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Ocean Dreams – take on Freediving!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I have known Tina and Bob from Ocean Dreams http://www.oceandreams.co.uk/ for over 10 years and whenever freediving was discussed the general response from Nurse Tina was – it’s not natural!  So over the years they have done deep technical diving…. they have done rebreather diving… and lots and lots of scuba diving!  So on this trip when Tina said that they would like to try freediving I almost fell off the boat!  Sabrina and Beth came along to discover freediving too :-)

Didn’t they do well!!!  All passed with flying colours!  Well done and welcome to the quite side ;-)

Lovely Louisa makes 30 metres!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Louisa came to El Gouna again this June to find the depths of the Red Sea.  We started the AIDA 3* course and she excelled again with her new Mustang C4 fins helping her reach the amazing depth of 30 metres.

Champagne was the only way to celebrate after she swam up from 30m with water in her mask one time, did a self-rescue (pulling on the line) due to cramp also from 30 metres and a sexy dolphin kick dive to 30m too!  Looking forward to going deeper together in October :-)

First Egyptian Freediving Instructor!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

My name is Mohamed Elmekkawi; I am the first and only Egyptian SSI freediving instructor in the WORLD!

I have been working as a scuba diving professional for the past 10 years and can now add Freediving professional to my resume.

My story started when I was 6 years old, my dad taught me how to swim in the open sea, I was a bit different from other kids, I liked to swim where there we no people around so I could find some fish to dive with and look at.  Swimming for me was the means to go far and then dive down to watch fish underwater, at that time I didn’t know it was called freediving!!!

As I got older my passion to do the same thing was increasing and my breath-hold time was improving as well, to allow me to stay underwater longer and enjoy watching fish, until I could hold my breath for over 4 minutes.

I never knew that a 4 minute breath hold means anything in the freediving world, until one evening I was watching a movie about freediving called The Free Diver.  This is a story about a famous freediver who has been discovered by an instructor as she could hold her breath for 4 minutes, before any kind of formal training.  After seeing this I was shocked and now I understood that a 4 minute breath hold meant I was good!

I was so happy to know that and I started to do some research online to find any freediving professional to get some directions and advice on how I should start  proper training and courses and that was in 2009 when I contacted Suzanne from Freedive Egypt

As it was winter time in Greece, I had no chance to do any water training for Freediving, but Suzanne was always advising me via emails on how to train on land and get ready, she guided me all the way through by giving me directions and contacts of people and places near me to go and train.

This year when I decided to do my freediving instructor course, Suzanne has advised me and directed me to where I can do that too.

The result is now I am the first and only Egyptian SSI freediving instructor.

I was also lucky this year to finally meet Suzanne who advised me all the way without even meeting me before.  Now I can advise others and help them grow their freediving.

Special thanks to Suzanne for supporting me all the way.

 

Course Dates 2013

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The following are AIDA course dates so far for 2013 if you would like to join in send us a mail :-)

If you are traveling at another time just mail us to check availability.

April 2013

Sharm Training

Cyprus Competition

AIDA 2* Freediver Course 29th April – 1st May

 

May 2013

2 Star Course - 2nd – 4th May 2013

3 Star Course – 5th – 7th May 2013

2 Star Course – 8th – 10th May 2013

1 Star Course – 26th May 2013

1 Star Course – 28th May 2013

2 Star Course – 30th May – 2nd June

June 2013

Depth Training Marsa Alam – 5th – 7th June 2013

1 Star Course – 8th June 2013

SSI Level 2 – 19th – 21st June 2013

Depth Training – 22nd – 23rd June 2013

 

July 2013

2 Star Split Course – 6th July 2013

2 Star Course – 12th – 14th July 2013 El Gouna

 

August 2013

Nordic Cup – Judging Sharm El Sheik 5th – 8th August

1 Star Course – 24th August 2013

1 Star Course – 30th August 2013

September 2013

1 Star Course – 1st September 2013

2 Star Course – 3rd – 5th September 2013

3 Star Course – 7th – 9th September 2013

Training Days – 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th September 2013

1 Star Course – 14th September 2013

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th September 2013

3 Star Course – 20th – 22nd September 2013

October 2013

AIDA 2 Star Course – 1st – 3rd October 2013

AIDA 3 Star Course – 7th – 9th October 2013

AIDA 2 Star Course – 11th – 13th October 2013

AIDA 3 Star Course – 14th – 16th October 2013

Static and Depth Training –  20th – 24th October

AIDA 3 Star Course – 24th – 26th October 2013

 

November 2013

Sharm El Sheik - Training

 

If you would like to take part in a course on a different date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We also run training days, safety freediver courses, competition training and first aid certifications too!  So come and join us for some fun in the sun!

