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Freedive Dahab

Welcome to the Mecca of Freediving

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About Freedive Dahab


WELCOME TO FREEDIVE DAHAB & THE BLUE HOLE – MECCA OF FREEDIVING !


About Freedive Dahab

Freedive Dahab is one of the very first Freediving Centres in the world started in 2003 by former freediving world record holder Lotta Ericson. In 2010 Freedive Dahab became the first SSI Freediving Instructor Training Center in the world and certified thousands of all level freedivers and hundreds of instructors.
Our freediving center is located close to the Lighthouse Bay, which is the heart of Dahab. Most of our courses take place here. We have a big and comfortable AC classroom, a spacious equipment room and a big outside terrace, so we have plenty of room for big groups. We have outside showers for the summer and 2 hot showers inside for the winter, and Free wi-fi for our guests.

We organize several events and packages throughout the year, such as Freediving Training weeks, Combo weeks. Our most popular packages for long stayr are the Beginner to Instructor package, through which we have certified hundreds of competent instructors over the last few years, and the Freediving Master, for who wants to dedicate 2 – 4 weeks or longer to freediving training.
We also arrange events on request, like specialized private training, sled training (No-Limits and Variable Weight), national competitions, record attempts, instructor courses.

 

 

Dahab and the Blue Hole

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Blue-Hole-Dahab

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Dahab is a small town situated on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, located approximately 80 km northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai’s most treasured diving destinations. It is a place that many have fallen in love with over the years, and return to time & time again. The arrival of international hotel chains has since made the town a popular destination with tourists. Dahab is world-renowned for its windsurfing SCUBA diving, free-diving and snorkelling. Land based activities include camel, horse, jeep and quad bike trips. Mount Sinai is a two hours drive, with Saint Catherine’s Monastery being a popular tourist destination.
The nearby Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole (a kind of cave), around 130 m deep. There is a shallow opening around 6 m deep, known as ‘the saddle’, opening out to the sea, and a 26 m long tunnel, known as the arch, the top of which lies at a depth of 56 m. The hole itself and the surrounding area has an abundance of coral and reef fish. The Blue Hole is perfect for deep freediving because the reef around it protects it completely from waves and currents. The surface is always almost flat, and we don’t have to swim more than 30 meters from the nearby restaurant in order to find up to 90 meters of depth.
Dahab is served by Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport.


Freedive Dahab Center and Shop

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Our freediving school is located in El Fanar Street (N 28 30.012, E 034 31.104) at a  short walking distance from the Light House bay in the heart of Dahab. Most of our freediving courses are held at Light House and we have nice hot showers and AC classrooms. On our big front porch (with a nice sitting area for coffee breaks) there are rinsing facilities, outdoors showers and a hanging area for equipment. Our Freediving Shop is connected to the teaching facilities; there you can buy all the necessary freediving equipment such as high quality freediving wetsuits (from Polosub and other brands), freediving fins, monofins, footpockets, noseclips, lanyards, low volume masks of different kinds.


Freedive Dahab Accommodation

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HOTEL: For our events and packages we use Alf Leila Hotel, but we are happy to take care of your hotel reservation, even if you come at a different time than our combo weeks and training events:)
The hotel is situated in the central Light House area, (Dahab’s main bay) 200 meters from our freediving school and close to all shops and restaurants. It is a very pretty boutique hotel, and run by caring and friendly staff.
The price for the rooms starts at 24€ for the single room and 29€ for the double room. All rooms have AC, private bathroom and the breakfast is included in the price. Dorm rooms are also available at 12 euro/night!
They have very good reviews on Tripadvisor and all our guests who stayed there were happy.

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APARTMENTS: For short or long stays we have 2 apartments right above our freediving school. Both apartments are equipped with AC, have a kitchen, and wifi. Sheets, towels and the basic kitchen utensils are provided.
Prices:
Studio Apartment:
100 euro/1 week, 150 euro/2 weeks, 220 euro/month
One Bedroom Apartment:
200 euro/2 weeks, 150/1 week, 280 euro/month
We offer packages with accommodation and freediving courses and/or training, please let us know your needs and we will give you a tailor made quote.


