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Breatheology Safari with Stig!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Our accommodation for the week.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 way to breathe!

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.

Confirmed Course Dates for 2011… So Far!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The following are confirmed AIDA course dates so far for 2011 if you would like to join in.

If you are travelling at another time please mail me to check availability.

January 2011

1 Star Course – 19th January 2011

2 Star Course – 20th – 22nd January 2011

Freedive Safari – 23rd – 30th January 2011

March 2011

1 Star Course – 24th March 2011

2 Star Course – 25th – 27th March 2011

2 Star Course – 29th – 31st March 2011

April 2011

1 Star Course – 10th April 2011

2 Star Course – 11th – 13th April 2011

2 Star Course – 24th – 26th April 2011

3 Star Course – 27th – 29th April 2011

May 2011

2 Star Course – 5th – 7th May 2011 

Depth Training 12th – 15th May 2011

2 Star Open Water Referral Course – 22nd – 23rd May 2011 

1 Star Course – 29th May 2011

June 2011

1 Star Course – 3rd June 2011

2 Star Course – 4th – 6th June 2011

3 Star Course – 8th – 10th June 2011

2 Star Course – 21th – 24th June 2011

Depth Training 25th – 26th June 2011

1 Star Course – 27th June 2011

July 2011

Judging Sharm El Sheik – 8th – 15th July 2011

2 Star Course – 22nd – 24th July 2011

August 2011

2 Star Course – 20th – 22nd July 2011

September 2011

1 Star Course – 6th Septebmer 2011

1 Star Course – 7th September 2011

2 Star Course – 8th – 10th September 2011

3 Star Course – 12th – 14th September 2011

1 Star Course – 19th Septebmer 2011

2 Star Course – 20th – 22nd September 2011

2 Star Course – 24th – 26th September 2011

October 2011

Judging Sharm El Sheik 1st – 10th October 2011

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th October 2011

 

 

Learning from the Master

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Patrick Musimu Deepest Man in the World

The first man ever recorded to dive beyond the 200 meters comes to Makadi Bay

Aquarius Diving Club is very happy to have World Champion Freediver Patrick Musimu running a clinic from our Makadi Bay Centre, Red Sea, Egypt. This clinic ‘Understanding yourself and increasing your depth performance’ will be conducted by Patrick Musimu. Corporate speaker, Sports & Mental coach and Free Diving champion, Patrick Musimu is the first man ever recorded to dive beyond the 200 meters mental barrier on a single breath. Patrick doesn’t teach free diving but rather guide people in their progression to what he calls "The Art of Free Diving". He is well known for his Air Cavity Flooding technique (equalizing his ears and sinuses by flooding them with sea water instead of air), and for developing ‘dry’ Gym training for free diving. Our Freediving Instructor Suzanne Pugh said ‘This is a fantastic oportunity to dive with the deepest man in the world and increase our own depth at the same time’.

Makadi Bay is a perfect training location as within the bay area we can reach 100m depth and be sheltered from the waves of the open sea.

For more information about Patrick Musimu visit his official website www.patrickmusimu.com

 

Making Dreams Come True!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

After wishing and dreaming about trying freediving, this week Suzanne made Dan’s dream come true in Hurghada on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt.  With no previous freediving experience Dan had a natural ability to hold his breath.  On the first day of training after been given instruction and undertaking breathing relaxation techniques he was able to hold his breath for more than 3 minutes!  He said it felt like about a minute!  So he was amazed when I told him it was more than 3!  So much so that he thought I was joking!

The wind was blowing in Hurghada during this week so the first day we were due to go out on the boat had to be cancelled and instead we enjoyed diving from the beach and gave Dan the chance to practice Duck Dives and get used to being relaxed under the water.

 dan-relaxingboatsdan-on-the-boat

We then had a day off as there was just too much wind and no chance to go out on the boat.  But the next day we were ready for the blue, but things didn’t go to plan.  I discovered what sinus squeeze felt like and Dan just couldn’t equalise head down.  Feet first was working slowly but headfirst just wouldn’t work!  So we decided Dan would have a day off again and he took this chance to have some fun Scuba Diving where he was able to equalise and exercise his ears.

We then had another try!  Dan’s ears works and my sinuses were clear too and Dan successfully performed a beautiful constant weight dive to 19 metres!  The whole boat cheered when he returned to the surface with a VERY big smile :-)

                                                              dan-and-suecaterpiller

Big Congratulations!  We hope Dan enjoys the rest of his stay and visits to Cairo and Luxor and will be back again to do his 3 * course soon!

Peter finds a love of blue water

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Peter came on holiday to the Red Sea and found a poster at the dive centre on the beach of his hotel offering freediving.  After not freediving for a couple of years he decided this was the perfect opportunity to discover the relaxation of freediving again.

 Sun ShineFishing boat came to visit the reef

We travelled to a shallow reef to allow both Peter and his Father to enjoy the reef and the amazing marine life.

 RelaxationShades of blue

We then traveled to lions head reef and enjoyed the depth of the sea.

 Lions Head reefSaying goodbye and heading back to port

We all had a beautiful day and Peter and his family had wonderful Red Sea memories to take away too.

Denise Discovers Freediving

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Denise has enjoyed snorkelling all over the world but had never had any instruction on how to freedive and couldn’t understand the pain in her ears when she tried to dive under the water.

When she met me she was thinking of giving Scuba Diving a try but was concerned about being under the water with so much water on top of her!  After a late night conversation she decided to give freediving a try.
ready-for-static
The next morning although a bit nervous Denise was also excited to find out what freediving was all about. Throughout the theory session she had several light bulb moments finding out all about pressure and how it affects the air spaces and specifically the ears! Now she knew why she felt pain going down, she didn’t know how to equalise.

During the static session in the pool relaxing wasn’t easy as a spinning teacher and all round sporty fanatic the muscles in her shoulders are so used to being tensed they didn’t want to relax. A bit of in water massage always helps and she was happy to achieve a 1 minute 40 second breath hold! Dynamic was more fun and showed she was used to dolphin kick underwater rather than stereo fining, something she had been doing whenever she made it under the water.
denise after static
A trip into the Red Sea next to get some depth and see some fish! The fish liked to watch as she made her way down the line, swimming over to her to get a better look and then swimming for cover in their coral covered rope. Denise used all that she had learnt in the morning, put into practice in the afternoon and was happy diving down and swimming underwater.
sue-water-ready
She wanted to see the sunrise in the Desert so we combined this with her certification ceremony while watching the sunrise over the Red Sea with the Red Sea Mountain range in the background. What a wonderful way to learn how to dive.
sue-and-denise-desert

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Dolphin Diving

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Had a fantastic day on the boat with AquaStars and changed the plan from line diving practice to go and play with the Dolphins!   2 hours freediving and following them was totally tiring but also fantastic exercise and fun!  It was a much better idea than going to the gym.

It is really important to stay close to your buddy when you are freediving away from a line and especially when you are tired too.  On a turn around it was so good to be able to dive down with a real breath up as we had been prepping waiting for them to come back!

They are amazing creatures when they look at you with such wonder and delight!  There power is also quite surprising when they were going so gently with a flip of their tale and we are swimming like crazy!