Learn to Freedive in Hurghada on the beautiful Red Sea Coast of Egypt with Extreme Sports Café at our partner Hurgahda Free diving center. Extreme Sports Café’s partner Freediving Hurgahda center is the only place you can learn to freedive in Hurghada with a qualified AIDA free diving instructor. As well as being an AIDA freediving instructor Suzanne is also a PADI SCUBA Diving instructor and can therefore not only teach you to freedive she can also help you to reduce your air consumption while SCUBA diving and teach you how to relax in the water whatever activity you are undertaking. The Freediving center offers Free diving courses and experiences for beginner and experienced free divers.
Freediving or breath-hold diving is a type of advanced snorkeling and in-water adventure that allows enthusiastic people to experience the sights, sounds and challenges of the most natural of underwater experiences. Free diving allows you to peacefully interact with the aquatic environment.
The largest organization for freedive education is AIDA, International Association for the Development of Freediving. AIDA is recognised worldwide and is your gateway to ensure quality free diving wherever you are for training, competitions and world record recognition. At the heart of AIDA free diving courses lies the need to ensure your safety and that of others diving with you, protection of the environment and a fun and enjoyable teaching atmosphere. Courses are well balanced between the academics, equipment usage, pool skills and open water experiences.
Hurghada is on the west bank of the Red Sea in Egypt. Hurghada is the undisputed favourite resort among Egyptians and visitors from around the world who love sunshine, sea and water sports. Until a few years ago it was a small fishing village. Hurghada is divided into three parts: Downtown (El Dahar) is the old part; Sekalla is the modern part, and El Korra Road is the most modern part. Sakkala is the relatively modest hotel quarter. Dahar is where the town's largest bazaar, post office and the long-distance bus station are situated. Hurghada has become an international center for aquatic sports like windsurfing, kiting, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, and above all snorkeling, diving and free diving. The underwater gardens offshore are considered some of the finest in the world. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of fish and coral, which may also be observed from a glass bottom boat. The city provides a gateway to diving sites throughout the Red Sea, owing to its central location. In addition, Hurghada is known for providing access to many uninhabited offshore reefs and islands.
The purpose of Free diving is to be able to enjoy diving in waters to depths of up to 30 meters whilst remaining unhampered by breathing apparatus such as scuba equipment. Freedivers on a single breath of air can explore the underwater realm for minutes at a time with relative comfort. Human evolution and development has ingrained us with an underwater potential the same as our marine cousins, whales, seals and dolphins. Research shows that we were once aquatic animals, which lived and breathed in the sea. The memory of that former self still resides deep within us and it has even been studied and named - the mammalian diving reflex. This term describes the physiological changes that occur when mammals (whether whales, dolphins or potentially us) hold their breath and dive beneath the sea for extended periods of time. The nature of Freediving allows you to slip without falling into the depths of the blue in a state of euphoria and relaxation. Free diving is about the comfort and exploration of the ocean realm for recreation, competition or personal discovery.
Freediving Hurghada Courses in Egypt from Extreme Sports Cafe
The AIDA * Freediver program is perfect for people new to water exploration. This course teaches the basics of snorkeling and free diving techniques. With just a mask, snorkel and fins you learn to be comfortable in the water and discover the enjoyment of the underwater world.
The AIDA * rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily. With the AIDA * certification you can dive with your buddy safely and comfortably. This free diving program is a wonderful opportunity to explore the underwater world. The knowledge and skills you learn on this freediving course are just the beginning of an exciting array of courses and programs that await you, in fact you can continue to the ** course straight after this one and be amazed at your progress in just another 2 days!
Certification: AIDA * Freediver. This free diving course enables you to snorkel with a buddy safely to a maximum depth of 10 meters. Duration: 1 Day. Day 1: Theory session, confined water training, open water dives. Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent), medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 meters non-stop.
The AIDA ** Freediver Course is for people with experience of snorkeling and who feel comfortable in the water both on the surface and under the water. Throughout this free diving course you will learn safety procedures and techniques to enjoy breath-hold diving. You will learn the basics in Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight Freediving. You earn this free diving certification by completing 2 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions and 2 open water sessions from the shore or off one of our boats on the beautiful Red Sea. After completion you will be able to dive safely with a buddy of the same level anywhere in the world!
