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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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freediving-center

freediving center

freediving center

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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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freediving combo week 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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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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Freediving Calendar

2016 freediving calendar

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

J U L Y  A U G U S T  S E P T E M B E R
Zero to Hero, 7
SSI Combo Week, 7-12
Training Week, 7-12
Monofin Course, 8
Ras Mohamed trip, 9
Night Freedive, 10
Zero to Hero, 7
SSI Combo Week, 7-12
Training Week, 7-12
Monofin Course, 8
Ras Mohamed trip, 9
Night Freedive, 10
SSI Instructor Course in Arabic, 19-28
Zero to Hero, 5
SSI Combo Week, 5-10
Training Week, 5-10
Monofin Course, 6
Ras Mohamed trip, 7
Night Freedive, 8
 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
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
Night Freedive, 8
SSI Instructor Course, 1-9
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

 

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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.

How do i get to Dahab from Sharm airport?
We can arrange your airport transfer at 60 euro return. 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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