Freediving and Yoga - Red Sea

  • Water temp 25C
  • Air Temp 30C
  • Visibility 30m+
  • Good for... SSI level 1 - 3
  • Suitable for beginners Everyone! See courses tab for more info
  • Highlights Freediving qualifications:
    RAID Instructor, SSI Instructor Trainer, AIDA Instructor Trainer, AIDA Judge

    Other qualifications:
    EFR Instructor Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Reflexologist, Hypnobirthing Practitioner

    Famous students:
    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Terence Stamp, Jonathan Goodwin, Roxanne Messenger

    Teaching since:
    2003

    Number of people taught:
    Over 1,000

About Freediving and Yoga

Freediving is fast becoming a popular and mainstream activity.  This is a family friendly way to explore the world's oceans.  And where better to take your first steps towards freediving freedom than on board one of our luxury northern Red Sea liveaboards with world class instructor Emma Farrell.  Freediving since 2001, there are few instructors that are as accomplished as Emma. Not only has she competed in international events but she has also written an inspirational book about her freediving experiences.   Now you too can join Emma in the warm waters of the Red Sea on an itinerary dedicated to the complimentary worlds of freediving and yoga.  

Freediving offers a completely new way to experience the world underwater.  Leave tanks and cumbersome noisy dive kit behind.  All you need is a mask, fins and a wetsuit.  And of course some training!  Freediving today is comprised of no less than 8 distinct disciplines.  Each develops a different skill set, and with Emma on board, you can too can learn the core skills.  No matter if you have only ever tried snorkelling, Emma's calm, relaxed and professional approach will get you going deeper than you ever thought possible.  Build your skills up in a controlled and safe environment.  

Yoga is the ideal partner to freediving and Emma is also a qualified and experienced yoga teacher.  Twice a day there are yoga sessions so you can practise the airway control, stretching and relaxation techniques that are so helpful. It doesn't matter if you've never done yoga before or can't touch your toes as Emma will tailor every class to your ability, and you'll also get the chance to experience the incredible relaxation practice of Yoga Nidra done under the stars! Freediving skills also strengthen many skills essential to scuba diving, helping to improve technique, confidence and bottom time.  Emma has personally trained over 1000 people and now you too can be one of them!  

The Red Sea has long been popular with freedivers.  The warm water and clear visibility are only some of the attractions.  Freedivers can access many of the same abundant marine life and world class wrecks that draw scuba divers to Egypt's shores.  Experience the likes of Abu Nuhas or Gubal as you have never before!  Even parts of Ras Mohammed will be on the itinerary!  Each day there are 3 dives planned, with a mixture of confined water, recreational and line diving. Descent lines of a wide variety of depths will be set up so each individual can dive to their own ability (participants must dive to the limits of their freediving training unless on a course).  There will even be the option to night dive - an experience you will never forget.  So if you are looking for a fresh challenge, why not make free diving the way you get under the seas.

Whirlwind

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The Freediving and Yoga itinerary is only run a select number of times a year so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

Embarkation
Mistral, Cyclone, Whirlwind and Tempest all currently depart from Hurghada

Trip Duration
You will have 7 nights full board on board

On a typical day you can expect 3 day dives and 1 night dive.

Arrival
On arrival in Sharm you will be met and transferred to the boat. There is a welcome briefing and dinner on board. If you have prebooked any kit hire, please do ensure you collect this on arrival.

The boat will depart early the next morning.

A normal Freediving and Yoga itinerary will stop at the following areas, but the exact dive sites will vary depending on experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been seen.

Local sites
Sharm has many local dive sites perfect for free divers of all abilities. Local sites tend to be characterised by a shallow sandy slope that gives way to a drop off. So all freedivers, old and new, will be able to find the depth they need. All of the local sites offer healthy corals and plentiful small marine life. So whether you want to enjoy interacting with a clown fish or just watching schools of silversides and anthias dart about, the plentiful local sites will not disappoint.

Abu Nuhas
The Carnatic and Giannis D wrecks are perfect for free divers. The maximum depth here is less than 30m but the wrecks themselves start around 5m - 15m - great if you are just starting out on your free diving adventure. Whilst we do not recommend penetrating the wrecks, there is more than enough to enjoy on the outside. And remember, keep your ears tuned for the resident bottlenose dolphin pod that is often cruising about in this area.

Gubal
Gubal is another area of the Red Sea that offers a wide range of depth options whilst retaining the quality of marine life you can find. Ever popular for the massive (friendly!) morays that live around the barge, this site has bags of colour everywhere you look.

Ras Mohammed
Whilst many of the dive sites around Ras Mohammed might not be suitable for free divers, there are several stand out areas that you should check out. The Alternatives is a great training ground, with a range of depths to chose from. The long sandy bottom is home to large rays and you can even find leopard sharks resting on the bottom. The Dunraven is another site that can offer you everything - a reef, a wreck, a drop off and shallow water!

Disembarkation
You will normally complete 1 or 2 dives on the penultimate day. After this you will have time to rinse your gear and pack. The last night in spent onboard in harbour. You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and disembark around 9:00. You will then be taken to a hotel for your day use package until your flight home.