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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.

 

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!

Egypt changes mobile phone numbers

Friday, October 21st, 2011

CAIRO In an attempt to accommodate a growing number of mobile phone users, Egypt s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has decided to add an 11th digit to all current 10 digit phone numbers.

Current 11 digit numbers will also change.

The change goes into effect today, Thursday, although there will be a four-month grace period during which both the old and the new numbers will work.

The new digit will be added after the 01 at the beginning of each mobile number, and the added number is different for each of Egypt s three mobile providers 2 for Mobinil, 1 for Etisalat, and 0 for Vodafone.

According to a report by the government-run Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the number of mobile phone users in Egypt increased by 22.2 percent in 2010, reaching a total of 59 million users.

To determine which number should be added to any old mobile number, see the list below

Mobinil (old -> new)

012 XXX XXXX -> 0122 XXX XXXX
017 XXX XXXX -> 0127 XXX XXXX
018 XXX XXXX -> 0128 XXX XXXX
0150 XXX XXXX -> 0120 XXX XXXX

Etisalat

011 XXX XXXX -> 0111 XXX XXXX
014 XXX XXXX -> 0114 XXX XXXX
0152 XXX XXXX -> 0112 XXX XXXX

Vodafone

010 XXX XXXX -> 0100 XXX XXXX
016 XXX XXXX -> 0106 XXX XXXX
019 XXX XXXX -> 0109 XXX XXXX
0151 XXX XXXX -> 0101 XXX XXXX

Confirmed Course Dates for October

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

October 2011

Judging Sharm El Sheikh 1st – 10th October 2011

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th October 2011

If you would like another date please mail us and we can see when we can arrange some freediving fun for you!

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!