During the first week of September, PADI 5* Dive Resort – Sinai Blues in Sharm El Sheikh has organized a PADI Freediver training for some of its staff.
With the aim to be able to offer – in the near future – PADI Freeidiving courses to their customers, Sinai Blues management has decided to team up not with an ‘ordinary’ instructor trainer but with the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Andrea Zuccari: the Italian multiple Freediving Record Holder who has recently set the NO Limits Italian Record at -185 mt !!
Back to the training….
Considering that, to become a PADI Freediver Instructor, a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor needs to become PADI Freediver and PADI Advanced Freediver (or hold a
qualifying certification from another organization), Andrea suggested the team to focus on the PADI Freediver Course first, gain some experience …and later on this year, progress to the PADI Advanced Freediver.
When PADI Regional Manager – Teo Brambilla was informed about ‘the plans’ he decided to jump at the chance and attend the course himself.
Here below, Teo’s quick summary of his experience.
The course was spread over three days:
The theory part was easily handled with the great support of the PADI Freediver Touch …and an enjoyable and thorough review by Andrea.
First day we practiced relaxation/breathing techniques followed by a static apnea session in the swimming pool.
Second day we first did an Open Water Session focusing on Free Immersion, followed by a swimming pool session working on duck diving , dynamic apnea and rescue skills.
Third Day we enjoyed Constant weight Freediving and Rescue skills in Open water!
At the end of the course, we were not only able to comfortably meet the performance requirements and perform:
- one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds.
- one dynamic apnea of at least 25 metres.
- one constant weight freedive to at least 10 metres.
But most importantly: we now know how to correctly use buddy procedures to supervise a Freediver before, during and after a dive and/or an attempt.
Teo commented: “I enjoyed every single moment of the course! It was amazing to see how a proper breathing technique can help you relaxing and achieve goals I have always seen as unreachable …I will apply it not only to freediving but also to many other life situations. It was also great to be able to benefit of such an athlete’s knowledge and skills: Andrea is a really humble and easy going person, always ready to answer any question I/we had. I am practicing during my free time …and I am really looking forward to completing the PADI Advanced Freediver in November!”
If you are a PADI Instructor or a PADI Diving Center owner/manager based in Egypt and you wish to offer PADI Freediving courses to your customers, get in contact with PADI Regional Manager – Teo.Brambilla@padi.com: he may have some tips for you!