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PERTH - WA

18 JANUARY 2020

  • Hold your breath longer

  • Develop self awareness and control

  • Increase self-confidence

  • Regulate stress responses

  • Improve decision making under pressure

  • Optimise recovery

"Your whole course was excellent, well timed, extensive and fun, superbly paced and suitable for me as an experienced surfer  and waterman and novice breath holder."  Tom Avery - Australian Indigenous longboard champion 

 

SURVIVAL APNEATM

Be harder to kill! - Skills to survive surfing hold downs and intense situations

Australias premier surf specific breath holding course

This is one day course (6hrs) that provides information essential for dealing with sudden and intense situations such as surfing hold downs.  The Survival Apnea course uses freediving and surfing insights to provide a deeper understanding of what the human body and mind go through when stressed under water on a single breath.  The course content uses the surfing hold down to teach a suite of tools that can be used to manage stress in any scenario.  Although it is a very popular course among surfers the skills learned on this course are applicable to anyone at any level who wishes to develop more skillful breathing, lung vitality and improve performance, stress management, self awareness, self control and of course their breath hold.

The course is suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to kamakazie chargers and has many takeaways for non surfers that are applicable across all facets of life, health and performance.  In a nutshell we are teaching you self awerensess and self control tools that enhance your ability to manage stress and enable you to make better decisions when under the pump.  You will learn about the breath hold journey and improve your survivability when exposed to intense situations such as surfing hold downs and how you can enhance these skills by using very simple but effective training methods.

We have a very broad and diverse range of people attending our courses and it is open to anyone who wishes to come along providing they can swim 200M (swim fins are permitted).  This is not a "big wave " course purse' however it does provie content and tools critical to improving your breath holding ability and survivability during intense surfing hold down situations.

Our training is very safe (no more dangerous than traditional lap swimming) as we do not use hypoxic training methods.  Instead we use Hypercapnia to stmiulate the urge to breath way before there is any risk of you running out of oxygen.  The use of hypercania techniques has many health and performance spin offs for the non surfer and surfer alike.  

The course content is very scalable, is able to be tweaked toward a health or a performance orientation and can be easily adapted to cater for specific needs of any attending cohort.  We have catered for people of all ages from 8 to 70 years.  We  run a super grom program specifically for young surfers / water people and we have also run programs for  aging populations.  

 

Topics covered include:  Breath hold and breathing physiology, the urge to breathe, breath & nervous system connection, using the breath to manage your stress / threat responses, relaxation techniques, self awareness and self control. Static and Dynamic Apnea training methods. Safety when training. 

Gear required - goggles and surf wetsuit. 

Prerequisite:  Ability to swim 200m unassisted ( you can use rubber swim fins if required).

The Survival Apnea course sets you up with the practical experience and fundamental knowledge required to develop your own training practise.  All the water based drills can be practised post the course as dry drills for those wishing to continue the training but do not have access to a pool or training buddy.  Enabling you to become a better version of yourself and ultimately making you harder to kill!  

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BREATH CONTROL TRAININGTM

SELF AWARENESS / SELF CONTROL / FOCUS / CALM 

The 3 hour BREATH FX workshop leads you through a breath journey and introduces you to land based breath practises giving you the tools to improve your health and welbeing, boost exercise recovery, increase physical and mental  performance, stress management & increase lung vitality, self awareness and self control.  All skills are transferrable to other life situations allowing you to maintain a state of zen like control, focus and improved performance & decision making when under pressure.  Or simply live a healthier more invigorated life.  You will be harder to kill!TM

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YOUR BREATH IS THE BUILDING BLOCK FOR EVERYTHING

       Benefits of better breathing habits 

  • Improved VO2 max

  • Improved cardiovascular function 

  • Higher CO2 / lactic acid tolerance

  • Improved self awareness & control

  • Improved mental focus

  • Improved lung vitality

  • Increased EPO production

  • Increased NO2 production

  • Increased O2 efficiency 

  • Improved breath hold 

  • Increased  recovery & relaxation

  • Improved stress management

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OTHER SERVICES 

PRIVATE COACHING

TRAINING CAMPS

CORPORATE AND TEAM

STRESS MANAGEMENT / TEAM BUILDING

Be harder to kill...!TM

 

ABOUT US

Jason 'Ricey' Rice is the founder of Survival Apnea Australia (SAA) and BREATH FX - Breath Control Training.  SAA is partnered with internationally recognised Survival Apnea company and responsible for bringing their program to Australia.

SAA delivers specialised breath control and breath holding education and instructor training throughout Australia and Internationally. 

Jasons 30+ years work life experience as a performance specialist and first responder in high risk and demanding environments coupled with a life time of athletic and aquatic adventuring across multiple domains make him  a well rounded trainer, coach and mentor.

Heres what one of his clients had to say "I went to Jason’s breath hold training last year with an open mind. I love surfing and anything else in the ocean including free diving now and then. Jason took my under water breath hold from 2 mins in the first dive, to 3 mins on the second dive to over 4 mins of breath hold on my final immersion. His experience in this field allowed me to push myself to levels of confidence I didn’t know existed. I enjoyed all the training and the way he presented it - he is a powerfully engaging professional. Naturally he is a great coach and I recommend his training to anyone who wants to thrive both on land and in the water - it’s not just about holding your breath... it’s about feeling calm and energised."

Jason holds multiple instructor certifications including Survival Apnea Instructor Trainer and is one of Australias first XPT certified Performance Coaches specialising in sport specific underwater based and breath control training.   Our courses that seek to empower people to become the most adaptable 

neurological system they can be, enabling them to respond better to intense situations and ultimately making them ... 

'Harder to kill...! '  

Check out some of our reviews

 

Jack from Tassie said: I had the best day learning survival apnea.  Feeling like a new person. The self is expanded. The challenges are new. Fears diminish as the adventure grows. You are a great teacher, an amazing waterman, and a wonderful old soul.  For me after 47 years of swimming, surfing and diving - I learnt things that I wish I had known from the start.  All surfers should be taught what you shared with us, in their first year in the ocean. Your course is excellent.10 out of 10 Thank you!!!

Sara said: This course exceeded all my expectations! Highly Reccomended. Not only is it a potentially life-saving skill, it can be taken to various levels and progressively mastered. Jason's delivery was concise and clear, backed up by great knowledge and passion. Transferrable into other sports performance as well as surfing, and other areas of life. Thank you!!

 Matt said: This is one of the best things I have done in my life and I won’t forget it. Jason took me from static breath hold of 1min to 2:20 then all the way to 3:20! Never in my life would I have thought I could do this! My comfort zone and knowledge has exceed beyond belief. Thanks Jason, and I am looking forward to the next time we meet.

 

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