Last Course of 2012!

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The last course of 2012 is taking place from 13th December – 15th December 2012 at The Marriott Hotel, Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt.

AIDA** Freediving Course
This course is undertaken after completion of the AIDA * Freediver Course and is for people with experience of snorkeling and who feel comfortable in the water both on the surface and under the water.

Throughout this course you will learn safety procedures and techniques to enjoy breath-hold diving. You will learn the basics in Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight Freediving.

You earn this certification by completing 2 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions and 3 open water sessions from the shore or off one of our boats on the beautiful Red Sea. After completion you will be able to dive safely with a buddy of the same level anywhere in the world!

If you would like to join for the last course of 2012 please mail me at Freedive@FreediveEgypt.com

Sahl Hasheesh – AIDA 2* course

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Lynn and Mark came from cold London for some fun in the sun.

October Courses and Training Dates

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The following are confirmed AIDA course dates so far for 2012 if you would like to join in send us a mail at Freedive@FreediveEgypt.com :-)

If you are traveling at another time just mail us to check availability.

October 2012

1 Star Course – 5th October 2012

2 Star Course – 7th – 9th October 2012

3 Star Course – 11th – 13th October 2012

Static and Depth Training – 17th – 22nd October

 

If you would like to take part in a course on a different date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We also run training days, safety freediver courses, competition training and first aid certifications too!  So come and join us for some fun in the sun!

September 2012 Course dates so far!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The following are confirmed AIDA course dates so far for 2012 if you would like to join in send us a mail at Freedive@FreediveEgypt.com  :-)

If you are traveling at another time just mail us to check availability.

September 2012

1 Star Course – 1st September 2012

2 Star Course – 3rd – 5th September 2012

3 Star Course – 7th – 9th September 2012

Training Days – 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th September 2012

1 Star Course – 14th September 2012

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th September 2012

3 Star Course – 20th – 22nd September 2012

 

If you would like to take part in a course on a different date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We also run training days, safety freediver courses, competition training and first aid certifications too!  So come and join us for some fun in the sun!

AIDA** Freediving Course

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
next 2* course is starting on 13th April 2012.  This course is undertaken after completion of the AIDA * Freediver Course and is for people with experience of snorkeling and who feel comfortable in the water both on the surface and under the water.Throughout this course you will learn safety procedures and techniques to enjoy breath-hold diving. You will learn the basics in Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight Freediving.

You earn this certification by completing 2 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions and 3 open water sessions from the shore or off one of our boats on the beautiful Red Sea. After completion you will be able to dive safely with a buddy of the same level anywhere in the world!

Course Dates for 2012 so far….

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The following are confirmed AIDA course dates so far for 2012 if you would like to join in send us a mail :-)

If you are travelling at another time just mail us to check availability.

March 2012

1 Star Course – 16th March 2012

2 Star Course – 17th – 19th March 2012

3 Star Course – 21st – 23rd March 2012

April 2012

1 Star Course – 3rd April 2012

2 Star Course – 4th – 6th April 2012

3 Star Course – 8th – 10th April 2012

2 Star Course – 13th – 15th April 2012

2 Star Course – 27th – 29th April 2012

3 Star Course – 8th – 10th April 2012

May 2012

3 Star Course - 2nd – 4th May 2012

1 Star Course – 5th May 2012

2 Star Course – 7th – 9th May 2012

3 Star Course – 12th – 14th May 2012

June 2012

1 Star Course – 2nd June 2012

2 Star Course – 3th – 5th June 2012

Rest of June – Sardine Run – South Africa

July 2012

1 Star Course – 6th July 2012

2 Star Course – 7th – 9th July 2012

3 Star Course – 11th – 13th July 2012

August 2012

UK

Sharm El Sheik

1 Star Course – 24th August 2012

1 Star Course – 30th August 2012

September 2012

1 Star Course – 1st September 2012

2 Star Course – 3rd – 5th September 2012

3 Star Course – 7th – 9th September 2012

Training Days – 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th September 2012

1 Star Course – 14th September 2012

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th September 2012

3 Star Course – 20th – 22nd September 2012

October 2012

1 Star Course – 5th October 2012

2 Star Course – 7th – 9th October 2012

3 Star Course – 11th – 13th October 2012

Static and Depth Training – 17th – 22nd October

 

If you would like to take part in a course on a different date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We also run training days, safety freediver courses, competition training and first aid certifications too!  So come and join us for some fun in the sun!