Firstly, this is not your average learn to hold your breath course. Which is actually a good thing – as let’s be honest, how often do you have the opportunity to calmly relax yourself and take a few deep breaths before a wipeout or hold down? I rate the chances from not very often to zero. Especially if you are like me and have the reflex to breathe out when taking drops or gunning sections as I think it makes me go faster.
So what is BET? Breath enhancement training is a way of enhancing both your physical and mental capabilities in relation to breathing. It does this through teaching you to do the following
Ok, so those are the official lines. What did I find from completing the training?
My body could cope with lack of oxygen way better than expected. So well in fact, that on an empty lung or short breath it became fairly comfortable to last underwater or under physical duress for at least a minute. In surf time – that is a very long hold down. Just being mentally aware of this then provides you with the state of relaxation that goes hand in hand with attaining that ability.
Its empowering stuff and something, that I would recommend to anyone indulging in any sport where an unexpected stay underwater might be a regular occurrence. It will bring greater confidence to your wave riding be it surfing or bodysurfing and will help you through those uncomfortable hold downs. You can’t always control the situation but you can control your response to it.
This is just one aspect of the benefits of the BET training – there are others such as anaerobic conditioning, improved recovery, stress reduction and increased breath holding. All from breathing and using that breath better.
Sounds too good to be true? Still not convinced? Then don’t take my word for it – Check it out yourself and see what 3x world champ Mick Fanning and other others also have to say
Has spent over 30 years of his middle aged life trying to spend more time in the ocean. Likes to surf, bodysurf, free dive and pretend he enjoys chasing big waves.