Breath-Holding Dangers

A recent drowning is bringing attention to the dangers of breath-holding training and competitions. The Redwoods Group has produced this video, presented by president and CEO Kevin Trapani, to emphasize those dangers. Their advice: “Our guidance is do not allow any type of breath-holding training. This means no prolonged or competitive breath-holding or intentional hyperventilation. You can prevent a tragedy: Be aware. Prolonged breath-holding can cause unconsciousness and happen to anyone at any time, regardless of swim or athletic ability. …

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One comment on “Breath-Holding Dangers

  1. Stefan Hansen on said:

    It’s tragic someone died. No doubt. But the solution is not to ban breath holding in all pools. This man didn’t die because he was practicing breath holding. He died because he was practicing breath holding incorrectly. Why do people who know what they are doing, and who practice safely, have to be prohibited from training? It makes no sense.

    Every freediver knows never to practice alone. That’s the first rule. Secondly, every freediver uses hand signals every 10-15 seconds while doing static apnea to show he/she is all right. When doing dynamic apnea, there is always a spotter close by.

    The man who died is a victim; so is his family. However, that does not justify victimizing people who train smart. Instead of a ban, you should rather educate your lifeguards, so they can recognize when someone is training safely and when they are not. And then ban unsafe breath holding, while allowing safe breath hold training.

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