Could someone please explain what skip breathing is please, and why is it a bad practice if reduces air consumption.

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asked Sep 20, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

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answered Sep 20, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Skip breathing is breifly holding ones breath between inhalation and exhalation. This is used by firefighters to conserve gas while on SCBA. Not used for SCUBA. Number one rule for SCUBA, NEVER HOLD YOUR BREATH.
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answered Sep 24, 2017 by Deanaguf (410 points)
Skip-breathing is briefly holding your breath between inhales / exhales. Holding your breath, even momentarily, raises the amount of carbon dioxide in your body, which requires more oxygen to flush. The net effect is that any savings in air usage are cancelled, or become negligible.
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answered Sep 26, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
what the others said, but it is bad practice because holding your breath at depth and then ascending can cause over expansion of your lungs, it is really dangerous, so to prevent that from ever happening you should never hold your breath underwater while on SCUBA. The reason it is dangerous is because the air you are holding in your lungs will expand as you ascend (if you keep holding your breath). The reason you can hold your breath when you are swimming or snorkeling is because you are taking a normal deep breath above water then going to depth which actually decreases the amount of air in your lungs, and when you ascend back up, you already had less air in your lungs to begin with, and even if you somehow didn't lose any air in your lungs that whole time, it would have re-expanded back to the amount you had already taken in...

Hope that made sense.
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