Does The Bell Toll For The Snorkel With The PowerBreather Set To Make Market Debut?

Some equipment you will never see in the race pool, devices forbidden in the sport, but when it comes to training, the PowerBreather is among innovative products heading to a pool, a lake, river and an ocean near you

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Some equipment you will never see in the race pool, devices forbidden in the sport, but when it comes to training, the PowerBreather is among innovative products heading to a pool, a lake, river and an ocean near you



snorkels are not partially blocked to limit the amount of air/oxygen to the swimmer but rather to provide inspiratory and expiratory resistance in an attempt to strength and provide endurance to the muscles of respiration (primarily the diaphragm).


So, It’s actually coming to market!? I’ve been curious about this device for a while. There’s a 2011 (and a 2013) video on YouTube of the previous version of the PowerBreather.
One of the things that I REALLY liked about the concept was the separate pathways for inhaled and exhaled air.
This new version has two, side-of-the-head air intakes instead of the single, streamlined, back-of-the-head, intake port of the earlier version. I wonder if this change creates much extra drag, enough drag to make it a problem for a butterfly and monfin swimmer like myself? The 2013 video actually showed a butterflyer swimming with a PowerBreather. Could this new version only be useful for swimming freestyle?

Craig Lord

Jojob, I think the usefulness for elite swimmers is a mixed bag; the ‘benefits’ include regular, full breathing while swimming, breathing not timed to turning the head – and no need to turn the head a million times in long endurance sets…. however, in competition, devices are not allowed and so the swimmer must practice what they need to do in racing and not lose those skills and associated habits


Craig, I was picturing the usefulness of this snorkel in the same way as a kickboard or pull buoy. Just another training device that removes a variable from the complex mix that is technique, allowing enhanced focus on the remaining element(s) of the stroke. For example, there are several good ways to improve the upbeat of the dolphin kick (i.e. vertical dolphin and side dolphin). However, a superior snorkel could allow the full butterfly stroke minus the normal breathing. That would be very useful for fine tuning the upbeat. And, although finswimming certainly requires the development of lung capacity, there could be advantages to sometimes doing extended training at race pace on turns, body position, drag reduction, etc. with plentiful oxygen from a device that doesn’t mix exhaled CO2 with inhaled oxygen. I guess I’m answering my own question as I type. This PowerBreather probably isn’t what I’m looking for. The 2011-2013 prototype of the PowerBreather got my hopes up.
I suppose no one is going to come up with bifocal goggles that allow the swimmer, in real time, to see both the water ahead and the view of one’s stroke from a poolside camera(s), either.

Craig Lord

Fine points JoJob… I think something like those goggles already exist (perhaps not quite as sophisticated yet?) …

AMEO Sports

Dear all!

As the MD of AMEO Sports I would like to emphasize in this discussion some essential aspects of the PowerBreather.

The most important innovation of the PowerBreather is the AMEO fresh air system. This system avoids pendulum respiration for the first time. Any conventional snorkel has this pendulum respiration that means the swimmer inhale always some CO2 of his exhalation air. CO2 is a noxious gas for humans. Therefore it is recommended not to make strength and endurance training with a conventional snorkel (just good for technique training). With the PowerBreather swimmers like triathlets can perform strength and endurance training which increase there performance in the races. I train since 18 month with the PowerBreather once a week one hour without any rest. Before starting with with the PowerBreather i could swim stroke for about 300 meter. Today a can swim easily 25 minutes without the PowerBreather. And my capability in biking and running increased in the same time for about 15 to 20%.

Because of the fact that the AMEO fresh air system separated breathing in from breathing out the tubes are always free of any wetness. No disturbing water or saliva as in any conventional snorkel. Any saliva will be automatically and easily secreted with every breathing out.

We at AMEO decided not to bring the prototype of 2012 to the market as there were still some failings. The PowerBreather today has perfect ergonomics, very high fitting accuracy (even at high speed flip rolls), much better valve technology and importantly a modular conception. That means depending on which training goals the swimmer have he can upgrade his PowerBreather for a brode range of trainings. For trainings with flip rolls he can have valve systems which avoid ingress of water. If he wants to train his lung muscles while swimming he can increase the breathing resistance. If he wants additionally controll the air volume he gets accessories for that.

Not the video shows a butterflyer swimming. It was a photo on the former webpage, a nice one. Yes of cause you can swim butterfly with the PowerBreather but I personally think it doesn´t make really sense….

Best regards


Hi Jojob

I saw the new PowerBreather last week on the ISPO. The new one has a much better drag as the prototype of 2012. So best requirements for professional swimmers (high speed) or monfin swimmers…….

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