Breath-Holding Exercise Nearly Costs Swimmer His Life

July 31, 2012 by John Oliver

A teenage swimmer from one of the most prestigious swim clubs in the United States had to be pulled from the pool by two of his coaches last week. Luckily for the swimmer, his coach was scanning the bottom of the pool. Listen to him describe the breath-holding exercise he was performing before he blacked out.

Video: Swimmer Discusses Near-Drowning


What the swimmer, Dima Zaytsev, experienced was shallow water blackout. Read the full story.

Shallow water blackout occurs when a swimmer hyperventilates and then attempts to hold their breath for an extended period of time. Learn more about why breath-holding is so dangerous and ways to prevent swimmers from experiencing shallow water blackout in the following Lifeguard Commandment video.

Preventing Shallow Water Blackout

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