Blue Week Event
External Instructors support
Apnea Academy International http://apnea.academy/en/home/
Apnea Academy is the School for the instruction and research of freediving funded and managed by the world champion Umberto Pelizzari. Apnea Academy didactic supports everyone to approach freediving in an aware, safety and fun way. Every lesson consist in theory, practice on relaxing and breathing techniques and practical exercises in the pool and in the sea.
Apnea Discovery: is addressed to whoever wants to test the underwater free-diving with minimum equipment, still learning relaxation and breathing techniques and to “look inside himself” searching for the wellness provided by free diving and to discover , in harmony with the environment, the marvelous underwater world, made of lights and colours no elsewhere found.
Indoor Freediver: is the first course that AA is fully developed in the pool. The goal is to let the student discover the good feelings that only apnea can give with a correct management of breathing and relaxation but also development of sensitivity in water, by listening to your body, to discover the pleasure to dissolve in the liquid that surrounds and become one with the water.
Outdoor freediver: It is the other facet of the medal of the 'Indoor Freediver' course as it is developed in open waters or deep pools to discover the emotion of the depth. The goal is to let the student discover the good feelings that only apnea can give with a correct management of breathing and relaxation but also development of sensitivity in water, by listening to the body, to discover the pleasure to dissolve in the liquid that surrounds and become one with the water by experiencing the depth.
First Level: Apnea Academy First Level represents the first approach to free-diving with complete basic equipment. The objective of the course is to reach controlled free-diving by applying relaxation and breathing techniques in order to reach following performances: 1'45" static apnea, 30 m in dynamic and 8 m in depth.
Second Level: Apnea Academy Second Level is to improve the relaxation and breathing techniques by taking advantage of the experience acquired in the first level in order to reach following performances: 2'30" in static, 55 m dynamic and 15 m depth.
Third Level: Apnea Academy Third Level is the highest award for a free diver. By a improvement of its ability to operate in the water, mental and technical training , the free diver will be able to reach 3' static, 70 m dynamic and 25 m depth.
AIDA International http://www.aidainternational.org/aidaeducationAIDA courses cover all the levels, from the beginner to the advanced freediver up to the competition level. During AIDA course, you will learn what the freediving is, how to do it, how to improve your skill and how to dive safety. Every course is based on the knowledges learned in previous level, and so it’s necessary to have completed it with success before to enroll in the following AIDA course. The advanced courses (AIDA 4* and AIDA instructor) require to the student EFR/RCP certificate.
Equalization StageEqualization, in freediving, is the most technical and important part to understand how to improve the descent in the depth and how to overcome the own virtual limit of equalization. Learning the equalization maneuvers and the features of muscles or the parts of body involved in it, allow you to know the proper management and to practice with some specific exercises, dry as well, that will help you in the descent at any depth. Sometimes, for advanced freedivers the real difference and the real limiting factor in the depth depend on a lack of knowledge of its own equalization or on an inefficient management of it.
LEVEL 1 - Valsalva / Frenzel / Frenzel AvanzatoThe course consists in dry lessons and open water sessions, during which the following topics are discussed:
- Equalization physiology
- Basic equalization technique: Valsalva maneuver
- Frenzel maneuver
- Advanced Frenzel maneuver
LEVEL 2 - MouthfillThe course consists in dry lessons and open water sessions, during which the following topics are discussed:
- Theory and Potential of Mouthfill
- Dry exercises to manage a perfect Mouthfill
- Open water sessions
Breathing StageThe Breathing stage helps the freedivers to be aware of respiratory act and to develop the management of it during freediving preparation and to increase the capacities of the last respiratory act before the descent.
Monofin StageMonofin stage is for freedivers who want to learn how to use the monofin or for the more experts that want to improve their monofin technique applied to the dynamic and to the descent in constant weight.
Variable StageVariable Stage is designed to let freedivers approaching to this attractive discipline. Descent in Variable weight / No Limits helps to go in depth but also pushes the athletes to work on equalization technique, so they can use during all the traditional disciplines.
TrainingAre you freedivers for a long time or have you just finished a freediving course... or would you like to improve your skills in safety and with qualified instructors? At our Center it is possible to plan tailored training sessions under our staff supervision.
