Apnea for surfers: Everything you need to know about this practice.


Apnea for surfers: Everything you need to know about this practice.

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Apnea for surfers is a practice that is essential when it comes to surfing, since it not only conditions our ability but will help us improve our surfing.
Breathing is essential for good surfing, many times we will have to spend time underwater, and we must learn to concentrate and stay calm.

Apnea for surfers:

Training breathing and lung capacity is a necessary and mandatory practice if we want to develop excellent capacity and resistance when doing our surf session.

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Las Dunas Surfcamp, Aposentillo, Nicaragua.

In Las Dunas Surf Resort Surfcamps, its teaching is essential, since with this you will be able to apprehend the 5 phases of the suspension of breathing, correctly.

Phases of apnea:

1st Phase: Pleasant

When the apnea begins, our lungs still have a good oxygen reserve, being the CO2 levels very low, so we do not feel the urge to breathe.

2nd Phase: Hypercapnia

You begin to feel the first physical urge to breathe, and which are due to the accumulation of CO2 in the blood.

Understanding this makes a difference in the way you calm down and concentrate.

3rd Phase: Hypoxia

In this phase, the contractions in the respiratory muscles increase.

This occurs due to the constant increase in CO2 and the progressive decrease in oxygen in the blood.

4th phase: Presincope

It is of utmost importance that as a beginner you do not advance beyond this symptom stage. Since you will begin to feel mental confusion, loss of motor control, numbness of the extremities and face.

5th Phase: End Apnea or fainted

Proper training will allow you to know your limit and avoid fainting. In this way, we will proceed to end the apnea without suffering any mishap.

If the limit is exceeded, we will inevitably suffer a syncope, and at sea it is deadly and dangerous.

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Important tips:

  • Apnea should never be forced, as without proper practice it will be counterproductive.
  • Each person has a different lung capacity, as well as their way of training and developing their potential.
  • You should never practice hyperventilation, it is a dangerous activity and will not increase your lung capacity.
  • The proper technique must combine breathing techniques, relaxation and psycho-emotional management.
  • Always seek to learn in a surf school or in a Surfcamp from the hand of experts.
  • Ideally, perform these exercises in a pool or controlled environment, which ensures safety.
In conclusion:

The practice of apnea for surfers is essential, since it guarantees not only greater resistance in surfing, but also security and confidence when it comes to being underwater.


And if you are looking to learn effectively and safely, it is best that you come to our SurfCamp at Las Dunas Surf Resort. We are in Aposentillo, Nicaragua.