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    Freediving and Asthma

    I want to take free diving lessons but I also have asthma. It's not a bad case of asthma, I just get wheezy once in a while and my inhaler fixes it fast. I've heard things mentioned about freediving and asthma not being a good thing. Is this so? No hurry cause there currently aren't any free diving classes in the Houston area (dammit) but I would love the option if they were and I don't want to waste money if having asthma would make it unsafe for me.

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    Why don't you give it a try?
    Use extra caution and tell your teachers, of course.

    I would never have thought possible how many things I can still do despite being disabled.
    Good luck!

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    I have asthma and I have found that freediving practices actually help strengthen my lungs and keep my asthma at bay. I can always tell when I haven't been working on breath holds recently because my asthma becomes much more noticeable.

    (This is only my personal experience. Do be careful and go at your own pace with people around to help you.)
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    I was too excited to see this thread!

    Unfortunately I have mild Asthma as well and I have actually just paid for a freediving course! I'm SUPER nervous because it's a one week course in Gozo! I'm worried that everyone will be diving and seeing these amazing things and I'll have to sit on the boat because I can't hold my breath for long enough!

    I'll let you know how it goes - nice to know there are other asthmatic mers and I'm not the only one/completely crazy lol!
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    Thanks guys! I've scuba dived before and didn't have issues (a very very basic one day beginner class) but I was concerned about freediving. Lorelei that is so good to know it helps you!!

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    My sister has bad asthma and she is a certified diver. I would just recommend that you tell your instructor and be aware of how you are feeling while diving. Alert someone if you feel uncomfortable or start having a tight feeling in your chest.

    All in all I say go for it but be safe and never swim alone. (Regardless of asthma or not, never swimming alone is a good rule to live by)


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    I have not been diagnosed with asthma but I can't breath when I do things >.< So like...asthma. Anyway I have been trying to work on breathing techniques and freediving training because I am interested and I would love to know more from actual divers with asthma!

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    So, I'm back from my Freediving course and...I PASSED! I got my level 2

    I did struggle more than the others when it came to breath holding and swimming distances, but I still managed it! I kept my inhaler close to hand and had to use it a few times on one particularly bad day. But other than that I was fine and everyone was really supportive!

    I'm now a level 2 AIDA qualified freediver and level 2 mermaid specialist ^.^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mermaid In Training View Post
    So, I'm back from my Freediving course and...I PASSED! I got my level 2

    I did struggle more than the others when it came to breath holding and swimming distances, but I still managed it! I kept my inhaler close to hand and had to use it a few times on one particularly bad day. But other than that I was fine and everyone was really supportive!

    I'm now a level 2 AIDA qualified freediver and level 2 mermaid specialist ^.^
    Congrats!

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    I'm still trying to find freediving classes in the Houston area

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    I used to work for an Asthma and Allergy Specialist as a medical assistant, and one of the things the doctor would say is that swimming and breath holding were both good ways to expand your lung capacity. Just follow the rules of being a safe diver, prepare adequately for cold water, and if you are going to be doing strenuous swimming, you might consider taking your rescue inhaler before you begin, rather than waiting for an attack.

    *Note: this post is not to be taken as medical advice. Please speak to your physician before altering you medication regimen and for other concerns regarding your condition. You'd be surprised how much information you can get from a phone call.*

    Dive safely.

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    Contact the undersea and hyperbaric medical society

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    Quote Originally Posted by AquaticHumanoid View Post
    I used to work for an Asthma and Allergy Specialist as a medical assistant, and one of the things the doctor would say is that swimming and breath holding were both good ways to expand your lung capacity. Just follow the rules of being a safe diver, prepare adequately for cold water, and if you are going to be doing strenuous swimming, you might consider taking your rescue inhaler before you begin, rather than waiting for an attack.

    *Note: this post is not to be taken as medical advice. Please speak to your physician before altering you medication regimen and for other concerns regarding your condition. You'd be surprised how much information you can get from a phone call.*

    Dive safely.

    I agree, that it is important to not take anything said on any forum as 100%, anyone can post anything. If you want a medical opinion you need to talk to your doctor- not people on the internet. This is for your own safety! We can give advise but ALWAYS take the final words from your doctor.

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