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ENTIRE HOUSE: You can rent this beautiful and spacious house in the heart of Assalah, located at 200 meters from the beach. The house was built with taste and European standards. It has a 50 square meter open space living room and a 40 square meter bedroom with sitting area, a big dome, lots of light, great atmosphere and it is fully air conditioned. Ideal for a couple but children can also be accommodated.
Some local restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacy, groceries, fruit & vegetable shops are all within a 5 minutes walk. Touristic restaurants are reachable with a 15 minutes walk on the beach, or on a short taxi ride. Taxis are plentiful but we can provide you with our driver who will pick you and take you to our center, the main beach and restaurants area for 1 euro per ride. 3G USB internet is provided and included in the price.
Our staff will check you in at arrival to show you around, and check you out and make sure you will catch your transfer back to he airport. Due to many flights landing at night, check-in is allowed at any time of day and night as the driver who takes care of our transfer will be able to let you in.
Price: 40 euro/day or 240 euro/week. Minimum rental 4 days.
We offer packages with accommodation and freediving courses and/or training, please let us know your needs and we will give you a tailor made quote.
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Freediving Calendar

2016-2017 FREEDIVING CALENDAR

IF YOUR DATES DON’T MATCH OURS DON’T WORRY, WE CAN SCHEDULE A COURSE FOR YOU WHENEVER YOU LIKE!

 O C T O B E R  N O V E M B E R  D E C E M B E R
Zero to Hero, 10
SSI Combo Week, 10-15
Training Week, 10-15
Monofin Course, 11
Ras Mohamed trip, 12
Zero to Hero, 6
SSI Combo Week, 6-11
Training Week, 6-11
Monofin Course, 7
Ras Mohamed trip, 8
Night Freedive, 9
SSI Instructor Course, 11-20
Zero to Hero, 5
SSI Combo Week, 5-10
Training Week, 5-10
Monofin Course, 6
Ras Mohamed trip, 7
Zero to Hero, 28
SSI Combo Week, 28-03
Training Week, 28-03
Monofin Course, 29
Ras Mohamed trip, 30
J A N U A R Y F E B R U A R Y  M A R C H
Zero to Hero, 6
SSI Combo Week, 6-12
Training Week, 6-12
Monofin Course, 7
Ras Mohamed trip, 8
SSI Instructor Course, 10-19 Zero to Hero, 26
SSI Combo Week, 26-31
Training Week, 26-31
Monofin Course, 27
Ras Mohamed trip, 28
A P R I L  M A Y  J U N E
Zero to Hero, 15
Easter Combo Week, 15-20
Easter Training Week, 15-20
Monofin Course, 16
Ras Mohamed trip, 17
SSI Instructor Course, 20-29
Zero to Hero, 5
SSI Combo Week, 5-10
Training Week, 5-10
Monofin Course, 6
Ras Mohamed trip, 7
Zero to Hero, 1
SSI Combo Week, 1-6
Training Week, 1-6
Monofin Course, 2
Ras Mohamed trip, 3
SSI Instructor Course, 20-29

 

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Freediving Master Program

FREEDIVING MASTER PROGRAM

During this 4 weeks you will be able to train every day. Our experienced freedving master instructor will be training with you at least 3 times per week. He will check your progress and give you guidelines for your future training on a weekly basis depending on the targets you want to achieve.
You will also join the other freedivers and masters during their training sessions, dive with the FDD instructors when they do their own training, and if you are preparing for the Instructor Course, you can assist other instructors while they teach freediving courses.
Not only will you naturally become a much better freediver due to all the in-water practice; you will also become a better buddy and coach. You will learn how to prepare different set-ups for different kind of diving, and assist and help during competitions if we have any running during your stay (unless you want to compete, of course:). Also, if you plan on becoming a freediving instructor at some point, you will get plenty of experience by assisting our instructors during courses: you will see all the students mistakes and how they are corrected. You will witness different teaching styles and you will get the chance to practice your own teaching while supervised by FDD instructors. You will also get more static and dynamic experience since we regularly go to the pool to run our courses.
You will also be able to assist as much as you want during the beginner and advanced courses’ theory lessons, and there will be plenty of occasions to learn much about freediving physiology and other practical and theoretical facts by just hanging out with us, since we are all training and competing, and when we are in our center we talk about little else than freediving!

