Make Air Rings Underwater

HOW I LEARNED TO BLOW AIR RINGS – During our honeymoon in Bora Bora we booked the full day package with Bora Bora Lagoonarium. Brothers Joseph and Bob took us snorkeling all over Bora Bora and then to their family’s motu (island).

After lunch I mentioned to Joseph that I wanted to learn to make bubble rings and without hessitation he said

“Let’s go, I’ll show you.”

So we walked from the lunch table to the 85° water 15ft away. In 8ft of water he taught me to swim down and be completely still before making puff of air. I was using too much force at first and it would break up right away. I finally made one when I eased up and made a “pah” sound. After a few tries I was making some decent air rings.

STEP BY STEP – OK, with your spotter keeping you safe, follow these steps.

  1. Take a breath and dive down.
  2. Position yourself to be flat on your back or parallel to the surface.
  3. Make sure you are stationary.
  4. Fill your mouth with a puff of air. About half the air it takes to make chipmunk cheeks.
  5. Release only the air in your mouth with little force as if you were making a “pah” sound.
  6. Close your lips immediately after the air release.

TROUBLESHOOTING – If you can’t get it here are some troubleshooting tips

  • The air never takes the ring shape and just gets all jumbled up – You are probably blowing too much air which is hard to release all at once.  See step 4 – 6
  • The ring forms but then other bubbles float up through the middle – Review steps 5 and 6
  • The ring forms and as it floats up it falls apart – They usually fall apart because of disturbances in the water. See step 3. If that still doesn’t help There may be too much current in the water or your spotter is treading water too close to you.



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