FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

APPLICATION

WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND WHEN THE FIRST TIME I SWIM WITH A POWERBREATHER?

The Powerbreather is the snorkel of the next generation! Your snorkeling or swimming experience will be different.

Due to the two air tubes, the Powerbreather will constantly supply you with 100% fresh air with no Carbon Dioxide build up in the Snorkel tube.

You breathe the same as with a common snorkel. You inhale and exhale through the mouthpiece.

It does feel a little different so try it briefly outside the water before you start swimming.

Also when you first get into the water, go to a depth of about shoulder height. Put your head, with the Powerbreather on, under water. So your mouth and nose are submerged. The ends of the D-tubes remain above surface at all times. Start to steadily and fully inhale and exhale through the mouth for about 4 to 5 minutes. Then start swimming at a moderate pace.

You may notice a slight resistance while breathing. This is due to the valves of the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM that on the one hand supply the swimmer with 100% fresh air and on the other hand prevent water from entering the Powerbreather.

After a few swimming sessions this will feel completely normal.

For more information, please refer to the user manual

WILL I NEED A SWIMMING CAP FOR USING THE POWERBREATHER?

A swimming cap is not required but will improve the fit of the Powerbreather on your head. This is especially useful when swimming fast with fins or when performing flip turns.

CAN I PERFORM A RACE DIVE WHEN WEARING THE POWERBREATHER?

We discourage performing racing dives with the Powerbreather. Doing so could remove the Powerbreather from your head and potentially cause injury.

FIT

DOES THE POWERBREATHER FIT ANY HEAD SIZE?

The TWIST LOCK SYSTEM (locking system) ensures that the Powerbreather can be adjusted to any head size.

The D-TUBES (air tubes) can be adjusted to a head width of 17.5 cm. It is not recommended to pull the tubes further apart than 17.5 cm, as the EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION (mouthpiece) could get damaged otherwise.

Experience shows that the Powerbreather can be adjusted for children from 7 years and up. As all children are unique. The age given varies between children.

Children who use a Powerbreather should already be confident swimmers and only use a Powerbreather under adult supervision.

IS THERE A SPECIAL POWERBREATHER FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS?

No, there is only one size of Powerbreather.

The Powerbreather can be adjusted individually in order to be suitable for children and teenagers of about 7 years or older. The mouthpiece can be replaced as well, allowing everyone to freely select their preferred mouthpiece.

Children who use a Powerbreather should already be confident swimmers and only use a Powerbreather under adult supervision.

THE ADJUSTABLE MOUTHPIECE IS DIFFICULT TO TURN, IS THIS NORMAL?

The mouthpiece – the EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION – must remain firmly in position during swimming. This is why it does not rotate easily.

Under cold temperatures or during first delivery, the EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION might be more difficult to move.

It helps to run the mouthpiece under warm water a few times before using the Powerbreather.

WHAT IS THE POWERBREATHER TWIST LOCK SYSTEM?

The TWIST LOCK SYSTEM refers to the dial locking device at the back of the Powerbreather. It ensures comfortable adjustment for any head size and a secure fit – even during fast flip turns.

You can find more information about the TWIST LOCK SYSTEM here.

WHAT IS THE POWERBREATHER EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION?

The EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION is the adjustable mouthpiece that brings the D-TUBES (air tubes) into the correct position. It ensures a secure fit and maximum comfort.

You can find more information about the EASY FIT AIR JUNCTION here.

PERFORMANCE AND TECHNIQUE

IS THE POWERBREATHER SUITABLE FOR LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING?

Yes, the Powerbreather is perfectly suitable for swimming long distances.

Due to the innovative valve technology of the AMEO FRESH AIR SYSTEM, you will constantly and inhale 100% fresh air without carbon dioxide build up. Increasing your endurance performance when compared to traditional swim snorkels.

In theory, you can use the Powerbreather for an unlimited amount of time. The risk of pendulum breathing, i.e. increased inhalation of performance-reducing carbon dioxide, is completely eliminated.

Furthermore, the design of the Powerbreather features a secure fit, no pressure on the head, and a 180 degree view: benefits that have a lasting positive effect especially during longer swimming distances.

WHAT SWIMMING STYLES IS THE POWERBREATHER SUITABLE FOR?

Using the Powerbreather you can perform any swimming style in a prone position, such as breaststroke, crawl, and butterfly stroke. The Powerbreather is not suitable for swimming backstroke.

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY TECHNIQUE USING THE POWERBREATHER?

While swimming with the Powerbreather, you can train both your swimming and breathing technique.

