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The terrible feeling of " Not enough air "

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Pyde, May 2, 2019.

  1. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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    That’s really great news, seems like you had a great time
     
  2. Steve Garnham

    Steve Garnham Garibaldi

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    On my first OW dive in Malta I was chugging air like there was no tomorrow. I was coming up to the surface with 50 bar, whilst my instructor had 110. On the second day we dropped to 20' , knelt, and just breathed. In for 3 secs and out for 3 secs. 10 minutes of this convinced me that the reg was delivering amply. The instructor told me the only thing I had to beat was myself...
     
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  3. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    Yep - the best way to get used to how much air you can get is to chill out and relax. If I am feeling stressed about anything, I try to take a moment where I just shut my eyes(only for probably 5-10 secs) and think of my breathing rate with a conscious effort on a slow rhythmical breath pattern. Trying to gulp down air just increases the CO2 response from your body (as you aren't getting rid of as much CO2 as you need to) and just makes the vicious circle tighter.
     
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Yes! Breathe out fully, then in slowly, then breathe out fully, until you feel more relaxed and in control.
     
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  5. Pyde

    Pyde Angel Fish

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    The breathing out really helps me. I breathe out longer than I inhale. This has made all the difference in my relaxation under the water........... Now to master buoyancy :banghead:
     
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  6. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    Remember that your breathing is a HUGE part of buoyancy.

    Once you have your weighting near enough spot on (by doing weight checks), you shouldn't need huge amounts of air in your BCD. The BCD should only really be needed for gross buoyancy - ie it will get you in the area of where you want to be but your lungs are the fine control. Too many divers spend too much time adding and removing air when they should use their lungs.

    Try to dive with a fixed object in front of you. Breath in with a normal breath and take a mental note of how long it takes for you to start rising. Then exhale and note that the same thing works in reverse - there will be a delay in your dropping down.

    Pick an amount of deviation that you are happy with (for example +/-2ft to start with). Get to your fixed point with approx half full lungs. Using slow breaths, breath in which will cause you to start to climb, and then breathe out (before you get to the highest point). That will start you going down so breath in (probably close to the point you wanted) and by the time the rising effect of your inhalation takes effect you will be slightly below it. By balancing how much you breath, the speed you breathe and the timing you will find the see-saw (teeter totter for the Yanks) gets less and less until you can hover within a few inches.

    Do not stress about it though - if you do you will breath harder which makes the whole exercise harder. One thing to note is that the above exercise is a LOT harder near the surface so if you can manage it in a swimming pool at 6ft, then keeping your depth at 20+ft will be a lot easier (the same lungful of air will have progressively less effect the deeper you go).

    You will, at some point, find that you are doing it without actively thinking about it. It is an awesome feeling that you have finally "got it".
     

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