BOAT EXCURSION IN THE STRAIT OF TIRAN WITH SCOOTERThe boat trip, a totally private occasion for us, offers the opportunity to explore, in freediving, the spectacular coral gardens and the rich fauna of the Tiran’s reef. The strait is characterized by four reefs aligned and visible on the surface that bear the names of British cartographers (Gordon, Woodhouse, Thomas, Jackson) who mapped the area in the 19th century. Tiran Island is located at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba where the distance that separates Egypt from Saudi Arabia is only 20km. It is an important step for the trade linked to the ports of Eilat in Israel and Aqaba, Jordan's port. Being accessible only by boat, this dive site is still well preserved than those of the local coast. There is a good chance of spotting a white tip reef sharks and, especially during the summer months, hammerhead sharks, as well as turtles and colorful fish’s barrier.
ITINERARY:Departure at 8:30 am from the hotel, followed by approx. 30 minutes to reach the port of Sharks Bay where we will wait for a modern and comfortable private boat, equipped with all the necessary comforts and sanitation. The return is scheduled around 16.00. The price includes lunch, hot and cold drinks on board. Price per person: 35/50 EUR.
RAS MOHAMED NATIONAL PARK TRIPRas Mohammed lies in the extreme southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, where the currents of the Gulf of Aqaba blend with those of the Gulf of Suez, and this phenomenon creates the perfect conditions for the growth of a rich variety of corals. We will visit the most famous diving destinations of the Sinai Peninsula: Shark and Yolanda Reef linked by a saddle sandy and considered among the most beautiful diving spots in the world. In this dive site the wall descends vertically up to 800 meters! The barrier of Yolanda owes its name to the wreck Yolanda, a Greek cargo ship that sank here in 1985. The main body of the wreckage fell in depth a few years later (it has recently been rediscovered by a team of British engineers to a sub depth of about 160 meters). What remains are the toilets and bathtubs which add a surreal atmosphere to this site. Here is a good chance of spotting sharks, especially in the summer months, but you could meet also barracuda, real walls of jackfish, pike sea, batfish, snapper, giant moray eels, turtles, huge napoleon fish and variety of races. The corals here breath away and are incredibly colorful, you will find: Acropora, Brain Coral, Coral Fire, Broccoli Coral and Coral Polyps in buttons.
ITINERARY:Departure from the hotel at 6.00 am by bus and approx. 30 minutes to reach the sites Shark and Yolanda Reef. Return scheduled at 10:30 am. Price per person: 35/40 EUR.
DINNER IN THE DESERTAre you looking for a memorable break from your workout in freediving? Would you like to see what the fantastic Sinai can offer you? This experience will turn away from the routine of everyday life, allowing you to see the world from a different perspective, immersing yourself in the culture of a people like the ancient Egyptian. Freediving World Apnea Center offers, through a guided tour, a chance to learn about a typical family of Sinai Bedouin, discovering more about their life and their traditions. Take the opportunity to get away from the lights of Sharm, from the noise and bustle of city life. Be inspired by the spectacular desert sunset, you will have the opportunity to take a walk up to the top of the mountains of Sinai to enjoy the silence and beauty of this amazing landscape. In a unique and breathtaking, you can have dinner with BBQ chicken and traditional dishes, watching the stars and the fantastic Milky Way at night.
ITINERARY:Departure from the hotel at 16.00, ad approx. 40 minutes to reach the Bedouin camp, where you will be served at your welcome tea and their typical unleavened bread. 45 min walk to the mountains of Sinai to collect energy and tranquility of this amazing place! Around 19:00 the traditional Bedouin dinner with water and soft drinks included. You return to Sharm at 21.00. Price per person (extra and taxes included): 35 € (minimum group of 6 persons).
Blue Week Event
The Freediving Weeks will take place in the beautiful and rich waters of Sharm el Sheikh, in the Red Sea, twice a year (on May and November). It will be possible to train all together in constant, variable, static and dynamic activities. The week will be organized as an open opportunity for all freedivers to join together with their relatives and friends. It will be possible to dive with some of the best freedivers in the world. During the Freediving Week, there will be a sled for the variable weight available for all the freedivers in a scheduled time: some Apnea Academy Instructors and Freediving World (in charge of Organization) will guarantee the assistance. The diving area (for the constant and the variable) will be located next to the beach; it will be easily reachable and it won't be necessary to use a boat to reach the diving place.