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I have just done the beginner Freediver course through Blue Marine Apnea Total in Gili Air, instructed by Jacqui. Both Jacqui and Shane have infectious passion for their sport, are very knowledgeable and eager to assist in any way. They also offer an Advanced Course over 3 days - once you're hooked you will want to do more. After that you'd have to become a local and do the 4-5 week Master course.
The beginner course is delivered over 2 days, at an easy and clearly understandable pace. Lots of breathing techniques which can also be applied to other sports. We also learnt about the science behind the sport in terms of physiological needs, causes and effects - interesting stuff. For each of the 2 days you will spend around 3 hours in the classroom learning about the sport and the breathing techniques (and practicing them infront of your instructor), followed by another 3 hours in the sea doing your dives practicing the theory. Difficult to beat new skills training in 32 degree water with 20m viz..
Everyone in our class reached the 12m depth for day 1, and 70% of us reached the beginners Freediver course 'goal' of 20m in day 2. But the depth doesn't matter, it's achieving good technique and comfort underwater that's the goal driven home by the instructors. I felt I needed extra practice dives and have been able to do that with an instructor also, which helps to cement the learnings.
The entire team at Blue Marine are friendly and professional - from instructors to boat captains and assistants. Their diving gear is also fresh and new - wetsuits, masks, fins, weigh belt and snorkel. Small pleasures that don't go unnoticed on a well delivered offering.
This is an excellent course to open your experiences to a whole new realm of a growing sport. Great mental challenge also.
Highly recommend doing it even if you are short of time and have to sacrifice scuba dives (or anything else) for it. Plus once you know the skills you can Freedive everywhere
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