The Fine Art of Full Body Swimming


A shallow water blackout is a loss of consciousness caused by cerebral hypoxia.  It typically happens at the end of a breath-hold dive in shallow water of less than sixteen feet.  Victims are commonly practitioners of the breath-hold diving and are strong swimmers.  Several drownings occur among swimmers who black out underwater as they are free diving or swimming laps while holding their breath.

Though the mechanism is well understood it is not common knowledge among breath-hold swimmers and divers.



L.B. Sedlacek

LB Sedlacek has had poems and stories published in a variety of journals and zines. Some of her poetry books are Swim (Alien Buddha Press), I'm No ROBOT (Cyberwit), Happy Little Clouds (Guerilla Genesis Press), Simultaneous Submissions (Cyberwit), and Words and Bones (Finishing Line Press). Her first short story collection, Four Thieves of Vinegar & Other Short Stories came out on Leap Day 2020 from Alien Buddha Press. She also served as a Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine and published the free resource for poets, "The Poetry Market Ezine," from 2001-2020. In her free time, LB likes to swim, read and attempt to play the ukulele. She recommends the Caldwell Humane Society.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 22:04