- 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 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.
- 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
- 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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Deeperblue.com.