AIDA *** Freediver

AIDA *** Freediver

I arrived in Sharm El Sheikh on Sunday 11th Dec at 5:30 pm Egyptian time. The purpose of my trip was to complete the A.I.D.A*** 3-Star Freediver Training Course. Blue Ocean Freedivers arranged the Airport transfer to Dahab where I would stay for the next six nights. Brian Crossland , AIDA Instructor, who was going to be training Vladimir and I on the 4-Day Course has built a fantastic freediving training pool at his Freedive School in Dahab.

The pool is 30m long,1.5metres wide and 2metres deep the whole way. Pool sessions in the morning and Open Water in afternoons until we had a 2min 45sec Breath Hold and a 24m dive down the rope respectively. With Brian’s fine tuning I achieved a 3min 26sec Breath Hold on Day one and 28metres on my first Deep dive on Day 2. This was great as I only had to complete the lectures and sit the exam and then it was time for some fun diving and of course the trip to the “Blue Hole”. 

By the 3rd Day I had broke the 30m mark and by Friday (at the Blue Hole) I was zipping up and down to 30metres + in several disciplines such as Free Imersion; Monofin; Bi Fins; Variable Weight; (see examples of these in the clips ). I learned a new technique to improve my equalisations at depth and my ears felt great all week. I hope to return next year to complete the AIDA**** 4-Star course which is the Assistant Instructor Level and maybe we might get Brian back to Portroe for a second AIDA Course in 2012. I would like to say thanks to Brian for a great experience and his huge emphasis on Safety Measures and of course that amazing 30m Pool and facilities.

 

Peter Walsh

LiMSAC AIDA*** Freediver

 

Dive Summary 2011

I can see 2012 bringing in some new changes, the Dives logged will cetainly be a challenge as the recession bites even further and costs sky rocket.

In the meantime, this was last years summary for reference.

Dives in 2012 have already been logged last Sunday.  The Boat handling training continues every weekend for the would be trainee Coxswains. One or 2 places still left..

Coxswain course on in UL on 21st January in Room CG054/Ref:7076

 

BRIAN O’LEARY 80
NOEL HICKEY 57
FRANK HOPKINS 51
MARTIN BOWES 51
EAMON MOLONEY 39
EMMA SHEEHAN 34
DAVE KEANE 34
THERESA O CONNOR 33
EIMHEAR O’BRIEN 24
PAUL DOHERTY 22
WILLIAM O’SULLIVAN 21
DAVID O ROURKE 19
DAVID RYAN 19
MAEVE CALLANAN 18
JOHN BREEN 18
TOM MC DONNELL 16
MIKE ORTH 16
JOHN MULLINS 15
JAMES GAFFNEY 15
MATTHEW WARDLE 16
MIRIAM DONNELLY 14
KENNETH DEVEREUX 10
KIERAN BOWLER 9
RICHARD RYAN 9
JOHN HASSETT 8
ROSE KELLIGAN 6
RICHARD E ROCHE 6
ALMA POWER 5
ANTOINETTE MCNAMARA 4
JASON MCGRATH 4
CIARAN ENRIGHT 4
BRIAN KEARNEY 3
PAUL JOYCE 3
TOMAS HANRAHAN 3
COLUM MC CARTHY 3
RONNIE HURLEY 3

All in all 692 Dives were logged through 2011, 319 dives were logged in Portroe accounting for 46% of the Clubs Diving. So a huge thanks to Portroe for supporting the Clubs wish to dive. The training has been invaluable to the training population.