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Is what i am learning in my course safe?

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Hey everyone,

I am new to the forum so apologies if this is the wrong section for my question.
I am doing a advanced course with the course system „apnea total“ at the moment and i am a bit confused since some of what i am learning contradicts what i‘ve learned in my Aida 2 star course before.
For static apnea we did a „breathe up“ that was basically hyperventilation from what i know. It consisted of strong 5 seconds inhales and 5 second exhales. This was already confusing to me but my instructor said that‘s what the professional athletes do aswell. Same goes for today when we did CWT training. In my beginners course i learned that everything that is more than just the normal tidal breathing is considered overbreathing or hyperventilating. For the breatheup i am supposed to do 4 minutes of very deep and intense full lung Inhales with „flushes“ inbetween which are short breaths inbetween which are supposed to get your CO2 lower. But that is by definition hyperventilation, am i right?
I am confused if what i am learning is actually safe. I‘d appreciate if someone could help me with this, especially if you also did a apnea total course.

Thank you in advance!

Greetings!
 

Hi raisch

I am not a specialist, only 3* AIDA.
You're right, we hyperventilate when we breathe more than our body needs.
But 3 cycles (inspiration, expiration) is not dangerous as long as you don't feel dizzy, etc. as described below
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There are different techniques and approaches for apnea training. While some methods may contradict what you’ve learned before, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are unsafe. The key is to listen to your body and work with a qualified instructor who can guide you safely through the training. The breath up technique involves hyperventilation and is commonly used by professional athletes. It can be done safely with proper supervision by an experienced instructor. wordle unlimited unblocked
 
Hey everyone,

I am new to the forum so apologies if this is the wrong section for my question.
I am doing a advanced course with the course system „apnea total“ at the moment and i am a bit confused since some of what i am learning contradicts what i‘ve learned in my Aida 2 star course before.
For static apnea we did a „breathe up“ that was basically hyperventilation from what i know. It consisted of strong 5 seconds inhales and 5 second exhales. This was already confusing to me but my instructor said that‘s what the professional athletes do aswell. Same goes for today when we did CWT training. In my beginners course i learned that everything that is more than just the normal tidal breathing is considered overbreathing or hyperventilating. For the breatheup i am supposed to do 4 minutes of very deep and intense full lung Inhales with „flushes“ inbetween which are short breaths inbetween which are supposed to get your CO2 lower. But that is by definition hyperventilation, am i right?
I am confused if what i am learning is actually safe. I‘d appreciate if someone could help me with this, especially if you also did a apnea total course.

Thank you in advance!

Greetings!
It's a matter of degree and also the type of activity you are doing. There is tons written about never hyperventilate, yet if you watch actual freedivers many are in fact doing some form of light hyperventilation. Normal breathing followed by 2 or 3 deeper inhale/exhales before a dive is pretty standard. Also, deep breathing before static will help most people hold longer. But forceful, deep, fast, breathing for a couple of minutes before a deep dive could cause a blackout. The key in all csaes is to have competant buddy watching you.
 
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