Since turning the head to the left or right while breathing is no longer necessary, you can fully concentrate on your arm and leg work. This allows you to improve efficiency, position in the water, and technique.

If you want to specifically train your breathing technique and respiratory muscles, you can choose from SPEED VENTS of different resistances:

1. As a standard, each Powerbreather is delivered with the SPEED VENT easy, which has minimal breathing resistance. Perfect for any recreational athlete or snorkeler.

2. The SPEED VENT medium (medium breathing resistance) and SPEED VENT power (high breathing resistance) are suitable for competitive swimmers, triathletes and free divers with the target of specifically training breathing technique and respiratory muscles.


All additional parts are available in our Online Shop.

CAN I DO A FLIP TURN WITH THE POWERBREATHER?

Yes, a flip turn is possible with the Powerbreather. Please check the following instructions:

  1. As you approach the turn, breathe normally through your mouth. Take a breath in before you begin the turn.
  2. As you are rotating and flipping over, breathe about 20% of the air out gently through your nose.
  3. As you push off, gently exhale the remaining 80% of air through your mouth once you are back in a facedown position.

It is important to make sure you exhale through the mouth when returning to the facedown position. 

Less experienced swimmers often do not realize that they mainly exhale through the nose when making a flip turn. People who do that will always find water in the D-Tubes when getting back to the surface.

Once you get the hang of it, you will not want to do flip turns with any training equipment other than the Powerbreather.

THERE IS WATER IN MY POWERBREATHER AFTER FLIP TURNS. HOW CAN I FIX THAT?

The following is important when it comes to performing “dry flip turns” . i.e. the D-Tubes are free of water when surfacing.

• Inhale sufficient air before attempting the flip turn

• Calmly exhale most of the inhaled air through the mouth only when back in facedown position

Tip: Using the optional FLIP CAPS makes performing flip turns even easier.

Please fins some information for  “
Flip turns with the Powerbreather”, here.

ACCESSORIES

WHICH GOGGLES FIT THE POWERBREATHER?

The Powerbreather can be used with any common goggles. Click here for a selection.

CAN I USE THE POWERBREATHER WITH DIVING GOGGLES?

The Powerbreather can be worn with diving goggles for snorkeling. The diving goggles should not exceed a width of 17cm.

With our BEACH edition, we offer a Powerbreather and diving goggles as a set.

CAN I USE THE POWERBREATHER WITH FINS?

You can use the Powerbreather in combination with fins.

The TWIST LOCK SYSTEM ensures a secure fit of the Powerbreather on the head. With an additional swimming cap, the Powerbreather can be fixed to the head in such a way that it remains perfectly secure on the head without causing any pressure, even during higher speeds.

RESPIRATION

WHEN INHALING WITH THE POWERBREATHER, I NOTICE A SLIGHT RESISTANCE. WHY IS THAT?

The FRESH AIR SYSTEM features a special valve system that supplies you constantly with 100% fresh air and at the same time prevents water from entering the tubes.

When you start using a Powerbreather, you may notice the valves cause a slight resistance during inhalation. After a few sessions with the Powerbreather, this will not be noticeable. Using the Powerbreather, you will automatically learn deep abdominal breathing. This is a further benefit to your health and wellbeing.

If the resistance is stronger and you feel that breathing with the Powerbreather is really difficult, check your SPEED VENTS. They may be 'leaking' and making noises while you breathe. This makes breathing difficult, too.

See also the next question: "My Powerbreather makes a funny noise while breathing."

You can find out how to
check this in this video.

MY POWERBREATHER MAKES A FUNNY NOISE WHILE BREATHING. WHAT IS THE REASON?

It can happen that the Speed Vents, the attached tubes on the Powerbreather, are 'leaking'. You can tell when you hear a noise while breathing, and it is difficult to breathe, too.

You can check this by pulling off the Speed Vents and looking inside from below. If light is coming in from the side, it means they are 'leaking'. Take a picture into the Speed Vents and send it with your post address to info@powerbreather.com. We will replace the defective Speed Vents for you.

Click here for a video demonstrating the inspection of the Speed Vents

CAN I BREATHE UNDERWATER WHEN USING THE POWERBREATHER?

No, the Powerbreather is not a diving apparatus!

Using the Powerbreather, you can breathe only when the valve caps (SPEED VENTS) at the end of the D-TUBES (air tubes) are located above the surface.

If the SPEED VENTS are underwater, water will enter the D-TUBES if you inhale.

WILL I GET ENOUGH AIR WHEN SWIMMING OR SNORKELING WITH A POWERBREATHER?

The Powerbreather features two air tubes (D-TUBES) that run parallel to the head.If above surface you will receive sufficient fresh air when breathing.

