Breathing Drills

 
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Sink Downs

  • This is a great drill to help you learn to exhale comfortably in the water
  • Getting rid of CO2 will keep you relaxed in the water

Key Points

  • Breathe out through your nose or mouth or both, whichever is most comfortable
  • Exhale constantly, like a big sigh at the end of a stressful day
  • Stay relaxed and floppy
 
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1 Goggle In 1 Goggle Out

Trains you to keep your head low and breathe in the air in the trough behind the bow wave

Key Points

  • Keep your head still unless you’re going to take a breath
  • Rotate your head with your body as you rotate to the breathing side
  • Keep the lower eye in the water
  • Angle your mouth to the side like Popeye when he chews his spinach!
 
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Bilateral Breathing

  • Finding the optimal head position for you

Key Points

  • Try four lots of 50m changing head position each time
  • Experiment which feels best from straight down, 1m forwards, 2m forwards and eyes just under the surface
  • Remember although looking straight down can raise up your bum and legs it can also harm your awareness of your catch and feel for the water
  • Looking further forwards has an advantage for drafting in open water
 
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Exhalation Control

 

 

 

 

 

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