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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!

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!

Martin Stepanek World Record Attempts

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Packed and ready to go over to Sharm el Sheik to Judge Martin Stepaneks’ record attempts for Constant Weight, Constant Weight without fins and Free Immersion.

Bye bye Hurghada…. Hello Sharm el Sheikh!

First day was interesting. Picked up at the airport by Honza and taken straight to the hotel so we made it in time for lunch  Result! Honza asked if you are ready to go in the water then Martin is training at 2.30! I met the other judge Miguèl Vannieuwenhoven (www.AndamanApnea.com) and we arranged to go out to the platform to watch. There was the huge barracuda nicknamed Luca, hanging around at 15 metres with rather big teeth! There were some other freedivers training with Andreas on one platform and Martin and his team on the other.  Martin’s team had his lovely wife Niki and organizer David doing freedive safety, videographers, photographers, lots of technical divers and lots of smiling faces, really good to see! Martin did some variable dives and looks like he is ready for some records!

First night in a new place is always a bit strange. What made it stranger were the Michal Jackson greatest hits from the Hotels DJ. Thankfully it stopped at 11 so I could get some sleep. Unfortunately my body didn’t want the same thing and at 5.30 decided that I should be wide awake. Good photo’s from the balcony though. We had a meeting after breakfast and were given cool event T-shirts and nice yellow Judge t-shirt, don’t think anyone is going to miss us!

Line measuring is always fun and in the heat we built up a bit of a sweat too! How many men does it take to measure a line? Quite a few, but it is a rather long line!

THE GREAT NORTHERN POOL COMPETITION

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I was lucky enough to be judging at this fantastic competition, the organiser Steve Millard wrote the following article:

This was the second year of the Great Northern pool competition in the UK. It was extended to two days this year to accommodate a DNF (no-fins) competition this year. It increased considerably in size due to the popularity of last years event. Only a handful of the UK’s top divers were unable to attend in some capacity, all the big hitters and some tremendous new talent were there.

On Saturday the 12th March I was proud to see John Moorcroft top the bill with a tremendous 130m DNF swim. He has a UK record in him for sure still after over a decade on the circuit. He did it for charity too so please follow this link http://www.justgiving.com/John-Moorcroft/. There were also good white card performances for second and third places from Dave King (last years overall winner) and Chris Laycock (last years best newbie.) 

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The ladies were led by a new UK National DNF record for Liv Philip using all her experience to pull out a white card, she has only had white cards in my competitions so i am thrilled for her achievement. Kattie Lussier and Meike Holzmann were DNF twins both finishing at the same point, well done.

On Sunday the 13th March which was UK Nationals day, the day almost all belonged to the mighty Dave King with a massive 226m Dynamic swim. Top dive mate, my respect!  I didn’t quite get to get over and see him surface as his top was at the same time as the mermaid of the pool Mandy Buckley. She has fought back this year from a very serious illness and she got in and equalled her personal best from last year and I needed to be there to see it and give her support. Apneists UK’s Mandy Buckley was fortunate enough to collect a new Orca Breath wetsuit from Orca, our generous sponsor. She is going to do a swim for charity in June and you can read more about her and sponsor a good charity here , a truly amazing story!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=mandybuckley



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In the main event Apneists UK’s Chris Crawshaw decided to go for solid white cards and did a great and very easy 150m swim and a 5’30 static for a very respectable 2nd place in the UK Nationals in his first competition, followed behind closely by Tim Money in third place. Liv Philip won the title for the second year in a row, George Miller again cemented her place as one of the all time best female UK divers with a respectable 2nd place. Kattie Lussier skidded into third place overall with two exciting dives and Apneists UK’s very own Nikki Bream took the 3rd place in the UK Nationals. Her shocked look when she heard at the prize giving, and her joy when she realised she was on the podium was one of my favourite moments.

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The event ran smoothly, because of the hard work of many. I need to say a massive thanks to all the helpers. I counted over 40 individuals helping over the two days, and they were all essential. Even one of the jobs not being done would have made it extremely difficult if not impossible to run safely and without hiccups. I want to point out at this time they were all volunteers, using their different skills and expertise to help the athletes and I appreciate their help! I have had three days to reflect and it makes me prouder every day to see how our group has come together for this.  People were travelling from as far as London, Scotland, Yorkshire, Bristol and Wales. Oh, and the RED SEA!! Thank you!

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George Miller, current UK static record holder said "This year went really well! The event was at the Liverpool aquatics centre, a state of the art facility. I must say my jaw hit the ground when a staff member of the centre asked one of the organisers how deep he wanted the pool for the static competition! I didn’t know that pools could do that! In all seriousness, I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt privileged to be able to compete at such a top class facility.  

The seamless organisation and brilliant atmosphere saw many freedivers, both seasoned and beginner, from several different clubs across the country come together to make a really brilliant day. I think it was reflected in the results. We saw a fantastic national record from Liv Philip with dynamic no fins of 111m and a massive dynamic from Dave King of 226m. The most inspiring swim of the day was Mandy Buckley, who managed a formidable 150m swim. 

I would like to thank the organisers, Steve Millard and his crew from www.freedivers.co.uk , the Liverpool aquatics centre for having us and all those who took part. I’m hoping that next years event will see some international faces.
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Here is a selection of short videos including the two National records:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSNSIGxtQwA

http://www.youtube.com/user/seanpetersfoto#p/a/u/1/zS9rmfVYXOs

http://www.youtube.com/user/seanpetersfoto#p/a/u/2/Ue7jbbJ3snw

 

Thank you to the world class pool, the relaxed & super helpful staff and our generous sponsors:

Lifestyles Leisure

Sean Peters www.sppv.co.uk

George Stoyle www.earthinfocus.com

www.orca.com

Urban Gastropubs

Electrical lighting superstore

No-Tanx

Salt Free divers



www.freedivers.co.uk/team/stevemillard.asp 

 

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GEORGE STOYLE OF EARTHINFOCUS.COM

 

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

 

Fourth Element Sponsor UK Freedive Team

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Sam StillTeam in 5m Tank at Dai Ichi HotelUK Freedive Team

Fourth Element kindly sponsored the UK Freedive Team for taking part in the team World Freediving Championships in Okinawa, Japan.  With Team Clothing of T-shirts and sweatshirts and they also came up with the fantastic design for the wetsuits too!  We thank them so much for their support!

Fourth Element (www.fourthelement.com)
Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post dive beer in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. We set out to design high quality clothing with a simple yet diving oriented style. With backgrounds in design and human physiology, we spent a year and a half researching designs and fabrics for a range of casual and technical diving clothing.


 
The Fourth Element Technical range is designed around the principles of performance, function and innovation. Using the latest fabric technology in unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection for both Wetsuit and Drysuit diving.