Did you know that when you hold your breath underwater, the air bubbles in your lungs will start to build up? It is important to release these bubbles by exhaling them before they form a blockage. This blog post explains how to safely exercise underwater with an exhalation of air bubbles.
what Exhalation underwater (blow air bubbles)
Exhalation underwater is the process of releasing bubbles from your lungs through your mouth or nose, into water. This allows for proper exhalation of air without having to hold one’s breath and risk internal damage, such as a collapsed lung.
When to do Exhalation underwater (blow air bubbles)
In order to avoid damage and injury, proper form and execution are necessary when practising exhalation underwater. If you are submerged in water, you may need to do the “snorkel” or “breathe face down”. You can use this while swimming or when you are in the bath.
Hazards of underwater exhalation (blow air bubbles)
When you do not exhale, it can lead to spasms and discomfort in the chest. If you try to forcefully blow bubbles, it might affect your ears and cause dizziness or disorientation.
what are the benefits of underwater exhalation (blow air bubbles)
When you inhale, your lungs expand with oxygenated air, which is then used to fuel your body.If you breathe out before the air turns into carbon dioxide, then you don’t have to inhale more harmful gases that come from when your breath builds up. This is also helpful when diving underwater. You don’t need to hold your breath and risk a lung collapse.
Exhalation underwater is an important step for proper breathing underwater, whether it is done consciously or accidentally. Check out this video link to see how sea animals exhale air bubbles.
What you need underwater exhalation (blow air bubbles)
For safe execution of this breathing technique, you will require a few key items. These include:
-A body of water deep enough to submerge yourself in for at least 10 seconds
-An object to stand on, if the water is too deep for your feet
-A buddy who knows CPR and First Aid techniques as well as how to swim
-A snorkel, if you will be submerged for more than 10 minutes
-Fluids to prevent dehydration (ideally water) but sports drinks or coconut water are acceptable alternatives.
-Access to medical attention in case of injury, if you are practising this technique alone.
How to do underwater exhalation (blow air bubbles)
Prepping your body. For adequate hydration, drink 500 ml of fluids 1 hour before entering the water. If you will be submerged for more than 10 minutes, drink 500 ml every 15 minutes while underwater.
For your safety, get your buddy to check your swimming skills and educate yourself on CPR and First Aid techniques. The best place to get certified in these fields is a Red Cross training location.
Once you know how to swim and carry out CPR, make sure your buddy knows the techniques as well. You need to meet your friend in a deep pool of water. This way you can be under the water for 10 seconds or more. You should also bring something to stand on in case you cannot touch the floor of the water with your feet.
Make sure both you and your buddy are out of the pool before beginning step 5.
Your friend should be standing on something to avoid drowning. You need to inhale and then blow out the air in your lungs slowly.
Remember that if you are submerged without an object to stand on, 10 minutes max is recommended by scuba diving professionals.
Safety precautions and how to avoid accidents while exhalation underwater
In order to avoid accidents, you should have a buddy with CPR and First Aid training. If you are on your own, you can go to a Red Cross location to learn these life saving techniques.
If you cannot practice underwater breathing on your own, there are many other exercises that can help. These include running away from zombies or playing Hide and Seek.
If you do choose to practise this technique regularly, ensure that you have a way of getting medical attention if necessary – for example, a cell phone on standby with the number of your local poison control centre pre-dialed.
Remember that even if you are practising underwater breath control with a buddy, you still need to drink fluids beforehand in order to stay hydrated and avoid dehydration. The most recommended fluid for rehydration is water. If this is not available, sports drinks or coconut water can be used as substitutes (although do not substitute if vomiting or diarrhea).
You should not practise underwater breath control if you have certain lung conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and tuberculosis. If your doctor has told you that you cannot hold your breath for more than a few minutes (ie three) at a time, do not attempt this technique. Avoid practising if pregnant; those on medications that reduce the heart rate may experience complications.
If you are pregnant, on medication to slow your heart rate or have certain lung conditions such as asthma or cystic fibrosis, do not practise underwater breath control. This technique should also be avoided by those with tuberculosis.
Finally, make sure there is an object for your buddy to stand on in case you cannot touch the bottom of the water with your feet, and do not practise this underwater breath control technique without a buddy.
FAQs about underwater exhalation
What if I’m not exhaling into the water?
You can go scuba diving, or do underwater swimming. Or you can hold your breath and swim down to where there is an object for your buddy to stand on and not drown.
What should I practise other than Exhalation underwater?
Practising exhalation underwater will help you when doing CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation. And also when giving chest compressions for heart attack victims.
What is the longest I should hold my breath for while practising underwater breathing/exhalation?
Three minutes, but can vary based on personal lung capacity.
Where can I learn more about Exhalation underwater?
When practising alone, consider visiting a Red Cross training location or one offering CPR classes to learn these lifesaving skills. If practising this technique with a buddy, have your buddy call 911 should an emergency arise. For further information on how to be prepared for medical emergencies, see your local poison control centre’s website.
How long can you practise underwater breathing/exhalation before it becomes dangerous?
If practising alone, stay below 10 minutes; if practising with a buddy, ensure the buddy has CPR and First Aid training and periodically check in on each other. How frequently to check-in is up to you, but we recommend at least every five minutes.
What is the best fluid for rehydration during and after underwater breathing/exhalation?
Water is recommended as it is readily accessible, non-addictive, and flavours do not interfere with taste buds; sports drinks or coconut water can be used as substitutes if water is unavailable.
What is the best environment for practising underwater breathing/exhalation?
It is recommended to practise in a pool due to safety reasons, but if practising on land, ensure you have a buddy and practise in an open space. If practising with your buddy, it would be beneficial for him or her to also know CPR and First Aid.
Can I practise underwater breathing/exhalation while scuba diving?
Yes, but not recommended due to poor air circulation. In the unlikely case of a problem with your equipment or being trapped in a cave, you will only have a limited supply of air and you should use it carefully.
What is the best way to practise underwater breathing/exhalation?
The best way to practise is in a pool with a buddy and starting off doing thirty seconds. If practising alone, consider visiting a Red Cross training location or one offering CPR/First Aid classes to learn these lifesaving skills as they incorporate wasting air and the dangers of hyperventilation.
Why do I need to take deep breaths during underwater breathing/exhalation?
When scuba diving or swimming underwater, you must take deep breaths to increase the amount of air in your lungs. By doing so, you will be able to keep a constant supply of oxygen delivered throughout your body and reduce physical exertion.
Do not attempt this technique without first consulting your physician to make sure it is safe for you. If practising with a buddy, make sure he or she has CPR and First Aid training before performing this lifesaving technique.
What if I do not have access to water?
If scuba diving, go somewhere else. Or hold your breath and swim down to where there is an object for your buddy to stand on and not drown.
Do I need any special equipment?
Underwater breathing/exhalation can be done anywhere as long as you have access to water or a buddy who has CPR and First Aid training. In case of an emergency, make sure your buddy stays awake by checking in every five minutes.
If you didn’t know, underwater breathing/exhalation is when you hold your breath and blow air bubbles.
Remember that during underwater breathing/exhalation, you should take deep breaths and exhale slowly so your body does not use up all its oxygen.
I hope this article has been interesting to you! If you have anything to add or any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me! I wish you the best of luck practising underwater breathing/exhalation.