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Apnea Training is invaluable for surfers, lifeguards, distance swimmers, and divers. Improve your breath hold skills and water safety ability at a 2 full day seminar in California this fall.

Apnea training and surf survival course in Oahu

 Hawaii Eco Divers brings the Apnea Training and Surf Survival course back to California. Improve your breath hold ability and surf safer!

Hawaii Eco Divers has been teaching Apnea and Surf Survival for years, improving surfers’ safety in Hawaii and around the world.  The most important thing surfers learn in this course is to oxygenate the body more efficiently through deep breathing exercises in order to create more focus, increase energy and awareness.  Longer breath-hold is just a consequence of deep breathing exercises.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity.

Price $300

Locations and dates:

Pacifica\San Francisco, October 12th/13th –  Address: Jean E. Brink Pool, 401 Paloma Ave. Pacifica.  Sign up here Apnea & Surf Survival Pacifica

Huntington Beach\Los Angeles, October 19th/20th – Address: Los Amigos High School, 16566 Newhope St, Fountain Valley, CA  Sign up here Apnea & Surf Survival Huntington Beach

Apnea Training for Surfers

This course is designed with only one goal in mind: increase your breath hold ability in tense situations underwater, while remaining calm and in total control of your mind. This apnea training for surfers teaches different techniques of apnea and breathing exercises to fully oxygenate the body. These help to strengthen and increase the capacity of your lungs.

Beyond the physical capabilities of your lungs, this course will enhance your mental capacity to deal with stress and danger. Therefore, surfers will be better equipped to deal with extreme situations where mind control and calmness are the main factors for your survival.

We will be emphasizing High Surf Risk Management in order to recognize, minimize or avoid unnecessary risks found in the surf zone. Together, the class will work through various surf rescue scenarios and learn valuable rescue strategies based on the specific situation at hand.

California Course Structure

The class is designed to help you spend more time underwater through lectures, intense breath hold training and multiple breathing and swimming exercises. Through two days of classroom, pool, and ocean training, you will practice:

  • 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
  • Rescue skills
  • CPR

Tested and Proven Results

Over many years, hundreds of people have become better watermen and safer surfers because of this course. Lifeguards, firefighters, athletes, professional surfers, military, navy, police officers and more attest to how valuable apnea training can be.

Apnea training for surfers at Hawaii Eco Divers.

Static Apnea Training

Theory lesson: physiology of apnea











Your Instructor:

Ricardo Taveira @ Hawaii Eco Divers
Padi Master Diver Trainer 
Rescue Diver & Apnea Instructor
EFR – CPR  Instructor at American Heart Association
Big wave surfer with 30 years of surfing experience


Ricardo Taveira , Waimea Bay 2018. Photo Butch Youmans