Certification: AIDA ** Freediver, allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 20m with an independent buddy or professional guide. Duration: 2 Days. Day 1: Knowledge development, Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea. Day 2: Knowledge Development, Open Water Sessions and ** Exam. Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent), medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.
The AIDA *** Freediver Course is designed for intermediate freedivers who are comfortable diving to 20m and want to progress deeper and have increased breathold times to stay underwater for longer. This course enables you to plan and participate in free diving activities with a similarly experienced freedive buddy either using a guideline or exploring the reef. You earn this free diving certification by completing 3 theory sessions, 2 confined sessions and 4 open water sessions from the shore or off one of our boats on the beautiful Red Sea. After completion you will be able to dive safely with a buddy of the same level anywhere in the world!
Certification: AIDA *** Freediver, allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 30m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
Duration: 3 Days. Day 1: Theory sessions, confined static and dynamic sessions. Day 2: Theory session, open water sessions. Day 3: Open water sessions and Exam. Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent), medical statement and AIDA ** Freediver or equivalent.
The AIDA Safety Freediver Course is for freedivers who want to be familiar with safety rules and procedures during AIDA competitions. This course develops your knowledge and skills so you are able to act as a safety freediver during AIDA competitions. This course is also useful to freedivers competing in a competition so they know what to expect from the freedive safety team. This freediving course also builds confidence in dealing with rescue scenarios.
Certification: AIDA Safety Freediver. Duration: 1 Day Day 1: Theory Session, Open Water session, pool session. Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent), medical statement and AIDA ** Freediver or equivalent.
The AIDA Competition Freediver course is for anyone planning to enter an AIDA competition be it for the first time or to refresh your knowledge. This free diving course covers the main competition disciplines of static apnea, dynamic apnea and constant weight free diving.
The freediving course covers all the competition rules and procedures and then re-creates a competition environment in the pool and open water to give you a sense of the pressures involved in a competition event.
Certification: AIDA Competition Freediver
Duration: 1 Day. Day 1: Theory session, confined water session, open water session and exam. Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent), medical statement and AIDA ** Freediver or equivalent.
This course can help nervous divers, scuba divers, heavy breathers, those who are prone to overexertion and any one else who wants to be more relaxed in the water.
Taking place in a classroom, this course is an incredibly successful way to learn how to reduce air consumption. With some theory and practical exercises, I take you through the mechanics of breathing, working with each individual to teach you how to slow and calm your breathing and work to discover how to still your mind as well!
Note: Course prices are exclusive of AIDA certification fee of €20 per course.
Freediving Instructor - Hurghada Egypt
Suzanne has been on the UK Free diving Team since 2002 for World Championships that have taken place in Hawaii, Vancouver and Egypt! While in Vancouver she also qualified as an AIDA Judge and has had the pleasure of judging a number of World Records and National Records for competitors from around the world. Suzanne has also competed in regional competitions in the UK, Dahab, Greece and Cyprus.
Freediving courses are run at a PADI Gold Palm Resort, offering numerous PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Master Scuba Diver. The PADI Gold Palm Resort has 2 comfortable classroom with work desks, TV with DVD and Video and large whiteboards for your instructor (and yourselves) to work through examples and explanations. Each room is well ventilated and spacious to ensure your comfort in our warm climate. For confined open water training sessions they have a swimming pool, which, in winter, is heated for your (and the instructors) comfort and enjoyment.
Hurghada was the first major Red Sea resort to evolve in the late 70’s. (It was once a fairly small and unimposing fishing village,) Most of the early guests were divers and their families. Today Hurghada and the surrounding areas is a full on holiday resort with all the amenities for sun worshippers and divers alike. Hurghada has grown to become the most visited tourist destination in the whole of Egypt.
Downtown Hurghada is truly cosmopolitan with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars, disco’s… plenty for all ages and all energy levels. Shopping is abundantly available with good natured but strenuous bartering being the name of the game.
