WHO WE WORK WITH
THE TRAINING STOPS ME PANICKING IN THOSE PRESSURE MOMENTS. “In big wave surfing if you panic in the ocean you might die, so I started BET to help lessen my anxiety, destress & maintain a more relaxed composure in this terrifying environment. In reality the training actually helps in all environments where you experience fear, anxiety, stress & burnout. Nam practices what he preaches. Pure Authenticity. There is nothing more important than that in those that you learn from. The training stops me panicking in those pressure moments. So thank you for helping me stay alive brother.”
MARK MATHEWSInternational Speaker & Big Wave Surfer
THE UNCOMFORTABLE BECOMES EXCITING “I was introduced to Nam through some top athlete friends who were working with him to improve their confidence in big waves with breathing techniques. Low in confidence in heavier surf, I thought I’d give it a try. Nam’s ability to help me connect my thought patterns and energy into the right places during training helped when I’m competing; the uncomfortable becomes exciting. I’ve learnt so much and I apply it to many areas of my life. I can truly thank him for helping me achieve many world titles and my tour success.”
STEPHANIE GILMORE8x World Surfing Champion
A HUGE BENEFIT FOR BIG WAVE SURFING AND INCREASING CONFIDENCE IN THE WATER "I recommend this training to anyone wanting to surf bigger and better - it's a MUST!! I found this training to be a huge benefit for both big wave surfing and increasing ability and confidence in the water.”
CHEYNE HORANSurfing World Champion - Big Wave Rider
THE WORK I DO WITH NAM HAS REALLY COMPLEMENTED ALL OF MY OTHER TRAINING "The work I do with Nam has really complemented all of my other training & educated me on a very important aspect of it all - BREATHING. The underwater training is almost like a meditational experience & helps eliminating any stress. On top of that I get the benefits of feeling comfortable in places like Hawaii, Tahiti & Tasmania because I know I am ready for any solid hold downs I am dealt with. Nam has such a great understanding of the body & not only trains people but educates them along the way through the unique delivery of his knowledge."
DAN ROSSRed Bull Women Elite Surfing Coach & Patagonia Ambassador
I WOULD NOT BE NEARLY AS CONFIDENT SURFING BIG HAWAII WITH OUT BET "The training program is the absolute key to surfing big waves in Hawaii. The training team really cares about their athletes and it shows in the delivery of the courses. I would not be nearly as confident surfing big Hawaii with out. It not only enhances your breath hold but also your all round fitness and confidence."
ANDREW STARKGeneral Manager World Surf League (WSL) & Kelly Slater Wave Co
I'VE BEEN PUSHED OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE! “I've always loved learning from other athletes, and experts, especially when it comes to mental training - I've never really connected with traditional sports psychology. Working with Nam has been amazing, his approach is different, holistic and I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged working on the breath, emotional regulation and clarity under pressure. Every session has been different and tailored to simulate race conditions or various elements of my sport and I can honestly say it's brought a new perspective and edge to my training and racing”
Jess Fox8 X World Champion Slalom Canoeist, Olympic Gold Medallist.
HELPS ME HANDLE PRESSURE AND MAKE BETTER DECISIONS UNDER FATIGUE “I originally sought out Nam and BET training to help me handle pressure situations and making better decisions under fatigue, what progressed from there not only became performance changing but also life changing. I started to understand myself as an athlete; what makes me tick, where do I go under pressure, what was my threshold and challenge and grow these things. I can’t thank Nam enough for helping me become the best version of myself.”
TRAVIS BOAKHuman Being, Professional AFL player & former caption of Port Adelaide FC. 327games & still going strong!
NAM'S MENTORSHIP & TRAINING PROGRAM CONSTANTLY KEEPS ME ON MY TOES I have been working with Nam for close to 8 years now and started my journey pretty young at the age of 17, just an immature kid still finding my place in the world and in my career. Nam has had a huge impact on my life, influencing me to become the person I am today and inspiring me to constantly become a better version of myself. His mentorship and training program constantly keeps me on my toes with tasks that are designed to challenge me physically and mentally so far past what I thought was possible.
Cory Teunissen4 X World Champion Wakeboarding.
