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All of our Freediving and Yoga holidays are built with you in mind. Scuba Travel are working with world class instructor Emma Farrell to create an unbelievable freediving and Yoga experience that you will never forget!

  • Escorted by World class freediver Emma Farrell
  • Dive on only one breath of air
  • Enjoy amazing aquatic interactions
  • Experience a sense of freedom like no other
  • Unique holidays
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Create incredible memories
  • Flights from the UK or boat only options
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  • How long can you hold your breath?

    Throughout the span of human history people have freedived. Firstly for food, then for sponges, pearls and other objects of value, or for items lost overboard ships. It has even been argued in the ‘Aquatic Ape’ hypothesis that humans spent several million years of evolution in a semi-aquatic existence explaining some unique physical characteristics.

    In 1949 Raimundo Bucher dived 30m to defy doctors and scientists and create the first freediving world record. From this moment on, freediving became not just a quest for food or commerce, but for fame and glory and has evolved into the sport we know and love today.

    Freediving has eight disciplines, from Static Apnea, holding your breath for as long as possible; to No Limits, where the diver descends using a weighted sled and ascends using an airbag or other lifting device.

    Constant Weight

    With or without fins, the diver must descend and ascend finning under their own power. The diver may wear weight, but whatever is taken down must be brought back. This discipline is seen by many as the purest form of freediving and the toughest.

    Static Apnea

    The diver holds their breath on the surface for as long as possible. This is the most mentally challenging of all the disciplines as there is nothing to take your mind off the fact you are holding your breath. This is good training for other disciplines.

    Free Immersion

    The diver descends and ascends by pulling on the dive line. Weight may be worn but whatever is taken down must be brought back. Often used as a warm up before Constant Weight dives as it save the legs.

    Dynamic Apnea

    With or without fins, the diver swims horizontally under water in a swimming pool for as long a distance as possible. Good training for other disciplines during the winter.

    Variable Weight.

    The diver descends on a sled and returns to the surface under their own power, either kicking with fins and/or pulling on a line.


    The deepest dives in history are made in this category. Here the diver uses a weighted sled to get to depth and is returned to the surface using a lift bag or other device. When you take a freediving course you’ll be learning static, dynamic, free immersion and constant weight diving.

  • Improve your breathing, freediving and life!

    What is yoga? 2,500 years ago, a writer called Patanjali wrote yoga-sutra, the first text on the subject of yoga. In it he defined yoga as ‘citta-vritti-nirohdah’ which means 'the cessation of the turnings of the mind'. The name itself ‘yoga’, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuji’ which means to unite, yoke, join or connect. All these associations imply rebalancing or reintegration. Yoga is a state of mind. Stilling the mind is one of the hardest things to do and so different facets of yoga developed to help us towards this goal. What most people think of as yoga (the postures) is actually just a small part of yoga, part of the preparation of the body for the practice of meditation. Hatha yoga is the name for the series of postures, and within Hatha yoga many schools have developed with their own unique approach to the various poses.

    Emma did her teaching qualification with the Sivananda organisation which describes the practice of yoga as having five points:

    1) Proper exercise

    2) Proper Breathing

    3) Proper Relaxation

    4) Proper Diet

    5) Positive thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana)

    All of these practices will be integrated into the yoga that is done on your holiday, from delicious food to deep relaxation! The practice of yoga is commonly thought to be all about being bendy, however the real practice of yoga is an internal one and the peace of mind after practicing yoga is sublime! Emma is incredibly experienced at teaching all levels and can tailor postures to your individual ability so don't worry if you've never done any yoga before or can't touch your toes!

    Each morning on the boat will start with breathing practice, gentle stretches and exercises to stretch and tone the diaphragm, and each evening will end with yoga nidra (yogic sleep) under the stars. Whatever your previous experience with yoga, you'll leave the boat feeling like you are walking on air!

  • One of the world‘s leading Freediving instructors

    Emma is one of the world’s leading freediving instructors and the author of the stunning book One Breath, a Reflection on Freediving. She has been freediving since 2001 and formally teaching since 2004. She is an Instructor Trainer with SSI and AIDA, a founding member of the AIDA Education Commission and has written courses that are taught internationally, as well as her own speciality courses such as her course for surfers, spearfishing safety skills course and Gas Guzzler course.

    She chaired the British Freediving Association for two years, oversaw the design and construction of the freediving platform at Vobster Quay and co-wrote the world’s first freediving logbook. She is also an AIDA judge and has competed, coming 3rd in the UK and Swiss National Championships and 2nd in the Kalymnos International Freediving competition. Emma is a qualified yoga teacher, specialist pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher, hypnobirthing practitioner, reflexologist and EFR CPR and First Aid Instructor Trainer. She also works with top-level Olympic athletes to improve their performance using a unique mix of freediving and yoga techniques and people confronting physical or psychological challenges to their breathing.

    Emma regularly gives talks and presentations about freediving, including at the Royal Society on Exercise at Extremes, The UK Diving Trade Show, and presentations in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi. She has appeared many times on television and in print media as well as acting as a consultant on short and feature films that feature freediving, her background as an multi-award-winning film maker in her own right helping with this. She has also body-doubled for the Umobase TV commercial.

