Surf Survival Course

Surf Apnea is a dedicated surf survival course for surfers, kite-surfers and other water users who regularly find themselves in the surf zone. This course has been designed to equip students with the skills and abilities to handle hold-down situations.

The Surf Apnea course is open to healthy water users over 16 years of age. This 1-day course incorporates breath-hold techniques evolved for people who find themselves unwillingly holding their breath, theory, hold-down simulations and a multiple choice exam. On successful completion, students will be able to hold their breath for over 2 minutes and comfortably handle a 3-wave hold-down.

Price: R1450 – including international certification

Surf Apnea: R1450 | 1 Full Day

As Freedivers we hold our breath willingly and we spend much of our training perfecting and increasing tolerance to the chemical changes that breath hold brings with it. As Surfers your breath hold is out of necessity!  The conditions you are under and physical changes you experience are less than ideal from a freedive point of view. This makes it even more important and valuable to effectively harness the power and ability of your body under a breath hold situation. The Surf Apnea course is exactly that!  We will teach you and give you insight into the physical and chemical changes your body experiences, how to train and improve your tolerance to breath hold situation and improve your breath hold in wipe out situations.

The course entails
– breathing theory and anatomy
– breath hold practice (before, during, after)
– breath hold scenarios specific to surfing (you won’t always have time to prepare for a breath hold when charging for a wave)
– the physical and mental aspects of breath hold – how to overcome the physical and mental barriers to confidently hold your breath
– training techniques to improve your breath hold and specifically CO2 tolerance (in water and on the beach) – this is a huge boost to your surfing and surf ability
– wipe out scenarios (in water practice, including how to handle these physically and mentally)
– certification exam

The course includes
Session 1: Freedive theory and physiology, breathing and breath hold practices for freediving & advanced breath hold techniques for surfers
Session 2: CO2 tolerance training – this is very specific to surfers to continue training after the course in an effort to improve your CO2 tolerance
Session 3: Wave hold simulation – mind over matter, putting into practice what you have learnt and giving you tools to keep training and improving your breath hold experience
Session 4: Certification exam and finish

The Surf Apnea course is a full-day, information packed and fun filled challenge. Sharing this with friends and surf buddies will make this even more fun!

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