LONG ISLAND, Bahamas — As Nicholas Mevoli lay on his back, floating in the azure sea, attempting to relax, his exhales were audible. The countdown had begun, and he prepared to dive into Dean’s Blue Hole, hoping to reach 72 meters on a single inhalation, with no fins or supplemental oxygen. He began sipping the air, attempting to pack as much oxygen in his lungs as possible…Continue Reading
Tim Winton of the New York Times discusses the dangers of SWB and his experiences with the phenomenon:
The Thrill of Breathlessness
By TIM WINTON
Published: November 22, 2013
FREMANTLE, Australia — NEWS of Nicholas Mevoli’s death during a free-diving competition at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas earlier this week has shocked the sport’s devotees and touched many of us who spend time in the water holding our breaths. Doubtless some readers will have been puzzled as to why a young man put his life at such unnecessary risk in the first place.
Apnea or breath-hold diving is hardly a mainstream affair. Most will know of it only through the 1988 Luc Besson film, “The Big Blue,” which fictionalizes its greatest and most eccentric exponent, Jacques Mayol. By means of a weighted sled or under his own power, the free diver strives to achieve depths and breath-holding times unmatched by rivals, and having done so must surface unassisted and in good health. Like long-distance swimming, free diving is essentially an endurance art that persists at the very margins of organized sport, but unlike other extreme activities like base-jumping or big-wave surfing, it isn’t much of a spectacle and the spoils of success are modest….Click here to continue reading.
The WWA Safety Committee at the WWA’s 33rd Annual Symposium & Trade Show in West Palm Beach, Florida, planned to discuss SWB and how it can be prevented in the future. Special thanks to Jeff Stefanyak for posting this very informative article. Please view it here.
At the 2013 Asca World Clinic in New Orleans, NBAC head coach Bob Bowman addressed the crowd on “the most important information I have ever given to coach” Please see more of this article here.
SWBP is thrilled to report that as of September 10, 2013, prolonged breath-holding has been banned in NYC, and officials plan to take that ban statewide.
A young competitive swimmer experienced shallow water blackout – please view the excellent coverage of this story by WBALTV here.
To see SWBP featured on syndicated news program America Now News click here!
Hi friends and fellow swimmers:
I am passing along an account from a colleague regarding an ‘incident’ that happened last week at a local Masters Swim Workout.
On Friday, about fifteen minutes after the conclusion of practice, Jeanne (name replaced) and I were in the pool office and heard several loud screams for help. As I exited the office I saw someone in the very far corner of the pool, in the pool, with his arms wrapped around another person, in a position similar what would be done for abdominal thrust, holding him up and shouting, “someone who knows what to do – please help!” As I arrived the situation seemed too clear and both parties were in the water. The one doing the shaking looked exasperated and shaken. The other man looked calm but very daze and confused. He didn’t know what happened and the rescuer hold him he had passed out in the water. The following is the account of the rescuer: As it turns out the victim had completed 75 yards under water. He came up for a breath. The breath was described as ‘one that didn’t look (right) like one that you would want to take.’ I take that to mean it was a very shallow, inadequate breath. It was then said that he went still with his mouth under water; the water line at his nose; and his eyes were rolled back. As I said, when I arrived the man had regained consciousness. He didn’t know what happened but he knew where he was and claimed to be fine. He got out of the water by himself. 9-1-1 had been called and because he didn’t want help the 9-1-1 call was called off. I walked with him back to the entrance of the locker room and asked him not to do this exercise anymore. I emailed him later in the day and he said he felt fine and was embarrassed. He also said he would rest this week and keep his underwater swimming limited to 25 yards. Free will does exist and I cannot tell anyone what to do. But I will say that I highly discourage this extreme form of exercise and think we all need to discourage it. Unless things have changed I do remember hearing that there is no scientific evidence that hypoxic training yields beneficial results. I will sometimes ask swimmers to extend their breath stroke count from 3 to 5 or from 4 to 6; and I try to remember when I do this to tell people to breathe when they need to and not ‘turn blue or purple’ as a result of holding their breath. I also do it from a perspective of doing if for efficiency and staying relaxed, and at full speed or with a high heart rate. Please remember what may be obvious: we are dealing with adult athletes who are mostly training for fun and fitness. Even though we deal with some very talented and competitive people this is a great example of the need to maintain balance while training. Although I don’t believe there is anyone to blame here I do believe we all need to be aware of the incident and use it as a lesson to advise caution and discernment with the people we coach and advise.
The University of Georgia’s football team is one of the top ten in the nation. Recently their quarterback Aaron Murray tweeted a photo about receiving his “Reds” just in time for spring break. Thank you Aaron for loving Red’s, and Go Dawgs!
The idea of Red’s was created when two roommates wanted stylish, high quality sunglasses in colors that represented their lifestyle. Whether it was a childhood beach destination or their alma mater, they wanted colors that compliment their loyalties. From there, an idea was born to create sunglasses in classic styles they loved, in colors nobody else had. The guys had family in the fashion business, so they decided to see what it would take to make their own shades. One of those “guys” was Whitner Milner. Since Whitner’s untimely passing, his former roomate and brother continued with the idea and named Red’s after Whitner’s beloved labrador, Red. A portion of the sales of Red’s go towards furthering the plight of Shallow Water Blackout Prevention. Please read the full story here, and while you are there pick up a great pair of shades!