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    How long can you stay under?

    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.

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    How long can you stay under?

    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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    42 seconds static......havent done dynamic
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    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!
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    Yeah I'm @ work too lol. I am trying to do the exercises, but I forget to time it....
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    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.
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    I don't have a personal spotter... Though I do have many lifeguards watching me all the time at the pool.

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    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!

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    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.
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    Congratulations to you both!

    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!
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    2 and a half minutes static, 1 min 45 sec underwater I use an app on my phone to practice

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    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.

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    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.
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    Good info!


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    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.


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    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!
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    It looks like you're too tense and unrelaxed underwater... Did you try some calming exercises before diving?


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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MermaidMichelle View Post
    Congratulations to you both!

    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!
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    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).


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