The best way to get better at freediving is to freedive — but that’s not always possible or convenient. Thankfully, a few tech-savvy freedivers have developed apps to help divers train their breath holds with just a few simple taps.
The best apps for freedivers
Apnea Trainer has three different training modes, pranayama, yoga, and custom . The app also keeps track of the session time, cycles, and your total time spent training. Overall, it’s a simple and beautifully designed app ideal for those who want to customize their breath hold. There is an element of AI in the app, where Apnea Trainer asks the freediver to rate the difficulty of the hold. The app then adjusts the next training to suit how the freediver felt about the previous hold.
Simple and effective, Freedive is an app where you can use automatically generated tables for CO2 and O2 — or, you can set tables yourself. The app also records the user’s breath hold history which can then be used to set new tables. A pro version (without ads) exists for $2.99.
Freediving Apnea Trainer
Freediving Apnea Trainer is an app ideal for intermediate or advanced freedivers. Above and beyond a simple CO2/O2 table app, users can edit the existing templates to create their own tables specific to their goals. The app also tracks user history and gives custom alerts of time remaining during the breath hold. One of our favorite features is the ability to mark their contractions. It’s also one of the only apps where users can time their breaths to a “square breath” hold — coaching the diver through each round of breath holding.
Focus on the breath with Prana Breath, an app that guides you through mindful breathing techniques and meditation, essential skills for just-starting to advanced freedivers. The app is ad-free and uses audio cues to guide you through each set of breathing exercises. They have a paid version that includes progress charts and a training log, health tests, and a database of over fifty training patterns. If you want to focus on one app to master the art of breathing properly, Prana Breath makes for a great choice.
The STAmina App was created by freedivers who know the importance of training with multiple tables, keeping a progress log, and guiding you through audio and visual cues. The app also sends friendly push notifications to remind you to train so that you never miss a session. You can choose between O2, CO2, custom, and a mixed set of tables.