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Apnea walks! Do they work? Am I doing right?

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Oct 15, 2023

I started free diving two weeks ago and will be out of water for around 2 weeks before going back to the coast.

At the moment I plan to get my Aida 4. Currently I started practicing apena walks to make sure I can get those 32m easy. I structured this walk to simulate a dive (over exaggerating the times, cause I think it won’t translate directly to real diving)

I am doing (on a single breath):
- 20 second “high knee” run on same place (to simulate I burn more oxygen going the first meters)
- 20 second normal walking
- 30 second standing still (free fall)
- 20 second “high knee” run (simulating going back up)
- 20 second walk
- finish

Total: 1:50 min

I do a couple of repetition of this. At the moment I can do consistently 1:30 versions of this but today was able to finish the whole 1:50 as written above. Was pretty tough but would like to know if getting more consistent and confident with it will help me get closer to my goal. Or if there are recommendations.

I am practicing apnea walks cause I am good at static (4:08) and doing distance, dynamic 80m, however my dive times this first weeks were never longer than a minute. I think I consume to much o2 or something. For me is way easier holding breath still than moving.

My actual PB is 25m, but was a bit tough. Plan is to get more confortable doing apnea while moving and when going back get more confortable at depth.

Any other exercises or feedback, would be appreciated!
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