Courses & Programs


The Basics Course

This course will give the student a deeper understanding of what the human body and mind go through when under water on a single breath. In addition, the individual will be exposed to simple and effective exercises and training methods that, over time, will deliver physical and mental adaptations, helping the participant overcome “Intense Situations” with more ease.

Learning “The Basics” of the breath holding experience is an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of: Connection to Nature, Breath Control, Mental Strength and Physical Preparation when engaging with the elements.

Topics covered:

  • Dive Reflex, Urge to Breath, Relaxation technics, Breathing Exercises, Diaphragmatic Contractions and Static Breath Holds, Safety when training, Swimming and Dynamic Apnea training methods.
  • This is a 6 hour course given in 2 sessions, each of 3 hours.
  • Day 1 consists of 1.5 hours of theory and 1.5 hours of special breathing exercises and breath hold practice.
  • Day 2 is all in the Swimming Pool. Here we will go through a variety of exercises that will put into practice what was learned in class the day before.
  • The different exercises have been chosen based on their effectiveness in evolving the individual’s performance when exposed to “Intense Situations”, at the same time of offering the opportunity to understand in depth the breath hold experience.
  • Participants should know that the mind sharpens the moment someone is holding his breath. This is the window our courses facilitate to pass on our message.
Requirements:
  • Ability to swim 200m unassisted


Mastery Course

This course shares with the participant what it takes for the human body and mind to adapt and evolve. How mindset, challenge and awareness are key factors when training. Overcoming the exercises presented during the experience will require having a fit and strong body, plus a smart and present mind.

For this course, the individual is expected to know the basics of the Dive Reflex, have a clear understanding of the different stages of a breath hold, and have experienced diaphragmatic contractions during Static Apnea exercises.

Any person who is interested in understanding the foundations of human performance and acquiring tools to deal with difficult and intense situations in life, both physically and/or mentally, will get great value from our Mastery Course.

Topics covered:

  • The importance of training with Purpose, Intensity & Awareness, Mindset, Breathing Rhythms, Overtraining, Development of a more Flexible Diaphragm and Rib Cage, Importance of Food and Rest, High Intensity Static and Dynamic Apnea Exercises.
  • This is a 6 hour course given in 2 sessions, each of 3 hours.
  • Day 1 consists of 1.5 hours of theory and 1.5 hours of special breathing exercises and breath hold practice.
  • Day 2 is all in the Swimming Pool. Here we will go through a variety of exercises that will put into practice what was learned in class the day before.
  • The exercises covered on this course have been carefully chosen. They provide a physical challenge, but most important, play with your mind by creating discomfort and uncertainty. Have you ever trained to deal with this?
  • In addition, the student will take with him a program designed by the Survival Apnea Team.
Requirements:
  • Attended Survival Apnea´s “The Basics Course”, or any Freediving Course that covered the following topics and exercises: Diving Reflex, Urge to Breath, Full Breathing, Static Apnea and Diaphragmatic Contractions.
  • Static Breath Hold = 2:30 - 3:00 mins (recommended)
  • Dynamic No Fins = 50m (recommended)
  • If you are in doubt of being ready for our Mastery Course, let us know, as we will be happy to adjust the experience to your level. We all start somewhere.



Online Training Programs

Important as understanding the Basics, is the knowledge for overcoming the barriers encountered during practice, how much to push and how much to rest. Whether you are interested in following a “General Program”, or get “Personalized” attention, contact us.

Programs are designed taking into consideration most of our clients are watermen and/or athletes, and as such, want to spend as much time as possible doing what they are passionate about.

Let us know how many hours a week would you be willing to give to your training and we´ll suggest the best program for you. For your knowledge, results happen with as little as 1 hour of training a week…provided it’s an effective hour.