FAQs & Info
What do I need to know for the first time with the POWERBREATHER
The POWERBREATHER is very intuitive to use, but swimmers should not immediately start swimming with it and get acclimated to it first.
To start, look for some shoulder-deep water and put on your POWERBREATHER. Slowly lower yourself into the water until your nose and mouth are submerged. The D-TUBE ends should stay above water and now you can totally breathe under water!
At first, you might feel some slight resistance - that's the membranes in the valve system that keeps water out when you breathe in - this resistance will disappear after the first few swims. When you are totally comfortable with how inhaling and exhaling works, you can start your first upgraded swim experience!
What sets the POWERBREATHER apart from a traditional snorkel?
The basic differences between a POWERBREATHER and a traditional snorkel (e.g. by Finis, Arena or Aqua Sphere) are the following:
- For the first time, the POWERBREATHER allows the swimmer to breathe only fresh air -there is no health and performance reduction from pendulum breathing (with undesirable CO2 accumulation while inhaling/exhaling through the same tube) as with snorkeling
- The patented valve technology prevents water and saliva from being inhaled, which happens with traditional snorkels.
- Thanks to its D-TUBES running parallel to the temples (“dual snorkel design”) as well as its innovative fastening system, the POWERBREATHER has excellent ergonomics; at any speed it fits perfectly and hydrodynamically, and even during fast flip turns;
- Contrary to traditional snorkels, the swimmer can integrate additional respiratory muscle training with the POWERBREATHER in the water to increase the respiratory volume through different membrane resistances, mimicking hypoxic breathing.
Can I breathe under water with the POWERBREATHER?
No, the POWERBREATHER is not diving equipment. Therefore, the swimmer can only breathe with the POWERBREATHER, if the valve caps (SPEED VENTS) at the end of the D-TUBES (air pipes) are above the water. Inhaling with the SPEED VENTS under water will lead to water entering the D-TUBES.
I always lose my POWERBREATHER during the starting dive. What do I do wrong?
We strongly advise against a starting dive with the POWERBREATHER.
Can I also snorkel with the POWERBREATHER?
Yes, the POWERBREATHER is perfectly suited for all snorkeling enthusiasts. The innovative valve technology allows the swimmer or diver to take snorkeling to a completely new dimension. "Blowing out" water as with traditional snorkels is not necessary. POWERBREATHER's ergonomics and hydrodynamics makes even long distance snorkeling extremely hassle free and enjoyable.
It is rather difficult to turn the Easy Fit Air Junction; is this normal?
During swimming the Easy Fit Air Junction needs to stay stable in its respective position. Therefore, it should not be turned too easily. In cold temperatures and when new, the Easy Fit Air Junction may be difficult to turn it first. It helps if you turn the Easy Fit Air Junction several times under warm water before use.
Are there different POWERBREATHER sizes?
No, the POWERBREATHER is currently only available in one size. However, it can be optimally adjusted with the innovative AMEO TWIST LOCK SYSTEM for individual head sizes of adults. Experience shows that the POWERBREATHER can be adjusted without any problems to the individual head size of youngsters and children from the age of approximately 12 years. For extremely round head shapes with a width of more than 17.5cm the currently available Powerbreather may possibly pinch a bit at the sides. The D-Tubes should not be pulled apart beyond 17.5cm head width; otherwise, the POWERBREATHER can get damaged at the EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION.
Children and small women can also attach an individual mouthpiece to the Powerbreather.
Is POWERBREATHER good for beginners?
Yes, but only under supervision, with someone who is familiar with the use of a snorkel.
Does saltwater harm the POWERBREATHER?
No. However, the POWERBREATHER should be thoroughly rinsed with clean water after every use.
How do people with long hair / a bun attach the POWERBREATHER at the back of the head?
The POWERBREATHER is fixed with the AMEO TWIST LOCK SYSTEM above the bun on the head. The bun should be as far back at the head as possible. Wearing a swim cap is ideal.
Do I get enough air?
With its innovative 2-way separating system and its two air pipes parallel to the head, the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM ensures continuous inhalation of sufficient fresh air. The POWERBREATHER cannot be compared with a classic snorkel because you inhale down the tubes and out the mouth vent (no pendulum breathing / undesirable CO2 accumulation, performance drop). With the valve technology, of the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM, generally, no water penetrates the breathing system. Saliva and occasional moisture, e.g. during flip turns or taking in air when a wave hits, are seemingly automatically unnoticed and removed from the system with every exhalation.
Do I need a bathing cap for the POWERBREATHER?
A bathing cap is not necessary; however, it gives the POWERBREATHER a better fit at the head, particularly during flip turns.
What happens if the POWERBREATHER gets sandy?
In this case, carefully rinse the POWERBREATHER under clean water. Remove and rinse the valve caps at the end of the D-TUBES. Also rinse the D-TUBES, which are now open; then let everything dry.
Can I use the POWERBREATHER also with swimming/diving goggles?
You can wear the POWERBREATHER with any common swimming goggles or snorkeling/diving masks. However, ensure that the diving goggles are not wider than approx. 17cm.
Can I use the POWERBREATHER also with flippers?
Yes, you can wear the POWERBREATHER also with flippers. Thanks to the TWIST LOCK SYSTEM as well as possibly wearing a bathing cap, it is fixed to the head in such way that it does not shift, even at higher speed.
How do I properly maintain my POWERBREATHER?
After every use rinse and dry the POWERBREATHER – outside and inside. Remove the valve caps (SPEED VENTS) at the upper end of the D-TUBES and let the POWERBREATHER dry. Find details in the User Manual.
Is the POWERBREATHER suitable for long distances?
Yes, thanks to the innovative valve technology of the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM, the swimmer always breathes fresh air. Therefore, the ambitious swimmer as well as the recreational athlete can theoretically wear the POWERBREATHER for an unlimited period of time – particularly for crawl swimming. For the first time, there is no risk of pendulum breathing, i.e. increased inhalation of performance-reducing carbon dioxide. In addition, the POWERBREATHER offers the swimmer, thanks to its technology, always free breathing tubes and perfect ergonomics (secure fit, no pressure, no shifting, 180° vision): two advantages, which particularly are very positive in long-distance swimming.
Which swimming strokes is the POWERBREATHER suitable?
With the POWERBREATHER you can practice front crawl, butterfly stroke and breaststroke. On the other hand, the POWERBREATHER is not suitable for backstroke.
Is the POWERBREATHER suitable for swimming schools?
By all means! Swimming schools can use the POWERBREATHER specifically to learn swimming (exception: backstroke).
How can I improve my technique with the POWERBREATHER?
When swimming with the POWERBREATHER you can “forget” breathing. This works – without laboriously turning the head left or right – virtually “automatically”. You can fully focus on proper arm and footwork. This helps improving your efficiency, hydrodynamics and the technique.
After the flip turn water stays inside the POWERBREATHER. How can I improve this?
Crucial for dry flip turns – i.e., after emerging the D-tubes are always free of water – is,
- Inhaling sufficient air before the flip turn and
- Exhaling the majority of inhaled air only in face-down position – not already in lateral position – through the mouth.
- Tip: The flip turn is even easier with the optional FLIP CAPS. If turning rather left or right, the BLIND CAP can be clipped on alternatively.
- Find details regarding “Flip turn and POWERBREATHER” in the user manual.
Learn what about pendulum breathing and how PowerBreather stops it.
Learn how to use PowerBreather in open water and with flip turns.