Breath Hold Training Tables

Breath Hold Training Tables

Breath-hold training is an integral part of Freedive training. There are many approaches to wet/dry static training and they work for different people and for different goals.

Below, you will find two simple training tables that are used by the majority of Freedivers. Those tables can (and are) personalized during the course to suit each student. There are other “tweaks” that could be performed to make them much more efficient, but I will leave them to the actual course.

Guidelines:

  • Make sure you train with a buddy! Wet training should always be performed in pairs.

People tend to “copycat" - If you train in a public pool, make sure you promote safe practice.

Before you begin training make sure you know your ability and read the safety rules!

Table A - CO2 Tolerance Table

This is a basic table, increasing the ability to withstand high levels of CO2.

Dive Number Breath up / Recovery

Breath hold

1 2:30 50%-70%
2 2:15 50%-70%
3 2:00 50%-70%
4 1:45 50%-70%
5 1:30 50%-70%
6 1:15 50%-70%
7 1:00 50%-70%
8 0:45 50%-70%

Table B - O2 Tolerance Table

The second table increases our ability to withstand lower levels of O2. This is a more advanced table and usually more suitable for a bit more experienced Freedivers, as the O2 mechanism comes into effect later in the breath-hold and thus should be trained later.

Dive Number Breath up / Recovery

Breath hold

1 2:00 50%
2 2:00 55%
3 2:00 60%
4 2:00 65%
5 2:00 70%
6 2:00 75%
7 2:00 80%
8 2:00 85%