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Mark Lewin
posted : May 31, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
Hi all,

I'm a freelance writer and I've been commissioned to write a book to advise divers how to improve their air consumption underwater.

When it's published, I'll have a few copies to give away to people who help me in my research.

So, in a nutshell, what would YOU like to see covered in this book? Why?

The 10 most detailed answers received by 20th June will get a free book with my thanks.

Cheers,

Mark

 
Shane
posted : May 31, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
Well Mark,

Whenever I see articles in dive magazines about air consumption I always get excited, then disappointed.

My air usage isn't too bad and I've seen it improve since my beginner days. Without stressing about it, I'm still keen to know any hints or tips for improving, purely so I can enjoy longer dives.

Magazine articles always seem to concentrate on two main areas - relaxing and streamlining. I've done all the streamlining possible and have relaxed to the point of sleeping.

There must be more to it than that! In a "20 ways to improve your air" article I think 16 of them boiled down to relax or streamline. What about skip-breathing (which I understand to end up in worse air usage and is generally bad practice)? What about metabolism and diet? A pre-dive schedule of eating, drinking, dancing (I get excited on dive boats ok?) would be excellent.

Anything to squeeze another five minutes out of my tank - particularly on the last dive of a trip which always seems the shortest...

 
DebyColes
posted : June 19, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
I am pretty sure that the reason why so many of the tips given involve relaxing is because this is so very important. I am good on air usually, but then when I lead a dive I typically use 50% more than if I was on the same dive but not leading. I worry about losing people, finding things for them to look at, finding the boat etc. So does relaxation come from experience? Not sure that it does because some people seem good on air from the start and others are terrible from the start and never improve. I find that I use a lot less air on a night dive wher emost people seem to use more - but then I like to just sit there in the dark with my light off and enjoy the sensory deprivation for a while. There is a guy on ebay who sells a hypnosis type CD to improve diving breathing but I've not tried it. Good luck with your book.

 
simonthepieman
posted : July 5, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
Hell Id like to know, Im a 6'5" OW newbie. On my last dive, after 50 mins (10metres only) I had 30bar, my buddy had 130!!
My biggest problem is bouyancy, I stress about it and waste loads of valuable air in inflate/deflate (yoyo-ing).
I have heard that because Im so big I will drain it quicker, so the need to improve is very real.
G'luck with the book, Id sure like a copy sometime
Cheers

Simon

 
simosa
posted : July 10, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
I heard that by breathing 3 seconds in and 5 seconds out, is the best way to conserve air. Slightly longer breathing out to clear dead airspaces. Ive tried this but i am still quite bad. like the post above after 50 mins im lucky to have 50-60 bar

 
simonthepieman
posted : July 10, 2006 Post subject: What would YOU like to know about improving your breathing
I just dived this weekend and concentrated on relaxing my breathing. I ended 2 x 55 min dives with 80bar each, quite an improvemtn on my previous post.

 
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