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Looking for information on training _SAFELY_

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Nov 16, 2004
Hi! I just discovered "dynamic and static apnea". I am awed at all the information I see on the internet. I love to hang out under water.... pool, hot tub, lake, ocean, etc. I've done free diving all my life, but after a shallow water blackout at age 16, artificial respiration, gurgling up bloody pool water, and a couple of nights in the hospital, I've been afraid to push myself very hard. So I've been gradually losing endurance for the last 45 years!

Just tonight, I've picked up on a whole lot of techniques that I am doing or have done wrong..... like free diving from a dive boat after my first scuba tank, hyperventilation, and scaring myself with dizzyness when I blow out my snorkle.

HELP... I need to find a good starting book or article on _safely_ extending my bottom time. I'm not likely to have a training partner.

My email address is schai@chartermi.net

Welcome to Deeperblue! I'm glad that you have already found a lot of information.

If you are planning on pushing the limits, you really need a training partner. Training alone, whether in the pool or sea, is definitely not a good idea.

I hope someone can help with the book or article, as I can't think of any now, but if I find one I'll post it.

Hey - alot of spearos dive alone - not recommended but alot do. If you plan to dive alone (again - not recommended) then look at their forum for dive techniques.
I would get a dive computer sooner rather than later. I bought one and although it is not as good as a buddy by any means it can help (ie like when you have been looking at starfish for a while or something else and forget how long you ahave been down for - you can set an alarm on the watch [D3 or Mosquito seem popular choices]).

Now I feel safer with the information at hand to decide and make decisions. Alot of it is how you feel but you can check it against the reality of the situation (ie minutes submerged and current depth). ie if you feel good but have been down at 20m for 3mins then something might be actually wrong.

Again - I am not advocating diving alone but the reality is that people do dive alone. I do and have found that some metrics help.

Other things like knowing your limits and not even remotely pushing them alone is a good yardstick. Some may say that to go into the water alone is too much of a risk...
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