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rec free diver want to know how to breathe

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May 18, 2004
I have been free diving with a snorkel and never pushed myself for depth or time. I am interested though while floating on the surface what preparation for the dive by way of taking breaths and exhaling. Is there a simple way to explain the procedure.

Sorry may need to explain myself a bit more. The scenario is typical snorkeling water depth variable but generally shallow. Lots of surface swimming to get around and view the underwater life. Occasional dives to see something close up so the resting on the surface before the dive is ok but there will be lots of swimming in between. Recreational snorkeling. If I was trying to explain to a friend then what I am hearing is no need to take large breathes prior to the dive.
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First of all, never dive without a buddy watching, or you could end up dead.

To maximize your dive ability, the method of breathing is not that important, just don't breathe very much at all. What is much more important is not to move. The longer you stay motionless and relaxed at the surface, the longer your dives will be. No movement at the surface, minimal effort from breathing as well. Try resting motionless for 5 minutes, taking only 2-3 breaths per minute.

Eric Fattah
BC, Canada
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