Requirements: to be at least a SSI level 2 or AIDA 3* freediver and have your own complete equipment. Please note that the Freediving Master is a training program and not a course, so there will be no teaching materials, no certification and no fixed schedule/program. Your and your instructor will decide your schedule together on a daily basis based on your needs.

Duration of the program: 4 weeks.

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Prices options:

-4 weeks program: 390 euro
-4 weeks program with Level 3 course: 670 euro (instead of 725 euro)
-2 weeks program: 250 euro
-2 weeks program with Level 3: 560 euro (instead of 579 euro)
The price includes pool fees and transportation once a week. Taxi rides to blue hole are not always included (the price for this is between 1 and 3 euro depending on how many people share the taxi).

During your freediving master you will also have the option of doing any of the specialty courses with 20% discounts: Variable Weight (freediving on our sled), Monofin course and No-Fins freediving (both pool and open water). *min. 2 people required.

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You dont have your own equipment?
No worries, you have 2 options:
– You can rent the set at package at 150 euro/month (100 euro for 2 weeks).
– You can buy a full set in our shop at a discounted price and save a lot of $$$! The kit includes: Freediving wetsuit by Molchanovs, 3mm, open cell with nylon outside; Aqualung Sphera or Omer or Sporasub freediving mask; freediving snorkel, Omer fins; Omer marseillaise weightbelt, Octopus lanyard. Total price 425 euro instead of 474!. Add a Sporasub dive computer SP1 to this package and get the whole package for 625 euro!
*Note that it is possible to change some of the items/brand with higher prices; in this case we will just add the difference in price between the 2 items.

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Zero To Hero

Zero To Hero – Beginner to Instructor Package

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Are you tired of your daily routine and need a change in your life? Do you want a change in your career and dream to become a professional freediving instructor, but you have no experience? This is the program for you! We will bring you from being a beginner to being first a competent freediver and then a certified instructor.
Freedive Dahab is forming instructors since 2006, and our trainers are unquestionably the most experienced in this field. Dahab is a great place for freediving training at all levels, you can train at any time of the day due to the shore access to depth; this way you dont need to follow a rigid boat schedule for training sessions.
The living costs in Dahab are very low, you can rent a fully furnished apartment starting at 200 euro/month and if you use local restaurants and supermarkets you can live with 5/8 euro per day!
We offer an incomparable flexibility in terms of duration of the training, in fact the minimum recommended training period is 3 months which can be extended to 6 months, and after completing the instructor course you can decide to stay and keep training with us and out staff for free!

ZERO TO HERO is a complete package that takes you from Beginner to SSI Instructor in minimum 3 months.
All SSI courses and training are included:
LEVEL 1 – LEVEL 2 – LEVEL 3 – MASTER – ITC + INSTRUCTOR KIT
Normal price for all courses, 2220 euro
DISCOUNTED PRICE 1880 EURO!!

The training distributions over the 3 months period is the following:
MONTH 1:
Level 1 and 2 will be done within the first 1 or 2 weeks. When the level 2 is completed the student will start the master, which starts about 1 month.
MONTH 2:
During the second month the student will do the level 3 (if ready) and finish his master. During this time the sole focus is on growing as a freediver, becoming comfortable with depth but also with the pool disciplines. The master instructor will dive with him and work specifically on weak points so to prepare him to the specific requirements for the Instructor Course.
MONTH 3:
During the third month the trainee will start assisting level 1 and 2 courses under the instructors supervision. Slowly will start seeing mistakes and start giving feedback to real students. He will also carry on with his own training, together with other masters and trainees, and his main training goal is to practice and pass all the requirements of the Instructor Course
MONTH 3-6:
When both the trainee and your instructor trainer feel that the time has come, he will start the next scheduled instructor course. Once finished, the trainee will also have the chance to teach some real courses in order to leave as a confident and independent freediving instructor.

