Breath-Holding Dangers

A recent drowning is bringing attention to the dangers of breath-holding training and competitions.

The Redwoods Group has produced this video, presented by president and CEO Kevin Trapani, to emphasize those dangers.

Their advice:

"Our guidance is do not allow any type of breath-holding training. This means no prolonged or competitive breath-holding or intentional hyperventilation.

You can prevent a tragedy:

Be aware. Prolonged breath-holding can cause unconsciousness and happen to anyone at any time, regardless of swim or athletic ability. This can be fatal when under water.

Be vigilant. Watch for people deliberately hyperventilating or engaged in prolonged or competitive breath-holding and stop them.

Be proactive. Remember, when in doubt, check it out. Learn more by reading the resources below and share them with your peers."

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