SSI Level 3

4 days – 9am to 4pm
Price: 450 euro


SSI standard Digital Manual all languages –Digital SSI International Certification –Equipment.

Your future Performances:

4-5 minutes Static breath hold – 35-40 meters freedive


To become a better freediver you need to train freediving. The more time spent freediving, whether it is static, dynamic or depth training, the better you will become. When it comes to depth though, at some stage you will reach a plateau, where equalizing can stop you from getting further. At around 30-40m depth your lungs will reach what is called the residual volume. This simply means that your lungs are too compressed for letting air out. The air to equalise will run out and you won’t be able to go any deeper. This is why, sooner or later, almost everybody needs to learn the mouth-fill equalisation technique. This Freediving technique is the most talked about but also the most misunderstood. For many people it proves to be a nightmare to learn … but it doesn’t have to. The mouth-fill technique is actually very simple when you break it down in to steps and if you practice both in the water and by dry exercises. During your SSI Level 3 you will learn this skill along with many others such as FRC diving, static coaching, dieting, mental preparation and more… This Freediving course will provide you all tools needed to reach much greater depth.
Static Apnea:
Besides practicing your own breath hold skills, you will learn how to coach other Freedivers in static. Since 50% of your freediving is for someone else (= your freediving buddy), it is essential to know how to be a good buddy and coach. In static in particular it is very beneficial to have a good coach, to both motivate you to stay down longer and to make sure you come up in time. Learning and training your freediving coaching skills will give you a better understanding of how to push your own and others limits while still staying safe. In your SSI Level 3 practicing coaching with your fellow students, is the main focus for the static session.

Dynamic Apnea:

During this part of your freediving training in Dahab, we will focus on how to plan and execute a training session for a dynamic max attempt. Since you never freedive alone, at any given training session you are there to both do your own performance and to provide safety to your buddies. For this to run smoothly, to make sure all freedivers get the most out of their traininig, it is crucial to have a well-organized plan for the session. Being aware how long time you need for land preparation, how long time your warm ups take, who gets cold first, who can include a safety dive before their performance and all information needed to make a proper functioning plan. We will help you with constructing a plan for you and your buddies, which your will then execute together under our Level 3 instructors supervision.

Depth training:

During your SSI Level 3 you might gain a longer breath-hold time and freedive deeper. However the main goal of this Freediving course is to prepare you for depth, by teaching you a safe equalisation technique, an advanced way of adjusting to depth and increase your flexibility. The first 2 days of your training, you will practice FRC diving while using mouth-fill only. These dives will be shallow: from the surface to around 10-20 meters. When your body will be more adapted to the pressure of a real deep dive, and you will start to master the mout-fill on the FRC dives, you will start doing dives on full lungs, and increse your depth limits with ease, during the remaining open water session in the course. A Functional Residual Capacity (FRC) dive is when the air pressure in your lungs is neutral. It’s achieved with a passive exhale on the surface. So why are we talking about FRC? FRC dives are generally used as an effective warm-up technique before a deep dive. This is to adapth the body to the preasure at depth and to enhance the MDR. When you do an FRC dive, you are simulating depth without going deep. This also makes it an effective way to train mouth-fill! On FRC dives, you are simulating a 30 m dive in 10 meters. That means we can train mouth-fill without having to go past 30 meters each time! How cool is that?! What an easy, convenient and safe way to practice the mouth-fill technique! Your body will also adapt faster, your bloodshift, bradycardia and spleen effect will get stronger the more you practice exhale dives. The dives are also much shallower so you can simulate several deep dives. After few days of training you will feel much more comfortable with deep dives and you will be proud of the new numbers on your dive computer. It is crucial though to learn this technoques under supervision of a trained instructor, since if the FRC diving is done in the wrong way it will increase the risk of barotrauma.