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APNEISTS UK CLUB TRIP to Makadi Bay, Egypt

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Steve Millard from Apneists UK enjoyed a fun filled trip to the wonderful Red Sea Coast with Mermaids, dolphins, changing octopus and treasures!  Read all about it in the link below.


The Great Northern International pool competition, incorporating the UK BFA National pool championships.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The UK Pool Freediving Championships will take place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of March 2014 in Liverpool. This annual event known as ‘Great Northern’ appears in freediving calendars for 5th year running and incorporates BFA National Pool Championships.

It will comprise of all 3 pool disciplines, Dynamic No Fins (DNF) on day one and Static (STA) and Dynamic (DYN) on day two.

Although, athletes can compete in one or both days of the competition, the overall male and female winners will be decided on the highest point count accumulated across 3 disciplines. Also, the best male and female British divers will be crowned as UK Pool Champions.

There were some massive performances and National Records broken during this event in the past but divers of all abilities are more than welcome.

You can find a video promoting the event here:

For more information and details of previous competitions please visit:

Ocean Dreams – take on Freediving!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I have known Tina and Bob from Ocean Dreams 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 😉

Giulio’s Journey

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The look says it all… after qualifying as a AIDA 2* freediver Giulio is just on the boat for some fun freediving!  No pressures, no worries just lots of fun!








Divers4Egypt all enjoying the wonders of the Red Sea







Freediving in Yorkshire!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As Freediving grows steadily in the North of England, Apneists UK ( ) has had groups running all over the North West, starting in Manchester and Liverpool, and in Yorkshire for well over a decade. In Yorkshire, Sheffield and Huddersfield currently have clubs, as does Leeds on less regular frequency. In order to facilitate the ability of Freedivers to regularly train and increase the number of sessions we are going to promote the sport in the area with its first AIDA Freediving competition, and we have picked our club in Huddersfield to host the event.

A number of athletes from around the UK will compete in one of three disciplines. Dynamic Apnea, swimming horizontally as far as one can. Dynamic no fins, swimming as far horizontally as one can with… (yes you guessed it). And Static Apnea, lying stationary holding your breath for as long as you can. The highest point score wins, so you can pick your favourite event to try and win it. It is like the mini version of the International we have run every year now for five years, which is attempting all three disciplines and total point score decides the winner.

Some details here of location and timing

The competition holds something for the whole club, and for those travelling. Some athletes are in almost full time training trying to get National records and win the event, some athletes are there to get one step closer to that goal and simply be the best they can be, and some are there for their first taste of competition to see if they like it. In any case its a good reason to get fit and healthy both physically and mentally. Freediving is an extremely personal sport, you do your own dive on the day, but at the same time you never dive alone without someone properly looking after your safety. I think this, in part, is one of the reasons for the strong community spirit within the sport and, despite it being a competition, all athletes encourage the best out of their peers.

An event on the horizon is a good reason to train, an extra impetus to improve yourself and diving in some way. You don’t need to start the sport looking like an Olympian, but if you want a sport that will improve your health and fitness this certainly is a good one to take up. Improvements come over time with regular diving.

This competition will also be a good opportunity to make sure every wrinkle is ironed out of the background organisation for the International competition we have on the 22nd/23rd March 2014. We have some camera testing to do to make it really special. Here is the intro video from last years. . A good opportunity to make the next competition better than the last, we always try and improve. Just before the International will have an opportunity for those wishing to judge in the future to do the AIDA International judges course with an experienced Judge trainer.
Please feel free to come along and see the event. And if you are a Freediver, enter or help out if you want.

Steve Millard


Apneists UK

Head Coach

AIDA Instructor Trainer

AIDA Education Committee


بطل مصرى جديد فى رياضة الغوص الحر

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

بطل مصرى جديد يلمع فى عالم الغوص الحر. محمد المكاوى أول مدرب غوص حر مصرى من منظمة إس إس أى SSI . إستطاع بفضل الله أن يحقق أرقام مصرية قياسية جديدة فى بطولة AIDA Cyprus pool games و التى أقيمت بقبرص بالعاصمة نيكوسيا يوم الأحد الموافق 21 / 4 / 2013. الأرقام كانت فى إثنين من فئات الغوص الحر فى حمام السباحة و اصبح حامل الرقم المصرى الحالى فى فئة حبس النفس الساكن فى المكان Static Apnea بوقت 5:54 دقيقة و فئة السباحة الديناميكية تحت الماء بدون زعانفDynamic without fins بمسافة50 متر.


محمد المكاوى هو الحاصل أول ميدالية دهبية فى هذة البطولة لتحقيق أعلى رقم Static Apnea.


و بذلك يصبح نجما مصريا جديدا فى سماء الغوص الحر و نتمنى له كل التوفيق و المذيد من النجاحات و الإنجازات.


الجدير بالذكر أنة إفتتح مؤخرا أول مركز غوص حر من منظمة SSI فى قبرص فى مدينة لارناكا حيث يقيم ، و لكنه أيضا يخطط للمجىء لمصر لتدريب من يرغب من المصريين على الغوص الحر و بناء فريق مصرى قوى يستطيع المنافسة فى بطولات الغوص الحر.


للمذيد من المعلومات عن محمد المكاوى إضغط على الرابط التالى







Dave Tranfield reaches 102m

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Dave told me he was going to be in Sharm doing some training so I thought what a great excuse for me to go and have some fun training too!

We arrived at the dive centre and all was flat so time to get ready for his 102 metre training dive.  In the 30 minutes it took to get everything ready (Andrea and his team from Freediving World are a well oiled machine) the wind changed and waves were getting larger.  Thankfully Dave is very relaxed in the water even when the wind is blowing.


Totally focused on the sled and just listening to his coach Andrea about equalization he took a big breath and gave the signal to release the sled.  Disappearing into the depths the safety divers held onto the line and waited to see if he was going to stop early or go all the way to the plate.  He passed the turn zone and noises through Andrea’s snorkel said he was going for the bottom.  He made it!!!!! 102 metres into the depth.  Safety are poised ready for his return waiting for the signal from Andrea… waiting… waiting… then first safety goes… second safety goes… the sled is in sight… then Dave is on the surface with a HUGE smile on his face! He did it again! 102m! what a star!

BIG CONGRATULATIONS hug from Andrea, another goal reached and ready for the next time……..

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