Red Sea Relaxed Freediving - Red Sea

  • Water temp 19 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 19 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners All levels of certified diver
  • Highlights Find your inner peace with Scuba Travel's unique Red Sea Relaxed freediving itinerary and our on board expert Emma Farrell. Mix up training dives and recreational freedives on a unique Red Sea liveaboard experience.

About Red Sea Relaxed Freediving

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. 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.

Get away from it all on a secluded voyage to Abu Nuhas, Gubal and Ras Mohammed. This itinerary has been designed just for free divers, and the sites have been carefully selected. You will dive on incredible wrecks and stunning reefs. There is a wide choice of dive sites, sheltered from current and offering a range of depths - an ideal underwater playground.

Freediving highlights


We have been running dedicated freediving itineraries with Emma for several years and the itinerary builds on this experience. There is so much for freedivers to enjoy in the Northern Red Sea.

The fish count is huge, particularly in the areas of Ras Mohammed with large schools of fish from the Batfish and Snappers at Shark Reef and clouds of anthias and smaller schooling fish. Even the wrecks are covered in swarms of fusiliers being chased by trevallies with languid batfish hanging out in the blue.

The wrecks are unique dives in the themselves, each with it's own history to tell. From the 19th century wrecks (Carnatic, Ulysses) to the 20th century metal hulls (Giannis D, Chisolua K), these dives are moving and memorable.

Over the week you will have a chance to train on the lines, in confined water, and recreationally freedive on the reefs and wrecks. 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).

Dolphins are commonly seen around Abu Nuhas and Gubal. There are several pods living in the area and on selected sites, you may well see them either from the surface or even underwater. We can never guarantee dolphin encounters in the water - these are wild animals after all.

Courses and training


RAID Freediver and Advanced Freediver courses will be available during the week for an additional charge. You must be at least RAID Freediver qualified or booked to do the RAID Freediver course in order to come on the holiday. If you do a course then your materials will be sent to you prior to the trip and you must complete the mini quizzes and exam before the trip starts.

Your lead instructor will be Emma Farrell, so you will have the chance to learn at a relaxed pace from one of the world's most experienced instructors and her friendly and experienced team.

On board yoga


Make sure to take time out on the trip too to enjoy the deep relaxation practice of yoga nidra with Emma. It doesn't matter what age or size you are, if you can't touch your toes, or have no prior experience of yoga. The sessions are tailored for complete beginners as well as those more familiar with yoga poses. All yoga equipment is provided as well on board the boat so all you need to bring are some comfy clothes to wear such as a t-shirt and jogging bottoms or a pair of pyjamas.

Emma will take you through very gentle movements and poses and there are always modifications for those with injuries or limited mobility. The yoga takes place first thing in the morning before the first dive of the day and you can come to as much or as little of it as you want.

Yoga nidra is the easiest yoga to do and the most relaxed as it is done lying down, under the stars! Yoga nidra is Sanskrit for 'yoga sleep' and is a profound state of relaxation where one is in a state of conscious sleep. Half an hour of yoga nidra is said to be the equivalent of three hours sleep due to the changes in brain wave activity.

The session is done after dinner. You take your duvet and pillows up to the top deck, lie down on the couches or a yoga mat and let Emma's voice send you to a place of deep relaxation. It's the most incredible way to wind down at the end of the day and we guarantee that you will never have experienced anything else this relaxing before in your life!

Daily presentations


Emma will be giving a range of presentations throughout the week covering a wide range of topics - all chosen to help you get into a more mindful place. Re-energise and learn from the pro tips and tricks to make your dives longer, practice meditation or how to get closer to dolphins without needing scuba!


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The Red Sea relaxed Freediving itinerary only runs on selected dates each year so book early to avoid disappointment!

Embarkation
This itinerary will depart from Hurghada

Trip Duration
All of our Red Sea relaxed freediving trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

Arrival
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

Embarkation day 1 Departing from Hurghada After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

Diving days 1-6
The exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on Emma's experience running this itinerary, weather, conditions, where the best sightings have been and reflect freediver experience levels.

This will typically include Gubal, Abu Nuhas and Ras Mohammed

The dives offered will be a mix of lined training dives and recreational freedives.

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Disembarkation day 7
Check out from the boat is after breakfast on the last morning. You will then be transferred to a hotel, where you have a day use package booked as part of your holiday. This will include a room (twin share) and buffet lunch. Your final transfer later that day to the airport is advised locally.