BET ASSISTED ME GREATLY IN MY RECENT SUCCESS I was first introduced to Nam in 2017 by the WA Institute of Sport and from our first session together I knew Nam was going to help me take the next step in my career. I was starting to find sailing boring and a chore. Nam made me realise why I love the sport and has assisted me greatly in my recent success. His out of the box training sessions and ability to tailor them to each athlete is incredible. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his unwavering commitment to helping me be the person I am both in and out of competition.
MATT WEARNOlympic Gold Medallist and 2 X Laser European Champion Sailing
NAM HAS INTRODUCED TECHNIQUES WHICH CAN BE APPLIED BY A PLAYER IN THE HIGH-PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT OF A GAME Nam’s philosophies are clear and his teachings have introduced new tools which can be applied by an individual to regulate that fight or flight response and bring in a sense of calmness around the intensity. For members of our squad, Nam has introduced techniques which can be applied by a player in the high-pressure environment of a game, encouraging the individual to function with heightened clearness and calmness, without losing the intensity required to function at an optimum in our game.
TRENT ROBINSONSydney Roosters Head Coach
I WAS INSTANTLY IMPRESSED WITH HIS PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM FOR BRINGING THE BEST OUT OF PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES I first met Nam when participating in a group BET session, run for my YPO group in Byron Bay around 2013. I was instantly impressed with his passion and enthusiasm for bringing the best out of people and businesses without all the fuss and nonsense you sometimes otherwise get. Nam has now become an absolute essential part of my armour and support in every aspect of my personal development, health, success and life.
TIM GURNERFounder GURNER™
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMATIONAL Having a science background I'm skeptical of most things, but this course has been transformational. Never mind my surfing, my day to day life has improved incredibly. I am now changing my breathing habits, been doing the breathing and relaxation exercises for the last two weeks and I feel incredible. I have loads of energy, no longer tired in the mornings or after work and much more patient with the kids. It's been unreal! As a true cynic, I couldn't believe it initially. I believe doing this course is going to add years to my life and career
DR RHIAAN FOOTBET WELL-BEING APRIL 2018
MY STUDENTS HAVE BECOME MORE RESILIENT AND EMPOWERED IN ALL SPHERES OF LIFE AS A RESULT. As a teacher being exposed to various stress management strategies is crucial, particularly as our lives and the world becomes more complicated. If young people have these strategies that they can draw from at a young age they are more likely to become a full functioning adult. They too are also more likely to support others and contribute to their community in meaningful ways. The self belief that has been instilled and the awareness of themselves is second to none.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The minimum age for the group courses we promote to the public is 12 years. Why? They need to be mature enough to BOTH understand the theory section and be physically capable of doing the pool drills.
If kids are too young or too immature, they lose focus in the theory section & just want to play underwater during the pool section (we get it!). Our goal in these sessions is to build their confidence & grow their capabilities whereas if it’s too hard mentally or physically it can become an overwhelming experience – the opposite of what we are aiming for.
BUT there are still options, we can run a course JUST for the young ones (or young ones plus an adult), and the iInstructor will speak in a language that keeps them engaged and slightly shorten the pool drills so they are capable and make great progress.
STRESS – Every time you breathe you can influence the behaviour of your nervous system. If you are stressed, it’s highly likely your breathing is contributing to a fight/flight response, however because this is something you have control over, you can use it to create a calmer state. With a live demonstration we will teach you how to do this effectively within a few breath cycles, whilst it’s being validated right before your very eyes.
ANXIETY – Breathing correctly acts on 2 very important nerves (the vagus & phrenic) which help to calm the nervous system & regulate feelings of anxiety, stress and calmness, so it is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate anxiety. Initially you may feel anxious breathing differently your norm, however with a little practice & patience you will feel the enormous benefits.
No! Safety is of the upmost priority and in 17+ years we have been teaching no one has blacked out. We do not push maximums. It is not possible to blackout by following the time frames for breath holds & recovery periods – HOWEVER you will make great progress! We start slow & progress so that both your physical AND mental capacities grow together.
We also make it totally acceptable for you to take a breath whenever you need to.
** IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW our guidelines & safety rules by seeing how long you can hold your breath or how many laps you can do underwater etc, then yes you could blackout. We do not support these methods. Please learn how to do this kind of breath work safely.