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Freediving and Yoga
Red Sea - Egypt
From £1495 inc. flights*
  • Fully escorted by Emma Farrell
  • New to freediving? No problem! New divers welcome
  • Range of RAID courses available -talk to your consultant to add a course
  • Up to 4 dives/day and yoga sessions 2/day
  • More about Emma click here
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.

Quick Facts
  • Courses available: SSI level 1 - 3
  • Suitable for: Everyone! See courses tab for more info
  • Average Visability: 30m+
  • Approx Water Temp: 25C
  • Approx Air Temp: 30C
About Emma...
  • 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:

    Number of people taught:
    Over 1,000
Can I go?
    Yes this trip is open to everyone.
    Qualified freediver (are only allowed to dive to the limits of their qualification - 20m Level 1 or AIDA 2 star, 30m Level 2 or AIDA 3 star. Level 3 / AIDA 4 star divers may dive up to 60m under instructor supervision and depending on conditions)
    Courses available:-
    Dolphin snorkeller (child under 14) £49
    RAID Freediver (14 years and older) £149 (manadtory if not qualified)
    RAID Advanced Freediver (16 years and older) £199
    RAID Master Freediver (16 years and older) £249

This is a typical example of the Freediving and Yoga itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.

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

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.

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 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!

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.





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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

Everyone is welcome on this holiday with Emma!
For complete novices it is mandatory that you book the Level 1 SSI course with Emma only an extra £150 supplement. This includes all course materials and certifications.

For those of you already certified SSI level 1 or AIDA 2 you are welcome to join the trip and enjoy all the dives on offer, however as always you must only dive to the depths you are certified for.

SSI SSI Level 1

Perfect for beginner and intermediate freedivers, this course is a fantastic introduction to the sport and continued development for those with some snorkelling or spearfishing experience.
Taught by some of the world’s most experienced instructors, no other course gives you such a wealth of experience and offers you a lifetime guarantee*, so after the course you have the benefit of Emma’s continued support on your freediving journey. On booking you’ll receive an email with an information pack containing preparation suggestions, plus your full-colour manual and logbook will be posted out to you. Allowing you to familiarise yourself with the theory at your own pace prior to your holiday to give yourself more time putting it all into practice in the water on the course itself.
On the SSI Level 1 Freediver course you’ll we will be in the Red Sea but will start in pool like conditions, learning how to move with ease and grace under the water before we move onto dive's to depths of up to 20m in the most relaxed and safe manner possible. You’ll dive wrecks, reefs and experience an amazing interaction with aquatic life. You will also learn new skills to take your freediving to the next level.

SSI SSI Level 2

This course is perfect for taking your freediving experience to the next level. It will equip you with further knowledge of the mammalian diving reflex and how to initiate the best response for freediving. You’ll be training to hold your breath for at least 2 minutes 30 seconds and practicing dynamic swimming for 50 metres. You will also learn new advanced equalisation techniques and training methods to carry you past 20m and up to depths of 30m. You’ll be diving on with lanyards and learning deeper and more advanced rescue skills as well as recreational diving on some of the deeper attractions!

SSI SSI Level 3

The apex of the SSI Freediving program, Level 3 demonstrates your arrival as an advanced freediver.
On the surface you’ll be holding your breath for at least 3 minutes 30 seconds and swimming dynamic at least 75 metres. You’ll be looking in more detail about the physiology, psychology and physics of freediving and diving to beyond 30m and the residual volume of your lungs. You’ll learn new techniques for this and be performing deeper and more complicated rescues. This is the specialist deep diving course which will equip you with the proper knowledge to take you into the deep blue and beyond!

Equipment Needed

For novices we will provide Mask, Snorkel, socks, wetsuits, hoods, Fins, Freediving weight belt and for everyone weights

However it is always nicer to own your own equipment , Emma can offer advice on best buys

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