Learn breath holding and breathing techniques to develop adaptations to better deal with “Intense Situations” like surfing hold downs. This course is suitable for any skill level from chargers to absolute beginners and non surfers providing many skills transferable across all walks of life.

Time & Location

Apr 24, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM GMT+10
Geelong Aquatic Centre, 3 Bridge St, Newtown VIC 3220, Australia

About The Event

Instructor : Jason Rice


This is a full day (0830-1530) face to face course.  The theory and land based practical followed by and pool practical will be held at the Geelong Aquatic Centre.

Our Surf Apnea course has been developed with years of rigorous research, development and knowledge gathered from freedivers and surfers around the world.  As a result we have been able to cut away the fluff and focus on deepening the knowledge of what is essential to the development of holding your breath and functioning during critical high stress situations like surfing hold downs.  Our drills and content are constantly being reviewed and updated based on our research, experimentation and feedback from our team and clients.

The course provides  information essential for dealing with sudden and intense situations such as surfing hold downs.  Using freediving and surfing insights to provide specific knowledge of what the human body and mind go through when stressed (particularly underwater on a single breath).  The course 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, improved performance, recovery,  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 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.

Topics covered include:  Dive Reflex. Urge to Breath.  Breathing and relaxation technics. Static, Swimming and Dynamic Apnea training methods.  Safety protocols when training.

Gear required - swim goggles (not a dive mask), surf wetsuit plus swimmers or boardies (If your are not a strong swimmer we suggest you bring body board or similar style rubber swim fins).

NOTE: Although most pool water is around 27 degrees C students can expect to be in the water for the entire 2-3 hours.  The body cools dramatically during static breath holds so thermal protection is highly recommended for the first stages of the water sessions.

Prerequisite:  Ability to swim 200m unassisted (body board fins can be worn if required).

NOTE: Particpants must be at least 12 years of age and under direct supervision of a responsible adult (18+).  The supervising adult must also register and attend the course as a paying particpant.  If you have any queries regarding this please contact us prior to registering.

Once youve registered you will be emailed joining instructions with a medical questionnaire the week prior to your event. . If you have any further questions please contact us via the website contact page.

NOTE : As we cap attendance numbers for our events we do not offer refunds for adhoc no shows or non medical cancellations less than 14 days out from the event date.  However in the case of this event no refunds will be provided for adhoc cancellations due to the unusually short notice of the event being organised.   If you have any queries regarding our refund policy please contact us.

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