My name is Donny Mac, I’m a professional freediving instructor and athlete. I host the world’s most popular freediving podcast, The Freedive Café, and make educational videos and other freediving content.
I teach unique freediving courses in Dahab, Egypt, inspired by my knowledge of yoga, breath-work, meditation, mobility, bodywork and movement.
Listen to the latest episodes of The Freedive Café Podcast,
and The Freediving Journal Podcast …
WHAT IS FREEDIVING?
Freediving is the art of exploring the underwater world
on a single breath of air.
It is a transformational skill, a sport, a leisure activity, a meditation, a healthy exercise, a vehicle for exploration, a mode of therapy, and a way of life!
EVERYONE can learn freediving and discover a new universe under the surface of the ocean, while uncovering the deeper layers of the soul.
FREEDIVING COURSES IN DAHAB
I teach freediving courses and workshops
in the world’s freediving Mecca of Dahab, Egypt.
My focus is not on numbers and ticking off requirements for certifications.
I offer you more time to complete a course, 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.
WHY LEARN WITH ME?
Freediving is not like scuba diving.
Freediving is more like yoga, or a martial art.
Mastering freediving is a full mind and body process.
Most freediving courses take 2 or 3 days.
After many years as a school owner and instructor, after teaching hundreds of students, I know that most students need more time to learn freediving comfortably…
“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
… Almost everyone will face some challenges with equalisation, technique, anxiety, water-fear, or relaxation.
Let’s take time to really experience freediving as a deep,
soulful, healing and meaningful experience.
My beginner courses take a minimum of 4 days, and can be longer, if that’s what you need. We take plenty of rest and I offer stretching, yoga, meditation and other complimentary classes with your courses.
PODCASTSTHE FREEDIVING JOURNAL & THE FREEDIVE CAFÉ
Since 2017, Donny has hosted two of the world’s
dedicated freediving podcasts,
The Freedive Café and The Freediving Journal Podcasts.
He has interviewed more than 140
of the world’s best freedivers, coaches, scientists and more.
ONE-TO-ONE 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 record performances.
Coaching and support in apnea, flexibility, physical conditioning,
mindset, recovery and in-water training sessions
are available remotely and in person.
FREEDIVE TAIWANTAIWAN'S INTERNATIONAL FREEDIVING CENTRE
Operating since 2018, Freedive Taiwan was
Taiwan’s first dedicated international freediving education centre .
Premium freediving courses from beginner’s to masters level on the tropical island gem of Xiao Liuqiu Island in southern Taiwan.
Freedive Taiwan will be inactive through 2023!
Donny will be in Thailand then Egypt!