    Television appearances include Hidden Talent, River Cottage and Chicken Run for Channel 4 and Britain’s Secret Seas and The Indestructibles for BBC 2 and 3.

    Print media appearances include Aston Martin Magazine, BBC Focus Magazine, EDA Magazine, Diver Magazine (UK and US), Gulf News, Health and Fitness Magazine, Look Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Sport Diver Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Evening Standard Travel Magazine, The Observer, The Observer Sport Monthly Magazine, The Times, Weleda Revue Magazine and Wired Magazine. She has also written for The Holland Herald Magazine and is a staff writer for

  • Freediving and Yoga - Southern Red Sea

    Freediving south Egypt

    Building on the phenomenal success of the freediving and yoga trips to the Northern Red Sea, Emma Farrell is launching a new adventure for 2015 - a new and exciting itinerary to the remote Southern Red more here

    Freediving and Yoga - Maldives

    Freediving Maldives

    Join Emma Farrell for a unique freediving experience, in the heart of the Maldives! Emma will be running the workshop throughout the trip and there will be amazing diving opportunities for all more here

  • What do I need?

    All participants are expected to bring their own equipment (weight hire is included in the holiday price) Mandatory equipment required:

    Exposure suit: At least a 3mm wetsuit
    Freediving mask and snorkel
    Rubber quick release weight belt
    Long freediving bi-fins
    Freediving log book
    Freediving lanyard for Level 2 freedivers and above

    Recommended kit required:
    3mm neoprene socks
    Doc’s Pro Plugs

    Optional kit:
    Fin retainers
    Underwater camera
    Freediving computer

  • Breath Hold Practice

    By learning to do simple breath holds (or ‘statics’), your body and mind will get used to some of the physiological and psychological factors involved in holding your breath.

    • Lie on your bed/ floor/ sofa. Make sure that you are comfortable and the room is quiet.
    • Under absolutely no circumstances should you practice breath holding in water without safety
    instruction from a qualified freediver and the presence of a buddy experienced in freediving safety, rescue and first aid.
    • Have a stop-watch to hand or a watch/clock with a second hand.
    • Keep your eyes closed except for when you look at the time.
    • Place one hand on your abdomen (stomach, just below the navel) and one hand on your upper chest, just below your collarbones.
    • Breathe gently through your nose, ensuring that the only hand to move up and down with your breath is the one on your stomach.
    • Breathe in for a slow count of three (each count should be slightly longer than a second) and out for a slow count of three.
    • Do this for about a minute, getting used to the sensation of your belly rising and falling.
    • Now slow and deepen the breath. Start each breath (all through your nose) from your abdomen and then move it up to expand the rib cage.
    • Count in for a count of six and slow the exhale so you are breathing out to a count of twelve (if this is too long then shorten the counts to 3 for an inhale and 6 for an exhale). Do not strain the inhale or exhale.
    • Breathe in this way for three minutes whilst checking your body with your mind from toes to head to make sure that you are as relaxed as possible. If you experience any feelings of being light-headed, a metallic taste in the mouth, tingling in the hands and feet or anything else unusual then you have hyperventilated and you need to slow your breathing down until the symptoms go away.
    • When you are ready for the breath hold, exhale every last bit of air out of your lungs.
    • Breathe gently in and fill your lungs as full as is comfortable, and hold the breath for 30 seconds to a minute.
    • Whilst you are holding your breath, try to relax as much as possible and notice any sensations that occur.
    • At the end of the hold, breathe out, take three quick and deep recovery breaths through your mouth if you need them and continue to breathe gently through your nose for three minutes. In to a count of 6 and out to a count of 12
    • Do the same preparation as for the last hold and this time hold your breath for 15-30 seconds longer than your first hold. Observe the changing sensations in your body.
    • Breathe out, recover, and repeat the three minute breathe up as before.
    • Breathe in gently and hold your breath for the third time, again 15-30 seconds longer than the last hold. Observe the changing sensations in your body.
    • At the end of the third hold, recover and breathe normally for a minute to finish the practice before you get up.

    If the holds you did were difficult then cut back the duration. If they were easy for you, then the next practice you do, increase the length of the three holds by 15 seconds. You can keep increasing this each practice until it gets too hard. At this point, stay at a duration that your body is comfortable with before another increase.

    You should be pleasantly surprised by the increase in your times. The most important thing is to stay relaxed, listen to your body and do not strain or force your breathe up or hold.

    Keeping your mind calm whilst you hold can be a daunting prospect. You must find the best way for you to do this. Some tips other people have used include:

    • Counting slowly (down and up).
    • Slowly saying the alphabet to yourself.
    • Visualising all the details of a place in which you feel comfortable.
    • Visualising a walk through your house or a place you know well, noticing each part as you pass through.
    • Imagining white light flooding through your body from your head down to your toes.
    • Imagining roots growing from the soles of your feet down into the ground.

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