Tag Archive: shallow water blackout

Jun 20

The Danger of Danger and Fear in Freediving

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“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.” – Bohdi (Point Break, 1991)   What do I know about danger? Well, for starters I’m a man. I’ve spent a good amount of time doing dangerous things. Most times I’ve taken calculated risks that place me in danger. Other times it’s …

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Jun 05

Do Freediving Blackouts Cause Brain Damage?

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I recently wrote a post where I mentioned that blackouts “don’t cause brain damage,” and after some discussion I realize that I have been simplifying a very complicated topic regarding freediving and the associated physiology and research. In response to this I wanted to take a closer look at the results of blackout and the …

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May 24

Freediving Blackout- What’s It Really Like?

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I reached the surface from my 83m/272-foot freedive and vaguely remember hearing the judge shout, “Grab her!” before everything went blank. I was only out for about a second before I came back around, finished my surface protocol, told the judge “I’m okay,” then realized Robert, my safety diver, had ahold of my arm. “Ohh…I …

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May 17

Stay Alive Freediving

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Yet another freediver has died while recreationally diving in late April of this year. 24-year-old James Alexander blacked out while diving with his brother off Solomon Bay in the US Virgin Islands. You can read the full story here.  Though this story and those like it are terribly sad and tragic, they’re depressingly common. I …

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Mar 02

A Freediver Blackout Story

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So there I was, undercover spy in some unknown country, fighting off evil ninjas when I faintly heard, “Breathe, Erin, breathe.” I ignored it, engaged in my epic ninja battle, until the voice got louder and I felt someone blowing in my face and saying, “Wake up, Erin.” Confused, I opened my eyes to see …

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