Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Signs Of Lack Of Oxygen In Water: May Be Fatal Not Fun Or Useful

Signs Of Lack Of Oxygen Impossible To See

The signs of lack of oxygen in the pool, are impossible to see from above the water and can result loss of consciousness such as Shallow Water Blackout. The best understanding we have of the signs is in the video below.

Shallow Water Blackout is an underwater faint and is caused by holding your breath for too long. It will result in drowning if swimmers are not quickly rescued.

Parents and Swim Teachers Be Warned

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Rules to Avoid Shallow Water Blackout


As I said in my post on breath hold training, Be Sure that you only promote breathing games and training that is correct; You should Always have someone with you who will give you their whole attention; And check that you have the proper training Before you do anything related to extended breath-holding.

The most unexpected thing about it, is that it is common among physically fit swimmers, spear fishers and free divers.


In the pool those most at risk are those that do repetitive and prolonged breath hold training with little rest in between sets. Particularly if there is hyperventilation either deliberate or not.

The video below will help give very clearly the signs of lack of oxygen. It is not about swimming in the pool but because these people survived, it is the closest thing I can get to describe the risks of this sort of oxygen deprivation.

Closely Related Effects

This is because the following are closely related effects:
  • Static apnea blackout
  • Surface blackout
  • Deep water blackout
They are explained here with a very useful animated GIF
Enjoy
   Richard

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