More bottom time while freedive spearfishing.


We all want more bottom time while freedive spearfishing. I think everyone will agree that increasing your bottom time will increase your chances of a successful drop.  If you want more bottom time it’s simple, take down more fuel on every dive by taking a bigger breath at the surface.


This is how I teach my students to take roughly a 20 – 30% bigger breath in every class.

My suggestion is do all of these exercises in front of a mirror to better see if your stomach or chest is moving. Also, breathe in very slowly during all of these, use your teeth and tongue so you hear a slight hissing sound breathing in and out.

Place one hand on your chest, place the other on your stomach.  Now breathe in and out with your stomach moving in and out, but your chest is not moving, zero, not at all.

When you first try this you’ll find it’s hard, in fact, you will likely feel only your chest moving or possibly your chest and stomach.  Eventually, you want to be able to take one slow breath using the diaphragm, with your stomach slowly moving out until you can’t fit any more air in without your chest moving the slightest bit, at this point stop.  This is allowing you to get the biggest breath while only using your diaphragm, you can see me  doing this in the first photo.  Most people don’t use their diaphragm at all when trying to take their biggest breath.


Next step, one hand on your chest, one hand on your stomach.  First, slowly breathe in as much as you can using only the diaphragm and chest not moving just like before.   Then when you can’t fit any more air using your diaphragm, pause for a second and slowly start inhaling this time allowing your chest to rise. Keep slowly inhaling until you can’t fit any more air in. You can see me doing this in the second photo.

So I have  a question for you, “how come you stopped inhaling?”  “Ummm because I couldn’t fit any more air in Ted.”   Exactly. Your lungs are trapped inside of a cage, it’s that cage that is constricting the size of your lungs.

Imagine you took the biggest breath possible like above,  and then raised your shoulders as high as possible. Can you see how that would increase the size of the cage and create more space?

So now do the same as above, slowly fill up your diaphragm, then slowly fill up your chest. Now raise up your shoulders and inhale at the same time. This last move should take about a second. You won’t get tons of air doing this, but you will get some, and some is better than none.  You can see me doing this in the third photo.

In the real world, you are not going to slowly take a breath like this. You are going to do it fast and then dive. So now practice putting it together for real.   Diaphragm first, then chest, then shoulders.  Should take about a second for each part.

The biggest mistake I see students make, is when they try to put it all together, they do all three parts at once. It’s 3 separate steps about 1 second per step, each one completing before starting the next one.

If you would like to see a step by step video tutorial discussing  how to do this visit