PADI Freediver Training at Sinai Blues – Sharm El Sheikh

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!

Andrea Zuccari and Freediving World join the PADI Freediving Family!

PADI is happy to announce the registration of the first PADI Freediving Center in Sharm El Sheikh, Freediving World Apnea Center!

We are also particularly proud to have the center’s owner Andrea Zuccari, multiple Freediving Record Holder and PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer on-board the PADI freediving family.

Let’s start with Freediving World Apnea Center

Freediving World meets PADI Freedivers needs at all levels all the way from beginner to instructor level. The center is equipped with a 25m swimming pool, platforms which are fitted with counterweight systems as well as several buoys/lines reaching different depths, a perfect set-up for freediving courses, group training sessions and workshops.

…and now, let’s talk about Andrea


  • 3 Italian National Records in Variable Weight (VWT) and No Limit (NLT)
  • 10 Swiss National Records in CWT, CNF and FIM
  • 2 No-Limits Tandem Word Records
  • In 2014 Andrea becomes the deepest man in the world using a Freediving Mask with 175m in No Limits

 

 

Andrea is currently training to reach the “no packing” target in “TheDeepDiveProject”. Stay tuned and follow Andrea on Social Media for the latest news and information about “TheDeepDiveProject”.

Records:

2007                                                                                                                                      51m: Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF) – Swiss Record

2008                                                                                                                                      71m: Free Immersion (FIM) – Swiss Record
71m: Constant Weight (CWT) – Swiss Record

2009
55m:
Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF) – Swiss Record
75m: Free Immersion (FIM) – Swiss Record
77m: Constant Weight (CWT) – Swiss Record
120m: No Limit (NLT) – Swiss Record

2011
125m:
No Limit (NLT) Tandem with Anna Von Boetticher  –  World Record

2012                                                                                                                                      131m: No Limit (NLT) – Swiss Record

2013
126m:
No Limit (NLT) Tandem with con Stavrow Kastrinakis – World Record
135m: Variable Weight (VWT) – Italian Record
155m: No Limit (NLT) – Italian Record

2014
175m:
No Limit (NLT) – Italian Record (second deepest man in the world)

 

 

Are you part of the PADI Freediver Movement?

PADI is excited to market freediving to the EMEA territory – Jump on board to be a part of this PADI Dive Center business development opportunity.

Freediving is a life changing experience. For all who venture underwater on one breath. For the younger audience, looking for a newly emerging, boundary pushing sport or for those with more years behind them and a desire to find a less materialistic hobby, that compliments a desire to get back in touch with themselves and the purer values in life, the feedback tends to be consistent. The intrinsic challenges of freediving, coupled with the discipline and control that come with it, tend to bring an unparalleled sense of power and freedom. This sport can uncover new and profound dimensions of a person’s personality and has people reconsidering what they thought they knew of themselves and the world. It is a sport that leaves people in awe of the extraordinariness of their own bodies and the beauty of the underwater world. And PADI wants to bring all that Freediving has to offer to the wider world.

PADI is excited to unveil its plans to market Freediving to the EMEA territory. PADI EMEA has developed a series of marketing tactics to inspire and incite potential freedivers all over our territory.

With marketing efforts ranging from a beautiful multilingual landing page  to printed media adverts and online advertising and messaging across powerful and influential social media platforms, the PADI Office is committing resources to supporting freediving growth throughout the territory. But perhaps most beautifully, PADI has teamed up with freediving legend Forrest Simon to create this stunning video that says it all.

As we target key audiences across EMEA, PADI is reaching out to current PADI Freediver Centers to join this movement. Marketing efforts are in place to capture and drive audiences to PADI Freediver Centers. Whether you are part of an existing PADI Freediver Center, or are wanting to register one, PADI will help you make the most of this new movement.

How to become a PADI Freediver Center

To become a PADI Freediver Center, download, fill out and return the application form to customerservices.emea@padi.com. To add the PADI Freediver Center rating to your current listing and take advantage of these marketing efforts, the cost is £160.75 + VAT (€216.25 + VAT or CHF 233.25).

PADI Freediver Center Application

PADI Freediver Classification and Membership Standards

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Training Consultant or Regional Manager.