|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.
LiMSAC AIDA*** Freediver