What are some easy tips to reduce my air consumption while diving?

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asked Sep 19, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

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answered Sep 19, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
selected Oct 31, 2017 by starfish
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Go slow and try to stay out of strong currents. The more you dive the better your air consumption gets. Cardio helps a lot also. I started swimming laps with fins mask and snorkel for my cardio and greatly improved my air consumption, Its low impact and very relaxing. I started it in training for my 800 meter swim for my IDC and never stopped, Now I feel disappointed when I have to skip a day.
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answered Sep 19, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)
Relaxation is key.

Try practicing measured breathing. All the way in. Pause. Slow exhale. Pause.

Never feel deprived, that will increase use, just consciously control the breaths.
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answered Sep 19, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Practice good buoyancy, which will in turn help you practice good breathing technique. Never hold your breath and do not skip breath, just relax, and when possible, limit the amount you kick - also doing cardio exercises (when not diving) can help as well (helps your lung capacity or something).
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answered Sep 19, 2017 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
try to realax, focus on your breathing, and try not to use your arms too much. just your finns a little and bouyacy.
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answered Sep 19, 2017 by fuzybrat (153 points)
Relax,  Just relax and breath slowly in and out fully.  Take your time when you dive and enjoy yourself.  Also drop extra weight and practice good buoyancy.
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answered Oct 28, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
I had read years ago about deep divers placing their faces in cold water. The other thing I 've came across is a sound of whales making sounds, and sinking your breathing to their sounds.
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answered Nov 20, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
As others have said, the key is to relax. Be relaxed beforehand. If you get excited during the dive and your pace of breathing increases try and slow down, relax, slow the breathing. Try not to over exert yourself in the water or get too cold. I have not done this and it might sound crazy but if you have a particular mellow tune you like, maybe sing that in your head. I know that kind of thing helps me in various situations, in and out of the water. The cardio comments is a good one. That will definitely help you have a slower heart beat, which may help with breathing and air consumption. (Note: I am NOT a Doctor.)
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