert, but I'll spare you my PB as that part of my life is over for now.That sound awesome!!!! I would LOVE to take a freediving class, both to improve my breath hold, and to possibly help me get over my tiny fear of open water. I'll probably wait until I'm older and can actually afford it XD. (still a teen :P)

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Ransom
01-21-2018, 12:50 PM
That sound awesome!!!! I would LOVE to take a freediving class, both to improve my breath hold, and to possibly help me get over my tiny fear of open water. I'll probably wait until I'm older and can actually afford it XD. (still a teen :P)

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Glad to help, Holly! I'm sure there're freediving coaches near you; and not to worry, you've still got plenty of time.

NorthSeaAlaria
02-14-2018, 06:59 PM
I'll admit I'm a little lazy right now with breath holds (in regards to trying to stay under longer) because I'm mostly doing lane swimming in a pool where I don't want to scare the lifeguards and parties that are mostly shallow water. But I still try to keep it up, and have a habit of practising breath holds at random on land when relaxed. When doing my AIDA level 1 course though my static breath hold in the water went to 1:40 which I was pretty proud of considering how nervous I probably was, and hear that level 2 possibly requires a 2 minute breath hold to pass? Can't wait to do the level 2 course in June.

MermanJamie
02-14-2018, 08:11 PM
First thing I'll say, I don't swim in a tail. But I was a competitive swimmer for a while, and I could get to around 1:30, sometimes over, in practice, just by staying under when I had nothing else to do. I worked at this for a while, and my time kept growing the more used to it I got. One thing I have to say, though I'm not sure if this is just me, is that I found it much easier to do underwater than out of the water. When I'm not swimming, I can usually only do a few seconds. Maybe that's just me.

NorthSeaAlaria
02-15-2018, 06:49 AM
First thing I'll say, I don't swim in a tail. But I was a competitive swimmer for a while, and I could get to around 1:30, sometimes over, in practice, just by staying under when I had nothing else to do. I worked at this for a while, and my time kept growing the more used to it I got. One thing I have to say, though I'm not sure if this is just me, is that I found it much easier to do underwater than out of the water. When I'm not swimming, I can usually only do a few seconds. Maybe that's just me.
Yeah the part about doing better when in the water, the instructor I had said that's because of the Mammalian Dive Response :) it's this cool thing where from instinct when you put your face in the water, it automatically lowers your heart rate and makes it a little bit easier. No wonder we all feel better when swimming :D

Teeny
02-15-2018, 01:05 PM
A minute when static, 45 seconds while swimming. Or at least that's what I could do in November, I didn't measure it since then...

MermanJamie
02-15-2018, 07:46 PM
Yeah the part about doing better when in the water, the instructor I had said that's because of the Mammalian Dive Response :) it's this cool thing where from instinct when you put your face in the water, it automatically lowers your heart rate and makes it a little bit easier. No wonder we all feel better when swimming :D

Yeah, it's so cool to think about the way it works. When I finally do tell my family and friends, and get a tail, I can't wait to see what it's like to actually try swimming in it and holding your breath. It looks so cool and fun

MermanOliver
02-17-2018, 04:01 AM
[...] When doing my AIDA level 1 course though my static breath hold in the water went to 1:40 which I was pretty proud of considering how nervous I probably was, and hear that level 2 possibly requires a 2 minute breath hold to pass? Can't wait to do the level 2 course in June.

The 2 minute requirement for AIDA level 2 sounds like a lot, but during the course you get a lot of relaxation techniques at hand that it should be a piece of cake for you, especially if you are at 1:40 already. During my course I thought at first that it would be a problem, too, but in the end I passed the test with 2:30 static and still felt good... ;) (since then I really got lazy and out of shape, unfortunately.)

Kathleen Everett
06-22-2018, 03:58 AM
Tom Sietas can stay underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. Unfortunately, I'm not that strong to stay that long LOL. Maybe 22 seconds only:p

Derek Broussard
06-23-2018, 12:13 AM
Tom Sietas can stay underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. Unfortunately, I'm not that strong to stay that long LOL. Maybe 22 seconds only:p

Not really. Tom Siatas personal record ( and at the time world record) was 10:12 seconds. His 22minutes was done breathing PURE OXEGYN . Pure oxygen or even a Mixed gas mix works because the air we breath is only 21% oxygen. If we move to a 100% pure mix then our lungs still absorb the 02 at it's normal rate of diffusion. But with 5 times the amount allow us ridiculous long breath holds. The limiting factor with 02 breath holds is co2 tolerance.It's cool to use for performance if you're properly trained; Because there are some dangers involved like co2 toxicity and o2 poisoning at depth. . sorry for the mansplaining

Before moving to pure oxygen so you can one up David Blane, you should be a trained freediver.

Mermaid.Mikayla
06-23-2018, 11:28 AM
I think the longest I've held my breath by NOT being underwater was ninety seconds, and then underwater, may have been forty to a minute.

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KTMaggs
06-25-2018, 08:15 PM
Tom Sietas can stay underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. Unfortunately, I'm not that strong to stay that long LOL. Maybe 22 seconds only:p

Well he took pure oxygen before! The longest natural breath hold was about 12 minutes.


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Kathleen Everett
07-02-2018, 05:04 AM
Well he took pure oxygen before! The longest natural breath hold was about 12 minutes.


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Well, thanks for letting me know about it. I did not know that Tom took pure oxygen before.