The Breath Control for Athletes Workshop is a 5 hour course that teaches basic freediving and breath control techniques aimed to increase comfort and confidence in the water.
During two separate pool sessions, we cover skills that increase underwater efficiency, how to handle hold downs, how to maintain mental clarity under stress, and will practice relaxing during intimidating situations.
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ADULT BREATH CONTROL WORKSHOP
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William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center
4601 Walnut Ave
Irvine, Ca 92604
NOT SURE IF THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU?
Although the drills covered in this workshop were designed with surfing and ocean sports in mind, you don’t have to be an experienced surfer or paddler (or even an athlete for that matter) to benefit from this workshop. This course benefits athletes of all levels and from all sports and can even help improve your everyday stress response if you are not necessarily an athlete.
Whether you are a proficient athlete looking to learn more about your body and to gain an edge, or someone looking to improve your overall fitness and confidence, this workshop is for you.
BASIC COURSE SCHEDULE
The Breath Control for Athletes Workshop follows this basic course schedule. Each course typically runs between 4 and 5 hours including breaks.
LEARN FREEDIVING BASICS
We start the day with an introduction to some basic freediving techniques. By practicing static breath holds in a controlled environment, you will be better prepared to handle breath holds in less predictable, more intimidating situations. Statics also give you a unique opportunity to discover how your body feels while experiencing elevated levels of Carbon Dioxide.
In the freediving basics session, you will:
- get a brief introduction to freediving and breath holding
- practice breathing techniques
- practice static apnea (face down breath hold in one spot)
PRACTICE BASIC RESCUE TECHNIQUES
Next, we cover basic rescue techniques. By learning both signs and symptoms leading up to a blackout, you will gain confidence in knowing what to do if something happens to go wrong.
In the rescue session, you will learn:
- signs that someone might be in trouble
- how to prevent a black out
- symptoms you might experience in a low Oxygen situation
- how to keep your buddy safe until help can be reached
REAL LIFE TYPE SCENARIOS
Now that you have learned techniques to help maximize your breath hold, the next step is to put those techniques to use in real world type scenarios. During these scenarios, we will cover: underwater efficiency, staying calm and relaxed in intimidating situations, maintaining mental clarity under stress, and techniques to improve breath hold and oxygen conservation.
Scenarios include (but aren’t limited to):
- hold downs
- getting caught inside during a set
- leash pulls
- getting stuck upside down
- getting caught underwater without a breath
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