Is there any type of training you can do to help maintain your breath underwater?

When diving in a lake, using only diving goggles, I can hold my breath for about 10 seconds before needing to surface. Can I do anything to improve that time?

  • Googling for how to train breath holding brings up several entries. What have you tried? – Sean Duggan Jul 31 at 19:27
  • I've held my breath in rounds before: hold 1 minute, rest, repeat. Ive not done this regularly. Sitting now, I can hold my breath for 1:30 but that doesn't correlate to underwater time. – C. Lange Jul 31 at 20:04
  • Anecdotally, I was obsessed with this for some time after seeing one of those famous illusionists do it for a ridiculous amount of time. He was lowered into a tank of water and his feet were placed in shackles that held him under. But because the shackles were loose, he had to point his toes upward to stay submerged, and simply having to spend oxygen flexing anything will dramatically reduce your capacity to hold your breath. Point being, results and measurements will vary a lot, and as you accurately point out, whatever you do sitting won't translate well to underwater time. – Alec Jul 31 at 23:54
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    Anyway, just to curve it on topic, improving your swimming technique will also dramatically increase the length you can swim while submerged, since you'll be spending less oxygen per unit distance. – Alec Jul 31 at 23:57
  • I had not thought of that, @Alec. I'm definitely not a great swimmer so that could be important. – C. Lange Aug 1 at 0:07

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