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Surf Apnea Training: Increase Confidence and Safety in the Ocean

As surfers, we have a deep connection with the ocean. We try, we fall, we immerse ourselves in the deep blue. Many surfers find that fear can limit their performance and hamper their enjoyment. Surf Apnea training allows surfers to better understand the mechanics of the breath and increase confidence in more challenging conditions.

In this article, we’ll explore surf apnea training and how it can help surfers of all levels improve their performance and endurance.

AWAVE Travel has partnered with one of the world leaders in Surf Apnea Training – Augusto Vargas, to offer exclusive access on their programs – click here for more information.

As an introduction, Survival Apnea is offering free access for 7 days to their Ocean Resilience Program – click here for more information!

Understanding Apnea for Surfers

Apnea, so Wikipedia tells us, is the cessation of breath…when there is no movement of the muscles of inhalation. Obviously, we hold our breath when we duck dive, cop a set on the head, or go over the falls, so we’re already practicing apnea to some degree, but training in it, making your breath holds better, longer, and more comfortable, is an amazing and simple way to step up our surfing.

Increased breath-holds allow for amazing opportunities to freedive as well. This is something that can really add to a Surf Charter trip in The Maldives or Indonesia!

Surf Apnea Training Benefits

Most people come to apnea through want for freediving. Apnea training was developed to increase the human ability to stay underwater. Spearfishers also get great benefits from apnea training so that they can stay down for longer and improve their chances of nabbing tonight’s dinner.

But surfers don’t stay down that long, and the idea of holding your breath for two minutes plus is kind of pointless? Not at all. Increased breath holds increase confidence in all situations in the ocean.

Survival Apena is offering free access to their Survival Apnea Insights Course, showcasing the benefits for surfers and all water users.

Starting Your Apnea Training Journey

But apnea training is a twofold lesson. “Apnea helps you to develop self-awareness, self-control and forge body and mind resilience through the mastery of breathing and apnea,” says apnea guru and founder of Survival Apnea, Augusto Vegas. “Apnea practice will improve your ocean fitness, but more than that, it will help you to remain calm and controlled during hold-downs, endure better through challenging moments, such as when paddling through a set of waves, sharpen your presence and focus, and give you far more control over anxiety and apprehension.”

Augusto has developed an extensive online course, for those looking to learn. As an introduction, Survival Apnea is offering access to ‘The Three Captains: The Mind, The Body, The Breath’ for free!

CO2 Training for Surfers

Augusto’s apnea training covers all aspects of freediving and survival apnea – being able to remain controlled and unphased in pressure situations. The comprehensive courses, both in-person and online, provide the perfect foundation for all ocean-goers, whether you free dive and spearfish, or even if you choose to spend most of your time above the waves”

Exploring Apnea Training Techniques

There are two primary breath lessons that you can easily and safely do without any official training that will already begin to improve your abilities. These ‘dry training’ lessons focus on two specific medical conditions: hypoxia – a lack of oxygen – and hypercapnia – an excess of carbon dioxide. These lessons, what are known as O2 and CO2 training, or tables, begin to train your body to better manage periods below the surface.

Safety and Professional Guidance in Apnea Training

It’s a mind-over-matter scenario. Of course, breathing is quite helpful for our survival, but our body’s reaction is almost excessively over-reactive, preempting our urge to breathe far sooner than is actually required. Even when we’re out of breath on dry land, holding for 20 seconds is easy. But put your head underwater, in a situation where breathing isn’t an option, and even 10 seconds can seem like forever.

Survival Apnea Courses for Surf Enthusiasts

Starting on your own at home is an excellent way to begin your apnea journey, but nothing is going to be more effective – or safe – than investing in a Survival Apnea course. Under trained instruction, you will develop skills far more rapidly and, when you begin your wet training – in a pool or the open ocean – you will be expertly taught with professionals always on hand should anything occur or you panic.

AWAVE Travel has partnered with one of the world leaders in Surf Apnea Training – Augusto Vargas, to offer free access for 7 days to their Ocean Resilience Program – click here for more information!

This is the perfect introduction to apnea training and will improve your confidence and performance in the water!

Conclusion and Medical Precautions for Surf Apnea Training

So whether you just count the seconds while lying on your bed or take the plunge and invest in a Survival Apnea course, learning how to breathe – or more importantly, how not to – could be the simple trick you need to take your surfing into new realms, bigger waves, and with greater confidence.

Medical Warning: Apnea, even in its simplest form, can be dangerous. If you have respiratory conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, or other underlying issues, consult a medical professional before undertaking any form of breath training. Always practice apnea in a safe environment and ONLY practice wet training with a trained professional.

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Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.