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How to breathe better and less underwater | Crazydivers

How to breathe better and less underwater | Crazydivers


Hello everybody my name is N’ael I’m an SSI Dive master and a PADI Rescue Diver, and I’ve been diving around the world for about 10 years now And I’ve to see that the one main concern of the beginners are the air consumption During the divethey are always afraid that They are going to be a burden for the group because they use their air very quickly they want to explore more But they can’t because of the air consumption So I know that air consumption depends a lot of things Could depend of your lung capacity could depend the depth of the dive The way I breathe in the water the what we call the breathing rate That can calculate at the end of the dive But I want to give you the tips that I use To reduce my air consumption and be able to do a 1 hour and a half foot dive by using half of my tank in a twenty meters deep dive So my first tip would be to be aware of how you breathe because you’re underwater Your brain is going to say “stop! Hold your breath! It’s underwater You can’t breathe!” so you really have to train it to just make that switch and say ok I’m underwater. I can breathe. it can be just consciously breathing in and out Usually what I do is, I breath in I hild my breath for just let’s say two seconds and Then let it go But I don’t do that when I go up and down Because it could be realy dangerous for your lungs to just hold your breath but if you’re stable and and enjoying your dive you can train yourself to do that or you just go in the pool and train yourself to just consciously breathe the more efficient way Don’t breathe how to breath until your brain says BREATHE Then go you just inhale Exhale sometimes you can practice it when going to sleep It helps me a lot To put me to sleep when I consciously concentrate on the way I breath It helps me relax, and enjoy more my dive to concentrate on the way breathe Just try and get used to do that because I know it’s not the regular way for people to breathe There is a popular belief that smokers are Better diver in the way that they don’t use as much air as others that just because they already know how to Take deep breath not consciously in the way of diving But they come to see breath in, hold and then exhale. You don’t need to start smoking To have a better air consumption. It just depends on the way that you think of breathing My second tip would be to work on your buoyancy I started diving when I was a teenager and Honestly, I was all over the place. I kicked the bottom. I was up and down all the time, and it’s just When I started to work on my buoyancy that my air consumption started decreasing simply because when you put air on your jacket. You are using the same air that you are breathing So that’s air that you are not gonna use to breathe That you put on your jacket the best way to reduce the air comsuption is by having a neutral buoyancy Which means just the right amount of weight So that you’ll be able to be comfortable in a dive that could be tricky because it depends on every situation, but over the time you’ll learn how much weight you need But buoyancy is not just being overweight or Just having the right amount of weight. It’s also The way your body is under water. One of my tricks to be neutraly buoyant is to contract my abdominals and just Have a very flat body by contracting that Part of my body, I allow my back to be completely straight and to my fin to be natural extent of my body when I’m Diving. I also not kick up and down I frog kick most of the time That way if I need to go up or down. I just use my breath or my lungs as My buoyancy device if I need to go up. I just take a deep breath if I want to go down, I just exhale. I know it sounds really complicated right now But try it in a pool! Once you get the trick when you once you get that feeling in your body that you are completely flat I think you might understand what I’m talking about One exercise I had myself do a lot of times is that on the pool you know you have theses Square things that make lines and I try to stay at the depth of that line for five to ten minutes Just to make sure that my buoyancy is perfect, and I won’t have any issue in the water It won’t be perfect for the first time I’ve been diving for ten years I get some tricks and I grew up diving so I think it was more easy for me to just adapt and grew up diving than for some people to conciously make the effort for their body to Take the diving position So I know I was verry lucky to start diving young so maybe what I’m telling you is like Nonsense and you say you’re never gonna be able to do it. Just try it and Talk to your divemaster of what you could do If you’re not able to have a flat back for any reason Maybe they have an alternative or other tricks that they could provide you Finally my last tip is Completely on the way to breathe It might sound a bit crazy Also, but I’m gonna add some videos of me Demonstrating it so it makes a little more sense Maybe you already know that there is different ways of breathing for Example I can inhale from my belly or my side and what I do underwater is mainly Breathing from this part of my body not this part. That way I can be wider But not deeper by getting myself wider I also allow myself to be neutrally buoyant in the way i breathe. Of course if I really wants my lungs to be The device that put me up. I’m not gonna do that but if I wanna breathe and not move I’m gonna breathe this way. It might take you a couple of attempt to do this I know it’s not that easy to do but once you get the trick you know again try this technique While being on the commute or trying to get asleep because it’s not irrrelevant time to do it and once you get the distinction try it on the pool, and you’ll see how different it is So I am aware that these are not the easiest tricks You’ve seen you have to work on your body you have to understand. How it work is where the best tricks I had during my diving career So I hope they helped you at least give you a bit of a clue of What you could change in your way of diving If you have any other tricks that you used and that worked a lot for you please let them on the comment section because Everybody is different everybody evolved on the diving differently so if this worked for me it might not work for you, but Something that someone else experienced could be the best match for you I do scuba diving videos every month. I cover a subject that You request or that I think it’s important so if you have anything any question Let me know in the comment section. I’ll try to Have an entire topic on that or at least Respond on the comment section. otherwise I am doing travel videos on this channel Sometimes involving scuba diving so you can always subscribe to my channel to be notified every time I upload a video you can give me a thumbs up to say that you liked this video And you want to see more and I hope to see you next time bye

