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.

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Time & Location

14 Mar 2020, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD 4575, Australia

About The Event

Instructor : Jason Rice (Survival Apnea Master Trainer)

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 (particularly when 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, improve performance, recovery, 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 (you can use swim fins).  This is not a "big wave " course purse' but it does deliver content and tools critical to improving your breath holding ability and survivability during intense surfing hold down situations.

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

The content is very scalable, is able to be tweaked toward a more 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 years and beyond.  We run super grom / drown proofing program specifically for young water people.  

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.  Must be at least 12 years old.  Note 12, 13,14 year olds must have an adult attend the course with them.

Once youve registered you will be emailed joining instructions with a medical questionnaire the week prior to your event.   All other details about this event are on our website. If you have any further questions please contact us via the website contact page. 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. If you have any queries regarding our refund policy please contact us. 






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