Exhalation is carried out through the mouth forward into the water. We call that the FRESH AIR SYSTEM. 

For that reason, the Powerbreather cannot be compared with a common snorkel, since inhalation and exhalation do not occur within the same system. 

Subsequently, pendulum breathing (which causes accumulation of Co2 in the Snorkel tube and a drop in performance) is being eliminated. 

Due to the valve technology of the FRESH AIR SYSTEM, no water can enter the respiratory system. Any trace saliva and moisture are automatically removed through the mouthpiece into the water when exhaling.

SNORKELING  ANDDIVING

HOW IS THE POWERBREATHER DIFFERENT FROM A COMMON SNORKEL?

The main differences between a Powerbreather and a common snorkel or swim snorkel (e.g. Finis, Arena or Aqua Sphere) are:

  • Through the two air tubes, the Powerbreather supplies you with fresh air at all times. You exhale out through the mouthpiece. Health-impairing and performance-reducing pendulum breathing (which causes unwanted accumulation of Co2 and an increase in lactate concentration),which occurs in common Snorkels, can be ruled out.
  • The patented valve technology prevents water from entering, eliminates the need for blowing out water and saliva – as is common for snorkels or swim snorkels. On top of that, the system automatically removes trace moisture and saliva each time when you exhale.
  • The Powerbreather features an excellent fit and brilliant ergonomics. Due to the D-TUBES that are running parallel to the temples of the head and its innovative locking system, it remains securely on the head – at any speed and even when performing fast flip turns.
  • Selecting different resistances for the valves can help you integrate additional training for respiratory muscles and breathing technique. This provides improvement to respiratory capacity. This is not possible with standard swim snorkels.

CAN I SNORKEL WITH THE POWERBREATHER?

Yes, the Powerbreather is perfectly suitable for all fans of snorkeling.. 

The Powerbreather is the only snorkel with which you can dive underwater without having to blow out water when resurfacing.

Intelligent valves prevent water from entering and let any potential water during long and deep dives escape automatically via natural exhalation. 

The two-channel air system supplies you constantly with fresh, oxygen-rich air. 

You can snorkel as long as you want and even swim longer distances without any problem wearing fins.

CAN I SCUBA DIVE WITH THE POWERBREATHER?

No, the Powerbreather is not a diving apparatus!

Using the Powerbreather, you can breathe only when the valve caps (SPEED VENTS) at the end of the D-TUBES (air tubes) are located above the surface.

If the SPEED VENTS are underwater, water will enter the D-TUBES when you inhale.

MAINTENANCE

HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY POWERBREATHER?

Rinse your Powerbreather with fresh water after each use and then let it dry.

To do so, simply remove the valve attachments (SPEED VENTS) from the upper end of the D-TUBES (air tubes). For further details, please refer to the user manual.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE POWERBREATHER HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO SAND?

When the Powerbreather has been exposed to sand, simply rinse it carefully under clear water.

To do so, remove the valve attachments from the end of the D-TUBES (air tubes). Rinse the open D-TUBES as well. 

Then let all the parts dry thoroughly. For further details, please refer to the user manual.

SPARE PARTS AND SERVICE

CAN I BUY THE MOUTHPIECE INDIVIDUALLY AND IN DIFFERENT SIZES?

The original mouthpiece of the Powerbreather can be bought separately in the Online shop.

The adapter of the mouthpiece has been designed in such a way that any commercially available mouthpiece can be used.

WHAT ARE THE POWERBREATHER D-TUBES?

With D-TUBES we refer to two tubes (air tubes) on the right and left that rest comfortably on the head. 

They are solely meant for inhaling. Exhalation is carried out forward into the water. 

As a result, there is no risk of Co2 build up in the D-tubes.

WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE POWERBREATHER SPEED VENTS?

The SPEED VENTS refer to the attachments on the D-TUBES (air tubes).

They feature a patented valve technology that prevents water from entering during breathing. 

For further respiratory training, we offer additional options with higher resistance – the SPEED VENT medium and SPEED VENT power.

THE SPEED VENTS ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFICULT TO INSTALL AND TO REMOVE, IS THIS NORMAL?

The SPEED VENTS should not sit too loosely on the D-Tubes in order for the vents not to disengage during swimming and also to prevent any leakage.

In order to facilitate installing and removing, one can lubricate the D-Tubes at the top end as well as the Speed Vents on the inside of the lower opening with Vaseline.

I HAVE LOST PARTS OF THE POWERBREATHER. WHERE CAN I FIND REPLACEMENT PARTS?

You can order certain parts of the Powerbreather through our Online Shop. If a part is damaged, please write a brief message using our Service form.