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Improving my SAC rate

Discussion in 'Dive into Fitness' started by bvbellomo, Dec 27, 2019.



    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Taiwan
    I just hit 60 years old and have only dive several dives in June this year. Anyway I had some shortness of breath due to pain in my underarm muscles on my rib cage. I went to see a heart lung specialist and he took an Xray. All clear lungs and heart in good condition. I just need to do some more stretching exercises for my upper body. My spine has some normal old age signs but in good shape. I've had broken ribs in my younger days so wanted to check they were OK.

    We also discussed my breathing technique I get into before I go on dives. He was happy to know I knew how to manage my breathing and to control my PCO2 and understand how I manage my air. On my dives in June I did 8 dives in 3 days with some not so experienced divers. Funny when you are in Taiwan and you weigh 130kg and your local divers weigh less than half that but you are still better on air. Still I would not be able to do a 93 min 34m wreck dive I did last year without getting back into my comfort zone and settled breathing management. Hopefully Palau is going to open up for tourism soon and if possible I will go there for 2 - 3 weeks and see if I can get 50 or more dives in. I will need 5 - 10 dives to find my "zone"

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