View Full Version : Great videos for practicing breath holds

Mermaid Myu
09-19-2013, 02:05 PM
Hey guys, up until this morning I was only able to hold my breath (at rest) for about 45 seconds. After watching this video series, I lay down to practice and did 1:37, then immediately did 2:25 and 2:16. Very proud of myself! I'm going to continue to practice every day, and I'm hoping that within the week I'll break 3 minutes and soon get up to 4!

I hope y'all find value in these videos too. Good luck!




Also, doesn't hurt that this guy has a super cute South African accent. ;)

09-19-2013, 02:10 PM

Mermaid Adriel
09-19-2013, 03:12 PM
very usefull indeed :)

Mermaid Annariea
09-19-2013, 03:20 PM
oooh, this will be helpful once i'm not sick anymore xD

time to practice during the cold months so i'll be ready for the warm months :D

09-20-2013, 06:57 AM
I love this series. Freediver HD has some awesome videos!!

Merman Arion
09-21-2013, 06:04 AM
and of course, no french version and no subtitles.......................


09-21-2013, 06:27 PM
and of course, no french version and no subtitles.......................


That sucks :(

09-25-2013, 12:42 AM
and of course, no french version and no subtitles.......................

While those are nice videos, they don't contain anything that you couldn't read up on apnoe or freediver info sites.
It's basic breathing skills (breathing up, recovery breathing, belly breathing instead of chest breathing),
and a few exercises to hold your breath longer with meditation/music/whatever.

The usual, nothing spectacular ;)
He's nice looking though :p

Dee Tal
10-26-2013, 06:12 PM
Nice! I increased my time from 1 min to 2! Does anyone know off the top of their head why this is safer than hyperventilating?

Mermaid Myu
10-26-2013, 06:30 PM
Yes! It's because the instinct to start breathing again is caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood, rather than a deficiency of oxygen in the lungs. By hyperventilating, you deplete the carbon dioxide in your blood to an artificially low level, so that your breathing instinct doesn't get triggered by the time your oxygen supply actually runs out.

Dee Tal
10-26-2013, 08:23 PM
But the process in the video just increases oxygen in the lungs/bloidstream instead?

Mermaid Myu
10-26-2013, 10:27 PM
My understanding was that the process in the video does not actually change the carbon dioxide level in the blood, but slows down the heart rate while filling the lungs with high quality air. It's very close to the breathing you would do during a yoga session, for instance.

11-13-2013, 08:59 PM
I found a few videos on breath hold, too... probably pretty much the same thing though lol. I just like that these videos have footage of diving and are very visual. Anyways, I'll just leave the first one here if anyone is interested.

I'm glad I found out about this! I have a measly breath hold (15 - 30 sec. max) so I hope that by practicing these I'll improve enough to be a semi-convincing mermaid. XD