SURF SURVIVAL

Find comfort in discomfort!

Dive into the exhilarating world of big wave surfing with our Surf Survival course – a 1 day workshop designed to meet the diverse demands of one of the world's most challenging activities. From serene, leisurely rides to explosive, fast-paced, and extreme experiences, surfing encompasses a spectrum of intensity.

Regardless of your surfing proficiency or the waves you conquer, honing your breath-hold and how you move underwater will significantly enhance your safety and enjoyment of surfing.

Drawing upon years of expertise in breathing techniques and high-performance training, we've crafted a workshop tailored to elevate your capabilities, ensuring peak performance when faced with the inevitable challenge of being submerged under a wave.

Newcastle 

Location: West Wallsend Swim Centre, Edden St.

Date: April 14. 2024 (8am - 3pm)

Investment: $275 (Incl. GST)

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“To sit in silence at the shore, watch the waves and hear the surf, is to appreciate the very breath and heartbeat of the earth.”

Doe Zantamata

AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TRAIN WITH MICHAELA ON A WEEKLY BASIS

 
 

Please bring your own swimming gear – goggles, swimmers, short wetsuit

Minimum Age 16
Days 1
Theory & Land exercises 3 hours
Pool Training 3 hours
Min/Max number of participants 5 - 8

 

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About Michaela

Michaela is no stranger to challenging athletic feats. Born in land-locked Slovakia, she moved to Australia at age 19 where she fell in love with freediving, the sport of diving underwater without breathing apparatus. Now, thanks to many years of hard work and dedication, Michaela can swim 200m underwater, can hold her breath for six minutes and is a qualified freediving instructor and coach. 

On November the 17th last year, Michaela set a new Guinness World Record by swimming over 2.5 km underwater in less than an hour at Charlestown Swim Centre in Newcastle, NSW. The challenge consisted of 101 laps of a 25-metre pool, coming up for breath for no more than 7 seconds at each end of the pool. Imagine enduring 101 consecutive waves crashing on top of you, with the task of swimming 25m under each and every single one!

She used the DNF (dynamic-no-fins or underwater breaststroke) technique which is considered to be the most difficult form of freediving since no fins are used, just a well-trained mind and body working in harmony with each other. She held her breath for 42 of the 60 minutes, which tested her body’s ability to tolerate high CO2 levels to the maximum.

She uses the same skills in the surf when body boarding, body surfing or catching waves on a surf ski.

 

LAND SESSION - WIDEN YOUR HORIZON

  • What’s dive reflex and learn how to use it’s power in the surf
  • Learn how to strengthen intercostal muscles for more powerful and efficient breathing
  • Practice pranayama and learn which are the best stretches to increase lung flexibility 
  • Master recovery breathing so that you can recover quickly and most effectively between sets
  • Train your autonomic nervous system to switch from sympathetic to parasympathetic state
  • Learn about the benefits of cold exposure
  • Learn what gives you the urge to breathe and why
  • Discover many other routines that you can easily implement in your daily life to enhance your life and enjoyment in the surf

We're all equal before a wave.

Laird Hamilton

POOL SESSION - FIND COMFORT IN DISCOMFORT

The pool training is a fun but challenging experience as we do everything on a passive exhale (so that you’ll be ready for much more difficult situations in the surf). The exercises build up to the point that you’ll feel as if you are caught under a large wave and you'll be able to control your body & mind.

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