- Water temperatures range from 20C in winter to 30C in summer…. pretty impressive. Uniquely, the sea gets warmer the deeper you go. In the Atlantis II Trench at a depth of 2,000m the temperatures range from 30-63C! At this depth the Red Sea is the scene of geothermic activity from the earth’s core and magma which not only heats but pumps incredible amounts of minerals into the waters supporting the incredible diverse marine life.
Notes - Hurghada Egypt
- Hurghada International Airport is only 5km away and has scheduled and charter flights descending from all the major airports of West and East Europe and also flights from Asia, Africa, Americas and the Far East.
- The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP or LE) but your Sterling, Euros and Dollars will be acceptable at most places. Exchanging money can be done at the Banks and Exchange points which are open around midday and in the evenings
- Arabic is the official language although English and French are widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas.
- Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
- The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants.
- Tipping is known as 'baksheesh' and some small change is expected for most services, though small change can be hard to come by. A service charge is added to most restaurant and hotel bills but a 5% tip is normally given directly to the waiter. Taxi drivers are tipped about 10%.
- Travelers to Egypt should come prepared to beat the heat with a high factor sun block and drink plenty of water to combat dehydration.
- Drinking water in the main cities and towns is normally chlorinated but it is advisable to only drink bottled water.
- Cases of bird flu have been reported, and human fatalities have occurred. Although the risk is low for travelers, all close contact with caged, domestic and wild birds should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes well cooked as a precaution.
- Medical treatment can be expensive and standards vary so insurance is strongly advised, including evacuation. Medical facilities outside of Cairo can be very basic.
Getting to Hurghada Egypt
Getting to Hurghada is straightforward, with most visitors arriving by air at Hurghada's International Airport. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Cairo and then travel to Hurghada using local bus transport. The town of Hurghada is also accessible by bus from some neighboring countries. Here are Hurghada's most popular modes of public transport and travel.
- Hurghada Airport (HRG) is located a few kilometers south of downtown. Hurghada Airport (HRG) is the most convenient air transport hub to the town. The airport has two runways and limited facilities. Airlines serving Hurghada Airport include EgyptAir, British Airways, Finnair and EasyJet. There are direct flights to the following international cities - Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Frankfurt, while regular domestic flights serve Cairo. Taxi transport is also available for those looking to travel into the town.
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) is a convenient alternative to flying into Hurghada directly and offers a greater choice of flights, including frequent domestic EgyptAir flights to Hurghada.
- By Bus The town of Hurghada can be reached by bus from several nearby countries including Jordan and Israel. While journeys can be lengthy and rough, tickets are mostly very cheap.
- By Ferry Slow and fast ferry services link Hurghada with Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai. Slow ferries run from Sharm el-Sheikh to Hurghada on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (6 hours). Fast ferries run both ways on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (1 hour, 30 minutes).
Getting Around - Hurghada Egypt
- Taxi/Bus Minibuses are almost as good as taking a taxi, but taxis are widely available and they mostly cater to tourists and fares are priced accordingly. Despite having meters, most taxi drivers will not use them and you should negotiate a fair price before you travel and begin your journey. We advise you to ask your hotel reception to arrange a taxi.
- Car Hire The required minimum age for renting a car is 25 years. Driving standards in Hurghada and throughout Egypt can be somewhat unpredictable and we advise you to be extremely cautious when driving until you are familiar with Egyptian driving manners. For your car hire Extreme Sports Cafe can recommend Holiday Autos.
Freediving Hurghada Courses and Experiences in Egypt from Extreme Sports Cafe All of our Freediving Hurghada Courses in Egypt can be booked online
Freediving Hurghada Courses and Experiences in Egypt from Extreme Sports Cafe
All of our Freediving Hurghada Courses in Egypt can be booked online
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT FREEDIVING SHOULD NEVER BE ATTEMPTED ALONE - EVEN IN WATER AS SHALLOW AS YOUR BATH. ALWAYS TRAIN WITH AN EXPERIENCED BUDDY AND KEEP WITHIN THE LIMITS OF YOUR TRAINING.