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My name is Donny. I’m a professional freediving instructor and athlete. I host the world’s dedicated freediving podcast, The Freedive Café, and make educational videos and other freediving content.
I am based in the freediving Mecca of Dahab on Egypt’s Red Sea coast where I teach unique freediving courses, inspired by my knowledge of traditional hatha yoga, breath-work and meditation.
Listen to the latest episode of the Freedive Café Podcast:
The podcast is also availabe on all good podcast players!
FREEDIVING COURSES & PROFESSIONAL COACHING IN DAHAB
I teach freediving courses and workshops, from beginner to advanced levels and I coach aspiring deep freedivers, in the world’s freediving Mecca of Dahab, Egypt.
My aim is to remind you that numbers, and ticking off requirements for certifications is not important. If we lose the connection to the ocean and the freedoms it offers us, then freediving also loses its joy.
I offer you more time to complete a course, a more flexible schedule, more time in the ocean, more personal attention and more patience for you to overcome both physical and mental barriers on your journey through the depths.
THE FREEDIVE CAFÉ PODCASTTHE WORLD'S DEDICATED FREEDIVING PODCAST
Since 2017, Donny has hosted the world’s
dedicated freediving podcast,
The Freedive Café.
He has interviewed more than 150
of the world’s best freedivers, coaches, scientists and more.
“Donny is an experienced, patient and professional coach of freediving. It has been an honor and pleasure for me to have a thorough entry level freediving course with him!
I’m very grateful for his teaching, and inspiring insights on some life subjects!
If you are craving for a “deep” freediving experience, Donny is definitely highly recommended!”
WEI-HSIN TAO, STUDENT
“I have spent some time diving and training with Donny now, and I feel such a better freediver for it.
An abundance of knowledge, willingness to help, and a sharp regard for safety in all aspects of freediving, including ones mental approach.
A healthy person to be in the water with, super approachable and is doing great things for the freediving community!
Would recommend anyone to start or develop their freediving journey with him!”
JACK WEBB, OWNER AT FREEDIVE FNQ
“I recommend going to Donny for a freediving certification if you are looking for professionalism, honest and sincere feedback, and an overall enjoyable and all around good experience.
He taught the classroom material thoroughly while also having a calm demeanor and focus on safety to guide us when we were out in the water.
I think freediving requires patience from an instructor and Donny was patient and gave feedback that was useful and allowed us to improve and better our dives each time.
I recommend Donny’s class to people who are serious about wanting to experience the world of freediving.”
JP VENMAN, STUDENT
“From the beginning of the process, Donny’s attentiveness and responsiveness helped me sort out the logistics of quick payment, lodging, and transportation with ease.
Throughout the course, Donny was patient, explained the material well and in multiple ways so it was easy to comprehend, and was encouraging … he offered to either do a Yoga/Breathwork session and/or a fun dive session to round out the long weekend.
The course was great, the instructor was great, the location was great. Put all three together and you cant ask for much more. This is where to go.”
MICHAEL SMITH, STUDENT
REMOTE COACHINGONLINE PERSONAL COACHING
Are you preparing for a competition or simply want to reach new depths
in your personal freediving journey?
Donny has coached several competitive freedivers to personal best performances and national records.
Coaching and support in apnea, flexibility, physical conditioning,
mindset, recovery and in-water training sessions
are available remotely and in person.