At the beginning of this year I had the chance to join a unique safari on the luxury live aboard boat Infinity, run by Bella Safari’s. Bella Safari’s run live aboard trips all over the Red Sea area.
This however was not the usual scuba diving safari! This was the first Breatheology safari which combined a mixture of breathing techniques, meditation and freediving with personal life planning and goal setting. This Unique experience was enjoyed by a select group of business owners.
This trip was a culmination of lots of planning from the group organizer Stig Avall Severinsen – the founder of Breatheology and Danish Team coach for the Freediving World Championship winners in Japan 2010. Stigs’ book ‘Breathology – the art of conscious breathing’ has now been translated into English and is available from Amazon together with a selection of T-shirts and sweatshirts.
The safari departed from the port of Marsa Ghalib which is only a 15 minute drive from Marsa Alam airport making it ideally located for southern safaris.
Our first stop was at a sandy bay to introduce the group to static breathold diving. Holding the breath while lying face down in the water.
A meditation course was also being undertaken during this week run by Danish author Henning Daverne providing useful techniques which can be used in the business environment, everyday life and for freediving relaxation.
After an active first day of discovery we enjoyed a restful night at sea watching the sunset and a multitude of stars.
Morning yoga activated the body and mind for the day ahead to discover snorkeling and experience some beautiful marine life and start to explore the feeling of diving underwater. For the majority of the guests this was their first time to see the wonders of the Red Sea and the first time to wear a mask and fins. The journey of freediving discovery had begun!
The week continued to provide new personal insights and interactions with marine life. We were very lucky to be able to interact with a large pod of dolphins and relive the experience in the evening after dinner as the dolphins enjoyed playing with the freedivers and swimming along with us under water. We also saw a large white tip reef shark that came along to see what was happening when the guests were discovering their depths and swimming down a line. This is called constant weight diving when you swim vertically down a line while wearing a fixed amount of weight, a mask and fins.
The lounge area was ideal for group work as well as relaxation where the group enjoyed watching the movies ‘The Big Blue’ and ‘The history of freediving’.
This was a unique safari tailored to meet the needs of this specific group. I was very happy to be able to provide freedive safety and support for a great group of people and to witness the development of people with no previous freedive experience achieve breath holds of up to 5 minutes and depths of up to 30 meters.
A big thank you to Stig for all of his organization and to Bella Safari’s for enabling me to join this experience in the Red Sea.