9 thoughts on “How to breathe better and less underwater | Crazydivers”

  1. Hey there! I am aware I used 'oxygen' instead of 'air' a lot of time. In french we use both in the same way and I assumed wrongly that english worked the same way. So yeah, we don't have oxygen on our tanks, just regular air (21% O2 and 79% N2) most of the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Crazy things, am become divemaster but still working on my breathing consumption. Unfortunately my breathing rate still high ๐Ÿ™

  3. Sound like your explaining the difference between lazy belly breathing versus using your diaphram like a musician of a wind instrument. Yes I need more frog kick ๐Ÿค™

  4. After watching a few of your other videos I see you just spent a bit of time in the US and Canada. May you find many more adventures where ever they may take you ๐Ÿค™

  5. At the beginning of a dive once I reach the bottom I concentrate on controlling my breathing. I find for myself that if the excitement or whatever gets my breathing rate up at the start, that it will tend to stay that way. So I use a count system when I reach the bottom: Say 5 or 6 count inhale, and then 7 or 8 exhale. This helps me.

    On some deep dives I still have a problem with consumption of gas, particularly if a lot of swimming is involved (I'm old!). First, I try to aim for roughly a 45-50 plus minute dive. So if at a half tank I have been under water for 25 or 30 minutes then I don't adjust depth, but if I am behind the clock I anticipate by going a bit shallower and a bit slower to stretch my dive time.

  6. I like your suggestions by the way! I will definitely try side breathing… One last point has to do with reserve gas. A lot of new recreational divers are haunted by how much reserve gas to maintain for the dive and worrying about this does not help gas consumption. I like the old "Add a zero to depth to estimate psi" rule of thumb. So at 100 feet you set aside 1000 psi reserve and at 50 feet 500 psi. That should be sufficient to get you and your buddy to the surface in an emergency. Since most dives are multi-level (starting deep ending shallow) this simple graduated model is conveniently adaptable to the change in depth. I personally don't like the "get in the boat with no less than 500 psi" idea. Better to burn some of that excess gas in shallow water to off-gas nitrogen, especially if the dive got into the 100 foot depth range (filling the "fast" 5-minute compartment in other words). That's all from me I promise!!!

  7. I start a dive with 3000 psi and I ended the dive with more than 1500 psi left in my tank after 30 minutes at 38 feet.

  8. Great tips thanks. I am an instructor and it took years for me to get good at air conservation. Correct waiting is key in my opinion.

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