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Hawaii Eco Divers – Apnea Training for surfers in Oahu

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Apnea For Surfers Seminar: April 28 and 29

Beginning this Saturday April 28th, Hawaii Eco Divers will be hosting an “Apnea for Surfers,”  two-day weekend seminar in Honolulu that will be focusing on all aspects of physiology and safety behind breath hold training. Here we will perform numerous breathing exercises to improve ventilation and breath hold during the theory development portion of the seminar on April 28th. The seminar will be hosted by Hawaiian South Shore surf shop located in Honolulu. On Sunday, April 29th, we will be training apnea underwater ALL DAY at the Ala Moana lagoon. If you haven’t trained apnea before, this is a great introduction to these life saving skills and you will be amazed by the results! The fee of $189.00 can be credit towards a full Apnea & Surf Survival class we will be offering on June 2/3.

Sign up for the Apnea for Surfers Weekend Seminar on April 28/29

Apnea Surf and Survival Class: June 2 and 3

Beginning on Saturday, June 2nd, we will be hosting a two-day Apnea Surf and Survival Class. If you have already attended our Apnea For Surfers Weekend Seminar, a $189.00 credit will be used towards the payment for this class. Once you have completed our Apnea & Surf Survival Class, all fees will be waved for you to retake any future Apnea & Surf Survival Class we offer as a courtesy to keep your apnea skills current.  If you have taken this course before and would like to retrain with us, we ask that you please join us on the second day at Waimea bay. If you need to retake the theory development portion on Saturday June 2nd, we will need to make sure we have availability for you to join us in the pool session and will notify you the day before if you can retrain with us for that portion of the class.

Sign up for the full Apnea & Surf Survival Class on June 2/3


 Apnea & Surfing Survival Full Class Outline

This class is designed with only one goal in mind; to increase your breath hold ability in tense situations underwater, while remaining calm and in total control of your mind.  In this apnea training for surfers, you will learn different techniques of apnea and breathing exercises to fully oxygenate the body, strengthen and increase capacity of the lungs. The class is designed to help you spend more time underwater through lectures, intense breath hold training and multiple breathing and swimming exercises. It’s purpose is to aid surfers in dealing with extreme situations where mind control and calmness are the main factors for your survival.

In addition to apnea theory and breathing techniques to maximize oxygenation and breath hold, we will be emphasizing High Surf Risk Management in order to recognize, minimize or avoid unnecessary risks found in the surf zone.  We will also present and work on many “Surf Rescue” scenarios encountered in the sport of surfing and other water activities.   We will cover the importance of providing CPR and Rescue Breath skills to unconscious victims.

This class is divided in three parts:

THEORY (4 hours)

We will study in depth the physiology of apnea through academic information. This information is very significant when we push our body to the limit. Understanding what causes our body to black out during breath hold training exercises, and how to identify signs and symptoms of hypoxia is crucial in order to train safely.  High surf risk management, emergency action planning, dealing with panic will also be studied in the academic development portion of the course.

Swimming Pool (6 hours)

At the pool, before we start the apnea training, we will present some rescues skills in order to train apnea safely with a partner.  We will put into practice proper ventilation and breath ups, in order to perform numerous underwater exercises.  Each exercise simulate a real situation found in the surfing environment. Surfers will work with a training partner through the entire class. 

Ocean (6 hours)

We will start the second day with CPR training and breathing exercises, followed by a full O2 table apnea practice. This is when people get their personal best (most get 3 minutes, with some people holding for 4 and even 5 minutes).  Later, in the water we will present more dynamic apnea and survival skills before we move into the surf rescue part of the course.  This is when surfers learn tools that could help them save lives. At the end, we will focus again on the stress apnea exercise simulating a wipe out or a long hold down.

 You will be provided with a self studying manual that must be read entirely prior to the beginning of the class. You must complete the knowledge review and bring the answers to the first day of the training.

These are the main aspects of the training:

• Physiology of Apnea;

• Proper breathing exercises to improve ventilation and strengthening of the lungs;

• Safety;

• Static Apnea;

• Dynamic Apnea;

• Stressed Apnea;

• Risks and dangers of training apnea;

• Surviving a massive wipe out;

• Risk management and emergency action plan;

• Surfing Rescue skills;

• CPR and rescue breath.   

This course will make a difference in the way you breathe and surf!

For more information on the upcoming courses visit our website 
Hawaii Eco Divers is a dive company located on the North Shore of Oahu. We offer scuba dive tours, certifications, apnea and surf survival courses in Oahu, Hawaii