Can anyone learn freediving?
Yes! Freediving is for everybody and you will be able to learn as long as you come with an attitude of openness and non-expectation.
The Level 1 requirements are accessible to almost every person.
If you have some physical disability or other limitation please do not hesitate to contact me. There is usually a way to work around or accommodate limitations and I aim to make freediving accessible to all people, regardless of age, gender, physical condition, nationality, or religion.
Is freediving safe?
Yes! Freediving is incredibly safe!
Despite some recent media releases that paint a sensational picture of freediving as an extreme sport, freediving is generally only dangerous when practiced alone, in combination with other activites (such as spearfishing), or without the correct safety in place.
A freediving course will teach you everything you need to know to stay safe and enjoy the wonders of the ocean.
Is Dahab safe?
Dahab is a very safe place for visitors and long-term foreign residents alike.
The usual cautions must be observed, as in any new place you visit around the world, but it is safe to walk around at night for both genders, exercising common sense.
The main challenge for visitors to Dahab will be the tummy bugs many visitors get due to either not being used to the bacteria here, or eating in restaurants where the hygeine is not up to expected levels.
Make sure to bring any medications you think you might need, such as Imodium (Loperamide). Rehydration powders are also useful in the hot summer months.
There aren’t many mosquitos in Dahab, fortunately!
There are lots and lots of dogs and cats, everywhere in Dahab! Unlike some places, the dogs here are incredibly friendly and safe to be around, and the cats are, too!
What are the requirements to take a Level 1 course?
You must be over the age of 16 to join a Level 1 course. You must be able to swim comfortably and you must be able to speak and read English well.
What organisation do you teach? Why do you not teach AIDA?
I am an SSI Level 2 Instructor, AIDA Instructor and Molchanovs Master Instructor, but honestly speaking, I believe my teaching has outgrown the scope of the freediving education organisations, and I believe my standards are higher than those of the organisations.
Having said that, I understand that most students want some kind of certification or document to finalise their course.
For this reason I teach around the Molchanovs education materials and certify my students under the Molchanovs system.
There are two main reasons for this.
1. The Molchanovs materials are simply better. They are regularly updated and reflect our latest, best understanding of freediving physiology and training. AIDA hasn’t updated its materials in years and in fact seems to not even have a functioning education department any more.
2. From a moral standpoint, I would not give my money (your certification fees) to AIDA at this point in time. Although they claim to be a democratically functioning organisation, they chose to support China in its suppression of Taiwanese identity, making sweeping changes to the AIDA system without putting it to the vote, and they employ a marketing agency using your certification fee money to censor their social media forums and remove any information that makes them look bad.
Molchanovs is an international organisation based in Singapore, run by an international group of the world’s top freediving athletes and others experts from all over the world. As long as they don’t do anything morally reprehensible I’ll stick with them 😘
I don't need a certification course, can I design my own experience?
Yes, you can design your own course with as much theory, dry, pool or open water sessions as you desire.
However, the first day of the Level 1 course with its theory and dry training is compulsory for all students.
A course like this will not have any requirements to achieve, but no certification will be awarded at the end.
This is a good option for those who wish to do a freediving course without the pressure and expectations of reaching a particular depth, or other goals.
Just let me know what you would like to do!
Why is your Level 1 course at 5-7 days long, and others are only two or three?
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…
Almost everyone will face some challenges with equalisation, technique, anxiety, water-fear, or relaxation.
I like to give my students the time to really experience freediving as a deep, soulful, healing and meaningful experience.
I also like to do my own training and make sure everyone has enoughh rest and a chance to enjoy Dahab and the surrounding area.
If you are more inclined towards a quick and basic freediving course there are many options availabe in Dahab. My courses are intended for those who desire a more flexible and slower-paced experience.
Is equipment included?
Equipment is currently not included in the course fees.
You can rent a full set of gear for 10 euros per day.
It’s always nice (if you can afford it, of course) to find your own wetsuit and fins that fit you well before you attend a course.
There is no need to fork out for expensive wetsuits and carbon fins. Decathlon, for example, has some perfectly good beginner’s wetsuits and fins.
Do you provide pictures and videos?
At the end of the course, 6 high-quality, edited images will be provided free of charge (if the camera was in the water and we get nice pictures!). Additional images can be bought for 5 euros each.
The videos are shot with a Gopro and are mainly used for coaching purposes.
If you would like the videos from your course, please bring a hard disk or USB stick compatible with a Macbook.
Under no circumstances will videos be sent to the student later by email/Dropbox/file sharing etc. (Airdrop is OK!).
What is the best way to get to Dahab?
The best way to get to Dahab is to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh airport and then take a taxi to Dahab (takes about 1 hour).
I can help you arrange a taxi pick-up at the airport (costs about 1200 pounds).
Do you offer accommodation in Dahab?
I have a few accommodation options in Dahab!
How do I sign up? Deposit?
I don’t respond to social media, emails etc before 8am or after 6pm, CET.
I am always available for a call on Whatsapp. A phone call is a much better way to get a feel for a person before you commit to spending money on their services.
My WHATSAPP number is +886 909452409
A 30% (non-refundable) deposit is required to book any course or training.
If you cancel your course or want to change your course dates the deposit will not be refunded, but it can be used as a deposit for another course or can be transferred to another person.
Make sure to read the F.A.Q page before signing up for any course or training.
Where are you located in Dahab?
The Freedive & Thrive center is located right on the waterfront at Lighthouse, 5 seconds from the water!
What should I bring with me? What shouldn't I bring with me?
Dahab has a hot, arid, desert climate.
Bring a reusable water bottle, sea-sickness medication, reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses and a good hat.
Many students who have never been sick on a boat or in a car experience motion sickness for the first time during a freediving course. If you are unsure about your situation in this regard, please make sure to bring some medication (Dimenhydramine, for example) just in case.
You do not need a dive computer. If you bring one, you will not be permitted to use it on the first couple of days of your course, so I can make sure your attention is directed to the correct place.
What about the Blue Hole, transport there, and fees?
When we go to the Blue Hole we take a taxi. We’ll pick you up from your accommodation.
Taxi fees are about 3 – 6 euros each, per day, depending on what time we go and who is working the police checkpoints.
The Blue Hole is a national park and you need to pay entry fees, they are currently about 10 euro per day.
Don’t worry, I will take care of all passport checks, national park tickets etc, you just need to relax in the car and enjoy the view!