Breathless in the Maldives

Akim Adhari is one of the few people who has dived to over 100m. HOLDING HIS BREATHE! Let’s face it, a 100m dive is still a huge achievement on scuba, but doing it as a constant weight freedive is very rare!

akim1In fact Akim has been challenging himself to push his physical limits since he was just 6 years old when he started training in Judo and Juitsu. By the time he was 18 he had a 2nd Dan degree and headed to Thailand to train as a Thai boxer.

In 2009 Akim changed career to embrace his new love of freediving, becoming a Freediver Instructor and setting himself another challenge. He developed and shared training methods using the discipline and methods he had learnt over a lifetime of martial arts training. As well as achieving personal excellence, some of Akim’s students have done on to hold national and world records.

In 2011 he launched the world’s biggest freediving school, Blue Immersion, with his partner Jonas Samuelsson (now a PADI Territory Director!) and Good Time Adventures, Koh Tao and with the support and help of his friends Tim and Charlie Severino. Blue Immersion quickly became one of the leading centers for freediver training and has influence the industry worldwide.

Since then, as well as staying active as a competitor and instructor trainer, Akin founded a Freediver instructor development course and a freediving liveaboard in 2016 he has joined PADI and brought his experience to help PADI divers and members moving into and through the PADI Freediver courses. Akim has trained and certified over 250 Freediver instructors!

Recently Akim visited The Maldives and told us what an amazing experience it was both as a freediver and as a tourist:

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My experience in Maldives was unique,

I spent some times in Male the capital for a few days with friends originally from the region.

I was surprise to see that just 500 meters away from the capital we had 40 meters visibility and unlimited depth for training.

For our first day of training we just went 10 minutes out of the harbor and performed an 85 meters CWT dive, I was so excited to discover a real new place for training deep freediving with such excellent conditions and being that close to a capital means that, in case of an emergency, any care that would be needed can easily be given.

As well as finding the ideal environment for freediving, Akim was also overwhelmed with the culture and warmth of the Maldivians:

In the Maldives I can really say I was able to relax and had a comfortable time. The food was great -it’s very similar to the Indian cuisine and the locals will make you feel home. There was no hassle, which you can find in some tourist destinations, and I think the kindness and hospitality of the people is in general part of the culture.

He went on to tell us about some of the things he saw while visiting:

A few days later me and my Maldivian friend and student Valho went to an island called Ukhulas. In only a few days we had the opportunity to see dolphins, sharks, manta, all kind of fish and the reef was in perfectly good condition.

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And how the set up made it easy to freedive:

I did some deep dives there from 90 meters to 97 meters using the boat kindly provided by Island Vista Inn which is a local guest house that provides high standard room that have been restorated for a very decent price. If you wish to travel as a backpacker and not have to go through resorts you can easily find guest house now in the Maldives.

I finished my voyage in the Maldives with the conclusion that it was one of my best trips over 12 years of traveling around Asia.

I will definitely come back to organize more training and free diving courses 3 to 4 times a year  I believe the Maldives should be as popular a free diving destination as it is for scuba diving.

In September 2016, Akim will be back in the Maldives conducting a training camp and PADI instructor course, should you be interested in participation please contact PADI Regional Manager [email protected]