How to Survive in the Water: Red Bull Athletes Train to Free Dive
The Guinness World Record for holding breath underwater is 22 minutes, but the average person can only last around 1.5 minutes. If you’re into boating or water sports and you find yourself in the water, being able to hold your breath is a good skill to have.
Red Bull recently assembled a group of its top athletes from the world of surf, snow, motorsports and professional gaming to learn to hold their breath deep under the water in Hawaii.
The training was provided as part of the Red Bull High Performance Program, a course originally created to help surfers improve their ability to hold their breath in extreme situations. With just a few intensive training sessions, the Red Bull athletes set out to achieve around 5 minutes underwater.
The team included motorsport stars Travis Pastrana and Tarah Gieger; professional gamer Jimmy Ho; freeskier Bobby Brown; snowboarder Ben Ferguson; freeskier Bobby Brown; Olympic slopestyle skiing champion Dara Howell; surf ironman Matt Poole and surf ironwoman Jordan Mercer. With such naturally competitive group, each participant was determined to last the longest deep under the water’s surface.
Watch the Red Bull athletes put through their paces below.
Other than holding your breath, there are several other techniques to survive if you should find yourself in the water. One method to conserve energy is the horizontal back float; lying on your back in the water with arms and legs stretched out.
Alternatively, a vertical back float, with all your body except for face and chest submerged and your arms outstretched to each side will help you conserve energy also. Another method is to tread water, although this will burn a lot more energy faster. In the unfortunate circumstance that your boat is capsized or you find yourself overboard in a fast moving river current, you should always adopt a horizontal back float make sure your feet are facing downstream.
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Image Credits: Red Bull
Article by Jack Bartrop