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Old 08-12-2007   #11
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The free diving guys are the gurus when if comes to breath holding. Hyperventilating apparently isn't that good for you, more like 3 deep breaths and go. Wait 5 minutes and repeat, then do it again. On the third try you will get about your max time.

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Old 08-13-2007   #12
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Hyperventilating tricks the body into thinking there is no carbon dioxide building up in your lungs. You know the stuff that makes you go oh shit I need to breathe. The problem with doing this, it doesn't trigger your natural reaction to surface, people oftentimes pass out underwater IE "shallow water blackout." Special Operations training involvles a lot of under water swimming and hyperventilating is strictly prohibited by the instructors. I guess a lot of people die from shallow water blackout. So if you are trying to hold your breath for a while I reccomend trying to figure out the mental side and don't hyperventilate.

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