Find the available starting dates in our CALENDAR

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If you don’t have your equipment yet, you can buy a full set in our shop at a discounted price and save a lot of $$$! The kit includes: Freediving wetsuit by Molchanovs, 3mm, open cell with nylon outside; Aqualung Sphera or Omer or Sporasub freediving mask; freediving snorkel, Omer fins; Omer marseillaise weightbelt, Octopus lanyard. Total price 425 euro instead of 474! Add a Sporasub dive computer SP1 to this package and get the whole package for 625 euro!
*Note that it is possible to change some of the items/brand with higher prices; in this case we will just add the difference in price between the 2 items.

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Frequent Asked Questions

Do i need a visa to go to Dahab?
Most countries get visa on arrival. If you come from east european countries, Russia, South Africa and others, then different rules apply, but from anywhere else in Europe you can either ask for a regular tourist visa (1 month) which cost 25 USD, or, if you don’t plan to visit Cairo or other places outside of the South Sinai peninsula during your stay, you don’t even need a visa, as you can ask for a “2 weeks Sinai only” stamp, which is free of charge. This visa will also work if you plan to join one of our trips to Ras Mohamed.

I never did a course before but i have some experience. Can i start from the level 2 course?
If you never did a course before it is highly recommended that you start with the level 1 because there are things that you learn there that are vital for your progression and which will not be taught a second time on the next courses, such as proper breathing for freediving, breathing practice, how to use breathing for relaxation, and how to do a proper and safe breathe-up, plus safety and rescue from black out, proper finning and streamlining.
If you really think that you are beyond this level and want to skip the first level, we can take you in an evaluation day and decide only then if you can continue with the next course.
During the evaluation day we will assess your skills and see if you are ready to go on the next level course without any additional training, while at the same time you will get the chance to do 2 training sessions and refine your skills. The charge is the same as the daily training rate

What is is the difference between SSI and AIDA?
Most of our courses are SSI. As for the course content there is really not any difference between AIDA and SSI except from the theory material (not content) and the certification. SSI is present in 250 countries and you will be able to continue your freediving education whenever you are traveling. If later on you want to continue with AIDA, you do not need to redo the AIDA equivalent course, since both organizations recognize each other.

I have done a course with AIDA/Apnea Academy/FII/PADI before, will i have to start from the beginning if i want to do SSI?
No, you dont need to start from the beginning. For most training agencies we have direct crossover, which means that you can go on the next step directly. For smaller and unrecognized training agencies, we require at least 1 evaluation day to check your level before.

Do I need to get a medical examination done before i can start freediving?

No, unless you do know that you have any medical conditions than can prevent you from Scuba diving or Freediving. Prior starting your courses with us you will sign a medical statement; if you have any “yes” next to the relevan medical conditions section, then we will send you to the diving doctor at the Decompression Chamber in Dahab; he will make an evaluation and decide if you can freedive. Unless you have any serious conditions, none of this will be necessary.

How do i get to Dahab from Sharm airport?
We can arrange your airport transfer at 22 euro 1 way. To do this we need the following info (please don’t send an attachment or your E-ticket):
-arrival date
-airline name
-flight number
-arrival time
The driver will be waiting for you outside of the airport holding a sign with your name. Please dont pay the driver, you will pay us directly. In case something should happen with your transfer or other, and you need to contact us, you can call our shop, at (002) 0109 8730731. Please save this number on your phone so you can retrieve it if you need to contact us and are stuck somewhere without internet connection.

Where in Dahab are you located?
We are located in El Fanar street, in front of the big mosque, and a little further than German Bakery. Our opening time is 11.30-17.30.

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